Griffin & Howe left hand (both bolt and stock) Winchester pre-64 Model 70 .243 Winchester. G&H number 2354 / Winchester serial 355049 is a most appealing example of the storied New York firm’s best efforts. CONVERSION: The bolt handle has relocated to the port side, while the extractor and recontoured safety lever remain in their original positions. The bolt release has been replaced with a flat checkered button. Additionally, the tang appears to have been slightly recontoured and now hints of a cloverleaf. FEATURES: The 24-inch barrel has a hooded front ramp. The bolt body, extractor and follower are jeweled, and the bolt knob wears a bordered ring of positive checkering. The stock is accented with an ebony forend tip and 24 lines-per-inch wrap-around bordered checkering, steel grip cap and a checkered steel butt plate with widow’s peak. Blending of the shadow line, scalloped cheek rest and modest Monte Carlo is most properly executed. DIMENSIONS: Weight, with mounts, is 8.4 pounds and length-of- pull is 13.8 inches. CONDITION: The bore is strong and bright, with the faintest suggestion of roughness (possibly tool marks) showing near the muzzle under magnification. Polished rust blue is in excess of 95 percent, with thinning at the muzzle and a thin spot at the top of the barrel just ahead of the front ring. Wood finish/condition is well in excess of 90 percent, with some thinning, rubs and scattered impressions. The front sight blade is absent. The price is firm and layaway is available. $5,000 plus shipping.
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