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  1. I should make note here that the Featherweight isn’t a high-end Model 70. That’s at the lower end of Winchester’s past production capability.

    Then I’d like people to notice something. Notice the sling. A 1907 style sling – I don’t know if it is a to-spec 1907 sling, but I can see from the photos that it appears to adjust as a 1907 does.

    Lastly, notice where the rear sight is located. “But why is it so far forward?! This reduces the sight radius, and makes the rifle less accurate!” Yes, this is true. Same as on the original 1903 Springfield and the original Model 98/K98. Why move the rear sight forward? So that older guys can see them. When you’re young and have the best vision you’ll ever have in your life, a rear peep or notch on the receiver or rear of the receiver is a wonderful thing. It allows you to do some damn fine shooting at a distance.

    When you get older, and your eye can no longer focus close-in, a rear sight that is too close becomes a blurry liability, not an asset. Winchester had wonderful hoods on the front sight, which looks very nice as well as performs the function very well.

    The mid-50’s were probably the second best time to get a Winchester – the other being in the later 1930’s, but for only a couple/three years. The pre-war Model 70’s of the highest value will be those with the “wedding ring” where the rear sight would mount.

    For those who haven’t handled a Model 70, you really owe it to yourself to do so before you think that the Remington 700-style actions are the ne plus ultra of bolt guns. The way the Model 70 of the era above handles is really a step up from both previous and successive models of bolt guns.

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