Excellent plus. The rifle retains 99% plus original blue finish with a few light handling marks. The stock is excellent with a few mild handling marks and most of the finish remaining. The checkering is crisp. Mechanically excellent.
Manufactured in 1963. This example of a pre-64 Model 70 is fitted with a special order featherweight barrel chambered for the rarely encountered 284 Winchester caliber. This caliber is not listed in Dean Whitaker's study THE MODEL WINCHESTER 1937-1964. The Model 70 was a very popular rifle with many custom variations having been manufactured. Whitaker notes that "the versatility of the rifle gave rise to many factory -sponsored or factory-sanctioned experimental chamberings and configurations." Factory records are, as Whitaker states, "rather scanty or, in some cases, non-existent." Even today there could still be undocumented variations of the Model 70. The barrel is equipped with a hooded ramp front sight and an adjustable folding leaf rear sight. The receiver is tapped for scope/sight mounting. The left side of the barrel has the Winchester legend followed by "284 WIN." The polished bolt is numbered to the gun. The Winchester factory proof is stamped on the barrel and receiver at the breech. The rifle has a straight receiver tang, late safety and hinged floor plate. The pistol grip stock features a high comb, checkering on the forearm and grip area, sling swivels and a checkered plastic buttplate.