Winchester Custom Shop left hand Model 70 Featherweight .30-06 Springfield. Serial number G15200 is the first left hand Model 70 CRF rifle ever built, even among the prototypes! Although a Sporter stock was specified, a Featherweight stock was delivered, thus it is also one of two left hand Model 70 Featherweight CRF rifles ever made with a long action (including production) . Both the bolt body and follower are jeweled. The barrel is 22 inches long, weight is 8 pounds and LOP is 13.5 inches. CONDITION: Overall is about 99%, with area of flecking and surface rust on cocking piece and a small area of stock finish blotching just above the rear sling swivel stud on the left side. BACKGROUND: This rifle originates from a spectacular left hand battery of eleven Winchester Custom Shop Model 70 rifles with consecutive serial numbers and controlled round feeding actions. Based on receivers taken from the original prototype run of 40 left hand actions (ten were built as test rifles and subsequently destroyed, 11 were used for this group and almost all the rest were returned to production), each of these rifles was hand-built by the USRAC Senior Design Engineer responsible for the Model 70 program in the 1990s. Himself a lefty, he created these rifles for his own use, yet never took them afield. As such, all remain in unfired condition with only light handling/storage wear. Of the eleven calibers, six were never offered in production. Almost all are in Sporter configuration, exceptions being the .243 Winchester (long action with magazine spacer, McMillan synthetic varmint stock modified for an H-S Precision heavy barrel) and this .30-06 Springfield (Featherweight). The purchaser will receive personalized documentation from the builder/consignor detailing the origin and history.
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