We love researching the rare, famous, or otherwise special model 70s, especially when all the pieces fall into place. We spotted a couple rifles being sold at auction and a bit of research turned up the fact they were a very special matched pair of special order guns.
The rifles are desirable in their own right - a 1937 .375 straight taper Super Grade and a 1938 .300 H&H Super Grade.
What makes these rifle extra special is a very unique custom feature – they were stocked by Winchester in the Oregon / California native hardwood myrtlewood rather than Walnut. The wood was supplied to Winchester by the original owner. And the best part of this story is that it is all documented.
The provenance of these rifles is outstanding. They are featured on page 258 of Roger Rule’s book (figure 8-29) looking exactly as the do today. Rule describes them as “Class 3 Special Orders: two beautiful Super Grades stocked in myrtlewood supplied by the customer, who was probably left-handed, as both are without cheek rests. Top gun is serial number 10430 (1937) .375 H&H Magnum. Bottom is serial number 13987 (1938) .300 H&H Magnum. Mike Nelson Collection.”
We also have found records of these serial numbers in Bob Porter’s model 70 card file, showing Bob spotted them in 1978, 1983 and 1999 at various expos and gun shows in California and Nevada.
These rifles are highly collectible with investment-quality provenance. Because of their shared history, we will only offer the rifles as a pair.
The rifles have been used but remain in NRA very good to excellent condition with no notable issues. Both rifles have some finish loss on the floorplates and some minor handling marks on the stocks but are otherwise in outstanding condition.