A Tradition of Bolt Action Rifle Excellence for 140 years.
Creating the first factory bolt-action rifles built specifically for hunters and shooters.
By the end of World War I, bolt-action rifles built for use in the military were widespread. And with the return of American soldiers after the war the idea of using a converted military bolt-actions for hunting, such as the 1917 Enfields and 1903 Springfields, started in popularity. Winchester's superb designer, Thomas C. Johnson, responded with a series of prototypes which culminated in 1925 with the Model 54 Winchester. The Model 54 went on to become the first successful factory production bolt-action rifle built solely for the civilian market. A great deal was learned in a few short years and in 1936 Winchester's team, lead by Johnson, introduced the bolt action rifle that is considered by nearly all as the greatest sporting rifle of all time: the Winchester Model 70. The breakthrough design not only incorporated the best design features of military rifles, it also was sporting-specific, with new sporting calibers and the ability to more easily accommodate telescopic sights. All this took advantage of the Model 70's inherent accuracy and easy, reliable function. READ MORE AT NRAMUSEUM.ORG.
Using advanced materials and the latest manufacturing technology results in an accurate and rugged hunting rifle that will get the job done every time. And while the XPR is priced just right for today’s hunter, it’s no entry-level, bottom-of-the-heap budget rifle. The XPR is packed with features and details that are usually reserved for rifles costing hundreds more.
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Copyright Winchester Repeating Arms, 2017. Photos are used with permission, from Winchester Repeating Arms archives or in the public domain. The source of several photos is not known or certain. Special thanks, as always, to the Cody Firearms Museum at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center for information and archive photos. The Cody Firearms Museum -- and its associated historians and massive archives -- is likely the world's top resource on the development of Winchester Repeating Arms Bolt action rifles. Series written by Winchester Repeating Arms bolt-action rifle enthusiast and staff writer, Scott Engen.