This .257 Roberts Sporter rifle was produced in February, 1951. It is a high-condition rifle with all factory finishes and in original configuration. It grades in NRA excellent, approaching perfect condition. Just 2% of pre-64 model 70 rifles were chambered .257 Roberts, making this chambering scarce and highly collectible. The exceptional condition of this rifle make it particularly rare and desirable.
The stock is a deep colored piece of American walnut which retains its factory finish in near-perfect condition. The factory steel buttplate is intact with no visible wear. There are no noteworthy blemishes in the stock. No cracks or stains and the checkering is crisp with no issues. The original bluing is near perfect - grading at 98% with just a hint of edge wear. The bottom metal is excellent. There is a small scuff on the left, rear side of the receiver, and a hint of thinning on the top of the barrel, just forward of the stock. These are both just very slight imperfections on a truly spectacular example of this scarce and highly collectible model 70. The bore of the 24" barrel is bright with strong rifling and would support an argument this rifle seen very little use. The action is tight with no issues or visible wear. The bolt is correct and serial numbered to the receiver. We are certain this rifle has been previously fired, but it has not seen much use at all over its 67 year life, and what little use it has seen was clearly done with great care and proper maintenance.
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 receive and transfer the rifle to you.