For sale is a Winchester Model 70 chambered in 338-06 Ackley Improved. The action is one of the new FN owned Winchesters with the MOA trigger and control round feeding. The barrel is a 24" Pac-Nor with 1-10" twist, #3 contour. The bottom metal is a Williams one piece and the stock is a Bell and Carlson Medalist. It has only been shot 10 times. I fired 10 fire forming loads through it so I would have some rounds to check feeding with the improved cartridge(which is flawless) and I had a casing sent to Hornady to be modified for the Lock-n-Load O.A.L. Gauge. I'm also including a Redding 3-die set: FL sizer, Neck sizer, and Seater die. I built this gun for plains game in Africa, but I decided to take another gun. I 'm asking 1350.00 shipped and insured to your FFL. I have a lot more $ in the gun than what I'm asking, so Merry Christmas to whomever realizes the value I'm offering. PM me if interested. Thanks!
Using a bathroom scale, it weighed 8lbs. Barrel measures .640 at the muzzle to give you and idea of the contour. Yes the gun is bedded, but I did it myself. It was the second time I had ever bedded a gun, so it may need a skim bed from someone more experienced(better). I've got full contact in all the right areas, just when you take the action out of the stock, the job doesn't look as pretty as when a pro does it. No, I'm not talented(sigh). Thanks for the inquiry!
My guess is, since he only shot it to fire form some cases, he used very mild loads and wasn't really pushing it. When I fire form cases for my 30 Hart, I only use about 10 grains of powder and fill the case with meal and stuff a cotton wad in the neck to hold the powder and meal in place. I don't even use a bullet.
It's only been shot ten times, so I only have a limited idea on how it "shoots". I did a shoot, clean, shoot clean, for those ten fire forming loads and I was using 250gr Sierra Gamekings. In 3 shots I had it sighted in, the next seven were under and inch. Recoil is not bad at all. I can't imagine full house 338-06 AI loads being any worse than my 35 Whelen Improved(and it's easy to shoot). The 35 Whelen is a gun P.O. Ackley built and it is lighter than this 338-06. And the 35 is MUCH easier on my shoulder than a 338 win mag. I hope this helps to put the recoil in perspective. Expect the recoil to be slow and pushy instead of fast and sharp(if that makes sense).