Winchester Model 70 - The Rifleman's Rifle

IT'S MORE THAN AN ICON, IT'S THE RIFLEMAN'S RIFLE. Since its introduction in 1936 no other rifle has earned the respect and devotion like the Model 70®. Since then many manufacturers have tried to copy it, but none have succeeded in building a better bolt-action than this classic from Winchester Repeating Arms.

It's still the Rifleman's Rifle. No other bolt-action in history can inspire the passion, command the loyalty or create a sense of excitement among dedicated marksmen like the Model 70.® Since 1936 it’s been the benchmark against which every other bolt-action rifle is measured. Discover the rifleman’s rifle for yourself.

Get your piece of the legend. Three-quarters of a century of total performance is what comes with every Winchester Model 70. Today's Model 70 has the addition of the M.O.A.™ Trigger System, improved fit and finish and enhanced accuracy to go along with its classic Pre-’64 controlled round feeding. It is all there: Three-Position Safety and solid, sure handling. The M.O.A. Trigger helps the model 70 deliver the extreme accuracy benchmark 1" group at 100 yards. It’s what you deserve.

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With the Triple Zero Advantage. The Model 70’s new M.O.A. Trigger System is the most precise three-lever trigger system in the world. Operating on a simple pivoting lever principle, the trigger mechanism has been completely redesigned to exhibit zero take up, zero creep and zero overtravel. The pull weight ranges from 3 to 5 pounds and is factory-set at 3 3/4 pounds. Because of the enhanced ergonomics, wide smooth triggerpiece and 2:1 mechanical advantage created by the unique design geometry, it actually feels like half that weight. Click "Read More" below for the rest of the story. 

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M.O.A. TRIGGER SYSTEM. The Model 70® rifle’s M.O.A. Trigger System works on the simple principle of the pivoting lever. Pictured above are the trigger piece (A), actuator (B), and sear (C). The housing and all internal parts, pins and springs are precision crafted from stainless steel. In addition, the sear and actuator are coated with Slick Shot® electroless nickel Teflon® for corrosion resistance and smoother operation.

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2:1 MECHANICAL ADVANTAGE. The M.O.A.’s trigger piece offers a wide, smooth face to better distribute finger pressure for a lighter, more sensitive feel. Because of its geometry and 2:1 mechanical advantage, the trigger piece travels only half the distance of the actuator (2X). Since this distance is cut in half, the perception of creep and overtravel is virtually eliminated.

ZERO TAKE-UP

Take-up is the distance the trigger piece travels prior to the sear moving toward release and the shooter feeling resistance. The M.O.A. Trigger System uses a spring to eliminate take-up by keeping the trigger piece 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 and has a negative influence on accuracy, causing inconsistency and uncertainty during the pull of the trigger. Creep contributes to jerking the trigger, thus adding to movement of the gun during firing. The 2:1 mechanical advantage created by the M.O.A. Trigger’s unique design geometry has virtually eliminated creep in the Model 70® rifle’s M.O.A. Trigger.

ZERO OVERTRAVEL

Overtravel is the rearward movement of the trigger after the firing pin has been released. It can actually jar the gun away from its intended point of aim and is very distracting to the shooter. The Model 70® rifle’s M.O.A. Trigger System is set at the factory to have no perceptible overtravel. When the sear drops, the trigger stops. Where you aim is where you shoot.


CLAW EXTRACTOR

Over 100 years ago Peter Paul Mauser developed an extractor design that remains the choice of the experts today. It is the claw extractor. The Model 70 Classic perfects the CLAW EXTRACTOR concept with a claw extractor that engages approximately 1/4 of the cartridge rim. Nobody plans on having problems with a sticky, hard-to-extract case, but when you do, the massive surface of the Model 70's claw gives you a better grip on the rim and greatly reduces the chance of ripping through the rim itself. Because of this design, Model 70's are the standard equipment for Africa-bound hunters who simply cannot afford to have an extraction failure. Although you may not be in danger on your next hunt, the success of your hunt does depend on your rifle extracting cartridges properly 100% of the time.

