Pre-64 Winchester 70's

ironworker

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I decided to buy a few pre 64's and I don't really know a lot about what makes one worth more than the other. For instance, I was looking at Cabelas gun library and they have a really nice 1959 chambered in 270 win. The price was only $900, the gun looked to be in better condition than another 1957 chambered in 220 swift for $4500

Can someone recommend a book, club or website on the Model 70? (a place that specializes in vintage Winchesters)

Thanks in advance,


Rich
 

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The price of pre 64's is going to vary. Condition and the chambering are the big factor. One in 220 Swift will bring a better price than 270 or 06. I had one in 257 Roberts that brought large money.
Also it depends on the buyer. And what they want.
 

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It depends on what caliber and if it is pre or post war. You can look up the serial number on line and find what year it was made. The more rare the caliber the more it is worth. The most common is the 270 and 30-06 which they made the most of. I believe the 300 savage is the most rare due to the limited amount of rifles in that caliber. There are several books which detail all this info. I found out while researching my friend's pre-64 270. Good luck.
 

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There is a pre-64 Mod 70 in .243 sitting in my safe..hmmmm I wonder what that bugger is worth. Maybe I could get two or three new rifles for it!
 

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Tmoniz,

This is a Featherweight. Looking at the production dates, it was built between 1955/1956. The wood is "used" looking. But it is a solid rifle and very accurate. The bolt is as smooth as a hot knife through warm butter.

Oh, BTW, the scope on it is a Balvar 8 (2.5-8 x 40). I think that was the forrunner to the Bushnell line.
 

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Arizona.
I don't think you would have too much trouble selling off that rifle.
It's a matter of finding that one person that is in the market.
I haven't seen a Balvar in years.
 

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I have a featherweight 06 made in 1951, only problem is my uncle put a peepsight on it & shaved the wood for clearance. Shoots great though.
 

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George Madis is the Winchester guru. His book is great. Here is a link: GEORGE MADIS
I have a 270 featherweight and a .220 Swift. Winchester made all kinds of quirky stuff back then so some are very rare. The price depends on how many there are and condition. For example, a .300 Win. Mag is pretty valualble because they didn't start making them until 1963 so only one year of production on the pre-64's.
 

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