Originally Posted by Apex-Predator
Having owned several of both I would take a 70 over another 700 any day without question. The new FN version is better then ever.
hey, hey, hey! now i gotta call foul here Apex! JK! my father has a M70 in 243 Win. that he bought in 1969 or 1970. i cleaned it up for him last year after it sitting in his gun safe for over 15 years and mounted a new scope to replace the one he put on it over 40 years ago! i shot it with handloads he had made for it over 20 years ago when he still reloaded for it. well that old M70 has probably shot several thousands of rounds through it and dad only used it for target shooting. well once i got it sighted in, it produced a pretty much one ragged hole group with all shots touching at 100 yards. yep, it was still as accurate as i remember!
not for sure exactly what model his is, but it's M700 equivilant would be a wood stocked BDL. his has the ebony fore end tip, metal grip cap, hinged floorplate, deluxe checkering, walnut stock and very deep and rich blueing. i can still remember when he bought the rifle new and holding it my first time when i was young. it was also the first centerfire rifle i ever shot and the first rifle used for my first few deer when i was young. even over 40 years later, i am still in awe of that rifle when i hold it or shoot it.