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Winchester Model 70 History and General Information:
Winchester Model 70: Super Grade, Featherweight, Sporter, Safari Express, Extreme Weather, Coyote Light, Ultimate Shadow.
Overviews: Actions, Barrels, Triggers, History.

 2008 - The Winchester Model 70 Rifle Returns. Today's Winchester Model 70s are made at one of the most advanced firearms facilities in the world. The new Winchester Repeating Arms wing of FN Manufacturing in Columbia, South Carolina, United States of America are manufacturing perhaps the best Winchester Model 70 rifles ever before in Winchester history. Offering a 1 inch MOA accuracy standard with the also new innovative M.O.A. Trigger System that comes standard with each new Winchester Model 70.


Winchester Model 70 Super Grade Rifle:
 Foremost in the Winchester Model 70 series is the elegant Super Grade as this is one of the best fit and finish rifles ever to bare the name Winchester, Model 70. The rich warm walnut grain and figure of the fancy grade stock with precisely cut checkering complement the contrasting black fore-end tip and pistol grip cap. The sleek lines of the sculpted shadowline cheekpiece flow across the stock. A blued steel stock crossbolt is tastefully engraved, adding both strength and elegance, while inletted blued steel swivel studs grace the underside. A tasteful black Pachmayr® Decelerator® pad helps soften felt recoil. The cold hammer-forged steel barrel is free floating for enhanced accuracy. The M.O.A. Trigger System puts the Super Grade under your total control. With no take up, no creep and no overtravel, it’s the finest trigger ever offered and will immediately help you realize the gun’s MOA accuracy potential. When you’re ready for super accuracy and elegance, you’re ready for the Winchester, Model 70, Super Grade.
Chamberings:
1-h.gif - 117 Bytes270 Winchester
1-h.gif - 117 Bytes30-06 Springfield
1-h.gif - 117 Bytes300 Winchester Magnum
1-h.gif - 117 Bytes338 Winchester Magnum
1-h.gif - 117 Bytes270 Winchester Short Magnum
1-h.gif - 117 Bytes300 Winchester Short Magnum.


Winchester Model 70 Featherweight Rifle:
 The legendary handling and quickness of the Model 70 Featherweight is justly famous among hunters everywhere. The Model 70 action offers Pre-’64 style Controlled Round Feeding, a Three-Position Safety and is highlighted by a jeweled bolt body with knurled bolt handle. Inside is the M.O.A. Trigger System, the finest trigger ever offered in a bolt-action with zero take up, zero creep and zero overtravel. Like the original Featherweight, the angled comb Grade I walnut stock still features the Schnabel fore-end and satin finish with elegant cut checkering. A premium Pachmayr® Decelerator® pad helps soak up felt recoil. It’s available in the most popular long and short action calibers, including WSM chamberings.
Chamberings:
1-h.gif - 117 Bytes22-250 Remington
1-h.gif - 117 Bytes243 Winchester
1-h.gif - 117 Bytes7mm-08 Remington
1-h.gif - 117 Bytes308 Winchester
1-h.gif - 117 Bytes270 Winchester
1-h.gif - 117 Bytes30-06 Springfield
1-h.gif - 117 Bytes300 Winchester Magnum
1-h.gif - 117 Bytes270 Winchester Short Magnum
1-h.gif - 117 Bytes300 Winchester Short Magnum
1-h.gif - 117 Bytes325 Winchester Short Magnum.


Winchester Model 70 Sporter Rifle:
 The Sporter features a satin finish Grade I walnut stock with cut checkering on its trim fore-end and pistol grip, along with a sculpted cheekpiece for precise scope alignment to create a superbly balanced rifle that’s lighter to carry. The premium Pachmayr® Decelerator® recoil pad with the ideal contact area offers optimal protection against felt recoil while still being quick to the shoulder. Along with the Sporter’s great looks and handling come a cold hammer-forged barrel and the crisp three-lever M.O.A. Trigger System that let you fully exploit the MOA accuracy potential of this classic hunting rifle. Available in popular long and short action calibers including WSM chamberings.
Chamberings:
1-h.gif - 117 Bytes270 Winchester
1-h.gif - 117 Bytes30-06 Springfield
1-h.gif - 117 Bytes7mm Remington Magnum
1-h.gif - 117 Bytes300 Winchester Magnum
1-h.gif - 117 Bytes338 Winchester Magnum
1-h.gif - 117 Bytes270 Winchester Short Magnum
1-h.gif - 117 Bytes300 Winchester Short Magnum
1-h.gif - 117 Bytes325 Winchester Short Magnum.


