Winchester 70 - Featherweight vs. Sporter


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fnslpmark112
November 5, 2010, 02:20 PM
I am really struggling with which Model 70 to purchase in 30-06. I started doing some reading on the Featherweight versions. People seem to really love this gun. Now, I am confused.

Which do you like better as a general purpose hunting gun? Why?

The specifications are remarkably similar:

FW 22" 42 1/2" 13 3/4" 1/2" 1/2" 7 lbs.
Sptr 24" 44 3/8" 13 3/4" 1/2" 1/2" 7 lbs. 4 oz

How differently do they shoot?

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Grey Morel
November 5, 2010, 03:11 PM
Not THAT much different...

The 'Sporter' will be a bit more stable but the 'Featherweight' will carry a bit better.

2" of BBL length is not enough to worry about velocity wise, and 1/4lb is not that significant recoil wise - so get the one that suits you best.

Mr_Pale_Horse
November 5, 2010, 04:33 PM
Featherweight in 308 or standard in 30-06. Maximize the weight reduction combining a short action in the Featherweight.

desidog
November 6, 2010, 02:20 PM
I like the featherweight; the only downside to me is that I can't put a Harris bipod on the fore-stock with the Schnabel profile.

Rokman
November 6, 2010, 02:41 PM
I bought a .270 featherweight last year and love it. I like the looks of the Schnabel forend and the feel of it is great.

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