Winchester Model 70 XTR Featherweight .243 Win 22″ Bolt Action Rifle 1982
SOLD FOR: $1025
Model: 70 XTR Featherweight
Serial Number: G1588755
Year of Manufacture: 1982
Caliber: .243 Winchester
Action Type: Bolt Action Rifle with Internal Hinged Floorplate Magazine
Markings: The left side of the barrel is marked “WINCHESTER MODEL 70 XTR FEATHERWEIGHT / –MADE IN NEW HAVEN CONN. U.S.A. WINCHESTER PROOF STEEL–” and “.243 WIN.”. The top of the chamber has an ovalled “WP” proof. The left of the receiver has “WINCHESTER / —TRADE MARK—”. The right of the chamber ring is marked with the serial number, “G1588755” and the bolt is serial-matching, hand-scribed “755”.
Barrel Length: 22”
Sights/Optics: The barrel has no provision for iron sights. The left-rear of the receiver has a pair of drilled, tapped, and filled holes. The top of the receiver is installed with a one-piece base.
Stock Configuration and Condition: The stock is one-piece checkered walnut with a schnabel forend, pistol grip with black cap, fluted straight comb, single recoil lug, and rubber buttpad. There are sling studs on the belly of the buttstock and the underside of the forend. There are a few scattered light handling marks. There are a couple of faint compressions from handling and storage, no major defects. The checkering is strong. There are no chips or cracks. The LOP measures 13 1/2″ from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttpad. The pad has some light staining and has wear towards the heel. Overall, the stock rates in Excellent condition.
Type of Finish: Blued
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright with sharp rifling. There is no erosion.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 96% of its metal finish. There are a few light handling marks scattered over the barrel. There are some little nicks on the top tang. There are a few little marks on the trigger guard. There is light wear from handling. There is light operational wear. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this rifle rates in Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. There is a safety mounted on the rear of the push-feed bolt. Pulled to the rear, the safety is ON, locking both the bolt and the trigger. If pulled back half-way, only the trigger is blocked. We did not fire this rifle. As with all used firearms, thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork, and Accessories: Included is a Winchester box with a serial number and configuration to a different rifle. The box contains paperwork including the manual.
Our Assessment: The Winchester Model 70 is an iconic American sporting rifle that has been a staple of hunters for more than 80 years; reliable, robust, and accurate, it is one of the benchmarks by which all bolt action rifles are measured. This example is the XTR Featherweight variant, notable for all the ways weight was removed from the rifle. Though it remained the standard length, the forend was extensively trimmed down, with wood being removed as much as possible from the interior, the barrel boss was done away with, the barrel is thinner and shorter, no iron sights… it goes on! The Featherweight is lighter in-hand than one would expect, and chambered in the .243 Winchester, any would-be shooter would do well to begin a collection with this rifle. Good luck and happy bidding!