Winchester Model 70 Safari Express Rifle:
Winchester Model 70™ rifle is in full production. The new Winchester Model 70™ Safari Express comes in a matte blued finish with the Pre-’64 type claw extractor, Pachmayr® Decelerator® recoil pad, barrel band front swivel base, hooded-blade front sight and express-style rear sight which makes the Safari Express ideal for any African hunt.
Chamberings:
1-h.gif - 117 Bytes375 Holland & Holland Magnum
1-h.gif - 117 Bytes416 Remington Magnum
1-h.gif - 117 Bytes458 Winchester Magnum.


Winchester Model 70 Extreme Weather Rifle:
 The Bell and Carlson™ composite stock provides a solid feel and features trim and lightweight ergonomics. It has a textured charcoal gray matte finish for rugged good looks and improved grip in adverse conditions. The sculpted cheekpiece helps insure proper eye-to-scope alignment from any shooting position. The thick, black Pachmayr® Decelerator® pad helps take the felt recoil bite out of high performance magnum cartridges. The claw extractor offers Controlled Round Feeding so the cartridge may be easily withdrawn from the chamber at any point after it leaves the magazine. The cartridge feed lips are part of the receiver for improved reliability. The classic Three-Position Safety offers both on safe and fire positions, plus a middle position that locks the firing pin yet still allows the bolt to be operated, providing a greater margin of safety when checking the chamber condition or unloading. The Extreme Weather SS rifle's free-floating, fluted stainless steel barrel is made in the same factory as those found on U.S. military rifles and machine guns, and features a recessed Target Crown to protect the rifling. With quality optics, premium ammunition and good shooting conditions, 1 MOA accuracy can be expected. Two stainless steel sling swivel studs are installed.
Chamberings:
1-h.gif - 117 Bytes243 Winchester
1-h.gif - 117 Bytes270 Winchester
1-h.gif - 117 Bytes308 Winchester
1-h.gif - 117 Bytes30-06 Springfield
1-h.gif - 117 Bytes7mm Remington Magnum
1-h.gif - 117 Bytes300 Winchester Magnum
1-h.gif - 117 Bytes338 Winchester Magnum
1-h.gif - 117 Bytes270 Winchester Short Magnum
1-h.gif - 117 Bytes300 Winchester Short Magnum
1-h.gif - 117 Bytes325 Winchester Short Magnum.


Winchester Model 70 Coyote Light Rifle:
Most varmint guns are easily recognized by their heavy barrels, bipod mounting studs and long range scopes, but they are far from being equal. The new Winchester® Coyote Light is the rifle to take along for varmint and target shooting fun. It has been carefully trimmed of any unnecessary bulk but is no lightweight when it comes to performance. The matte-blued receiver and medium-heavy fluted stainless barrel mount into a skeletonized aluminum bedding block that is set in a lightweight carbon fiber/fiberglass composite Bell and Carlson™ stock for superb accuracy. Flow-through vents on the fore-end reduce weight and help cool the barrel during long strings of fire. A Pachmayr® Decelerator® pad helps soak up recoil. Available in standard short action and WSM calibers.
Chamberings:
1-h.gif - 117 Bytes22-250 Remington
1-h.gif - 117 Bytes243 Winchester
1-h.gif - 117 Bytes308 Winchester
1-h.gif - 117 Bytes270 Winchester Short Magnum
1-h.gif - 117 Bytes300 Winchester Short Magnum
1-h.gif - 117 Bytes325 Winchester Short Magnum.


