Great Article on the Model 70 from Rifle Magazine.
To all our friends: a great article on the Model 70 is in the January-February issue of Rifle Magazine. If you love 70s you'll enjoy the article. Below is a review of that article.
Rifle Magazine covers the 80-year evolution of the Winchester Model 70.
Review of Article in Rifle Magazine -- For generations of shooters the legendary Winchester Model 70 has been know around the globe as The Rifleman’s Rifle, and with good reason. Rugged construction, absolute reliability, exceptional accuracy and timeless styling make the Model 70 a benchmark against which every other bolt action is measured and most are found wanting.
In the January-February 2014 issue of Rifle Magazine, veteran gunwriter Brian Pearce provides an outstanding overview of the evolution of the Winchester Model 70, from the very first models shipped back in 1935 to the recent Jack O’Connor Tribute limited edition rifles chambered in the legendary writer’s favorite caliber, the flat-shooting 270 Winchester.
“The JOC Custom Tribute sample is eye-catching
with stunning figured wood, beautiful engraved floorplate (with sheep)
and grip cap and quality checkering.
The article is a candid, sometimes critical but always informative look at where the Model 70 came from, how it has evolved over the decades and how today’s Model 70 stacks up to the previous models.
“(The Model 70) has served faithfully among target shooters and the U.S. military, but found its greatest favor among hunters, where it proved unusually reliable,” stated Pearce. “It became the rifle to which others were often compared.”
“…the pre-’64 Model 70 earned renown for rugged reliability, handsome looks and established a reputation few rifles can match,” continued Pearce. “They are desirable among collectors, shooters and hunters, who equally hold them in high regard.”
The test rifle for Pearce’s article was one of the recent Jack O’Connor Tribute limited edition rifles in 270 Winchester. This magnificent hunting rifle was based directly on the famed gunwriter’s original #2 rifle that was built for him by master craftsman Al Biesen in the 1950s. Biesen initially built a #1 Model 70 for O’Connor, who felt it was simply “too pretty” to take afield. The talented gunsmith then crafted #2 as O’Connor’s using gun, and it quickly became the famed gunwriter’s favorite. That Model 70, along with the flat shooting, hard hitting 270 Winchester cartridge became O’Connor’s trademark hunting rifle the next two decades, extoled in numerous books and on the pages of Outdoor Life and many other publications.
“It became the rifle to which others were often compared.”
Pearce describes the Jack O’Connor Tribute limited edition rifle in glowing terms. “The JOC Custom Tribute sample is eye-catching with stunning figured wood, beautiful engraved floorplate (with sheep) and grip cap and quality checkering. Except for a free floating barrel…it follows the pattern of the original with handsome lines and superb balance.”
As Pearce so eloquently stated in closing his feature “…it is great to have the Model 70 back.” We couldn’t have said it better ourselves.
We won’t give the entire article away, but suffice it to say that it’s well worth your time to stop by your local newsstand and pick up a copy. There is no direct link to the article so, for now, to get it you will need to subscribe at www.riflemagazine.com
Artcile copyright Rifle Magazine 2014. Review of article by Browning staff writer, Scott Engen. Review Copyright Browning 2014. Photo includes a magazine page from the article and the page is copyright Rifle Magazine 2014. Photo copyright Browning 2014.