The Winchester Model 70 Featherweight is undoubtedly a top tier hunting carbine.
Find out plus a lot more in this Winchester Model 70 Featherweight review.
To tell the story of this carbine, we need to take it from its roots at the beginning of the 20th century. At that time, a worldwide arms revolution occurred with multiple-charge rifles, smokeless gunpowder, and hard-shell coated shells all being invented. These cases were much more accurate than the previous soft, all lead bullets.
As a result of this weapons revolution, the Springfield rifle cartridge .30–06 (also known as the 7.62 × 63 mm) was adopted by the American Army in 1906. Like any army cartridge, it began to be produced in incredible quantities, including being for sale to civilians on the domestic market.
It was far-reaching, accurate, reliable, and very, very cheap. Also, its power was higher than regular German, French, and English army ammunition of that time.
With such an outstanding cartridge, there just had to be an equally outstanding weapon for it. One of the first weapons made for this cartridge was by Winchester. And the Winchester Model 70 is a refined version of these earliest models.
After the First World War, America quickly grew more prosperous, and arms companies, including Winchester, sought to fill all the market niches. During and after the war, an excellent hunting gun that had virtually no cons was needed on the market.
The Model 21 at that time cost only $30, and anyone who had at least some permanent work could afford such a gun. And for the middle classes and those with even more money, hunting pump-action and a wide variety of rifles were produced.
But to break into the market, and occupy a niche in it, was incredibly difficult. However, Winchester managed this by producing guns of the highest quality.
Winchester 70 Featherweight – What are the Differences?
The Winchester 70 carbine is based on the Mauser 98 bolt. It first appeared in 1936 and was upgraded in 1964. The previous model was called Pre 64. From time to time since then, the Winchester 70 carbines have been continually upgraded and updated.
The Winchester Model 70 Featherweight has a lot in common with earlier models. Its upgrade, however, includes forged barrels, bolts, and bolt boxes made of modern steel grades. There are also differences, for example, in the form of its lodge, and the shutter design.
Where did it get its name?
The name of the carbine – Winchester 70 Featherweight – is reflected in its relatively small mass. With a barrel length of 560 mm, it weighs only 3.0 – 3.18 kg. This is excellent for a hunting rifle and allows you to carry it comfortably on the hunt.
To add, the Winchester Model 70 Featherweight has rubberized padding at the butt base, which allows for comfortable shooting. Not only does the padding reduces gun recoil impact, but it also stabilizes the gun against your arm to ensure you get better accuracy, even when shooting multiple rounds.
Winchester Model 70 Featherweight Review
On the field…
The Winchester 70 Featherweight is equipped with non-slip sides for a proper grip. These are also designed to add aesthetic value to the gun and is one of the reasons the Model 70 is very popular in the United States.
As noted, the rubberized base almost totally eliminates recoil, making it easier and more accurate when firing multiple rounds. As well as the thickness of the rubberized base, its grip also helps to limit the effects of recoil.
You feed the chamber directly and close the breech on a chambered cartridge. However, this maneuver requires some effort, and applying oil helps make the process easier.
The bottom window is closed by the door of the cartridge store. This allows the emptying of spent rounds without having to operate the breech for the extraction of each cartridge.
The housing allows for the installation of an optical sight. This is a very simple and effective process and allows your scope to sit firmly.
The trigger guard is large enough to allow shooting with a gloved hand. The trigger is firm; hence, it greatly reduces the chances of a misfire.
However, we recommend that you use ammunition that is not likely to be deformed both at the time of chambering, and by the inertial projection to the front.
The safety handle on the back may be positioned in three ways. These are:
In summary, the design of the Winchester 70 Featherweight is perfect for all types of hunting in all types of terrain, and it has been designed to hunt just about everything.
According to Wikipedia, the Winchester model 70 hunting carbine has been produced from 1936 to the present day. However, in an interview with a famous American gun lover, we would like to share the following quote:
“On one hunt, I met a gentleman who owned the older Winchester Model 70 from 1936 and thought it was a hell of a thing. It looked almost brand new. I took it for a spin, and somehow, this over 80-year-old gun still managed to fight.”
Wow, this testimony is priceless!
Still wondering what we think? We’ll leave you to fill in the gaps.
Look at the next subheading, however. We believe it will further wow you.
Nowadays the Winchester Model 70 Featherweight is produced in the following calibers:
.22 Hornet, .222 Remington, .223 Remington, .22−250 Remington, .223 WSSM, .225 Winchester, .220 Swift, .243 Winchester, .243 WSSM, .250−3000 Savage, .257 Roberts, .25-06 Remington, .25 WSSM, 6.5 × 55 mm,.264 Winchester Magnum, .270 Winchester, .270 WSM, .270 Weatherby Magnum, 280 rem., 7 mm Mauser, 7 mm- 08, 7 mm Remington Magnum, 7 mm WSM, and the 7 mm STW.
But, that’ not all, also the .300 Savage, .30−06 Springfield, .308 Winchester, .300 H&H Magnum, .300 Winchester Magnum, .300 WSM, .300 Weatherby Magnum, .300 RUM, .325 WSM, .338 Winchester Magnum, .35 Remington, .358 Winchester, .375 H&H Magnum, .416 Remington Magnum, .416 Rigby, .458 Winchester Magnum, and finally, .470 Capstick.
Since October 2007, the Winchester Model 70 Featherweight has been produced by the Belgian company FN Herstal.They also arrive on other country’s shores to reach the hands of lovers of the hunt worldwide.
This gun is near indestructible, and most owners never give theirs up. And you will understand why when you get one.
Even after countless years of use, you’ll see no reason to “upgrade.” And if for some unlikely reason, you decide to sell it, you’ll most likely get an offer several times its original price.
Old or new, the Winchester Model 70 Featherweight remains one of the most reliable and accurate firearms ever known to mankind!
You really can’t say much more than that. It really is that good.