Winchester Model 70 Ultimate Shadow Rifle:
At first glance, the Model 70 Ultimate Shadow, with its flowing lines and integrated, rubberized, oval-dot gripping surfaces on the pistol grip and fore-end looks very different from other composite rifles. When you pick it up, you’ll know why. The stock immediately gives you a comfortable, secure hold even when wet or cold. It feels tight in your hands and gives you better control from any shooting angle. The Ultimate Shadow is also lightweight. You can carry it into remote, rugged country without worrying about any extra weight, or dinging up the rifle when the hike gets rough. The free-floating barrel and M.O.A. Trigger System contributes to exceptional accuracy and its classic, Controlled Round Feed action continues to make the Ultimate Shadow’s receiver the most reliable and smoothest cycling in the industry. The Ultimate Shadow is offered in a 22", 24" or 26" blued barrel and available in popular standard calibers and three WSM calibers.
Chamberings:
1-h.gif - 117 Bytes243 Winchester
1-h.gif - 117 Bytes270 Winchester
1-h.gif - 117 Bytes308 Winchester
1-h.gif - 117 Bytes30-06 Springfield
1-h.gif - 117 Bytes7mm Remington Magnum
1-h.gif - 117 Bytes300 Winchester Magnum
1-h.gif - 117 Bytes338 Winchester Magnum
1-h.gif - 117 Bytes270 Winchester Short Magnum
1-h.gif - 117 Bytes300 Winchester Short Magnum
1-h.gif - 117 Bytes325 Winchester Short Magnum.


Winchester Model 70 Rifle Actions:
 Like the original Pre-’64 model 70 rifle actions, the receivers are forged from a solid piece of steel, then using state of the art CNC (Computer Numerical Control) machines they are cut to correct dimensions for internal fits of the chamber, bolt, safety components, etc.


Winchester Model 70 Rifle Barrels:
 To create the initial barrels the blanks are:
1. Drilled to the proper diameter, depending on caliber, honed to a high polish smoothness along the entire length, then rifled using the hammer forging process which uses a mandrel and huge pressures generated by “hammers” in the machine, which creates absolute precise, and accurate rifling.
2. They are then taken to a station consisting of three CNC (Computer Numerical Control) machines overseen by one expert operator. At the first station the barrel blank is turned to the correct profile (taper). The turned barrel is moved to the next machine which precisely cuts the target crown into the muzzle. The third station carefully rough cuts the chamber in a multi-stage operation. The chamber end of the barrel is then threaded.
3. In a hands-on procedure, the operator completes the process by hand polishing/honing the interior of the chamber to a smooth surface. The Model 70s well-known “cone” that prevents bullet nose damage is also cut into the breach at this time. Then the barrels are mated with receivers and are screwed on and properly torqued. The barrel and receivers are indexed with a mark and then taken apart again.
4. From this time on the same barrel and receiver stay associated with each other. After being taking apart, the barrels go to a special barrel polishing machine for their final polish.


Winchester Model 70 Rifle Triggers:
 The Winchester Model 70 has a new M.O.A. Trigger System and improved three-position safety. The Winchester Model 70’s new M.O.A. Trigger System is the most precise three-lever trigger system in the world. Operating on a simple pivoting lever principle, the trigger mechanism has been completely redesigned to exhibit zero take up, zero creep and zero overtravel.
 The pull weight ranges from 3 to 5 pounds and is factory-set at 3 3/4 pounds. Because of the wide smooth triggerpiece and 2:1 mechanical advantage created by the unique design geometry, it actually feels like half that weight.

Winchester Model 70 Overall Accuracy:
 The new Winchester Model 70 rifle is more precisely made than its pre-64 predecessor, there is no doubt to the precision to which these rifles are made consistantly, as most of any human error factor that may have arisen prior is now gone.

 While Winchesters legendary status of the riflemans rifle was somewhat tarnished in past years, all will soon be forgotten as the 21st century Winchester Model 70 begin to show up on rifle ranges and perform to target rifle performance as they can do consistantly in all chamberings and calibers.

 For best possible accuracy performance just remember to properly break in the barrel first, which is, now recommended by Winchester as well.


