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    I recently picked up a Winchester push feed Model 70 NIB in 6.5 X55. It's from the mid 80s. I was told recently that they didn't make too many of these, mostly for the European market. Does anybody have any definite info on this? Thanks

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    Good goat and sheep round with a 140gr bullet. I don't remember for sure but I think it was kinda kind the Remington/ Ruger classic round for the year type gun

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    Yeah, I've had several 6.5X55 chambered rifles before, both 96s. With the 156-160 grain bullet, I'd even go for moose within reasonable range. I actually wondered about this specific model Winchester. I also think Rem and Ruger did a special chambering too.

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    Is it a feather Weight model... ?
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    Default They made a few...

    I run into 'em once in awhile 'down here'. Mostly ignored, just like new. Also, all that I've run across have been Featherweights. Oddly, they made the .257 Roberts and 7X57 about the same time, and unless someone's finances are in distress, you rarely see the Featherweights in either of those rounds languishing on the racks.
    Not sure about the Winchester, as I've always seemed to have plenty of Mausers hanging around, but I'm not certain that the Winchester rifle has as long a throat as the originals. I know the 700 Remington that I had in the Swede round didn't shoot as well as my poorest condition Mauser did.
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    I believe Winchester made three runs of them. The first run started and ended in 1986 and was called the Model 70 XTR EUROPEAN Fwt, it was only chambered in 6.5X55, and had open sights. The next run was in the pushfeed XTR fwt. I have no idea how long they were produced during this run, but beleive it was one year starting in 1991. These early PF Fwt's are bringing $650 for hunted models, to $1K for NIB in 6.5X55, 7X57, and 257 Bob, as they are not that common. The 6.5X55 was once again chambered in the Fwt Classic's (CRF) starting in 1997. I know GNG had a 6.5 CRF on the rack right when Win ceased M70 production, so 2005 ish. Sounds like yours is one of the first two runs, be curios if it was a first run European Featherweight, as I have never seen one of these. Great grab BTW the PF win 70's are great rifles, three position safety, great simple trigger, and a decent extractor with a bigger bite than a piece of spring steel.

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    This is a "standard" XTR, not the Featherweight. It has the regular XTR stock like my .270 PF with a standard contour barrel with open sights. The mystery deepens. The magazine allows for bullets being seated out nicely and the throat seems more then reasonably long. My standard .270 has a good long throat, but that is neither here nor there. This is interesting. I got this one from GNG also, part of the same collection for sale. I have bedded it and floated the barrel and put about 18 rounds through it. Two of the 3 shot groups, both 140 gr. bullets, were a bit under an inch.

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    Hmm...got me. Might want to find someone with a copy of Roger Rules "The Riflemans Rifle". Only thing I can find is that the XTR suffix was dropped in 1989. Hopefully someone else can shed some light.

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    for all the data. The mystery must have an answer somewhere.

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    I would love to find one in a featherweight model...
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    I found some info that may or may not help you. It may not even be what you're looking for but here it is. Hope it helps.

    Year S/N start S/N end Quantity
    1964 700,000 757,180 57,181
    1965 757,181 818,500 61,320
    1966 818,501 855,860 37,360
    1967 855,861 873,694 17,834
    1968 G873,695 G929,990 56,296
    1969 G929,991 G965,200 35,210
    1970 G965,201 G1,000,436 43,236
    1971 G1,000,437 G1,041,884 33,448
    1972 G1,041,885 G1,088,291 46,407
    1973 G1,088,292 G1,130,146 41,855
    1974 G1,130,147 G1,176,878 46,732
    1975 G1,176,879 G1,235,041 58,163
    1976 G1,235,042 G1,298,272 63,231
    1977 G1,298,273 G1,380,667 82,395
    1978 G1,380,668 G1,423,869 43,202
    1979 G1,423,870 G1,450,135 26,266
    1980 G1,450,135 G1,493,463 43,328
    1981 G1,493,464 G1,525,323 31,860
    Guns made after 1981 would have been made by USRA & not shown on this chart

    As a side note, in 1986, Winchester added the 6.5xx55 Swede to the European Featherweight line.

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