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Lot 3433: Eight Serialized Limited Edition Winchester Model 70 Rifles

Auction Date: August 28, 2022

Collector's Set of Eight Serialized Limited Edition Winchester Model 70 Bolt Action Rifles with Boxes

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $25,000 - $45,000

A) Winchester "Big 5" Model 70 Safari Classic Rifle in .375 H&H Magnum

Manufacturer: Winchester
Model: 70
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 375 H&H magnum
Barrel: 24 inch round
Finish: blue
Grip:
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 2107
Item Interest: Very Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 271
Class: Modern Long Gun
Description:

Offered here is a gorgeous set of Winchester Custom Shop Model 70 rifles, all of which share a collector serial number. The first five rifles make up a matched set Winchester's "Big Five" series of rifles which pay tribute to the classic five species of dangerous game which have found themselves to be the quarry of prolific hunters such as Theodore Roosevelt and Ernest Hemingway, and continue to be the coup de grace for a select few hunters to this day. The final three guns create a matched set of the WSM North American Big Game series, which celebrates the classic American game whose stories and mounts adorn hunting cabins across the United States. A mere 125 of each caliber was produced, but this is likely the only collector serialized set of all eight. Manufactured in 2004. Features floral scroll engraving on the floorplate and triggerguard, with a gold inlaid lion on the floorplate, gold inlaid geometric border on the scene and bottom metal with "SAFARI/CLASSIC" in gold. The bottom of the floorplate features a gold inlaid African continent and "Big 5". The rifle also features a knurled bolt handle, engraved crossbolts, and jeweled bolt. Mounted in a checkered nicely figured, pistol grip stock with black rubber recoil pad. Includes certificate of authenticity listing the features of the rifle, original box and a generic hard case.

Rating Definition:

Excellent overall, retaining 99% plus original blue finish with limited handling marks, crisp engraving, and crisp stock checkering. Mechanically excellent.



B) Winchester "Big 5" Model 70 Safari Classic Rifle in .458 Win Magnum

Manufacturer: Winchester
Model: 70
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 458 Win magnum
Barrel: 24 inch round
Finish: blue
Grip:
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 2107
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 271
Class: Modern Long Gun
Description:

Manufactured in 2004. Features floral scroll engraving on the floorplate and triggerguard, with a gold inlaid elephant on the floorplate, gold inlaid geometric border on the scene and bottom metal with "SAFARI/CLASSIC" in gold. The bottom of the floorplate features a gold inlaid African continent and "Big 5". The rifle also features a knurled bolt handle, engraved crossbolts, and jeweled bolt. Mounted in a checkered, nicely figured, pistol grip stock with black rubber recoil pad. Includes certificate of authenticity listing the features of the rifle, original box and a generic hard case.

Rating Definition:

Excellent overall, retaining 99% plus original blue finish with limited handling marks, crisp engraving and crisp checkering. Mechanically excellent.



C) Winchester "Big 5" Model 70 Safari Classic Rifle in .338 Win Magnum

Manufacturer: Winchester
Model: 70
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 338 Win magnum
Barrel: 24 inch round
Finish: blue
Grip:
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 2107
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 271
Class: Modern Long Gun
Description:

Manufactured in 2004. Features floral scroll engraving on the floorplate and triggerguard, with a gold inlaid leopard on the floorplate, gold inlaid geometric border on the scene and bottom metal with "SAFARI/CLASSIC" in gold. The bottom of the floorplate features a gold inlaid African continent and "Big 5". The rifle also features a knurled bolt handle, engraved crossbolts, and jeweled bolt. Mounted in a checkered, nicely figured, pistol grip stock with black rubber recoil pad. Includes certificate of authenticity listing the features of the rifle, original box and a generic hard case.

Rating Definition:

Excellent overall, retaining 99% plus original blue finish with limited handling marks, crisp engraving, and crisp stock checkering. Mechanically excellent.



D) Winchester "Big 5" Model 70 Safari Classic Rifle in .470 Capstick

Manufacturer: Winchester
Model: 70
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 470 Capstick
Barrel: 24 inch round
Finish: blue
Grip:
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 2107
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 271
Class: Modern Long Gun
Description:

Manufactured in 2004. Features floral scroll engraving on the floorplate and triggerguard, with a gold inlaid rhinoceros on the floorplate, gold inlaid geometric border on the scene and bottom metal with "SAFARI/CLASSIC" in gold. The bottom of the floorplate features a gold inlaid African continent and "Big 5". The rifle also features a knurled bolt handle, engraved crossbolts, and jeweled bolt. Mounted in a checkered, nicely figured, pistol grip stock with black rubber recoil pad. Includes certificate of authenticity listing the features of the rifle, original box and a generic hard case.

