Help with value of Winchester Model 70 pre-war

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  1. harryhaller

    harryhaller New Member

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    Hello. I am looking for some help. I would like to sell a pre-war Winchester Model 70 30-06 rifle (marked Model 70-.30 Gov't 06-) with sn 98xxx (1948?). It has a checkered walnut stock (kind of an arrow patter--pointed on one end with notch or V at the other) and is in excellent condition (as per appraiser 25 yrs ago). There is no damage to barrel or stock and the blueing is perfect as far as I can see. It has a Weaver sight. It has been in the family for at least 60 yrs. The values I see have a very wide range and I'd like to get a better idea of its actual retail value today, as I need to sell it. Thanks, and let me know if I've left out information or you need photos.
    HH
  2. TheGunClinger

    TheGunClinger Active Member Supporting Member

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    On this site PITCHERS are everything. Welcome to the site HarryHaller!
    You will find many experts on this forum that can answer most any question you might have. I am not one of those but someone will come along soon I am sure.
  3. jondar

    jondar New Member

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    I have one in .220 Swift. It is in comparable shape to yours. Everything original. Barrel still in good shape, the older man I bought it from said he used lower (3500 fps) velocity loads while he had it and I've done the same.
    I try to keep up on what my guns are worth and I think mine at this time would bring $700-$800 which is a realistic price.
  4. muddober

    muddober Active Member

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    I humbly disagree. A nice clean pre war Swift will bring $1,500.00+ and your 06 if all original in near new condition meaning no extra holes or recoil pad will bring better than a $1,000.00. The reason the difference in price is that the 30-06 is probably the most common caliber of all and not as rare as the Swift.

    Ron
  5. harryhaller

    harryhaller New Member

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    Thanks folks. Yeah, I've heard the 30-06 is more common, but I guess I was hoping that the age and condition would translate into a higher price. The blueing really is about 100% and the stock is excellent, with original finish. As i mentioned, it has been in my family for at least 60 years, and it has never been tampered with.
    Thanks, HH
  6. harryhaller

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    PS When I originally typed "pre-war" I meant "pre-64". It is a 1948.
    HH
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    From the Thirtieth Edition of the Blue Book of Gun Values.

    MODEL 70 STANDARD GRADE (1946-1963 PRODUCTION)

    Standard Calibers
    100% - $1450
    98% - $1200
    95% - $1100
    90% - $900
    80% - $650
    70% - $550
    60% - $500
  9. harryhaller

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    Anyone else able to weigh in? I know that book value and retail/auction value vary quite a bit.
    Thanks, HH
  10. williamd

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    Around here you would be looking at $1200 to $1400. Maybe a bit more if a collector wanted it badly.

    You sure the stock is not refinished????
  11. harryhaller

    harryhaller New Member

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    Absolutely not. Guaranteed! Just very well maintained and never abused,
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