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CLAW EXTRACTOR

Chambering a round with most bolt actions is achieved by the bottom of the bolt pushing forward against the top of the cartridge - with the cartridge moving forward while still being held by the magazine. At some point, about halfway into the forward motion, the cartridge leaves the control of the lips of the magazine. The bolt face simply continues to push the cartridge forward into the chamber. It remains "loose," as it travels from the magazine until it is fully forward in the chamber. With the Model 70, you have CONTROLLED ROUND FEEDING. This means that as the cartridge leaves control of the magazine. the base rises up on the bolt face and is captured between the claw extractor and the opposite edge of the bolt face. At this point, it is fully controlled by the bolt. Should you wish to stop chambering the round and eject it, you do not need to continue chambering the cartridge before ejecting. You simply work the bolt rearward, which extracts and ejects the round. Should a cartridge not want to chamber for any reason it is easy to eject the round by just working the bolt rearward. The bolt face retains control of the cartridge until it ejects. With conventional bolt designs, a very sticky case sometimes has to be pried loose from the chamber. You don't have to take that chance as long as you shoot a Model 70.

Safety

Every Model 70® has a THREE-POSITION SAFETY that is convenient to operate with the thumb of your firing hand. The design retracts the firing pin away from the sear. When the safety selector is in the middle position, the action can still be operated, allowing unfired cartridges to be cycled with the safety on. It’s smooth to engage and easily identifies, by sight and feel, the safety status of the rifle.

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A BLADE-TYPE EJECTOR gives you full control when ejecting a fired case. Pull the bolt back slowly and the empty case pops out gently — perfect for target shooters and varminters. Pull the bolt back sharply and the empty case clears the port with greater force.

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THE STEEL RECEIVER IS FORGED for superior material properties. Each forging is precision machined to create a strong, stiff and solid receiver that resists flexing and delivers top accuracy over a lifetime of shooting. The bottom profile of the Model 70® receiver is flat to offer more surface area for bedding. It’s then bedded at the front and rear to eliminate shifts in zero and preserve pinpoint accuracy. The flat bottom contour also resists twisting inside the stock during firing, making it superior to the competitions’ round bottom receivers.

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THE INTEGRAL RECOIL LUG on the Model 70® is actually forged and machined as part of the receiver. It’s a hefty block of solid steel, not a mere washer or tab that’s just sandwiched between the barrel and the action during assembly. This allows the barrel to be trued in perfect alignment to the front ring of the receiver for greater accuracy. There is nothing to move, settle or shift the barrel out of alignment, ever. It’s what makes a Model 70 rifle shoot straight and true, year after year.

 

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STAINLESS STEEL COMPONENTS. The trigger housing and all internal components of the M.O.A. Trigger System are constructed of durable, corrosion-resistant stainless steel.

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The trigger guard and magazine frame of each Model 70® rifle feature a solid, ONE-PIECE BOTTOM METAL supporting the action through the magazine well. This added rigidity contributes to accuracy and integrity better than two-piece systems. The hinged magazine floorplate speeds unloading of the cartridges to avoid having to cycle them through the action. The action and trigger guard are held in place by stout hex head screws.

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Critical to rifle accuracy is how the barrel is made and set in the stock. MODEL 70 BARRELS have a reputation for delivering top accuracy, even during the heat of long strings of fire. 

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You can expect 1 MOA ACCURACY for three-shot groups from your Model 70® rifle using high-quality ammo and optics under suitable weather and range conditions. 

Photo courtesy Dan Thompson as posted on the Winchester Trophy Room. Shot at Valrico, Florida, March 26, 2011, with a Model 70 Stainless Featherweight in 300 WSM.

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Every precision rifled Model 70 barrel is FREE-FLOATING in the stock so that no part of the fore-end touches the barrel, because pressure from contacting the stock adversely influences accuracy.

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Every Model 70® features a RECESSED TARGET CROWN at the muzzle to protect the rifling from nicks and dings. Each bullet exits the barrel uniformly, with ultimate precision.

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The RECOIL PAD on Model 70® rifles is a premium Pachmayr® Decelerator® recoil pad. This industry leading pad offers optimal protection against felt recoil.


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