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Winchester M-70 Coyote - Anybody Shooting One

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Old 11-30-2002, 07:35 PM
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Winchester M-70 Coyote - Anybody Shooting One

Just got one of these rifles in .22-250 and am interested to hear anything about others. I am surprised that my rifle does not have any factory bedding compound in the recoil lug recess - interested to hear if they are all like that since Winchester shoots a glob of bedding material into most of their M-70 stocks. Trigger is 5.25 lb with significant movement before and after letoff, that is not tricky to fix. Safety is somewhat difficult to operate, might get easier with use. Front stock bolt was in place, not tightened period, back is very tight. Fired ten shots in a break-in session and one lug is showing very nice contact, the other much less, a streak through the mid point only.
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Old 11-30-2002, 09:32 PM
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Re: Winchester M-70 Coyote - Anybody Shooting One


When I first got my Stealth the safety was almost impossible to work, and then just stuck in the fire position. I've heard of a guy with an FN SPR's who had the same trouble. (on the first edition)

My right lug also doesn't contact as much as my left lug, but the rifle performs outstanding for a factory stick. I can only imaging how good it would shoot with 100% lug contact and a trued face.

On the safety issue... I sent the rifle back new and unfired and they fixed the safety, replaced the stock after it has been chipped (my fault) and shot three test targets to verify the rifle as a sub MOA shooter (which they kindly sent back with the rifle)

I'll likley not buy a new Remington again due to their QC issues. Winchester, even with the few issues I had with mine, has earned my business through their customer service. I'm not sure if what you have is standard for the Coyotes' but I'm pretty sure they'll make it right for you.

If I'm not mistaken it's basiclly the same rifle as the Stealth with 2" lopped off the tube and a laminated stock. With Stealths so hard to find I'm suprised there's any of these left on the market.

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Old 11-30-2002, 09:49 PM
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Re: Winchester M-70 Coyote - Anybody Shooting One

The Coyote has a much lighter barrel contour than the Stealth, and it is a stainless barrel with a bead-blasted finish. I am interested to hear if anyone else has a Coyote and if their rifle has any bedding in it, seems that every M-70 I have looked at has a gob of "bedding compound" in the lug recess area.
Overall this is a nicely put-together rifle, the barrel sits evenly in the stock, receiver and trigger guard assembly fit well.
Shot 10 rounds today during barrel break-in and got it on the 100 yard target quite easily. Took a lot of adjustment out of a Bushnell 3200 10x tactical to get the elevation. I am using Warne steel two-piece bases, if I put a sloped base on would probably help. Will play with this scope for a while, then try something else.
Would like to try a Coyote in .308 Win., might make a nice carrying rifle with the right scope on it. Barrel is a little light and it will heat up faster than the Stealth.
I did a piece in this issue of NRA Am. Hunter on the Stealth, you might enjoy it.
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Old 12-01-2002, 01:32 AM
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Re: Winchester M-70 Coyote - Anybody Shooting One

Have had two of them, one it 22-250 strung shots vertically but still shot sub moa. The other in 308 was a perfect carry rifle but alas had a barrel problem. With a starter load of varget, J-4 nosler 168, and winchester brass it shot into one ragged hole at 100 but copper fouled like crazy. long story short barrel had a flaw visible to the eye close to muzzle end and the bolt face looked like it was made by hand. Sent it back to dealer and money was replaced as flaws where very obvious.Too bad because as I said it was a great handling rifle, shot well but winchester needs a little better quality control.and no never did look at the bedding on either. I think next one is a Tikka, again.
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Old 12-17-2002, 11:16 PM
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Re: Winchester M-70 Coyote - Anybody Shooting One

I highly recommend SAKO. My -06 Finnlight shoots .5 inch groups with 180 Grain Noslers out of the box. And it weighs 5 1/2 lbs!

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Old 12-18-2002, 06:54 PM
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Re: Winchester M-70 Coyote - Anybody Shooting One

I shoot a 270WSM in the Coyote, Other than having the triger worked to 2lbs because of a lot of creep and a 5.5lb pull, and putting a brake on it so my wife could take the recoil, it shoots .348 inch groups at 100 yds. (would shoot better IF I didn't flinch.)LOL [img]null[/img]
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Old 12-18-2002, 06:56 PM
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Jody,I've never seen you flinch [img]images/icons/shocked.gif[/img] [img]images/icons/shocked.gif[/img] [img]images/icons/grin.gif[/img]
Boyd Heaton...
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