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Old 11-22-2013, 04:39 AM   #1
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Default Winchestor Model 70...thoughts?

My dad just bought his first hunting rifle today..

A Winchester Model 70 featherweight
Wood grain stock.
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22" barrel

I don't know too much about Winchester rifles, but what do you think?

I've heard it's got a great reputation..
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Old 11-22-2013, 05:00 AM   #2
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The legendary Winchester Mdl. 70 was made from 1937-1963. The rifle has undergone many changes. The American Winchester company is only a memory of a bygone time.
The current Winchester Mdl. 70 is a product of FN under a Winchester license. I would think they are quality firearms.
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The legendary Winchester Mdl. 70 was made from 1937-1963. The rifle has undergone many changes. The American Winchester company is only a memory of a bygone time. The current Winchester Mdl. 70 is a product of FN under a Winchester license. I would think they are quality firearms.
I went with him and the guy at the store (sportman's warehouse) said that this model was built to pre 1963 specs..

So sounds like a good firearm, yeah?
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Yes FN has a fine reputation for making quality firearms. FN owns Browning and Winchester with corporate head quarters in Morgan, Ut. FN of Belgium was the producers of many Browning patents. The current FN Winchester Mdl. 70 offering is American made.
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How do they stack up to the Remington 700?

Is one "better" than the other?

Which tends to be more accurate, or reliable, etc.?
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How do they stack up to the Remington 700?

Is one "better" than the other?

Which tends to be more accurate, or reliable, etc.?
the current winchesters under fn are lightyears ahead of remingtons in quality

the classic versions of the m70 are what you look for.
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I brought a model 70 in 1962, it was a featherweight in 308 with a weaver 4x scope. At 6.25 # it kicked way to hard and hurt way to much to enjoy. It was very accurate and at that time you could get anything from 180 to 110 factory loads. Ending up taking a loss and sold it for $125. Had over $200 in it with.scope
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Too bad. The .308 Mdl. 70 Pre-64 Feather Weights are very popular stalking rifles for hunting in the Rocky Mtns. These are compact rugged dependable firearms.
In very cold and freezing wet mountain conditions the Remington 700 extractors often fails. The Pre-64 Mdl.70 retained the battle proven Mauser external spring extractor.
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I have a synthetic stocked stainless M70 in .243 for whitetail hunting in the midwest. I could not possibly be happier with any weapon than I am with this particular rifle. I like the 3 position safety (some think it is ridiculous and inconvenient) and my rifle is balls on accurate. It has claimed a number of deer (though I cant take the credit for most of em) and it works when I ask it to! When sighting in this fall for rifle season I used 1" stickers and I was able to put all 3 shots of a 3 shot group on the dot in 6 groups out of 6 groups. I am not a great shot by any means so this felt great to me! Got it in a trade wherein I let go of an sks and a hundred buckaroos... great deal now because the M70 sells for so much more..
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I had a winchester mod 70 in 30-06. It was an awesome rifle. I wish i never sold it.


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