Rating Definition:

Excellent overall, retaining 99% plus original blue finish with limited handling marks, crisp engraving, and crisp checkering. Mechanically excellent.



E) Winchester "Big 5" Model 70 Safari Classic Rifle in .416 Rem Mag

Manufacturer: Winchester
Model: 70
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 416 Rem Mag
Barrel: 24 inch round
Finish: blue
Grip:
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 2107
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 271
Class: Modern Long Gun
Description:

Manufactured in 2004. Features floral scroll engraving on the floorplate and triggerguard, with a gold inlaid cape buffalo on the floorplate, gold inlaid geometric border on the scene and bottom metal with "SAFARI/CLASSIC" in gold. The bottom of the floorplate features a gold inlaid African continent and "Big 5". The rifle also features a knurled bolt handle, engraved crossbolts, and jeweled bolt. Mounted in a checkered, nicely figured, pistol grip stock with black rubber recoil pad. Includes certificate of authenticity listing the features of the rifle, original box and a generic hard case.

Rating Definition:

Excellent overall, retaining 99% plus original blue finish with limited handling marks, crisp engraving, and crisp checkering. Mechanically excellent.



F) Winchester North American Game Series Model 70 Rifle in .270 WSM

Manufacturer: Winchester
Model: 70
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 270 WSM
Barrel: 24 inch round
Finish: blue
Grip:
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 2107
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 271
Class: Modern Long Gun
Description:

Manufactured in 2004. Features floral scroll engraving on the receiver, floorplate, and triggerguard, with silver inlaid scrolls as well as a gold inlaid white-tailed deer with a gold border, gold inlaid Winchester Logo, and gold inlaid "WSM/270". The rifle also features a smooth bolt handle, engraved crossbolt, and jeweled bolt. Mounted in a checkered, nicely figured, pistol grip stock with steel grip cap and black rubber recoil pad. Includes non-matching factory box and a generic hard case.

Rating Definition:

Excellent overall, retaining 99% plus original blue finish with limited handling marks, crisp engraving, and crisp checkering. Mechanically excellent.



G) Winchester North American Game Series Model 70 Rifle in .300 WSM

Manufacturer: Winchester
Model: 70
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 300 WSM
Barrel: 24 inch round
Finish: blue
Grip:
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 2107
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 271
Class: Modern Long Gun
Description:

Manufactured in 2004. Features floral scroll engraving on the receiver, floorplate, and triggerguard, with silver inlaid scrolls as well as a gold inlaid elk with a gold border, gold inlaid Winchester Logo, and gold inlaid "WSM/300". The rifle also features a smooth bolt handle, engraved crossbolt, and jeweled bolt. Mounted in a checkered straight grain, pistol grip stock with steel grip cap and black rubber recoil pad. Includes shipping box and a generic hard case.

Rating Definition:

Excellent overall, retaining 99% plus original blue finish with limited handling marks, crisp engraving, and crisp stock checkering. Mechanically excellent.



H) Winchester North American Game Series Model 70 Rifle in 7mm WSM

Manufacturer: Winchester
Model: 70
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 7mm WSM
Barrel: 24 inch round
Finish: blue
Grip:
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 2107
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 271
Class: Modern Long Gun
Description:

Manufactured in 2004. Features floral scroll engraving on the receiver, floorplate, and triggerguard, with silver inlaid scrolls as well as a gold inlaid antelope with a gold border, gold inlaid Winchester Logo, and gold inlaid "WSM/7MM". The rifle also features a smooth bolt handle, engraved crossbolt, and jeweled bolt. Mounted in a checkered nicely figured, pistol grip stock with steel grip cap and black rubber recoil pad. Includes a certificate of authenticity listing the features of the rifle, original shipping box and a generic hard case.

Rating Definition:

Excellent overall, retaining 99% plus original blue finish with minimal handling marks, crisp engraving, and crisp engraving. Mechanically excellent. This is likely a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to add full collector serialized set of both series. These rifles would be a magnificent addition to any collection!



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