We been looking at various precision Model 70s the last couple of weeks and now its time to come to mankind’s highest bolt action accomplishment. Of course I mean the Model 70 made by Winchester before 1964.
Mine is the varmint model in one of the finest rounds ever made, the .243 WCF or .243 Winchester. This model was made in only two calibersm the 243 like mine and the excellent .220 swift. The barrel is a 26 inch heavy barrel with old style target crown and is drilled for target blocks.
The action is the old excellent controlled round feed. Even though it is a short action round the pre-64s are only “long action”, or more accurately to say standard action length. Below you can see the huge claw extraactor.
I have recently put on a vintage Redfield Accu-Track 4x-12x given to me by a friend. This is a lot more flexible and faster to use than the 8X Unertl. Of course the base is vintage Redfield as well.
The feel of working the action on a Pre 64 is hard to explain. You can feel the quality.
The stocks for the varmint models is a standard sporter stock inletted for the heavier varmint/target barrel. Just in front of the scope objective lens you can see the holes for mounting the rear target block for externally adjusted scopes like the Unertl.
The floor plate is solid steel. You don’t get that these days.
The good old days.
No Remington M700 ever made will ever compare to a Pre 64 Model 70.
Above is Brady shooting one of the much hated 1970s made Model 70s. His varmint is also .243 and was the replacement for the superior pre64 varmint. You can tell in the picture the difference in quality. That said, his Post 64 model 70 was EXTREMELY accurate. We later re barreled it in 308 and it was given to his son as a Birthday gift in 1998.
Above is the only Model 70 I consider a real heir to the model 70 reputation. This is a real currently in use FN A3 Sniper rifle issued to my friend. It is a controlled round feed action. It’s a .308 and is a true short action. McMillian A3 stock and McCann rail for mounting night vision and IR lasers. You can see the AN/PVS 24 we were testing mounted to it. If I needed a precision Model 70, this is what I would buy and the only new made current production Model 70 I would recommend to you.