Rare Pre-64 Winchester Model 70 Target, Heavy Barrel .30-06 Bolt Action Rifle – Mf’d 1961
Model: Model 70 Target
Serial Number: 512769
Year of Manufacture: 1961
Caliber: .30-06 Springfield
Action Type: Bolt Action, Internal Magazine
Markings: The left side of the barrel is marked “”Made in New Haven, Conn. U.S. of America / Winchester Proof Steel”, and “Winchester / Trademark”, and “Model -70 -30-06 Spfld.”. There are Winchester proofs on the left side of the barrel and the receiver. The left side of the receiver is marked “Winchester / Trademark”. The right side of the receiver ring is marked “512769”. The top of the rear sight is marked “Redfield International Match”. The rear sight left side is marked “Redfield”. The front sight globe is marked “Redfield International Match”.
Barrel Length: Approx. 24 ¼”. The outside diameter of the barrel at the muzzle is approximately .78”
Sights / Optics: This rifle is mounted with “Redfield International Match” front and rear sights. The front sight uses replacable inserts. The current insert is a donut supported by two horizontal arms. The rear sight is both elevation and windage adjustable. In addition there are scope mounts installed, and the rear receiver is drilled tapped and filled. Please see our photos.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are nicely grained smooth wood in the “Marksman” configuration from the factory. There are many surface nicks and compression marks from use but there are no cracks or losses. The right side of the stock below the loading port has some dings and minor gouges and both sides of the buttstock ahead of the buttplate shows some compression marks. The LOP measures approx. 13 ¼” from the front trigger which has a trigger shoe installed to the back of the metal buttplate. The stocks rate in about Very Good overall condition.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: All Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp and deep. There is no erosion. This is a great bore.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 92% of its metal finish. The balance of the finish shows remarkably few marks on the barrel. The bolt handle, rails and surface of the bolt show light wear from use. There is pinprick frosting on the floorplate. The Screw heads are sharp and undamaged. The markings are clear. Overall, this rifle rates in about Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The trigger pull is smooth. We did not fire this rifle.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: There are two forend sling swivels installed, one on an adjustable hand stop, and a rear sling swivel is present as well.
Our Assessment: This is the premier target rifle of the early 1960’s. The army chose this same weapon for Vietnam Sniping. This is a pre-64 rifle in its complete target configuration with Redfield Internal Match sights and correct target stock. Wow! Wow! This is truly a collector and shooter find. We have never had another one in our hands. This one is a beauty. You’ll even only see one in “The Winchester Book”, Page 506.
Sold For: $2,325