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Model: 70 Standard Rifle, Product Number G7006C
Serial Number: 107657
Year of Manufacture: 1949
Caliber: .257 Roberts
Action Type: Bolt Action Rifle with Internal Hinged Floorplate Magazine
Markings: The left side of the barrel is marked “MADE IN NEW HAVEN, CONN. U.S. OF AMERICA / -WINCHESTER PROOF STEEL-”, “WINCHESTER / -TRADE MARK-“, “MODEL 70 – 257 ROBERTS” in front of the rear sight and at the rear with an ovalled “WP” proof, found again on the left of the receiver’s chamber ring. The left side of the receiver is marked “WINCHESTER / -TRADE MARK-”. The right side of the receiver’s chamber ring is marked “107657”. The serial number is scribed on the bottom of the bolt.
Barrel Length: 24″
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a brass beaded blade dovetailed to a hooded, textured, ramped base fixed to the front of the barrel. The rear sight is a folding “U”-notch sight with a white triangle aiming reference dovetailed to a boss at the rear of the barrel with the notch fine-adjustable for elevation. The top of the receiver is drilled and tapped with two-piece Weaver bases and rings holding a Nikon Monarch 3-9x scope with duplex reticle. The scope has minor wear in the body with fairly clear glass. There are two drilled, tapped and filled holes at the left-rear of the receiver for a receiver sight (none present).
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stock is one-piece hand checkered walnut with a pistol grip, straight comb, sling swivels front and rear, and a checkered blued steel shotgun-style buttplate. The stock has minor wear behind the front sling swivel and a few scattered minor marks. 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 buttplate. The plate has light wear, mostly around the edges, and well defined checkering. Overall, the stock is in about Fine 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 94% of its metal finish. The finish is thinning at all edges. There is some scattered minor finish wear and a few small nicks and scratches. The action shows operational wear, the bolt knob has handling wear. The screw heads range from sharp to tool marked with strong slots. The markings are clear. Overall, this rifle is in Very Good-Fine condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. There is a safety mounted on the top-rear of the bolt. Pushed forwards, the safety is ON. If pulled back all the way, the safety is OFF. 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: This rifle comes with the installed scope as described. Also included is an AA & E leather sling with a tooled leather pad carved with an elk scene.
Our Assessment: This is a vintage pre-1964 Winchester Model 70 rifle chambered in .257 Roberts made in 1949. The rifle is the “Standard Rifle” style with factory iron sights and checkered walnut stock. The vast majority of the blue finish remains in the metal and the rifle has a great bore. Invented by Ned Roberts, the .257 Roberts cartridge was made from the 7mm Mauser case but necked down to .250″ or “quarter bore”. The result is a great all-around hunting cartridge that is still popular with hand-loaders today. While this would still make a great hunting rifle, especially with the included sling and scope, the Pre-64 Winchesters have high collector interest, and this example would be a great addition to a Winchester collection. Please see our photos and good luck!