WINCHESTER MODEL 70 REVIEW

WINCHESTER MODEL 70 REVIEW
Written by Kevin Fleeman

The classic Winchester Model 70 Review is here! Back in the good ole days, when Winchester stopped production in its New Haven, CT factory – it put to death the Model 94 and the Model 70. The masses wondered, when would those awesome rifles might make it back to market? The good news is the Winchester Model 70 is back baby! The Winchester Model 70 has blossomed into a fantastic platform for rifle building.

Loaded with cutting edge features the rifle comes in several grades and variations.

SPECIFICATIONS OF WINCHESTER MODEL 70 REVIEW

Barrel Length:          22″
Overall Length:     42.75″
Length of Pull:       13.75″
Weight:                     7.0 lbs.

Let’s take a little look at some of the features of this badboy.

FIT

While some are loved for their rock solid dependability, some have created a niche as the hunting field favorites. Without an iota of doubt it can be summed up, Winchester Model 700 remains as the favorite choice for hunters for the fit it provides. Both the original and current Model 70s gets A+ grade across the board.

FEEL, FINISH AND MORE

Hail the CNC machines for the new choices of metal, the new model 70 is stronger and much lighter than the older one.

NEW TRIGGER

Boo-yah, this is definitely the most recognizable attribute on the new Winchester Model 70. Winchester named their super special trigger the M.O.A. The new trigger is adjustable down to three lbs – not bad. It comes preset with a 3 3/4 pound pull, which again for me is a bit heavy. It’s no secret that a good performing rifle needs to have a good trigger and the M.O.A. certainly is. You get nothing but a clean break when you pull the trigger. The trigger feels good, in fact damn good considering I like em light.

WINCHESTER MODEL 70 REVIEW

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BARRELS

The other super important characteristic of any rifle is the barrel in regards to accuracy. These barrels are forged with a cold hammer and stand to be top quality.

CONTROL-ROUND FEED

This rifle has round feed which is the 1964 and under model.

GUARANTEED ACCURACY

It comes with a full guaranteed accuracy. Winchester says that you can expect to see some major grouping with the Model 70 when the barrel is made right, great ammo and perfect weather conditions.

The accuracy is second to none when shooting about 300 meters and beyond at targets, I was impressed.

WINCHESTER MODEL 70 REVIEW OF THREE-POSITION SAFETY

The newest Winchester Model 70 Review features a long claw extractor like the

Mauser, but it comes with a three-position wing safety. The feature has been copied on a number of other hunting rifles as well. For the uninitiated; with this three-position wing safety feature, the firing pin is totally removed from the path of the sear. However, that’s how the old safeties worked too, so where’s the difference? Take a closer look – in the new design the firing pin has less distance to walk in order to get separated from the sear. This means it works with better advantage mechanistically than others. It provides you with smoother operating safety.

About the author

Kevin Fleeman

Selfpatron.com is a site dedicated to the sport of hunting. We have a deep respect for nature and for the environment and we therefore take the sport of hunting very seriously. Selfpatron.com provides guides on how to hunt effectively, answer reader questions, and reviews of the latest hunting gear.

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