Al & Roger Biesen custom Winchester pre-64 Model 70 .300 Winchester Magnum. Based on a 1941 factory barreled action in superb original condition, serial number 40828 features a 24-inch barrel which was rechambered from .30-06 Springfield and elegantly recontoured to remove the rear sight boss and streamline the transition area over the chamber. (The original barrel markings and proof were retained, with the current caliber designation recessed in a machined oval and the legend “Al & Roger Biesen Gunmakers, Spokane, Wn.” added at top center. The forward recoil lug was likewise retained but its presence is no longer betrayed by a forearm screw.) A sling swivel stud with sleek pedestal base was incorporated. The action has been smoothed and the bolt body, extractor, rail and follower jeweled. The bolt handle has been gracefully reshaped and the bolt knob checkered in the classic bordered triple-teardrop pattern. The extractor face was recontoured and smoothed to “snap over” a loose round not picked up from the magazine. Capacity is 3+1. Additional custom metal appointments include a reshaped and checkered bolt release button, blended rear attach screw (in the cloverleaf tang), custom bottom metal with inside-the-bow release button and timed screw slots. The Australian thin-shelled walnut stock is has unusually dramatic figure for a Biesen rifle. Unmistakable details include an ebony forend tip with widow’s peak, wrapping borderless checkering fields at 26 lines-per-inch setting off the bold Biesen fleurs, petite scallop at the receiver left to clear the Winchester logo, checkered grip cap, scalloped cheek rest with shadow line and beveled edge, and a Howell-type inletted sling swivel stud on the toe line. Finishes are rust blue and hand-rubbed oil. Talley bases are included. DIMENSIONS: Weight is 7.8 pounds and length-of-pull is 13.3 inches. CONDITION: The bore is exceptionally strong and bright, with sharp rifling. Mechanics are superb and the trigger pull smooth. Metal finish is approximately 99 percent as the rifle has seen little use since its inception in 2006. Wood is approximately 97 percent, with only micro impressions and superficial finish scratches present.