The Winchester Model 70 is one of the most historic and proven bolt action rifles ever made. There are several key features that set it apart from every other bolt action ever made. Watch the Model 70 commercial then read the details below.
Many want to compare it to the original Pre-'64 Model 70s. We have no problem with doing that.
Receiver -- Today's Model 70 has a forged receiver just like the originals. Forged, then machined from a solid piece of steel for maximum strength.
Flat Bottom Receiver Design -- Just like the originals today's Model 70 is flat along the bottom of each side of the receiver, and flat at the front and rear on the bottom -- not rounded. This means that when it is bedded in the stock the fit is rock solid. It won't twist or move. Compare this to others. This stability prevents movement that can affect accuracy.
Hammer Forged Barrel -- Blued steel models feature hammer forged barrels and always have. The barrel uses a mandrel placed in the drilled bore pounded by external "hammers" that force the impressions of the rifling into the bore itself. This is uncommonly strong since the steel is actually molded and formed around the shape of the riflings. And the precision of the grooves produces excellent accuracy. You got it then and you get it now. You can read a detailed article on barrel construction by clicking here.
Target Style Crown -- Wait . . . this is not an original feature. Not every older Pre-'64 Model 70 had this better crown design. Today's Model 70 deeper, cut recessed crowns offer extra protection that even the originals did not all have.
Claw Extractor -- Originals became synonymous with hunting dangerous game in Africa due in part to the massive claw extractor on early Model 70s. Today's Model 70s have the claw. The MASSIVE CLAW. Exactly what hunters wanted with the originals, you get today.
Fixed Ejector -- This is a feature that allows you to control the level of ejection by how quickly you open the action. It was on all the originals and it is on today's Model 70s. Just what you wanted.
Three Position Safety -- This feature is one of the key features that put the Model 70 on the map. The original 70s had it and so do today's Model 70s. What's the big deal? Total convenience. You can place the safety lever in the mid position and open the action -- without lowering it to the fire position. Plus it is placed along side the bolt on the side where it is easy and comfortable to operate. It was the finest design of it's time and it still is.
Trigger System -- Well, we have departed here. The trigger system is a key component of accuracy. How key? Since guns were first invented, target shooters have been absolutely determined to do whatever it takes to get the best trigger. The original Model 70 had a very good trigger. But they were nothing like todays MOA trigger system. Only the MOA gives you the the "3-Zs" of a superior trigger.
Zero Take Up. Take up is the distance the triggerpiece travels prior to the sear moving toward release and the shooter feeling resistance. The M.O.A. Trigger System has no take up because the take up spring keeps the triggerpiece in constant contact with the actuator. Unlike competitors’ designs, the unique geometry of the M.O.A. pre-loads the entire trigger system to bias-out normal manufacturing tolerances.
Zero Creep. Creep is the perceptible movement of the trigger prior to the release of the firing pin or striker and has a negative influence on accuracy because it causes inconsistency and uncertainty during the pull of the trigger. This contributes to jerking the trigger, thus adding to the movement of the gun during firing. The 2:1 mechanical advantage created by the trigger design’s unique geometry is how creep has been virtually eliminated in the Model 70 M.O.A. Trigger.
Zero OverTravel. Overtravel is the rearward movement of the trigger after the firing pin or striker has been released. It can actually jar the gun away from its intended point of aim and is also very distracting to the shooter. The Model 70 M.O.A. Trigger System is set at the factory to have no perceptible overtravel. Where you aim is where you shoot.
The video below was used to introduce the new Model 70 to the world. All Model 70s today are still made in the U.S.A., built to the highest standards of precision and accuracy ever in the history of the Model 70.