Model 70 Stealth


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Shmackey
November 20, 2004, 01:35 PM
Why do I hear about these so rarely compared to the 700 VS or Police? Are the latter simply in a different league, or are they just more popular right now?

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Ringer
November 20, 2004, 02:12 PM
I have no experience with Rem and very little with my Win but so far I'm happy with it. I like the stock and the action. This is my first bolt action rifle and I have only had it out once, but this pic should show it's potential for accuracy anyway. Best group at 100 yrds first time out by newbie shooter (non match grade ammo). This is the older model, not the Stealth II.
I wonder myself why these are talked about more.

http://home.comcast.net/~ringer/Win70/Rifle100yrd.jpg
http://home.comcast.net/~ringer/Win70/Winny1.jpg

strambo
November 20, 2004, 10:21 PM
You missed! Ha-kidding, nice group! My Winchester M70 Laredo in .300 WM has turned in groups almost that tight (.44") though it is probably more like a .75 MOA rifle on average depending on my handloading skill, I haven't put any factory match grade ammo through it. I like the controlled feed action and huge claw extractor a lot better than the Remington.

Maybe Remington's "tactical" rifle domination has something to do with Winchester messin' up the M70 in '64. Or maybe they never tried to get into the tactical/sniper market until recently? Nothing wrong with the new "classic" actions...just to much lost market share. They are still popular enough that most aftermarket accessories (stocks, triggers etc...) are available for them.

walking arsenal
November 20, 2004, 10:40 PM
ive taken deer at long range with my win. :eek:

one at 500 yards and one at 400 this year. :what:

there are folks on this board that saw it and can vouch for me so there :neener:

good gun.

Quintin Likely
November 20, 2004, 11:13 PM
Around in my parts, Model 70s in general are oddballs. Other than the Wally World Super Shadows or whatever they're called, they're rare compared to the availabilty of Savages and Remingtons. A friend of mine has one, from back when they were Heavy Barrel Varmints. He ain't got no complaints, and it shoots just as well as my 700VS.

WalkerTexasRanger
November 21, 2004, 01:04 AM
I have a Mod 70 Stealth in .223 and it is very accurate. More so than my Rem 700 LTR.

Fit and finish is excellent to boot!!

I would highly recommend!!

WTR

Sunray
November 21, 2004, 01:09 AM
Stealth=marketing. Same rifle with a different name and finish. The only difference between the 'Police' M70 and a regular M70 is the finish. The 'Police' had phosphating on the steel and an oil finish on the wood. Instead of bluing and, I think, urethane on the wood.
"...Winchester messin' up..." They messed up again when they went out of business and sold the name. The pre and post 64 thing was just a change in manufacturing techniques.

nico
November 21, 2004, 01:51 AM
For what it's worth, I found an article a while ago (that of course I can't find now :rolleyes:) on sniper country that said that the M70 Stealth is the cheapest gun that's ready to be used as a "sniper rifle" out of the box.
Sunray, I think you should check again. I may be wrong, but the last time I looked through the Winchester catalogue, the Stealth has a heavier barrel than the other M70s and comes with a synthetic stock that isn't available on the other models. The differences between the Stealth and the other M70 models are definitely more than just the name and minor cosmetics.

BlackCat
November 21, 2004, 05:04 AM
"...Winchester messin' up..." They messed up again when they went out of business and sold the name.

Indeed, it kinda makes me feel bad even

Yep Yep, I'm a Model 70 fan for sure, the're slick guns. Of course my #1 is a Rem. M700, but the Model 70 is a close second.

That's a nice looking gun, and so is the pattern, even if you did miss the bullseye. ;) I admit I'd like a better picture of it. So I could admire it abit more. One other thing, if that's a Harris Bi-Pod it appears to be on backwards, it will work that way, but not quite as well.

I'll have to check out this sniper country website.

The main reason I chose a M700 (aside from being a die hard Rem. fan) is it's proclaimed "best out of the box accuracy". Maybe they don't brag about that anymore (I've heard talk of Savage claiming that now) but it still stuck in my head and I really hardly considered anything but an M700, aside from a model 7.

http://members.tccoa.com/turbocat/M700.jpg

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