Model: Model 70
Serial Number: 759249
Year of Manufacture: 1965
Caliber: .225 Winchester
Action Type: Bolt Action Rifle, with Internal Magazine
Markings: The left side of the barrel is marked "MADE IN U.S.A. / WINCHESTER PROOF STEEL / WINCHESTER MODEL 70 .22 WIN". The Winchester Proof mark is on top of the barrel and the serial number is on the right side of the frame. The left side of the frame is marked "WINCHESTER / TRADE MARK".
Barrel Length: 22"
Sights / Optics: The front sight is beaded blade in a dovetail slot and on a ramp and the rear sight is an elevation and windage adjustable rear sight that looks like a Williams sight. There are rails mounted to the front and rear receiver rings, using the factory holes.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stock is a press checkered and varnished piece, with a left side cheek piece. There are light scattered depressions and no cracks. The LOP measures 13 5/8" from the front of the trigger to the back of the Winchester recoil pad. The stocks rates in about Fine overall condition.
Type of Finish: Blue & Matte
Finish Originality: Factory Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 95% of its metal finish. The balance of the finish shows scattered handling marks. There are one or two freckles of surface rust on the frame, though this should clean. The magazine plate is marked a bit, apparently storage wear. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this rifle rates in about Fine condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. We have not fired this rifle.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: None
Our Assessment: The Winchester Model 70 certainly needs no introduction, but perhaps the caliber does. From wiki:
"The .225 Winchester cartridge was introduced in 1964 by the Winchester Repeating Arms Company.
Based on the .219 Zipper case, and inspired by the shorter .219 Donaldson Wasp, it was intended as a replacement for the.220 Swift cartridge which had a reputation for burning out barrels. The .225 Winchester was chambered in factory rifles by Winchester (Models 70 and 670) and Savage (Model 340). All commercially produced rifles chambered in .225 Winchester were turn-bolt actions.
The round was eclipsed by the .22-250 Remington, already a popular wildcat which was introduced commercially a year later. Winchester ceased producing rifles chambered in .225 Winchester in 1971, however seasonal production of loaded ammunition and brass continues by Winchester. Reloading dies for the round are produced by Hornady and RCBS among others.
The .225 Winchester's case is the parent case for SSK Industries' popular line of JDJ cartridges designed by J.D. Jones, chosen for its strength and semi-rimmed design which makes it well suited for use in break-open actions.
CA Legal or CA Private Party Transferable: This rifle can be transferred/sold in California.
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