Tuesday, October 30, 2007

New Model 70 from Winchester

I'm doing a lot of catching up,. since I was on the road last week filming cowboy stuff, among other things. My pal John Snow over at the Outdoor Life GUNSHOTS Blog, of which I am a proud, although not particularly prolific, member, has the specifics on the new Winchester Model 70 rifle relaunch, including a detailed look at the pretty slick revised trigger system:
One benefit of this design is that there is zero takeup in the system. Likewise, while there is a certain amount of creep and overtravel—you need both for a mechanical trigger to function—the perception on the part of the shooter is that there is none. You get nothing but a clean break when you pull the trigger. This trigger feels very, very good. And for shooters who find the addition of safety levers to the trigger itself unsightly—a la Savage Arm’s AccuTrigger—the lines of the M.O.A. are neat and clean.
John's got the complete report, including range info. I'm not particularly surprised by this, since the super high quality FNH tactical rifles, essentially pre-'64 Winchesters, continued in production. I unequivocxally state that the FNH A4 Special Police Rifle shooting system in .308 is the single most accurate out-of-the-box rifle I've ever pulled the trigger on.

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