SOLD FOR: $2505
Model: 70 Standard Rifle (#G7009C)
Year of Manufacture: 1937 (first year this model was offered)
Caliber/Gauge: .300 Holland & Holland Magnum
Action Type: Internal Magazine-Fed Bolt Action Rifle
Markings: Forward of the barrel boss the left shoulder is marked “WINCHESTER / PROOF STEEL”, “MODEL 70”, “WINCHESTER / TRADE MARK”, and “300 MAGNUM”, and the right shoulder is marked “MADE IN U.S.A. WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO. / NEW HAVEN. CONN.”, and “PATENTED”. The left side of the receiver is marked “WINCHESTER / TRADE MARK”. The right side of the chamber ring is marked with the serial number, “4704”. The bolt body is hand-scribed with “4704”. There are ovalled “WP” proofs at the left-rear of the barrel and the left-front of the receiver. The top of the front scope base is marked “4704”.
Barrel Length: 26”
Sights/Optics: The front sight is a brass beaded blade dovetailed to a textured, ramped base forged to the front of the barrel. The base is grooved for a hood which is not present. The rear sight is a “U”-notched elevator sight dovetailed to a boss at the rear of the barrel. The notch is fine-adjustable for elevation. The top of the receiver is drilled and tapped with two-piece scope bases installed. The left-rear of the receiver is drilled, tapped and filled for a receiver sight (none present).
Stock Configuration and Condition: The stock is one-piece checkered walnut with pistol grip, straight comb, ventilated brown rubber White Line recoil pad and sling swivels front and rear. The stock has some scattered light nicks, scuffs and scratches. There is a scrape on the left near the toe, a notable ding on the left at the heel and a more notable scratch in the comb flute on the right. The checkering is well defined. There are no chips or cracks. The LOP measures 12 7/8″ from the front of the trigger to the back of the recoil pad, 11 7/8″ to the back of the pad. The pad has light-moderate wear but is still fairly supple. Overall, the stock isi in Very Good condition.
Type of Finish: Blued
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright with sharp rifling. There is no erosion in the bore. Our gauge shows an ME of about 0.5.
Overall Condition: The rifle retains about 92% of its finish. The finish is thinning at most edges. The balance is mostly in finish wear on the bottom metal. There are some nicks and dings on the top of the barrel behind the front sight and in front of the forend. There are a few other scattered minor marks. The action shows light operational wear. The screw heads range from sharp to tool marked with strong slots. The markings are clear. Overall, this rifle is in Very Good condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. We have not fired this rifle. As with all previously owned firearms, thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork, and Accessories: None.
Our Assessment: This is a vintage pre-1964 Winchester Model 70 Standard Rifle chambered in .300 H&H Magnum. The rifle was made in 1937, the first year this model was offered in this chambering. In addition to being a quite early example of the Model 70, the rifle also has scope bases installed with the front base serial-matched to the gun, possibly indicating that it was a special-order feature installed at the factory. This is a beautiful rifle chambered for a potent hunting cartridge that is ready to bag some game. That said, being not only a pre-64 but a four-digit Model 70 with its features, it will be a great addition to a Winchester collection. Please see our photos and good luck!