437. Winchester Model 70 XTR Sporter Custom Shop Howard Dove Gold Inlaid Rifle

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serial #G1834847, 300 Weatherby magnum, 24'' barrel with a bright excellent, likely unfired, bore. This beautiful Winchester custom shop rifle is overall as new and exhibiting no blemishes in the metal finish and perhaps an extremely scant, very light handling mark here or there in the wood which one must really search for. The fine jeweling on the bolt body and floorplate are all as-new. The rifle has light engraving at the muzzle with dual inlaid gold bands and lovely gold inlaid light scroll at the breech with a 5 1/2'' wedge of nice factory engraving on the barrel. The receiver shows the same engraving in about 98% coverage with thicker gold wire inlay and open flowing inlaid gold scroll. This motif continues onto the floorplate with an extremely well-executed chiseled-in-relief gold inlaid bighorn ram. The rear of the triggerguard is signed by master engraver Howard Dove ''HMD''. The arm comes equipped with a very nice leather-covered recoil pad providing a 13 7/8'' length of pull. An extremely lovely custom shop rifle, very possibly a factory exhibition gun, previously listed by a prior auction company as coming from the Bob Peterson Collection. (38937-161) {MODERN} [Cletus Klein Collection] (2500/4000) Sold For 3565.00

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