Is there any one out there besides me that is a die hard Mod. 70 user? I'm talking either Pre-64 or the "Classic" versions that have the wonderful old style Mod. 70 trigger. That nearly bullet proof reliable trigger, the safety locking the bolt and firing pin and being able to easily field strip the bolt with out tools is what has kept me using Mod. 70's for so many years.
I'm not saying they are the most accurate out of the box rifles, the most beautiful, etc. or the only rifle capable of taking big game. I also know like many firearms manufactures they have had ups and down's in quality. I just grew up around them and they have many desirable features. The "Classics" get some parts replacements from me and the Pre-64's have been left alone except for customizing the stock. I am aware of the Pre-64's not having the best gas venting system which can be an issue if a case fails. Since I load my own and use once fired brass for hunting it is not an issue to me.
I have a custom .338 "Classic Stainless" that has all the bells and whistles and a Pre-64 Featherweight 30-06 with the old rust blue and beautiful customized walnut stock. They are to me wonderful rifles. Then again, as I have stated before, I shoot Mod. 70's because those near perfect Dakota rifles cost so much.
If I ever get hi tech I will try to post a couple of pics of the rifles.