A spectacular group of 11 left-hand Winchester Custom Shop Model 70 rifles, complete with consecutive serial numbers and controlled-round-feeding actions, has just become available for purchase. Calibers are: .243 Winchester, .25-06 Remington, .270 Winchester, 7mm Remington Magnum, 7mm STW, .30-06 Springfield, .300 Winchester Magnum, .338 Winchester Magnum, .35 Whelen, .375 H&H Magnum, and .416 Remington Magnum.

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 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. All remain in unfired condition with only light handling and storage wear.


Whether you’re a lefty or just an admirer of important firearms, these Winchesters are absolute treasures.


Of the 11 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 LH, Schnieder heavy barrel) and the .30-06 Springfield (Featherweight). The purchaser will receive personalized documentation from the builder detailing origin and history. Most include boxes with handwritten serials and/or calibers. You can take these home for $75,000 plus shipping.

Sportsman’s Legacy is conducting the sale. More information and complete descriptions of each rifle is yours for the asking via tuskhunter@gmail.com or 406-212-0344.