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Lovely Griffin & Howe Pre '64 Winchester Model 70 Rifle

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  Lot #24  (Sale Order: 24 of 711)  
Sold for: $3,500.00 to onsite
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serial #34217, 270 Win, 24" Winchester barrel with a bright excellent bore showing a throat so crisp it appears unfired. The metal surfaces retain 98 to near 99% top-quality G&H rust blue, there being the tiniest ghost of some radial scratches about 2" in front of the receiver ring, they are actually missed at first glance. The bolt body and extractor are bright and show exceptional cross-hatch burnishing while the right receiver race and magazine follower show lovely engine turning, the left race honed bright; the rear of the receiver itself has been neatly narrowed from its original cloverleaf configuration and is very pleasing. The bolt handle has been gracefully sculpted and checkered in teardrop panels top and bottom on the knob; the safety was modified by G & H and sports a larger grooved thumb piece and now acts upon the right side of the shroud, rather than atop it as the original prewar safety did. The rifle is stocked classic style with a flared shadow line cheekpiece in a nice grade of English walnut, the stock rates excellent showing only a small handful of the very sparsely scattered very light handling marks here or there; there is a tiny flake starting at the left side of the butt's widows peak which could easily be arrested. There are checkered grip panels which are nicely bordered and the forearm has a flawless wrap-around pattern. The rifle features the Griffin & Howe signature bone forend tip, blued pistolgrip cap and has a very nice checkered and engraved trapdoor buttplate providing a 13 7/8" length of pull. There is an oval German silver monogram plate along the toeline which is neatly block engraved "HAS" and there is a Griffin & Howe swivel stud on the toeline, with a barrel band base soldered to the barrel. The rifle is sighted with the original Winchester matted front ramp with simple bead sight and heavily knurled G&H hood, the rear sight boss has been turned from the barrel and the receiver now sports a Lyman aperture sight in the factory holes on its left side; there is a sight bridge and bridge blank included with the rifle. The left side of the receiver has also been fitted with a G & H quick-detach base and ring set which supports a 2 1/2X Lyman Alaskan telescopic sight with post and crosshair reticle and bright excellent optics. The scope itself rates excellent with nearly all its original blue. The rifle is absolutely superb and does not appear to have seen any use since leaving the Griffin & Howe. A super rifle, in a super caliber, with wonderful amenities. (36652-34) {C&R}

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This item is part of Auction No. 104 - Session 1
 Saturday, Nov 22, 2014 | 10:00 AM  Eastern
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Lovely Griffin & Howe Pre '64 Winchester Model 70 Rifle
Lovely Griffin & Howe Pre '64 Winchester Model 70 Rifle
Lot number: 24
Seller: Amoskeag Auction Company, Inc.
Event: Auction No. 104 - Session 1
Ends: Saturday, November 22 | 10:00 AM  Eastern

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