Pre-64 Winchester Model 70 .30 Gov’t ‘06 Bolt Rifle, 1948 Transition C&R

SOLD FOR: $1,105

WOA#: WY240108HL013

Make: Winchester

Model: 70

Serial Number: 83867

Year of Manufacture: 1948

Caliber: .30 Gov’t ‘06

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 – .30 GOV’T ‘06-”. 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 “83867”. The serial number is also hand-scribed on the bottom of the bolt body.

Barrel Length: 24”

Sights/Optics: The front sight is a beaded blade, dovetailed onto a stippled ramp base, that is fixed to the barrel and covered with a blue sight hood.   The rear sight is a “U” notched leaf that is adjustable for elevation and is in a slide-step elevator that is dovetailed onto the barrel. The receiver has 4 drilled, tapped, and filled holes.

Stock Configuration and Condition: The stock is a one-piece checkered walnut with semi-pistol grip, fluted straight comb, 2 sling rings, and vented rubber Pachmayr buttpad.  The LOP measures 14.25” from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttpad and about 13.25 to the wood respectively.  Overall, the stock is in Excellent condition.  Outside of 3 small scrapes on the right side of the buttstock, the stock is pristine.  The checkering is crisp and the peaks are sharp.

Type of Finish: Blue

Finish Originality: Refinished

Bore Condition: The bore is bright with sharp rifling. There is copper fouling in the grooves.  In this writer’s opinion the bore rates 9/10.

Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 93% of its metal finish. The balance of the finish shows thinning on the leading edges.  The sides of the front sight base are scraped likely from the sight hood.  There are some light scratches on the barrel and receiver.  The bolt appears to be scrubbed. The screw heads range from sharp to tool marked with strong slots. The markings are clear. Overall, this rifle is in Fine condition as refinished.

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: This Transitionary period Pre-64 Winchester Model 70, manufactured in 1948, chambered in .30-06 Springfield (marked as “.30GOV’T ’06”), is a highly sought-after rifle renowned for its exceptional craftsmanship, accuracy, and reliability. This particular model, produced before the significant manufacturing changes in 1964, represents the golden era of American bolt-action rifle production. The .30-06 Springfield caliber, a versatile and powerful cartridge, makes this rifle suitable for a wide range of hunting applications, from deer to larger game. The 1948 Model 70 is especially prized for its controlled round feeding, a feature that ensures reliable cycling under diverse conditions. This rifle’s Mauser-style action, combined with a finely crafted walnut stock and a meticulously blued steel barrel, underscores its status as both a collector’s piece and a highly functional hunting rifle. Its reputation for precision and durability has cemented its place in the annals of American firearms history, making it an attractive piece for collectors and shooting enthusiasts who appreciate the blend of traditional craftsmanship with shooting performance.  Please see our photos and good luck on your bid! -L.S.

Pre-64 Winchester Model 70 .30 Gov’t ‘06 Bolt Rifle, 1948 Transition C&R
Pre-64 Winchester Model 70 .30 Gov’t ‘06 Bolt Rifle, 1948 Transition C&R