Gun Revision Number 1 Updated on: April 05, 2012

Note: Values with green color has been updated in newer version

Title: Winchester Model 70 Featherweight

Specifications

  • Type: Rifles
  • Make: Winchester
  • Model: 70 Featherweight
  • Production:
  • Caliber: 22-250 Rem.
  • Capacity: 3
  • Barrel Length: 22
  • Total Length: 42 1/4
  • Designed By:
  • Make Year: 0

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Details

The Featherweight version of the Model 70 was first placed in production in 1952 to complement the standard Model 70 which had been in production since 1937. The Featherweight has been produced in a number of variations with differences related to: chamber, barrel length, stainless or carbon steel hardware, and grade of materials and finish. The Featherweight was Winchester's attempt at making a light hunter's version of the Model 70 although, at 7½ lbs, today "featherweight" is a bit of a misnomer.. but only to a misdemeanor degree. In 1937, 7½ lbs defined a featherweight rifle.

The current Featherweight, with a 24" barrel, is listed as weighing between 7 lbs 4 oz and 7 lb 8 oz. This particular Featherweight, chambered for the 270 WSM scale checked at 7 lbs 8 oz, although it is listed as a 7 lb 4 oz version. Featherweights with 22" barrels are listed as 6 lbs 8 oz or 7 lbs even. CG is at the floorplate hinge, which makes the rifle a little nose heavy, but steady in hold. Installation of a scope doesn't result in neutral balance, however, that seems irrelevant as this is a rifle that is easy to shoot accurately.

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