SOLD FOR: $5,057.50

Scarce Pre-War 1937 Winchester Model 70 G7015C 7x57mm 24″ Cloverleaf Tang Bolt Action Rifle

Make: Winchester

Model: 70

Serial Number: 7969

Year of Manufacture: 1937

Caliber: 7x57mm

Action Type: Bolt Action Rifle

Barrel Length: 24″

Sights / Optics: The front sight is a beaded blade dovetailed to a hooded, ramped, textured base fixed to the front of the barrel. The rear sight is a “U”-notch elevator sight dovetailed to a boss at the rear of the barrel. The chamber ring, but not the bridge, is drilled, tapped and filled for mounting an optic (none present). The left-rear of the receiver is drilled, tapped and filled for a receiver sight (none present).

Stock Configuration & Condition: The stock is one-piece checkered walnut with pistol grip, straight comb, checkered steel buttplate and Super-Grade sling mounts front and rear. The stock has some scattered compressions, nicks and scratches. There are no chips or cracks. The LOP measures 13 5/8″ the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The plate has light wear and well defined checkering. The stocks rate in Very Good overall condition as not original to the gun.

Type of Finish: Blue

Finish Originality: Original

Bore Condition: The bore is semi-bright, the rifling is sharp. There is some scattered minor erosion in the bore. In this writer’s opinion and for the age, the bore rates 8 out of 10.

Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 95% of its metal finish. The balance is mostly in scattered spots of minor oxidation and edge-thinning. There are a few scattered light marks including on the bolt rails (the bolt still cycles smoothly). The screw heads range from sharp to lightly tool marked with strong slots. The markings are clear. Overall, this rifle rates in about Fine condition.

Mechanics: The action functions correctly. We did not fire this rifle. As with all used firearms, a more thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance requirements.

Box, Paperwork & Accessories: None

Our Assessment: This a lovely Pre-64 Winchester Model 70 made in 1937. A fairly scarce variant, it is chambered for 7x57mm Mauser, one of about 1,400 of the model chambered for this cartridge. 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 stock has Super-Grade style sling mounts, so it may be a replacement. 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!