Pre-64 Winchester Model 70 .270 Win Bolt Rifle, 1953 C&R

SOLD FOR: $1,250

WOA#: WY240108HL006

Make: Winchester

Model: 70

Serial Number: 278025

Year of Manufacture: 1953

Caliber: .270 Win

Action Type: Internal Magazine-Fed Bolt-Action Rifle

Markings: The left side of the barrel is marked “MADE IN NEW HAVEN, CONN. U. S. OF AMERICA / -WINCHESTER PROOF STEEL-”, “WINCHESTER / -TRADE MARK-”, and “MODEL-70 – .270 WIN-”. The left side of the barrel at the receiver and the left side of 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 “278025”.

Barrel Length: 24”

Sights/Optics: The front sight is a beaded blade fixed to a serrated ramp with a sight hood removed.  The rear sight is a flip up adjustable rear sight. The receiver has 4 drilled, tapped, and filled holes.

Stock Configuration and Condition: The stock is a one-piece checkered semi-pistol grip, fluted straight comb, 2 sling ring brackets and checkered metal buttplate.  The LOP measures 12.5” from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate.  Overall, the stock is in Excellent condition. The checkering is crisp and the peaks are mostly sharp with light wear on the peaks primarily on the grip.

Type of Finish: Blue

Finish Originality: Refurbished Stock, Original

Bore Condition: The bore is bright with well defined rifling. There is no erosion.  In this writer’s opinion the bore rates 8/10.

Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 90% of its metal finish. The balance of the finish shows thinning on the leading edges.  There are some light scratches on the barrel and receiver.  There are some nicks and scratches on the stock from normal operational wear.  There are some scuff marks on the trigger guard and the internal magazine cover.  The screw heads range from sharp to tool marked with strong slots. The markings are clear. Overall, this rifle is in Very Good condition as C&R.

Mechanics: The action functions correctly. There is a safety mounted on the rear of the control-feed bolt. 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, thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.

Box, Paperwork, and Accessories: None.

Our Assessment: The Pre-64 Winchester Model 70 .270 Win Bolt Rifle from 1953 represents a pinnacle of American rifle craftsmanship during the golden era of firearm production. Introduced in 1936, the Model 70 quickly garnered a reputation for its exceptional accuracy, reliability, and elegant design. The 1953 variant, manufactured before Winchester’s transition to cost-saving measures in 1964, retains the finest features and quality construction that made the Pre-64 Model 70 legendary among hunters and shooters.

Chambered in .270 Winchester, a cartridge renowned for its versatility and flat trajectory, this rifle offers hunters ample power and range to tackle a variety of game, from deer to elk. The bolt-action mechanism of the Pre-64 Model 70 ensures smooth operation and precise shot placement, providing shooters with confidence in their firearm’s performance in any hunting scenario.

Featuring a classic walnut stock with crisp checkering, refined lines, and meticulous craftsmanship, the Pre-64 Winchester Model 70 .270 Win Bolt Rifle embodies the epitome of American gunmaking tradition. Known for its superb handling characteristics and exceptional accuracy, this rifle remains highly sought after by collectors and hunters who appreciate the fine craftsmanship and timeless appeal of the Pre-64 Model 70 rifles.  Please see our photos and good luck on your bid! -C.J.

Pre-64 Winchester Model 70 .270 Win Bolt Rifle, 1953 C&R
Pre-64 Winchester Model 70 .270 Win Bolt Rifle, 1953 C&R