SOLD FOR: $5056.97
Year of Manufacture: 1938
Caliber/Gauge: .250-3000 Savage
Action Type: Bolt Action Rifle with Internal Magazine
Barrel Length: 24”
Sights/Optics: The front sight is a brass beaded blade dovetailed into a hooded, textured, ramped base fixed to the barrel. The rear sight is a “U”-notch elevator sight dovetailed to the rear of the barrel, the notch is fine-adjustable for elevation. The top of the chamber ring is drilled, tapped and filled, the bridge had a hole drilled but it has been blind-filled and the serrations blended. The left-rear of the receiver is drilled, tapped and filled for a receiver sight (none present).
Stock Configuration and Condition: The stock is a one-piece checkered walnut with pistol grip, straight comb, checkered steel buttplate and sling swivels front and rear. The grain is fairly straight in the forward portion with attractive figuring in the butt. The stock has no notable wear or damage, only light handling marks. 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 buttplate. The plate has polish marks under the finish, appearing to have been refinished, but has strong finish and well defined checkering. Overall, the stock is in about Excellent condition.
Type of Finish: Blued
Finish Originality: The bridge has been touched up where the hole was filled and the buttplate appears to have been refinished. Otherwise, the finish is Original. The bolt is serial-matched to the receiver.
Bore Condition: The bore is mostly bright and the rifling is sharp. There is infrequent faint erosion in the bore, mostly toward the muzzle-end. In this writer’s opinion, the bore rates 9 out of 10.
Overall Condition: The rifle retains about 93% of its finish. The finish is generally strong. There are a few light nicks, scuffs and scratches. There are infrequent spots of minor surface oxidation. There is some more concentrated wear inside the trigger guard. The action shows normal operational wear. The markings are clear. The screwheads range from sharp to tool marked with strong slots. Overall, the rifle is in Very Good-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: None.
Our Assessment: This is a vintage pre-1964 Winchester Model 70 rifle chambered in .250-3000 Savage and made in 1938. It is a Standard Rifle configuration with 24″ barrel and a checkered walnut stock. The .250-3000 Savage cartridge is a “quarter-bore” round that can push was designed by Charles Newton, able to push an 87 grain projectile at 3,000 fps. This gives the cartridge outsized damage for its small size and was the first American cartridge to achieve 3,000 fps. The rifle is in Very Good-Fine condition with about 93% of its finish remaining, little sign of wear in the stock, a nice bore and strong mechanics. The bridge was drilled at one point, but it has been skillfully filled with the serrations blended. The stock’s grain has some beautiful figuring toward the butt-end. This is a beautiful rifle in a desirable cartridge that is ready to head back out in the field or add to your Winchester collection. Please see our photos and good luck!
Please forgive any typos, I was educated in California. -Bud