Archive for November, 2006

Winchester Model 70 Featherweight

Posted in Uncategorized on November 10, 2006 by recoiltherapy

I was never a great Winchester fan. Great rifles I’m sure, especially the pre-64 controlled feed 70’s. Even in lever guns, Marlins seemed more durable and had slicker actions than current production 94’s. Plus, scope mounting was much easier with the solid top receiver.

But since the demise of domestic production, I’ve been keeping an eye out for clean examples at a good price. Ran onto one in the local trader a few weeks ago, just Win. 70 Fwt .243 and the price of $300. I called early in the morning and left a message. I got a call back after lunch from an older gentleman who said he had been bombarded with calls. I inquired about the condition of the gun, to which he replied it was near new with a few small rubs on the stock from hunting. Since I was the first call I had the first right of refusal if I wanted to drop by that evening…SURE!!!

Condition was just as stated. I even mentioned he had it priced pretty good, hence all the calls. He said he didn’t want the hassle of people looking at it all week, so it was priced to sell quick so he wasn’t tied up every evening. Fair enough , good deal for both of us then!

Shot it with some handloads the next week. Second load I tried made little cloverleafs at 100yds. Gotta let the thin barrel cool off a little between shots though. It definitely handles nice and carries easy.

Did I mention the wood was beautiful too……….
I may be late to the party, but am now a Winchester fan none the less.