SOLD FOR: $3850
Model: 70 National Match, Catalog No. G7091C
Serial Number: 323210
Year of Manufacture: 1954
Caliber: .30-06 Springfield
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 – 30-06 SPRG-” in front of the rear sight boss 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 “323210”. The bottom of the bolt body is hand-scribed “323210”.
Barrel Length: 24?
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a Lyman 77R globe-style sight that accepts interchangeable inserts, currently with an aperture post installed (no additional inserts included). The sight is dovetailed to a low-profile textured base forged to the front of the barrel. There is a dovetailed boss at the rear of the barrel which is currently filled with a blank. The barrel just in front of this boss and the chamber ring are each drilled and tapped with sight blocks installed. The bridge has two drilled, tapped and filled holes. The left-rear of the receiver has a Lyman 48WH receiver sight installed, adjustable for windage and elevation.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stock is one-piece smooth walnut with beavertail forend, pistol grip, straight comb, checkered steel buttplate, a sling swivel in the belly, and another mounted to the 4? accessory rail inlet to the forend. Also mounted to the accessory rail is a combination hand-stop/sling swivel. There are some scattered minor nicks and scuffs with one more notable ding on the top-left edge below the receiver. There are no chips or cracks. The LOP measures 13 1/4? from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The plate has light wear 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. Our gauge shows an ME of about 1.0.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 97% of its metal finish. Most of the balance is in light operational wear and handling wear on the bolt knob. There is a spot of wear on the top of the barrel in front of the forend. Otherwise, there are only light handling marks. The screw heads range from sharp to tool marked with strong slots. The markings are clear. Overall, this rifle is in Fine condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The receiver is slotted for use with clips. There is a safety mounted on the rear of the bolt. Pushed to the front, the safety is OFF. Rotated 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 National Match. Despite being offered for more than twenty years, from 1937-1959, only 1,971 of the National Match rifles were made, accounting for about one-third of one percent of Model 70 production through 1964. Equipped with Lyman 77R and 48WH sights, this is set up for target shooting with iron sights but this rifle is also ready to accept a variety of other iron or optical sights. The rifle appears to have seen limited and responsible use, it still retains a strong bore and mechanics, so it should make for a great shooter, even at nearly 70 years old. That said, the Pre-64 Winchesters have high collector interest in general and this rare National Match would be an excellent addition to even an advanced Winchester collection. Please see our photos and good luck!