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model 70 Winchester Question

Discussion in 'The Ask the Pros & What's It Worth? Forum' started by Chick4, Sep 23, 2006.

  1. Chick4

    Chick4 New Member

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    I'm really new at this posting stuff, but I have a question about a model 70 30-06 that is very old. The serial # is in the 1400's range, which, if I read things right, puts it in the first year of manufacture. It is all original and in very good condition. It was shot very little over the years and not at all for 30 years or so. No dings, scratches, or rust. Bores are shiny and smooth. Blueing is probably 90%+. Would being a first year model enhance the value of this gun at all? Not looking to sell it, just insure it. Thanks for any insight anyone can give me. (And I hope I'm doing this right)
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    Hi Chick4.....welcome to TFF! :)

    You've got a very nice rifle there, and most people would consider it a "first year production" (though Winchester actually made serial #s 1 thru 19 in 1935 and yours was made in 1936).

    While some Winchester collectors might pay a premium for a very early production Model 70, the Blue Book lumps the values of all pre-WWII (pre- 1941) Model 70's together.

    .30-06 was the most common of the calibers in which the pre-WWII Model 70was offered, so the value is less than some of the more rare calibers.

    Blue Book Value:

    Model 70 Pre-WWII Production Standard Grade (in .30-06):

    95% - $950
    90% - $800
    80% - $625
  3. Chick4

    Chick4 New Member

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    Thanks XRACER. That's just what I needed to know. And with no particular "extra" value on it, I think I'll go shooting! Thanks again.
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    Welcome Chick4
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