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Old 07-14-2010, 01:25 PM
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Winchester mdl 70 Stealth

What are your opinions of the mdl 70 Stealth?

It has a Bell & Carlson stock and comes in .223, .22-250, .25 WSSM and .308 Win.
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Old 07-14-2010, 01:48 PM
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Re: Winchester mdl 70 Stealth

Apparently, the only 308 Win is offered now.
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Old 07-14-2010, 03:05 PM
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Re: Winchester mdl 70 Stealth

The quality and accuracy of most Winchester models became suspect the last few years before Winchester filed for bankruptcy (sometime around 2006-7?). It was hit or miss. Since FN bought the name and began producing them once again, I hear the quality/accuracy is back.
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Old 07-14-2010, 03:16 PM
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Re: Winchester mdl 70 Stealth

well I bought the 270 WSM Super grade for my dad. It is everything we expected and more as far as looks, quality, accuracy, etc. The action is awesome out of the box. Dime size groups out of the box as well.

I see the 308 win is offered now. I was mostly interested in the 25 WSSM as a Texas hunting rifle for flat shots on deer, hogs and 'yotes.

I see the 25 WSSM for $750 new, but must be an older model. I like the new MOA trigger and prefer the FN.

I am comparing the Stealth with Sendero, VLS, Savage 12 Varmint, and Browning A Bolt Target.
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Old 07-14-2010, 04:44 PM
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Re: Winchester mdl 70 Stealth

Im a Model-70 FINATIC, so my opinion is bias. Ive shot the shadow, and it was accurate, even with factory ammo, but the stock was garbage. Never owned one.
I own a bunch of Model-70's, but theyre Feather wt's, Classic's, and Classic XTR's. All of mine can all achieve MOA or less with hand loads. My smallest groups come from my Feather wt 270wsm wich shoots .3 inch groups at 100 w/ handloads. And my largest and worst groups are with my Classic sporter XTR 300wby wich shoots 1 1/8 and less, down to .758 inches depending on the day.
My cousins Model-70 Coyote just shot 2 groups under 1/4 inch (.212, and .242) and one at .3 inches at 100 yds with my handloads today.
I dont have any personal experience with the Stealth, but given that my experience with Winchester has been ALL positive, I wouldnt hesitate to recomend a Model-70 in just about any configuration. I wouldnt recomend the stock on the Shaddow tho. Thats the only Model-70 Ive shot that I wouldnt want to leave factory.
But, Like I said Im bias. Winchesters and I have a long history. I love em'
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Old 07-15-2010, 10:07 PM
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Re: Winchester mdl 70 Stealth

A review on Sniper Central said it was a direct replacement to their Heavy Varmint Barrel. I have the HVB in .243 and it shoots under 1/2". I have shot 65-95gns through it with outstanding results.
Growing up there was always some sort of "romance" with the M70, the riflemans rifle. I had a fellow give me one once in .30-06. It had the blued action, sporter barrel with Tupperware stock and a Leupold 3-9X40 Vari-X III. The thing would not shoot under 1" no matter what reload I tried in it. I gave it back to the guy and told him no thanks. That thing kicked worse than a .300WinMag!
I swore off the M70 for being inaccurate and bad mouthed it every chance I got. Then I found the HVB while out in Washington. Now this rifle shoots. It is one of the most accurate and consistent rifles I have ever owned. I really can't say enough good about this particular version of the M70.
If the Stealth is anything like the HVB you will not be sorry you bought it. JohnnyK.
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Old 07-16-2010, 02:33 PM
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Re: Winchester mdl 70 Stealth

I have a model 70 stealth II in 25wssm and couldn't be more impressed with an out of the box gun. Only mod done was to lighten the trigger to 3lb. Iam currently shooting 100gr SMK behind 42gr of H414 into 1/2" all day long at 100yds. Was shooting 117gr Hrndy SST in my high power silhouette matches and was very impressed at the accuracy out to 500 meters, but have since switched to my 6.5x47 as the stealth was to heavy for legal competition. Have some 115gr bergers that I am going to load and see how they perform. As for the rifle, it was really my first rifle that I purchased on my own and I will probably never part with it either. Don't know if I got a lucky one off the factory line, but it can definitely hang with some custom rifles of mine.
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