Winchester model 70 opinions

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  1. Nov 19, 2007 #1
    TxAggie94

    TxAggie94 XDTalk 100 Member

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    I'm still in the market for a good elk rifle. I had done a lot of research a while back and decided first choice was a 7 mag and second would be a 300 Win Mag. I decided the that the rifle I ideally wanted was a Savage stainless steel model in 7 mag.

    But now I've come across what I think is a good deal on a 300. Its a Win model 70, composite stock and blued barrel and they are asking $350 (used).

    Any thoughts on the model 70? Does $350 sound ok for a used one. Also, how does the trigger on a model 70 compare to the accu-trigger from Savage.

    Thanks
     
  2. Nov 19, 2007 #2
    ichy_trigger

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    If it was me, I would buy it. the post 64' rifles are not as good as the pre 64's but they are damn fine rifles in their own right and very accurate.
     
  3. Nov 20, 2007 #3
    blefferd

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    i wouldnt say the pre 64s are better than post 64's, the "quality" is still there the only diffrence is the mauser claw type action vs. the push feed type action. (im sure there was some minor quality issues like blueing etc but if you find a mint pre 64 rifle you had better have some cash to spend)

    the new classic style Model 70's are mauser style actions. i have a push feed model 70 from around 81 in .308 and its very accurate and dependable, the only down side to this rifle is its push feed action, there is alot of arguments on which is better alot of nice rifles are made on the push feed bolt, alot of big game hunters want/prefer the claw type action(mostly african hunters) for the controlled feed. I personally prefer the mauser type action, i want to retire my model 70 from the woods after this season and get either a remington or a CZ, in either 6.5x55 swede or another .308.

    my trigger on my featherweight XTR is nice and crisp i would say it breaks at 2-3lbs (if that!) very accurate i shot the NRA symbol on the corner of the target out at 100 yards. it seems a little picky on the ammo it shoots it shoots the Hornaday TAP very very well(it might just be a quality round)
    thats what i use for deer hunting.

    also why not the .338 win mag instead of the 300?
     
  4. Nov 20, 2007 #4
    leeindy

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    i got my deer this year with a 7mm rem mag model 70 that used to be my great grandfathers. i love the gun very very accurate. for my money you cant beat a model 70
     
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    TxAggie94

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    I figured 300 is plenty of gun for what I plan to hunt (elk, mulies, whitetail). I'm really mainly in the market for a gun just for elk and mule deer hunting in Colo and AZ. However, if my dad keeps dragging his feet about letting me have the 243 back, it will get some use around here for whitetail. Like I said, a 7 mag is what I decided I want, ideally. I just hate to pass up this one, as the Savage I want will cost a couple hundred more.
     
  6. Nov 20, 2007 #6
    blefferd

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    you know a 7mag and a 270 have about the same ballistics
     
  7. Nov 20, 2007 #7
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    I inherited Dad's 300 Win Mag - an early Sauer 202. It is one of the hardest kicking and loudest rifles I have ever shot. Brutal.

    Dad also has a 7mag - a Belgian Browning Safari Grade (basically an FN made Mauser action) and it is MUCH easier on the shoulder than the Sauer 300WM.

    Unless you really need the power, I'd opt for the 7mag. I just find the 300 to be brutal...sorry!

    - Brickboy240
     
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    TxAggie94

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    Admittedly, the only 300 mag I've ever shot is my dad's. I didn't feel it kicks that bad. However, that gun should have come standard with a set of wheels and a trailer hitch. That is the heaviest gun I've ever lugged around.

    I'm sure this Win. with the synthetic stock will punch a bit harder.
     
  9. Nov 20, 2007 #9
    jnclement

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    I love Savages, but I don't think I'd turn down a Model 70 at that price. I do think the 300s I have shot were unpleasant.
     
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    The trajectory and velocity are similar, but the 7mag has about 500 ft/lbs more energy. Thats about a 40% increase downrange for the big critters.
     

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