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Retro Cool

November 18, 2013

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Every once in a while I get to shoot a truly magnificent rifle. Today it was a 1964 Winchester Model 70 chambered in .308. It has a wood stock, a 1:14 twist heavy bull barrel and even has the factory trigger. To the modern “tacti-cool” shooter, this rifle has nothing that should make it shoot well. No “cool-guy” stock, no “cool-guy” muzzle brake, no “cool-guy” optic and no “cool-guy” detachable magazine. It doesn’t have the “good” 5R rifling. The deck is stacked against it. If you took this rifle to a tactical match, you would be the laughing stock… right up until the time you started shooting it. This rifle is a shooter, a bona fide, consistent 1/4 minute shooter. It puts 155 Bergers into 1/2″ groups at 200 yards. ALL.DAY.LONG. I wish it was mine.

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  1. November 19, 2013 6:52 pm

    With the slow rifling twist, it would make a great cast bullet rifle too.

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