Model 70 Help

ScopeRKT

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Im looking to pick up a Model 70 in 300 WSM here pretty soon. I was set on a Featherweight but now im thinking the Sporter. I shoot at the range occasionally and am concerned with the light weight barrel. Im looking for a gun that i can shoot at the range and take hunting. Looking to keep it around 1200 for the rifle. Any help would be appreciated. I shoot around 500-600 yards. Dont know if i'll ever take it further.
 

Mike 338

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Here's something on the Winchester Extreme Weather.

http://www.longrangehunting.com/forums/f19/winchester-model-70-extreme-weather-81055/

There is at least one guy here who has a 300 WSM in this rifle and his shoots very well. I have one in 338. The muzzle measures .590 which I think may be on the thin side for this caliber. Winchester magazine boxes tend to be on the short side but the WSM's seem not to have this problem.
 

ScopeRKT

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Between the Featherweight and Extreme SS.

Does the FW have a heavier contour in WSM? How does it compare to the EW?
 

Faster Daddy!

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I have a Model 70 in 300 WSM and 270 WSM. Love them both after I bedded them in thumbhole laminated stocks from Boyds. Bedded them both with home made aluminum pillars and Devcon. Both of them are now shooting 1/2 MOA after working up the right loads. Inch and a half groups at 300 yds. Previous to the bedding jobs and handloads I was lucky to get those groups at 100 yds. My 300 was a feather weight and the 270 was a sporter. I will have to go measure the barrels but I think they are both sporter barrels (skinny). The featherweight just came with a much lighter weight stock. Both original stocks were walnut just one much heavier than the other.
 

ScopeRKT

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Ya I'm personally in love with the featherweight stock. I was just worried about the barrel thickness. But if they're all the same then it really doesn't matter. As of now there's a 2 month back log on the Model 70's no one around me has one.
 

ScopeRKT

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If anyone can tell me the barrel contours of the FW and EW in 300 WSM it would make my decision easier. Called Winchester and roundly get and answer
 

CogburnR

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My 300wsm featherweight has a 24"barrel that measures .60" at the muzzle. I guess that might be slightly lighter than a sporter but not much.
 

ScopeRKT

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From what I've seen on barrel websites. A .560 is considered featherweight/contour 1. .600 is contour 2 (std sporter) and .625 is contour 3 (med sporter)
 

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