SOLD FOR: $3,025
Model: 70 Standard Rifle
Serial Number: 50425
Year of Manufacture: 1945
Caliber: .22 K-Hornet
Action Type: Bolt Action Rifle with Internal Hinged Floorplate Magazine
Barrel Length: 24?
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a white beaded blade dovetailed into a ramped stippled base that is fixed to the barrel. The front sight has a groove for a protective hood (not included). The rear of the barrel has a dovetail blank installed. There is a base for a Lyman 48WJS aperture sight screwed to the left of the receiver, only the base is included. The top of the receiver is installed with a pair of bases and rings holding a Weaver K4-60B scope. The scope has some scattered little nicks, light scratches, and general handling marks. The scope has a few little areas of oxidation and discoloration from previous oxidation. The scope has a German No. 4 reticle and the glass is clear. The scope rates in Very Good condition.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stock is one-piece checkered walnut with a pistol grip, straight comb, aftermarket buttpad, and sling swivel studs front and rear. The stock has been notched for the aperture peep sight base. There are a few scattered little nicks, draglines, and compressions. There are a few hairline scratches. The checkering is mostly strong with a few scattered minor defects and some rub wear. The LOP measures 13 1/2” from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttpad and 12 1/2″ to the wood. The pad has some light wear. The stock rates in Fine overall condition.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright with sharp rifling. There is no erosion. In my opinion, this bore rates 10 out of 10.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 90% of its metal finish. The bolt is serial matching. There is some erosion and discoloration at the muzzle. There is finish wear on the edges. There is some finish wear on the chamber. There are a few scattered little marks through the finsih. There are some little nicks, scratches, scuffs, and spots of frost, the most noticeable are on the bottom metal assembly. There are some scattered light handling marks. The action shows operational wear. The screw heads range from sharp to lightly used. The markings are clear. Overall, this rifle is in Fine condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. 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: Included is the previously described scope and a leather sling. The sling is about to tear.
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 vintage pre-1964 Winchester Model 70 rifle that was made in 1945 and has been rechambered to .22 K-Hornet. It is a Standard Rifle configuration with a straight comb stock. Lysle Kilbourn was a prominent New York gunsmith who created this wildcat from the .22 Hornet by moving the shoulder forward to increase case capacity and achieve higher velocities and greater energies than the original .22 Hornet. The cartridge still has a dedicated following among varmint hunters and when married with a Winchester Model 70 it makes for a very cool rifle. The rifle is in Fine condition, retaining a lot of its blued finish. The bore is sweet and the mechanics are strong. This is a classic, proven, rifle that will be a great shooter. With a nice scope installed, this rifle could be back out in the field dropping varmints for another lifetime. Please see our photos and good luck!
Some are hot, some are not, but thankfully most can be shot!