Field and Stream Picks 3 Winchester Rifles as Best for Mule Deer, Elk, Coyotes and Hogs.
“Today’s Model 70s are better rifles than Winchester ever dreamed of building during the gun’s glory days of the 20th century,” states Petzal without the slightest equivocation. “This one is all stainless steel with a Bell and Carlson synthetic stock and a fluted barrel. The weight is an ideal 7 pounds 2 ounces.” And Petzal’s favorite Mule Deer chambering? “Yup, the plain old .270 Win. How do you argue with perfection?”
NOTE: THE WINCHESTER XPC IS NOT IN CURRENT PRODUCTION. IT WAS CREATED AS A CONCEPT RIFLE. ALTHOUGH INTEREST IS VERY HIGH, ACTUAL PRODUCTION DATES AND THE FINAL CONFIGURATION HAVE NOT BEEN DETERMINED.
“Based on the XPR bolt action, this chassis-stocked .308 is brand new,” stated Petzal. “I fired one at the 2017 SHOT Show and liked it a lot. It is very well thought out and has all the correct bells and whistles.”
(Reader’s should remember that Petzal’s personal recommendations are the product of a lifetime of shooting and hunting, and reflects the guns he’s spent his own hard-earned money on, or those on which he’s spent many days behind the trigger. This is a highly-respected voice of vast personal experience, and as such should be given plenty of credence.)
Stop on by your local Winchester Repeating Arms retailer today and handle the classic Model 70, the versatile XPR and the new XPC. You’ll see why David E. Petzal personally picked, again and again, the rifles from the first name in hunting rifles – Winchester.
You can pick up a copy of the August 2017 issue of Field and Stream at your local newsstand. You can also read the entire article by David E. Petzal at
Original article copyright Field and Stream, 2017. Photos are copyright Field and Stream, Winchester Repeating Arms, and/or used with permission and/or attribution or in the public domain. Review written by Winchester staff writer, Scott Engen. Copyright Winchester Repeating Arms, 2017.