SOLD FOR: $1,091.00
Model: 70 Westerner, Product No. G7045
Serial Number: 493970
Year of Manufacture: 1960 (http://www.winchesterguns.com/content/dam/winchester-repeating-arms/support/faq/serial-number-reference/Winchester-Manufacture-Dates-by-Year-2012-Scanned-Documents.pdf), First Year Offered
Caliber: .264 Winchester Magnum
Action Type: Bolt Action Rifle with Internal Hinged Floorplate Magazine
Markings: The left side of the barrel is marked “-MADE IN U.S.A.- / WINCHESTER PROOF STEEL- / -WINCHESTER- / -TRADE MARK- / -MODEL-70-264 WIN MAGNUM-”. The left side of the barrel at the receiver and the receiver at the barrel are marked with a circled “WP” proof. The left side of the receiver is marked “WINCHESTER / -TRADE MARK-”. The right side of the receiver’s chamber ring is marked “493970”.
Barrel Length: 26″
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a beaded blade dovetailed to a hooded, serrated ramped base fixed to the front of the barrel. The rear sight is a folding “U”-notch sight with white triangle aiming reference, adjustable for elevation and drift adustaable for windage in its dovetail on a boss at the rear of the barrel. The top of the receiver is drilled, tapped and filled for scope mounts (none present). The left of the receiver at the rear is drilled, tapped and filled for a peep-sight mount (none present).
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stock is one-piece hand checkered walnut with a lacquered finish, pistol grip, Monte Carlo comb, and a checkered black plastic buttpalte. There are sling swivels mounted on the underside of the forend and in the belly near the butt. The stock has only a few scattered light compressions and light handling marks. There are no chips or cracks. The LOP measures 13 3/8” from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The plate shows very light wear with sharp checkering, in about Fine-plus condition. The stock rates in about Fine condition.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright with sharp rifling. There is no erosion in the bore.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 92% of its metal finish. The barrel has several scattered light marks with a concentration of these marks on the top of the barrel over the forward sling swivel and a patch of wear behind the rear sight’s boss. The receiver has thinning finish at its edges. The floorplate shows light wear and light oxidations at its edges, moreso at the front> The trigger guard has thinning at its edges and some scattered light marks. The screw heads are tool marked but have strong slots. The markings are clear. Overall, this rifle rates in about Very Good-plus condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. There is a safety mounted on the right side of the receiver. Pushed forwards, the safety is OFF. If pulled 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 rifle chambered in .264 Winchester Magnum and made in 1960, the first year that cartridge was offered. The rifle is the “Westerner” style and was part of the introduction of Winchester’s belted magnum cartridges in the late ’50s and early ’60 with less recoil and higher velocities than the others. With its high velocity and excellent ballistics coefficient, the .264 Win Mag is not only suitable for any game animal in North America, it makes a fine long-range target rifle as well. This is a beautiful rifle in a great hunting cartridge that is ready to bag some game. Please see our photos and good luck!
CA Legal or CA Private Party Transferable: This C&R eligible rifle can be transferred in California.