Pre-64 Winchester Model 70 Target 30-06 Bolt Action Rifle 1961 C&R Redfield

SOLD FOR: $2,725

WOA#: WY240108HL001

Make: Winchester

Model: Model 70 Target

Serial Number: 505997

Year of Manufacture: 1961

Caliber: .30-06 Springfield

Action Type: Bolt Action with Internal Hinged Floorplate Magazine

Markings:  The left side of the barrel is marked “MADE IN NEW HAVEN, CONN. U.S. OF AMERICA / -WINCHESTER PROOF STEEL-”, “-WINCHESTER- / -TRADE MARK-”, “MODEL-70-30-06 SPFLD-”.  The right side of the receiver is marked “505997”.  The left side of the WINCHESTER / -TRADE MARK-”.  The rear sight is marked “REDFIELD / International / MATCH”, “REDFIELD”.  The front sight is marked “REDFIELD / International / MATCH”.

Barrel Length: 24”

Sights/Optics: The front sight is a Redfield National Match hooded aperture target sight with level fixed to the barrel.  The front sight uses replaceable inserts. The current insert is a donut supported by two horizontal arms. The rear sight is a Redfield National Match fully adjustable aperture sight.  The top of the receiver is drilled, tapped, and filled for optic options.   In addition there are scope mounts installed, and the rear receiver is drilled, tapped, and filled. Please see our photos.

Stock Configuration and Condition: The stocks are nicely grained smooth wood in the “Marksman” configuration from the factory. The stock is one-piece smooth walnut stock with a semi-pistol grip, fluted straight comb, checkered steel buttplate, 3 sling rings, and wood hand stop mounted to the bottom of the forend with drilled and tapped holes for adjustment. There are no notable defects outside of some minor rust spots on the checkered buttplate.  There are no chips or cracks. The LOP measures 13” from the front of the trigger to the rear of the buttplate. Overall, the stock rates in Excellent condition.

Type of Finish: Blue

Finish Originality: Original

Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp.  There is no erosion in the bore.  In this writer’s opinion the bore rates 9/10.

Overall Condition:  This rifle retains about 95% of its metal finish.  The action has some operational wear. There is some thinning on the edges. The screw heads are tool marked with strong slots. The markings are clear. Overall, this rifle rates in Fine condition for a Pre 64.

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

Box, Paperwork, and Accessories: None

Our Assessment: The Winchester Model 70 Target, especially in its pre-64 configuration, is an iconic rifle renowned for its precision, reliability, and impeccable craftsmanship, solidifying its status as the premier target rifle of the early 1960s. Esteemed for its exceptional accuracy and superior performance, the Model 70 Target was not only the top choice among competitive shooters but also selected by the U.S. Army for sniping roles in the Vietnam War, a testament to its capabilities in both precision shooting and tactical applications.

This specific Model 70 Target rifle is further distinguished by its complete target configuration, which includes the highly sought-after Redfield International Match sights, designed for enhanced accuracy and precision in competitive shooting. The correct target stock, tailored for stability and comfort, complements the rifle’s design, ensuring a seamless shooting experience that is both reliable and effective.

The rarity of finding such a rifle in pristine condition, with its original target configuration, makes it an exceptional collector’s item and a dream for serious shooters. Its historical significance, both in the context of American sporting culture and military history, coupled with its unparalleled design and performance, underscores its value as a piece of firearm history. This Winchester Model 70 Target, with its blend of aesthetic beauty and shooting excellence, represents a unique opportunity for collectors and enthusiasts to own a piece of shooting heritage that is rarely seen on the market today.  Please see our photos and good luck on your bid!  – L.S.

Pre-64 Winchester Model 70 Target 30-06 Bolt Action Rifle 1961 C&R Redfield
Pre-64 Winchester Model 70 Target 30-06 Bolt Action Rifle 1961 C&R Redfield