Around 1994 Winchster released a custom Model 70 they called the custom sharpshooter. It came with a McMillian stock, a hand honed action and stainless steel barrel. It was such a hit that they nearly instantly sold out. Winchester was keen to fill demand but could not get the stocks in the amount needed. Thus the Custom Sharpshooter was born. There are two versions, the classic, which uses a pre 64 type controlled round feed and the one above using the push feed.
The stock used for the Sharpshooter II is the H-S Precision PST37 model. It has the aluminum bedding black, which obviated bedding compounds, but a user can still skim bed the action into the block which I did. The PST37 is 2.012 inches thick across the outer walls in the area where the action sits. The forend is 2.160 inches wide near the forward end , and at the rear, the butt pad is slightly pebbled black rubber .750 inch thick.
The 308 winchester barrel is a 416R stainless steel barrel with a 1/12 twist that is 26 inches long. The bore is cut riffled with a rockwell hardness of 28-32. Winchester garaunteed the barrel to deliver .5 MOA with match ammo or match quality handloads .The diameter at the muzzle is .900 and nicely crowned. Just in front of the receiver ring the barrel measures 1.2 inches and is of course free floated. Hex head bolts fasten the action into the full length pillar plus accu-block with 65 inch pounds of torque for the front and rear screw. Important note. The middle screw on the Model 70 only secures the trigger guard and should never be tightened over finger tight.
This rifle is the first bolt action rifle that I set up to be a dedicated long range precision rifle.
With the intention of using the rifle for 800- 1,00 yards proper base and rings were needed. The base is the superb Badger ordnance long range base that has a slight cant to give extra elevation adjustment for optics. The rings are the Leupold MK 4 rings like used on the M24 sniper rifle. The optic is a Leupold 6x-18x target scope Vari-X II with target turrets.
You can see by the wear and tear on the stock and the dings and scratches that I have had this one a long time and it has been used a lot.
The trigger on a Model 70 is a simple rugged design that lets you adjust it very easily. The Shaprshooter comes with the standard Model 70 trigger. Newer made “model 70s” do not have this trigger system sad to say.
The gun is very accurate and a pleasure to shoot. I fired a quick 3 round group at 100 yards for this article while re zeroing the gun after putting the Leupold back on it from a gun I was using it on temporarily.
Hand loads for this gun is a load I have been using for a long time. Sierra 175 grain Matchkings, Federal gold medal brass, CCI BR small rifle primers and 44.5 grains of Varget. Warning, load is safe in my gun and I make no claims or promises about how safe it is in any other guns.