My new FN Win Model 70 Supergrade

Discussion in 'Long Range Hunting & Shooting' started by big_bullseye, Feb 3, 2011.

  1. big_bullseye

    big_bullseye Member

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    I have always wanted a model 70 but I have been less than impressed with what has been coming out of New Haven the last 10 years. Well with the new guns being built at the FN south Carolina Plant on state of the art equipment I have heard great things about these guns so I picked up a supergrade. I wanted a classic caliber for the "riflemans rifle" so I skipped the WSM's and went for the .300 win mag.

    With Gloss metal on Walnut I knew it had to have a pretty gloss scope. I called the guys at Leupold custom shop and had them build me a VX3 4.5X14X40LR with a custom reticle. I had them match the reticle to a 180GR Nosler accubond with a BC of .507. 2960FPS. 200 yard zero with holdover marks for 300, 400 & 500 yards. Dual dovetails properly lapped and aligned and here is my newest addition. Can't wait to shoot it....

    I am new around here and hang out on Missouriwhitetails.com, Saubier.com, 204ruger.com, the campfire of course. I am an avid whitetail hunter, mainly focused on bowhunting but I love rifles and have a pretty good stable of quality rifles ranging from Coopers to custom Remingtons, Tikka's, Kimbers a Salvage or two, some high end and custom AR15's in 5.56 and 204 and a few other various makes and models. I love small calibers because I do go on a Prairie Dog shoot in Western Nebraska with my sons every year. Hunt Pheasants in Nebraska every year with clients and am going on my first Mule deer hunt in 2012 in the Big Horns in Wyoming. I am a reloader of course and pretty much only load metallic for rifles. Long Range shooting interests me and I have smoked some prairie dogs at some long distances and we shoot a gong at my farm in the summer for fun. Never have claimed to be an expert marksman but I like good equipment that enables me to do the best I can. I am 40 years old, father of four and am an executive for DoD contracting company that sells telecom and IT services in support of our war fighters all over the world. Been in this business for 23 years and literally started at the bottom and worked my way up right out of high school. I thank God and hard work for my success and count myself lucky to be employed these days.

    Anyway that is my introduction to the site and I look forward to making some new friends that share my passion for precision rifles and everything that goes with them. This gun is just something I have always wanted as the model 70 holds a great place in the bolt action rifle history books. Either this gun or my Cooper 280 Ackley is going to kill my first Elk in the not too distant future.

    Enjoy the pics and thanks in advance for your hospitality and valuable information.

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  2. luke

    luke Well-Known Member

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    Welcome. That is a nice rifle you got.gun)
     

  3. ReachnOut

    ReachnOut Well-Known Member

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    Great looking Classic rifle. Would be interested in a report of the out of the box accuracy of the newer Model 70's.
     
  4. roninflag

    roninflag Well-Known Member

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    i have a 300wm super grade(not carolina) . seems like a i got a it year or two before they stopped. had a vais installed. first three groups were .27 , .33 and .29. son shot his first mule deer with it in utah. nice wood and classic lines.
     
  5. Nomosendero

    Nomosendero Well-Known Member

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    Welcome to LRH !! That is a beautiful rifle, a real classic, even the regular versions such as the featherwt. look much better since the change.

    I sure like the 300WM. I have a Lam. stocked Sendero, not as stricking in appearance as yours, but it is an incredible shooter for a factory rifle.
     
  6. ROBSTER

    ROBSTER Well-Known Member

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    Welcome to LRH love those classic rifles also sweeeeetttt looking rig.
    robster
     
  7. HighKnob

    HighKnob Well-Known Member

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    That is SWEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEET
     
  8. big_bullseye

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    thanks guys. appreciate the compliments. Prolly going to be three weeks to a month before I get out to shoot it but I will report back after I am satisfied that it is well broken in.

    I haven't bought dies yet for the 300 win mag but I bought a few boxes of high quality factory ammo to get it started (some black hills gold and some Nosler custom "factory" handloads) Bought some cheaper federal to do the obligatory shoot and clean routine.

    I most likely will end up loading for it eventually its just right now I have to get some good loads worked up for my 280AI and my 25-06 for a Mulie / speed goat hunt I have coming up in Wyoming in 2012. Once I get those lined out I will most likely move on to this one. And in between me and my 17 year old son are prepping brass and loading 100's and 100's of rounds of 17 fireball, 204, 223 and 6BR for prairie dogging in May. We went through 1500 rounds in two days last year so we have some work to do. Also one of my 8 year old twin boys will be shooting this as well. He shot a little last year and has since aquired his own prairie dog rig, a single shot 17HMR topped with a Nikon pro staff 2X7x33. He'll be shooting hornady off the self of course. Think Prairie dog trips are expensive, try it with three sons!!!

    I'd love to show you guys some of my other rigs if you like pics.
     
  9. silvertip-co

    silvertip-co Well-Known Member

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    Now THAT is a fine looking rifle and way more classy than some of the shinky pink fibreglass canoe paddles we often see on here. I'm sure you sunk a ton into it, but that's the kind of rifleman's rifle we all should have just ONE of. Congrats.
     
  10. jack1k

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    Very nice gun. My favorite is a post '94 stainless/walnut in .243 Win. I'ts a fast handling
    rifle, with a Leu. 3 1/2X10 Vari III. It shoots M O D (minute of deer), in other words
    it shoots constant 1 1/4" 5 shot groups @ 100 yds with several different handloads.
    Weight is about 8lbs loaded/with sling.
    jack1k
     
  11. rscott5028

    rscott5028 Well-Known Member

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    Very nice rifle.
    I have always been a pre-64 Winchester fan.
    I do have a late model custom 70 job that I like as well.
    Winchester is really missing out by not catering to the long range crowd.
    Congratulations and we look forward to hearing how it shoots.
     
  12. big_bullseye

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    I have always appreciated the pre-64's as well. Few of the gun rags are saying that with the new FN guns Winchester has finally bested the holy grail pre-64 rifles. And it only took them 50 years or so to do it....:D

    I agree that Winchester should really expand their caliber offerings both big and small.
     
  13. rscott5028

    rscott5028 Well-Known Member

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    That's fantastic.
    But, nobody will ever again make a pre-64 Winchester.
    I have several that I will never part with.
     
  14. big_bullseye

    big_bullseye Member

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    Well I don't blame you, I wouldn't either. They are classics and worth a few bucks.

    Great rifles.