SOLD FOR: $3150
Model: Custom 70 Carbine
Serial Number: 98427
Year of Manufacture: 1948
Caliber: .250-3000 Savage
Action Type: Internal Magazine-Fed Bolt Action Rifle
Barrel Length: 20”, Custom Cut
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 a pistol grip, straight comb, checkered steel buttplate and sling swivels front and rear. The stock has been refinished. There are some compressions and draglines. There are a few little nicks and dings through the finish. There is some finish wear on the edge of the pistol grip. There is a tiny loss at the rear sling swivel stud, though it is under the finish. The checkering is strong, but the peaks are a bit flat. The LOP is 13 1/2” from the front of the trigger to the back of the plate. The plate has some light wear and has some spots of erosion under the finish. Overall, the stock is in Fine condition.
Type of Finish: Blued
Finish Originality: Refinished
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion in the bore. In my opinion, the bore rates 9 out of 10.
Overall Condition: The rifle retains about 97% of its metal finish. The bottom metal is slightly plum. There are a few light marks on the trigger guard. There is some finish wear on the edges of the rear sight. The action shows light operational wear. Otherwise, there are only light handling marks. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, the rifle is in Excellent condition as Custom.
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: The Winchester Model 70 is an iconic American sporting rifle that has been a staple of hunters for more than 80 years; reliable, robust, and accurate, it is one of the benchmarks by which all bolt action rifles are measured. It has more than earned its nickname of “The Riflemans Rifle“, a true icon. This is a Custom vintage pre-1964 Winchester Model 70 in Carbine configuration that is chambered in .250 Savage. This is inspired by a fairly scarce variant, the original Carbines made up about 1.25% of Pre-64 Model 70 production and there were only about 2,750 of any configuration chambered for the .250-3000 Savage. This early smokeless cartridge was developed in 1915 by Charles Newton for the Savage Model 99 and was the first American cartridge to achieve a velocity of 3,000 FPS. It is a double-duty round suitable for both varmints and deer and while not as common as other rounds, loadings are still available.
The Carbines were made from 1937 to 1946, but the serial number on this rifle dates to 1948 and it is further confirmed that this is a custom piece by the barrel date, it is stamped “48”. The stock has been refinished and has some inconsistencies in the checkering, the barrel has been cut and the front sight base reattached, the ramp hand stippled, the crown is inconsistent from factory crowning, and there are some variances in the wood finish and metal finish from a factory original Winchester. However, the work is well done and is still a very great looking rifle. That said, as a pre-64 Model 70 in high condition, with a great bore it will be a great shooter. Please see our photos and good luck!
Some are hot, some are not, but thankfully most can be shot!