Winchester Model 70 Featherweight


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 27, 2016 7:01 pm
I'm guessing stags30 is talking about the New FN made Model 70. Mine is an early 90's Classic Feather Weight made at New Haven in .308 Winchester. It's at it's best in the game fields, what it was made for and has become my favorite deer/bear rifle.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 28, 2016 10:37 am
Let's see some pictures Krag...
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I made several changes to this rifle, first was to dig that ball of snot out of the recoil lug cut in the stock that Winchester called "Bedding" and replace it with Accuraglass. Next was a steel trigger guard from Brownells, and a front sight from NEGGC, (call me old but I like a back up to a scope). The scope is a Burris Mini 4-12x in Burris mounts and rings.

Bye the way, it is a true short action.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 29, 2016 10:07 am
Very nice sir...
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 29, 2016 10:29 am
Mr. Krag, your 70 is a beauty queen. The Burris is top-tier in rifle optics. The early leather sling with brass keepers completes a desirable package.

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 29, 2016 12:19 pm
That "queen" see's a lot of use, but is taken well care of. The Burris Mini was a luck purchase, the local gun shop had it on sale, the only Burris they had and a Burris is what I ask for. The sling is an older Boyt I had on my M-1 until going to a canvas sling. With the addition of the front sight and detachable rear, I have the package I always wanted...except clip guides. I do miss those from the pre-war and early post-war M-70's.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 29, 2016 9:40 pm
I was thinking the sling was from a Garand. Then I am thinking...Naaaaaa...just resembles a Garand sling. I was married to a M1 Garand for 10.5 years. Saw canvas sling replace leather. Then M14 replace M1.

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 29, 2016 10:00 pm
It's a 1907? sling used on the 1903, M-1, and M-14. Later as more a dress and match sling, just my opinion the canvas sling was better for field duty. I liked em better anyway.

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 01, 2017 6:54 am
Thought I'd record some of my impressions and experiences with my FWT. I won this used rifle on Gunbroker. It is chambered in .308 Win. When I received it, it seemed to be new. I am not sure it was ever fired. Workmanship is very good - I could find no flaws. Glass bedding is neatly done. The free-floated barrel is nicely centered in the fore end. My rifle was manufactured in Columbia, SC. in 2009. I got this information from Winchester customer service quickly and cheerfully during a telephone conversation.

The rifle wears a VX-III Leupold 3.5-10X40mm matte scope in matching Leupold 2-piece base and rings, along with a black 1" nylon sling. I removed the stuff covering the trigger adjustment screws and adjusted the pull weight to 3 lbs-6 oz. The fully equipped rifle's weight and handling characteristics seem nearly ideal for this 65 y/o rifleman.

I have run a couple hundred rounds of factory and hand loads through the rifle at the time of this writing. Everything works exactly as intended. Accuracy is exciting, BR 3 shot sub-MOA groups at 100 yards are common, as long as I do my part. Today, my intention is to settle on a hand load featuring a 165 grain boat-tail spitzer bullet, probably from Speer, both for hunting and practice.

I have a mule deer hunt lined up for this fall. I am anxious to take this rig afield and apply it to its purpose. I have every confidence in the rifle. Practice will provide me the confidence I need in myself.

Jim
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 01, 2017 9:16 am
Looking forward to pictures of that downed Mule Deer...
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