Winchester rifle

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  1. model70

    model70 6 pointer

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    I'm a Winchester model 70 fan, in case you missed that. Anyone heard or have any reviews of the model 70 since the company moved? Am planning to buy a new 7 mag. Probably going to be a model 70. Thanks
     
  2. predator1

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    The new Model 70's are great rifles. Most of the ones from the 80's and 90's left a bad taste in my mouth. Always loved the look and feel. Just never could find one that was accurate enough to suit me. I've owned 6 in anything from 22-250 to 300 Win Mag. I've thought about trying to get a newer one since they come with a reputation for accuracy like the older ones.
     
  3. JDMiller

    JDMiller 12 pointer

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    Same here ..... love the model 70's.

    Which I've got one of the "new" model 70's after FN (who also owns Browning) started the production of the pre-64 specs. They made them in South Carolina from 2008-2013. Then my understanding is they moved assembly to Portugal.

    I bought mine new ... I'm thinking in 2011.. which it's stamped on one side of the barrel made in the USA along with Winchester Repeating Arms. The other side is stamped BAC - Morgan Utah which BAC stands for Browning Arms Company.

    Mine is a Featherweight Model chambered in 30-06. Which it's stainless and walnut.... a limited production run of that combination. It's got the controlled round feed ( Mauser style action), 3-position safety & adjustable trigger. The fit & finish is top grade and the action is smooth as butter. Accuracy wise is exceptional .. being it no doubt can shoot better than I can make it. But off a bench you can easily get sub 1" groups @ 100 yds with factory ammo.

    I'd highly recommend one ... but I'd be partial to the ones made from 2008-2013 if I found one used. Which I'm sure a brand spankin new 2017 is probably as good quality.. but it means more to me to have the USA on a Winchester.

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  4. davers

    davers 10 pointer

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    Winchester model 70s, built back in the late 1960's were horrible, especially ones made in 1968 to the mid-1970's.
     
  5. model70

    model70 6 pointer

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    That's a great looking rifle JD. I've got two that were manufactured in the 90's. Had a a 7 mag. from the 90's, but made the mistake of letting it go for some reason. Now every other company is going cheap with their stuff or moving out of the country or both. Witch is what led to my question. Im probably going to look at the new Winchester pretty hard if I don't find one like yours. Thanks again
     
  6. Lady Hunter

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    Don't know anything about the new ones but have several pre-64's that various family members and I have used to knock deer down every year for the past 20... They'll drive tacks when properly sighted in.
     
  7. KYT

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    My featherweight 30 06 says made in New Haven Conn. USA. I'm thinking it is mid 80's. Had a heavy trigger new, but once i had a gunsmith tone that down it has been remarkably accurate.
    Got a Mod 70 around 2000 that I called the factory about the 8 or 9 pound trigger. They didn't seem to think that was a problem, and offered no help. Whatever year it was the trigger was only gunsmith adjustable. Once that was done-- at my expense-- it shot fine.
     
  8. model70

    model70 6 pointer

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    I have all my rifle triggers tuned to 4 pounds. I've never had one I could adjust myself. I've had a few in the past you almost had to stand on the trigger to make go off, but after a trigger job they seem to shoot pretty good.
     
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  9. predator1

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    I've never seen a model 70 that wasn't easy to adjust the trigger? It's a very simple design and process.
     
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  10. Kaibaby

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    I'd gladly take a new Featherweight in 308. Sure like yours JDMiller!
     
  11. EC

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    A .30-06 featherweight? That must be painful to sight in.
     
  12. KYT

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    With superformance mag rounds it does have a kick at both ends. It has a good butt pad and I use an extra shoulder pad for rough sight in and just a few on the shoulder shots to finish up. Never feel a thing shooting at game. The kick is considerably worse with 180 gr bullets, but I use 150 usually.
     
  13. JDMiller

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    The model 70 in the pic I posted earlier & below is a featherweight in 30-06.... it came with a Pachmayr Decelerator recoil pad. Being its probably one of the best recoil pads I've ever used on a gun.

    The recoil is not too bad....it no doubt has a kick...but honestly no worse than any Remington 700 in 270 I've owned using 150 grain loads.

    I initially sighted the gun in with 150gr loads... but my daughter drew a firearm bull tag in 2013. So for elk... I opted to set it up with 180 gr Nosler Accubonds. Which she used it on a pretty good bull first morning of her hunt...and he was dead within 30 yds of impact. That said... I had her practicing with the gun in a lead sled with just a few off hand shots on shooting sticks. But the morning she shot the bull... she was so excited she never felt a thing.

    Needless to say..... its still set up for 180's .....but I use the 180gr Winchester Ballistic Silvertip for deer.


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  14. aggie_archer

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    Love my model 70, depending what it will be used for and your taste I highly suggest looking at the all weather S.S. Extreme. I have one in a .243 and it's an absolute pleasure to shoot and lug around all day.
     
  15. davers

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