Description.257 Roberts Custom Model 70 Bolt Action Rifle made by Pachmayr for Jack O'Connor.
Serial no. 796. .257 Roberts. 22-inch barrel with Winchester proof stamped: CUSTOM MADE BY PACHMAYR GUN WORKS FOR JACK O'CONNOR. Winchester nomenclature removed from the barrel. Early pre-war Model 70 action. Knurled bolt knob. Engine turned bolt and magazine follower. Side mounted bolt safety. Custom triggerguard with integral floorplate release. Single-stage trigger. Finely checkered oil finished pistolgrip stock of well-figured walnut. Checkered steel buttplate with trap. Ebony grip cap and fore-end tip. Wrap-around checkering with fleur-dis-lys and scalloped borders. Cheekpiece. Sling swivels. A Leupold M8 6X telescopic sight on a Redfield one-piece base. Front scope tube, adjustment caps and rear end ring with a two-tone dark bronze finish, balance a dark blue. Fine crosshairs. Leather rifle sling with shoe lace ties and detachable swivels.
Condition: Excellent, as built and showing some use. Barrel shows 98-99% bluing with some wear at the muzzle. Excellent bright bore. Action shows 99% blued finish. Triggerguard and floorplate show 99% bluing. Bolt and follower show some wear to the engine-turning. Stock shows a small nick near the toe, and two larger nicks at the cheekpiece with a few light handling marks. Fore-end shows a deep 3/8 inch gouge in the checkering. Telescopic sight tube shows two small dents. Clear optics. Leather sling in good condition.
In the book, Jack O'Connor by Robert Anderson, Buck Buckner describes the rifle "Winchester Model 70-Pachmayr Custom in .257 Roberts #796: Jack's favorite .257, made in 1950, was built by Pachmayr Gun Works of Los Angeles and was inscribed "Custom Made by Pachmayr Gun Works for Jack O'Connor" on the barrel, which was 22-inches long. A floor-plate release button was built into the triggerguard, and the figured walnut stock was fitted with a trap buttplate. The stock was checkered in a fleur-de-lis pattern with a modest carved border on the fore-arm. The Rifle was originally equipped with a Weaver K4 scope in a Pachmayr Lo-Swing mount.
Before his death in 1978, Jack had negotiated the sale of this rifle, which was concluded by Eleanor afterward. A photo of this rifle can be found in the original edition of The Big Game Rifle (Knopf, 1952)"
It appears that the mounts and scope were changed by O'Connor at a later date. The scope is of that period with the purple cast and according to a long-term friend of McGreevy, he took great pride in keeping the O'Connor and Page guns original.
"Dear Mr. McGreevy, - Thanks for the $1000. I'll expect the balance of $2000 by the first of the year and will hold the .257 for you. It's a fine rifle in every way.
Please tell George Schielke hello for me.
Send the best of Holidays to you!
With receipt for bank draft for $1000 to Jack O'Connor dated 18 November 1977.
Morris Plains, N.J.
Dear Mr. McGreevy, - My wife and I are taking off on a little trip to Hawaii on New Year's Day. We'll be back the 24th or 25th of January. If in the meantime you have sent the on the .257 I'll ship it as soon as I return.
Here's hoping you have a fine 1978.
This may have been the last letter O'Connor wrote on the Petersen's HUNTING letter head.
- With receipt for bank draft for $2000 to Eleanor B. O'Connor dated March 31, 1978.
- Receipt from George Schielke, Gun Smith to Arthur McGreevy, Morris Plains, NJ.
1-Winchester Custom made Rifle by Pachmayr & Al Biesen for Jack O'Connor. For Transfer Only. From Lolo Sporting Goods, Lewiston, Ida."
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