Originally Posted by Coleman 45
I was thinking about starting with a quality scope on the winchester for practicing dialing distances and shooting technique until i can afford better equipment. BUt one reason i was considering using the m70 was that there is a local gunsmith here that doe quite a bit og work on Model 70s in his shop and accurizes them.
The push feed Winchester M70's were maligned mostly because they weren't pre-64 model 70's. Despite the fact that the post-64 rifles are comparatively unloved, there are quite a few accomplished gunsmiths who prefer them as a basis for a custom rifle build. If you are fortunate enough to have such a gunsmith in your locality, by all means, talk to him about what he can do with your rifle.
Really, though, if your rifle already reliably shoots sub-MOA, you may be better off to put your resources into acquiring the quality scope that you mentioned and toward a modest handloading setup. From there, save for a new barrel and some accurizing work. When you have shot your .270 barrel out, then would be a good time for gunsmithing and you may wish to go with a different chambering.
You have a solid base to start with. I recommend that you use your resources to hone yourself as a rifleman, rather than get caught up in gear and chambering. There will be plenty of time for that later.