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Old December 5, 2018, 06:17 PM   #1
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1955 Winchester Model 70 Featherweight Value

Hello all, as the title states I have a 1955 Winchester Featherweight .270 with a Lyman All American 4x scope that was passed down to me by my father. I'm considering selling it and I'm having a difficult time putting a value on it. It's in remarkable condition for a 63 year old gun, the stock is flawlessly beautiful, the barrel has a few un-noticeable imperfections, and the scope does have a couple of deep scratches and wear marks. Serial number: 353866

Can you guys give me an idea of what its value is?

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Thanks for the help!
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Old December 5, 2018, 11:05 PM   #2
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You're going to take a ding for the aftermarket buttpad. A nice intact stock will run about $300 these days... Those scopes in very good condition run about $100 these days on their own but yours is not what I'd call an adder here.

Hope that helps. It's a great clean working rifle in any case. Maybe $250 below what a factory Featherweight of that similar timeframe and condition would fetch?

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Old December 5, 2018, 11:16 PM   #3
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It is what would be considered a shooter grade pre 64 and not a collector. Prices range, but $700-800 would probably be a reasonable expectation. It's also it is chambered in probably the 2nd most popular cartridge behind .30-06.
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Old December 6, 2018, 11:12 AM   #4
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Yea, I'm sure dad put that butt pad on because she kicks like a mule!
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Old December 6, 2018, 11:13 AM   #5
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Many thanks for the info on value!
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Old December 6, 2018, 12:18 PM   #6
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That rifle is as old as me. If my Dad had left it to me, I'd keep it, hunt with it, and hand it down to the next generation. But that's me, and I like the things that remain from my Dad as a reminder of him. Also, the model 70 is my favorite bolt action.
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Old December 6, 2018, 04:41 PM   #7
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Pathfinder45 - I agree with you. I'm not a hunter and more into pistols. He also left me a 1972 Belgium Browning 9mm high-power that is my absolute favorite gun which I will keep forever. Every time I take it out for a play day, someone wants to buy it.
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Old December 6, 2018, 08:22 PM   #8
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If I owned that rifle I'd probably not sell it. They don't get enough interest to be worth much money. I'd keep it either as is, or use it as the basis for semi-custom rifle.
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Old December 7, 2018, 07:26 AM   #9
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I've seen a couple of the Featherweights in .270 sell in the $700-$900 range, which is kind of surprising given that the standard Model 70 in .270 from the same time usually brings $1,200 or more.

A friend got $1,100 for his Dad's .30-06 Featherweight about 8 years ago at auction. I fired it a couple of times and no thank you. It was like getting punched with a pile driver.
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Old December 14, 2018, 10:22 PM   #10
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Yes $700-$800 for shooter pre 64 m70s either FW or standard. That doesn't include some of the rarer chamberings. Shooters in m70s just like shooter m12s are a soft market. The new
generation is not buying them. I think they were the finest factory made rifle ever produced
I was into them heavy and had 22 of them. They weren't a collection the were a hoarde. I
didn't have any of the rare chamberings. Half of them were 30/06 & 270s. Only ones I can
complain about were the 264s.
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Old December 15, 2018, 01:19 PM   #11
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Your dad's rifle handed down and your thinking of selling it? My kid better take the gun's I handed down to him to his grave! I don't believe the pre 64's are worth that much other than to collector's. I don't think they ever were for that matter but then I'm not a collector! You can buy a number of different make rifle's today for far less that will shoot every bit as well if not better and will out last you unless your just an uncaring slob. In that case no rifle will out last you! Of course if the only thing your concerned with is how much you can move it for, well that's a different story. First thing you need is an interested buyer willing to pay more than the rifle is actually worth!
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Old December 21, 2018, 10:27 AM   #12
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This. I would never sell any of the guns handed down from my father. Plan to hand them down to my son at some point.
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