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Unread 09-26-2012, 05:31 PM
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Model 70 Help

Im looking to pick up a Model 70 in 300 WSM here pretty soon. I was set on a Featherweight but now im thinking the Sporter. I shoot at the range occasionally and am concerned with the light weight barrel. Im looking for a gun that i can shoot at the range and take hunting. Looking to keep it around 1200 for the rifle. Any help would be appreciated. I shoot around 500-600 yards. Dont know if i'll ever take it further.
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    Unread 09-26-2012, 07:36 PM
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    Re: Model 70 Help

    Here's something on the Winchester Extreme Weather.

    Winchester model 70 Extreme Weather

    There is at least one guy here who has a 300 WSM in this rifle and his shoots very well. I have one in 338. The muzzle measures .590 which I think may be on the thin side for this caliber. Winchester magazine boxes tend to be on the short side but the WSM's seem not to have this problem.
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    Unread 09-26-2012, 10:20 PM
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    Between the Featherweight and Extreme SS.

    Does the FW have a heavier contour in WSM? How does it compare to the EW?
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    Unread 09-27-2012, 04:49 PM
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    I have a Model 70 in 300 WSM and 270 WSM. Love them both after I bedded them in thumbhole laminated stocks from Boyds. Bedded them both with home made aluminum pillars and Devcon. Both of them are now shooting 1/2 MOA after working up the right loads. Inch and a half groups at 300 yds. Previous to the bedding jobs and handloads I was lucky to get those groups at 100 yds. My 300 was a feather weight and the 270 was a sporter. I will have to go measure the barrels but I think they are both sporter barrels (skinny). The featherweight just came with a much lighter weight stock. Both original stocks were walnut just one much heavier than the other.
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    Unread 09-27-2012, 04:55 PM
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    Ya I'm personally in love with the featherweight stock. I was just worried about the barrel thickness. But if they're all the same then it really doesn't matter. As of now there's a 2 month back log on the Model 70's no one around me has one.
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    Unread 09-28-2012, 12:07 AM
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    If anyone can tell me the barrel contours of the FW and EW in 300 WSM it would make my decision easier. Called Winchester and roundly get and answer
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    Unread 09-28-2012, 08:54 AM
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    Re: Model 70 Help

    My 300wsm featherweight has a 24"barrel that measures .60" at the muzzle. I guess that might be slightly lighter than a sporter but not much.
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