I recently purchased a Winchester Pre 64 (1954) S/N 315932 30-06 caliber at a local auction. I had not intended to buy any more 70s (except Super Grades) but after looking a this rifle I decided to go for it. This rifle is as close to new without box that I have ever seen. Outside of a couple small safe marks this rifle is 99+%. The face of the bolt still has most of the blueing. The original hangtag for the bolt was still with the bolt.
A few years ago I had a small (20) collection of Pre-64 model 70s including a Remington 35 transition rifle. Due to age I have been selling most of my collection. I have whittle the collection down to six rifles, three of which are Super Grades. Will probably pass the Super Grades down to the family.
This purchase was because of the condition, not the caliber although one of my Super Grades is in the 30-06 caliber (1957).
Just thought I would let all know that there are nice 70s still out there to be had. RR
November 5, 2014
Thanks for the update. Those pesky M70s can grow on you!!!
I’d like to add the S/N to the M70 survey. Mind telling me whether it has a Monte Carlo or low comb? Both were available in 1954 and seem pretty equally represented.
WACA 9519; Studying Pre-64 Model 70 Winchesters
Yes, Model 70s are fun to collect. So many calibers and variations. The recent purchase S/N 315932 has a Monte Carlo stock.
I have followed your posts on Model 70s and enjoyed your expertise in this area. I am still learning at 85. Keep up posting new and old information on the 70s.