SOLD FOR: $2650
Model: 70 Target, G7043C
Year of Manufacture: 1954
Caliber/Gauge: .270 Winchester
Action Type: Bolt Action Rifle with Internal 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 – .270 W.C.F.”, and a “WP” in an oval proof mark. The left side of the receiver is marked with a “WP” in an oval proof mark and “WINCHESTER / TRADE MARK”. The right side is marked with the serial number, “284447”. The bottom of the bolt is hand-scribed “284447”.
Barrel Length: 24”, Medium-Heavy Profile
Sights/Optics: The front sight is a Lyman 77 globe-style sight which accepts interchangeable inserts with a post reticle currently installed. The barrel is drilled and tapped with a sight block installed at the rear. The chamber ring and bridge are drilled, tapped and filled for an optic mount (none present). The left-rear of the receiver is drilled and tapped with a Lyman 48 WH receiver sight installed, adjustable for windage and elevation. The sight does not require inletting of the stock.
Stock Configuration and ConditionGrip: The stock is a one-piece smooth wood with beavertail forend, pistol grip, fluted straight comb, and checkered steel buttplate. There is a sling swivel installed in the belly and another on the accessory rail inlet to the bottom of the forend. The accessory rail also has a sling swivel/handstop installed. The stock has minor handling wear with only a few light nicks and scuffs. There are no chips or cracks. The LOP measures 13 3/8″ from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The plate has minor wear and scattered minor oxidation in the well defined checkering. Overall, the stock is in Fine condition.
Type of Finish: Blued
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright. The rifling is sharp. There is no erosion in the bore.
Overall Condition: The rifle retains about 97% of its metal finish. The action shows minor operational wear. There are a few scattered minor marks. The screw heads range from sharp to tool marked with strong slots. The markings are clear. The screwheads are sharp. Overall, the rifle is in Fine-plus condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. We have not fired this rifle. As with all previously owned firearms, a 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 Target rifle chambered in .270 Winchester and made in 1954. The Target model has a medium heavy profile 24″ barrel and is mounted in a target-style walnut stock. There are provisions for just about any style of sights or optics you could want to mount on the barrel and receiver and the rifle is currently equipped with a nice set of vintage Lyman target sights. The rifle is in Fine-plus condition with evidence of light and responsible use. This is a beautiful rifle in a great target cartridge that is ready to test your skills. That said, the Pre-64 Winchesters have high collector interest and this Target model would be a great addition to a Winchester collection, regardless of the intended use! Good luck and happy bidding!