Rare Pre-64 Winchester Model 70 National Match G7091C Bolt Rifle, 1956 C&R

SOLD FOR: $3,148

LSB#: 240102LR003

Make: Winchester

Model: 70 National Match, Catalog No. G7091C

Serial Number: 374501

Year of Manufacture: 1956

Caliber: .30-06 Springfield

Action Type: Bolt Action Rifle with Internal Hinged Floorplate Magazine

Barrel Length: 24?

Sights / Optics: The front sight is a Lyman 77R globe-style sight that accepts interchangeable inserts, currently with a post installed (no additional inserts included). The sight is dovetailed to a low-profile textured base forged to the front of the barrel. There is a dovetailed boss at the rear of the barrel which is currently filled with a blank. The barrel just in front of this boss and the chamber ring are each drilled and tapped with sight blocks installed. The bridge has two drilled, tapped and filled holes. 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 smooth walnut with beavertail forend, pistol grip, straight comb, checkered steel buttplate, a sling swivel in the belly, and another mounted to the 4? accessory rail inlet to the forend. Also mounted to the accessory rail is a combination hand-stop/sling swivel. The stock has minor handling wear with some scuffing at the toe on the left and a few other minor marks. There are no chips or cracks. The LOP measures 13 1/2? from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The plate has light wear around the edges, a few spots of minor oxidation, and well defined checkering. Overall, the stock is in Fine-plus condition.

Type of Finish: Blue

Finish Originality: Original, the bolt is serial-matching.

Bore Condition: The bore is mostly bright with sharp rifling. 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: This rifle retains about 96% of its metal finish. Most of the balance is in light operational wear and handling wear on the bolt knob. There are a few light marks in the bottom metal. Otherwise, there are only light handling marks. The screw heads range from sharp to lightly tool marked with strong slots. The markings are clear. Overall, this rifle is in Fine condition.

Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The receiver is slotted for use with clips. There is a safety mounted on the rear of the bolt. Pushed to the front, the safety is OFF. Rotated back all the way, it locks both the bolt and the trigger. If pulled back half-way, it blocks only the trigger. 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: None.

Our Assessment: This is a vintage pre-1964 Winchester Model 70 National Match. Despite being offered for more than twenty years, from 1937-1959, only 1,971 of the National Match rifles were made, accounting for about one-third of one percent of Model 70 production through 1964. With provision for just about any of the contemporary sighting systems available, this rifle can accept a variety of iron or optical sights. The rifle appears to have seen limited and responsible use, it still retains a strong bore and mechanics, so it should make for a great shooter, even at nearly 70 years old. That said, the Pre-64 Winchesters have high collector interest in general and this rare National Match would be an excellent addition to even an advanced Winchester collection. Please see our photos and good luck!

Please forgive any typos, I was educated in California -Bud

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