Winchester Model 70 Rifle History:
1936 - The Winchester Model 70 centerfire bolt action rifle was introduced, and it is the first centerfire bolt action designed by Winchester specifically for sporting use. These rifles were built in New Haven, Connecticut by skilled craftsman and women.
Pre-64 Winchester Model 70 General Specifications:
Rifle Type - Turnbolt Repeater.
Receiver - One piece machined steel forging. Slotted bridge.
Bolt - One piece machined steel with dual opposed forward locking lugs. Handle acts as safety lug.
Ignition - One piece firing pin with integral cocking cam head. Powered by coil mainspring. Cocks on opening.
Magazine - Non detachable, staggered column, box type with quick release hinged floorplate. Five shot capacity in standard chamberings, Four shot capacity for Magnum.
Trigger - Single stage, adjustable for weight of pull, and over-travel.
Safety - Three position rotary type located in the bolt sleeve; locks firing pin and bolt when swung back, locks firing pin when in intermediate position and is in fire postion when swung fully forward.
Extractor - One piece long mauser type; attached to bolt by a collar that sits in a recess, that is cut into the bolt body.
Bolt Stop - Pivoting type positioned in a groove at bottom rear of receiver. Stops bolt by contact of left locking lug.
Ejector - Pivoting type positioned in a groove at bottom of the receiver.

1963 - Original Winchester Model 70 discontinued. Rifles before this date became known as Pre-'64 Model 70s. Of all the Winchesters, no rifle design has been revered more among hunters, collectors, target shooters and outdoor writers than the Model 70 with the Pre-'64 type action.

1964 - New Winchester Model 70 introduced.
Post-64 Winchester Model 70 General Specifications:
Rifle Type - Turnbolt Repeater.
Receiver - Die-forged and machined. Tapped for scope mounts and receiver sights. Non-slotted bridge.
Bolt - Three piece brazed with dual opposed forward locking lugs. Handle acts as safety lug.
Ignition - One piece firing pin with integral cocking cam head. Powered by coil mainspring. Cocks on opening.
Magazine - Non detachable, staggered column, box type with quick release hinged floorplate. Five shot capacity in standard chamberings, Four shot capacity for Magnum.
Trigger - Single stage, adjustable for weight of pull, and over-travel.
Safety - Three position rotary type located in the bolt sleeve; locks firing pin and bolt when swung back, locks firing pin when in intermediate position and is in fire postion when swung fully forward.
Extractor - Sliding type mounted in the right locking lug.
Bolt Stop - Pivoting type positioned in a groove at bottom rear of receiver. Stops bolt by contact of left locking lug.
Ejector - Plunger type mounted in the bolt head.

1968 - Redesign of post-64 Winchester Model 70. Starting with the serial number 866,000 Winchester Model 70 rifle actions featured a new bolt anti-bind design.
 This was achieved by adding metal to the right side locking lug, then milling a narrow groove through it down to the bolt face perimeter. A rail was positioned along the right side of the receiver, starting from the receiver bridge and continuing forward to the locking shoulder edge.

 This new Winchester Model 70 feature prevented the bolt from binding and made the action much smoother.

1994 - Return of the Pre-'64 Winchester Model 70 type action design with claw extraction, controlled round feed, fixed-type ejection and many other features that made the original the most loved and prized bolt action rifle in history.

2004 - Controlled Round Push Feed models emphasized in the Winchester Model 70s, Super Shadow Blued, Coyote Stainless and Stealth II.

 The Winchester model 70 "controlled round push feed" action variation uses the extractor of the push feed rifle in a modified bolt face and uses the fixed ejector of the Classic model. This change was on the border line of genius as this one thing alone adds to the accuracy potential of the rifle.

Winchester Repeating Arms Company:
Winchester Model 70
243 Winchester
264 Winchester Magnum
270 Winchester
30-30 Winchester
308 Winchester
300 Winchester Magnum
Short Magnums
223 Winchester Super Short Magnum
243 Winchester Super Short Magnum
25 Winchester Super Short Magnum
270 Winchester Short Magnum
7mm Winchester Short Magnum
300 Winchester Short Magnum
325 Winchester Short Magnum.











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