This rifle was acquired out of a collection in Louisiana where the owner believed it to be an authentic Winchester-built rifle. And indeed, it does appear as an authentic Winchester rifle - which would make it exceedingly rare. Winchester only chambered the .308 Win cartridge in the Featherweight rifle, and any factory-built standard rifle in .308 Win is a special-order rifle which came from the Winchester custom shop. The sight-delete (sightless) barrel would also be a special-order feature. However, after close examination of this rifle, we have determined it was not produced in the Winchester factory, but is a very finely done custom, made to look exactly like a factory rifle.
Although this rifle is a near-perfect replica and very difficult to distinguish from a factory-built rifle, we want to be very clear it is a custom rifle. No doubt, it was produced with the intent to fool a buyer into believing it was a rare rifle produced by Winchester. And indeed, the owner of the collection this rifle came from believed it to be authentic. We are being clear here about its origins to ensure the next buyer knows exactly what they are getting.
The barrel is a near perfect duplication of the factory standard barrel with a factory-appearing roll stamp. The balance of the rifle is all correct factory parts for a .308 Win Standard rifle with original appearing finishes.
The receiver and bolt are both marked with serial number 342570, indicating a 1955 manufacture date. The rifle is in NRA excellent (near perfect) condition.
The bluing on this rifle grades at 98%, showing almost no wear, the notable exception being slight wear on the bolt components. There are no dings or other damage to the metal.
Probably unfired and without any pitting or wear, the bore is rated as a 10 out of 10. Borescope verified.
The Monte Carlo stock is in mint condition, without flaws. The checkering is clean and crisp without any flat spots or dings. The steel butt plate has one small, rubbed spot but is otherwise in excellent condition.
NOTE: This item can only be shipped directly to you if you are an FFL or C&R license holder. If this is not the case, the item must be shipped to an FFL holder near you who can complete the transfer. If needed, we are happy to assist you in locating an FFL holder near you who can assist in this way.
This item is only available for shipment to US addresses.