This is a .243 Winchester Varmint rifle produced in 1957 with all factory-original finishes. The varmint rifle configuration was produced from 1955-1963. It has the 26" medium-heavy stainless-steel barrel mated to a sporter style stock.
The metal is in very good condition. The factory “iron plate” bluing of the stainless barrel has some light wear and fading, and a spot of freckling near the muzzle. There is some edge wear and light scratches on the receiver and the floor plate has some light scracthes and faint freckling. There is light bluing wear on the guide areas of the receiver where the bolt lugs contact the guides. The bolt handle has some light fading and discoloration.
The bore of the 26" stainless barrel has very little throat wear and mild heat crackling near the chamber, but the rest of the bore is outstanding, with sharp rifling and no pitting. We grade the bore an 8 out of 10.
All parts appear original and correct for the rifle. The bolt is correct and serial number matched to the receiver. There are no sights, sight blocks, or scope blocks installed.
The stock retains its factory finish in excellent condition with notable handling marks, but no cracks or splits. The checkering is mostly in very good condition but it has a notable ding in the left side - see photos. The stock has not been shortened or otherwise modified and retains its original steel buttplate. The correct 1.25" target swivels are present.
NOTE: This rifle must be shipped to an FFL or C&R holder who can complete the transfer. If needed, we are happy to assist you in locating an FFL holder near you who can receive and transfer the rifle to you.