Winchester Rifles and Shotguns was established by Oliver F. The first model produced under his name was the Model 1866 lever-action rifle .44 caliber rimfire.
There had been earlier rifles using lever action including the Rocket Ball and Volition Repeater in 1848, Jennings Rifle (patent 1851), Smith and Wesson pistol, and Volcanic Repeating Arms (New Haven Arms Company and Henry Rifles). Henry Tyler (shop foreman at the New Haven Arms Company), the .44 caliber metalic rimfire cartridge became powerful enough to compete with the single shot rifles of the day.
Winchester Repeating Arms Company established itself as one of the world's leading firearms manufacturers of the world, and the subsequent rifles produced by Winchester are highly prized by collectors today.
Markings on barrel: "257", and "P" over "W" in oval. No other markings on barrel like I would expect for all pics i have seen for pre-64 model 70 rifles. below this: "Trade Mark" Markings on right side of action is s/n: "84875" And no markings on footplate.
Facts that I think I know: Stock looks like super grade: cheek rest, black tip on grip, black tip on forearm, checkering wraps around forearm.
So what I think I know is s/n if from 1948, "48" on barrel is when barrel was made.
The Model 70 was produced from 1935 until Winchester closed their Connecticut factory in 2006, with approximately 700,000 Model 70 guns sold prior to 1964.
This self-appraisal course deals with all Model 70 Winchester rifles, but focuses on the pre-64 Winchesters, or those guns produced prior to 1964.
Appraisals To determine the value of your firearm, you must first analyze it carefully. The caliber is roll-stamped into the barrel just in front of the receiver (see following picture). of the Model 70 Winchester Rifle, and they vary a great deal in value.In appraising your gun, you must initially determine if you have the 'Standard model' or another type such as a 'Super Grade model.' After selecting the appropriate Model and variation of your gun, you will be easily guided to the production date and value range. It is often referred to as the "Rifleman's Rifle." It had 11 distinct models (i.e., types, styles, variations) produced, was chambered for a diverse array of bullet calibers, and variations associated with production date.The Collector value of these guns is high and rests mainly on condition, variation and caliber.The fewer the guns of a certain caliber that were produced, generally the more valuable the gun.The see how many of each caliber were produced, click here go to the number of guns produced.