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Model: 70 Alaskan, Product No. G7035
Serial Number: 401136
Year of Manufacture: The serial number was applied in 1957. This style was introduced in late 1959 and first cataloged in 1960. This receiver was most likely assembled between 1960 and 1963 (see Our Assessment).
Caliber: .338 Winchester Magnum
Action Type: Control-Feed Bolt Action Rifle with Internal Hinged Floorplate Magazine
Markings: The left side of the barrel is marked “-MADE IN U.S.A.- / WINCHESTER PROOF STEEL-“, “-WINCHESTER- / -TRADE MARK-“, “-MODEL-70-338 WIN. MAGNUM-”. The left side of the barrel at the receiver and the receiver at the barrel are marked with a circled “WP” proof. The left side of the receiver is marked “WINCHESTER / -TRADE MARK-”. The right side of the receiver’s chamber ring is marked “401136”, found again hand-etched on the bolt body. The bottom of the recoil lug at the front of the receiver is marked “458” (see Our Assessment).
Barrel Length: 25?
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a beaded blade dovetailed to a hooded, serrated ramped base fixed to the front of the barrel. The rear sight is a Lyman 16B folding “U”-notch sight with white triangle aiming reference, adjustable for elevation and drift adjustable for windage in its dovetail on a boss at the rear of the barrel. The top of the receiver is drilled, tapped and filled for scope mounts (none present). The left of the receiver at the rear is drilled, tapped and filled for a receiver-sight mount (none present).
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stock is one-piece checkered walnut with pistol grip, monte carlo comb, orange rubber Winchester buttpad and sling swivels mounted front and rear. The stock has some scattered minor marks with a more notable nick at the rear of the forend checkering on the right, another on the bottom below this and a notable scratch on the left below the rear of the receiver. The checkering is well defined. There are no chips or cracks. The LOP measures 13 1/2” from the front of the trigger to the back of the pad. The pad has some minor wear and discoloration but is still fairly supple. The stock rates in about Fine overall condition.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright with sharp rifling. There is no erosion in the bore.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 97% of its metal finish. The finish is generally strong throughout. There are a few minor nicks on the barrel in front of the forend and on the trigger guard. The floorplate has some spots of minor surface oxidation. The action shows light operational wear. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this rifle is in Fine-Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. There is a safety mounted on the rear of the bolt. Pushed forwards, the safety is OFF. If pulled back all the way, it locks 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 & Accessories: None.
Our Assessment: This is a vintage pre-1964 Winchester Model 70 rifle chambered in .338 Winchester Magnum and is quite interesting as the serial number indicates the receiver was produced in 1957. The “Alaskan” style was first offered in mid-1959 and didn’t make it into Winchester catalogs until 1960, however there was another short magnum cartridge introduced to the Model 70 in 1956, the “African”. The African was chambered for .458 Winchester Magnum and Winchester produced a large number of short magnum receivers for this new Style, however it was not very popular and they ended up with quite a few left over receivers, eventually being discontinued in 1963. When the Alaskan was introduced, some of these receivers were assembled chambered for the new .338 cartridge instead of .458. This appears to be the case with this rifle’s receiver, especially with the “458” marking on the bottom of the receiver.
The original Alaskan style was chambered only in .338 Winchester Magnum with a 25? barrel. Considered to be one of the finest cartridges for brown bear, the cartridge is one of the most popular medium-bore cartridges in North America and should make for a great hunting rifle for anything you’d encounter on the continent. This is a classic rifle in a great hunting cartridge that is ready to bag some game. Its high condition and interesting markings would also make it a great addition to a Winchester collection. Please see our photos and good luck!