Winchester Model 70 Classic Stainless .308 Win. 22″ Bolt Action Rifle, 1996
SOLD FOR: $1581.50
Model: 70 Short Action Classic Stainless, 70 SA
Serial Number: G180833
Year of Manufacture: 1996
Caliber: .308 Winchester
Action Type: Bolt Action Rifle with Internal Hinged Floorplate Magazine
Markings: The left side of the barrel is marked “-WINCHESTER MODEL 70 SA 308 WIN.- / –MADE IN NEW HAVEN CT. U.S.A.–”. The top-rear has an ovalled “WP” proof. The left of the receiver has “WINCHESTER / -TRADE MARK-“. The right side of the barrel is marked “-CLASSIC STAINLESS-”. The right side of the chamber ring is marked with the serial number, “G180833” and the bolt is serial-matched, hand-scribed with the last four digits of the serial number, “0833”.
Barrel Length: 22?
Sights/Optics: There is no provision for iron sights. The top of the receiver is installed with a pair of Leupold-style bases.
Stock Configuration and Condition: The stock is one-piece checkered walnut with a capped pistol grip, fluted straight comb, Schnabel tip forend, and a brick red Winchester buttpad. There are sling swivel studs front and rear. There are a few draglines and compressions, the most noticeable are on the left side at the front of the receiver and on the top edge of the right side at about the chamber. There is some finish loss at the toe. There are scattered light handling marks. The checkering is mostly sharp. 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 shows minor wear from handling and some discoloration. Overall, the stock is in about Fine Plus condition.
Type of Finish: Stainless
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion in the bore.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 97% of its metal finish. There are a few scattered scuffs and rubs which have caused smooth spots to the matte finish, the most noticeable are on the barrel towards the muzzle. There is minor operational wear. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this rifle is in Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. There is a safety mounted on the rear of the bolt. Pulled to the rear, the safety is ON, locking both the bolt and the trigger. If pulled back half-way, it blocks only the trigger. We did not fire this rifle. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork, and Accessories: Included is a serial matching box with 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. It has more than earned its nickname of “the rifleman’s rifle” and is one of the most iconic rifles around. This example is a Classic Stainless with a 22” barrel and a handsome checkered walnut stock. Efforts were made to set things back to rights when it came to the Model 70 and the classic series saw the return of the lauded control-feed bolt. Well out of the company’s fallow period, this example was produced in 1996. Chambered as it is in the ever-popular .308 Winchester, this is a match made in heaven, a timeless American rifle chambered for a classic Winchester round. By appearances, this rifle appears to have spent more time in the box than out, as there are only a few marks on the stock. The rifle rates in Excellent condition and looks great, this will make for a fine addition to a Winchester or hunting rifle collection. Good luck and happy bidding!