SOLD FOR: $6625
Model: 70 Carbine (#G7025C)
Year of Manufacture: 1951
Caliber/Gauge: 7mm Mauser (7x57mm)
Action Type: Internal Magazine-Fed Bolt Action Rifle
Barrel Length: 20”
Sights/Optics: The front sight is a beaded blade dovetailed into a hooded, textured, ramped base fixed to the barrel. The rear sight is a “U”-notch 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, tapped and filled for mounting optics (none present). 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 semi-pistol grip, straight comb, checkered steel buttplate and sling swivels front and rear. There are some scattered light nicks, scuffs and scratches. There is a more notable mark on the right near the toe. At the heel, there is what appears to be a lower-case “a” or an upper-case “Q” stamped. The checkering is well defined. There are no chips or cracks. The LOP is 13 5/8” from the front of the trigger to the back of the plate. The plate has wear at the heel and toe, some scattered minor surface oxidation and well defined checkering. Overall, the stock is in Very Good condition.
Type of Finish: Blued
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is mostly bright and the rifling is . There is no erosion in the bore, but there is some stubborn fouling. In this writer’s opinion, the bore rates 9 out of 10.
Overall Condition: The rifle retains about 97% of its metal finish. The action shows light operational wear and there is handling wear on the bolt handle. There is faint wear on the top of the receiver consistent with a previously installed scope mount. Otherwise, there are only light handling marks. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, the rifle is in Fine 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: A brown leather sling is included.
Our Assessment: This is a lovely Pre-64 Winchester Model 70 Carbine made in 1951. A fairly scarce variant, its 20″ barrel is chambered for 7x57mm Mauser. Carbines made up about 1.25% of pre-64 Model 70 production and there were only about 1,400 of any configuration chambered for 7mm Mauser. This early smokeless cartridge was developed in the 1890s, but remains in production today and is popular for use in hunting small to medium game. It is quite versatile with a fairly flat trajectory, modest recoil, and a wide variety of loadings are typically available.
The rifle itself is in Fine condition with wear primarily in the stock, consistent with responsible use in the field. The bore and the mechanics are strong. This should still prove to be a great hunting rifle for the lucky winner. That said, as a pre-64 Model 70 in high condition and a scarce variant, it will also make a great addition for the collector. Good luck and happy bidding!
Please forgive any typos, I was educated in California -Bud