After a bit of a break from shooting, I’ve begun to start looking around again for an action to use for a long range target rifle, with the idea of starting to play a bit in F-Class but today it struck me that I might have a cheaper solution. I have one of the new model 70 winchester rifles with a decent laminate stock, that I have been using on varmints; and other than the hideous 17lbs of force required to flip the safety, I really do like how it cycles and shoots. I could just send the action out to be worked, and get a second barrel made in a target friendly chambering like 6.5x47L But, how suitable are the new model 70s to long range target shooting, if worked over by a competent smith, could they be competitive with the fully tricked out Rem 700s ? - Personally I don’t see why not, but then, I never see Model 70s being used, and rarely talked about. Is there a particular reason? I understand that f-class favors a good shooter with a decent rifle, over a poor shooter with a $5 to $10,000 custom rig, (otherwise I wouldn’t bother competing at all) but at the same time; I do want my shooting to be the limiting factor in my performance, not the rifle. So any input on the suitability of the new model 70s would be appreciated. And if you think the model 70 is a decent platform, then feel free to pass along suggestions for smiths (preferably in the north, or eastern halfs of the country, or even southern part of Canada) Its always reassuring to hear a few good reviews before shipping a rifle. Thanks for any input you have.