SOLD FOR $3,150
Serial Number: 19266
Year of Manufacture: 1938
Caliber: 7mm Mauser
Action Type: Bolt Action, Internal Magazine Fed Rifle
Markings: The left of the barrel is marked “WINCHESTER / PROOF STEEL / MODEL 70 / WINCHESTER / TRADE MARK / 7 M/M”, with “WP” in oval on the left by the breech, repeated on top of the receiver. The left of the receiver is marked “WINCHESTER / TRADE MARK”, the right has the serial number, found again hand scribed on the bolt body.
Barrel Length: 24″
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a beaded blade, set into a ramp base that is under a hood. There is no rear iron sight. A Lyman All-Weather 2.5x Alaskan is mounted with STITH rings and bases to the rear barrel dovetail and left side receiver sight holes. The top of the frame has 4 drilled, tapped and set screw filled holes. The scope has no crosshairs and specks of dust inside – it almost looks like it was designed to be used with the front sight…
Stock Configuration & Condition: The walnut stock has a pistol grip and two swivels installed. The forend and grip are checkered. Some original finish is retained and the checkering remains pronounced. There is a crack at the butt, near the toe. This was poorly repaired and opened again. There are a number of dings, marks and scratches, but the wood remains attractive and has not previously been refinished. The buttplate is checkered steel, with patina and about 50% finish retained. The LOP measures 13 1/4″ from the front of the serrated trigger to the back of the plate. The wood fit to the metal is only fair as a result of the crack / damage at the butt. The stock rates in Good overall condition.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: Factory Original
Bore Condition: The bore is a little dirty but generally bright, the rifling is still sharp.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 75% of its finish. The surfaces have signs of use, scratching and thinning. There is a drop ding that looks like pitting on the left side of the barrel at the forearm top. The trigger guard and floorplate have general thinning and scratching. The rifle shows wear consistent with a used and loved sporting rifle. The screw heads are mildly tooled. The markings are crisp. Overall, this rifle rates in about Good – Very Good condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The trigger has mild take up before a clean snappy break. The bolt glides without issue. We did not fire this rifle. As with all previously owned firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: Scope & Sling Swivels
Our Assessment: You are bidding on a very early pre-64 Winchester Model 70 in a rare caliber. The rifle is mounted with a nice Lyman scope on a STITH mount, which was probably done during its period of use. As it sits, this looks like a pre-war or early post-war hunting rifle – already set up with a favorite scope. The bore is still tight enough to hit center at a couple hundred yards, though given the age and caliber we bet it won’t be shot much more. This fairly early rifle is still in high enough condition to collect… Please see our pictures and Good Luck.
CA Legal or CA Private Party Transferable: This C&R rifle can be transferred/sold in California.