|PRICE:||R 13,000.00 Incl. VAT|
|CONDITION||Good used condition|
FIREARM HISTORY AND FEATURES:
The Winchester Model 70 is a bolt-action sporting rifle.
It has an iconic place in American sporting culture and has been held in high regard by shooters since it was introduced in 1936, earning the moniker “The Rifleman’s Rifle”.
The Model 70 was originally manufactured by the Winchester Repeating Arms Company between 1936 and 1980.
From the early 1980s until 2006, Winchester rifles were manufactured by U.S. Repeating Arms.
Pre-1964 manufactured rifles were made using a Mauser-type non-rotating claw extractor which would provide controlled round feeding.
Post-1964 models were changed to a simpler, push feeding action, similar to that of a Remington 700 bolt.
Throughout its life, the Model 70 has been offered in many grades and styles, and chambered in at least 42 different calibers.
It has been adopted and used as a sharp-shooter and sniper rifle in various police and military forces around the world, including the United States Marine Corps.
The .30-06 Springfield cartridge, 7.62×63mm in metric notation and called “.30 Gov’t ’06” by Winchester, was introduced to the United States Army in 1906 and later standardized; it remained in use until the late-1970s.
The .30-06 remained the U.S. Army’s primary rifle and machine gun cartridge for nearly 50 years before being replaced by the 7.62×51mm NATO (commercial .308 Winchester) and 5.56×45mm NATO (commercial .223 Remington), both of which remain in current U.S. and NATO service.
It remains a very popular sporting round, with ammunition produced by all major manufacturers.
This gun is in good to very good, used condition. It is mechanically sound and functional.
The finish on the barrel is good, with a few, very light scratches in places.
There is a small dent on the muzzle, but not on the crown.
The finish of the receiver is very good, with only one, very light wear mark.
The bolt handle is fairly worn, and there is also some light wear to the safety lever.
The wooden stock is still good with a few light scratches and dents in places, and the recoil pad is still good, but a bit stiff.
It is fitted with a Bausch & Lomb 1.5 – 6 power scope, and a leather sling.
This firearm is suitable for hunting medium to large game.
One of the best known U.S. Marine Corps snipers, Gunnery Sergeant Carlos Hathcock, used a Winchester Model 70 sniper rifle chambered in .30-06 during the Vietnam War.
It was this rifle, equipped with a standard 8×43 Unertl scope, that he used to kill a North Vietnamese enemy sniper by shooting him in the eye, through the scope of his Mosin–Nagant rifle.
Hathcock’s rifle is on display at the Quantico, Virginia Marine Corps Sniper Museum.