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    Default winchester model 70 Lightweight

    Does anybody know any perninant facts or quirks about the Win Model 70 Lightweight (not the featherweight) made in the late 80's/early 90's I believe? It is a pushfeed.

    I'm looking at one in 243 for my 8 year old boy...........gorgeous stock.

    thanks

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    About all I can tell you is what's in an '89 Gun Digest. It was introduced in '84. Comes w/a 22"bbl,no open sights,6 1/4#, and walnut stock(optional Win-Tuff lam. stock). GOOD yrs for Winchester quality.

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    Default Well

    Years ago when I was 15 or so my dad brought home a brand lightwieght chambered in a 06 wow that thing was handy 1st runs had 18 1/2 inch barrels little known fact... My dad traded it off and a few mnths later he come dragging another one home but this one had a 20 inch barrel... I sure wish I could find one with the 18 1/2 inch barrel oh well...

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    Default Win lightweight

    They made them for a short time in the late 1980's
    I had one I bought new in 30 06 I wish I still had it as it was a handy Carbine. Stock dimensions were reduced from full size and the stock was finished satin instead of the prevalent high gloss at that time. It had a 20 inch barrel and for a 30 06 it had a kick to it when shooting it from the bench. I never weighed it but I would imagine it was in the mid six pound range.

    The only thing I remember about it is that it broke a weaver mount when I was shooting it, base mount screws probably worked loose but the base broke at the slot for the rings. The rifle was reasonably accurate and I would prefer it over the full size for deer hunting and carrying around.

    Mine had a solid walnut stock with decent grain.

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    Thanks guys. I think its a go.

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    Default M70 Lightweight

    I really like them. they seem like the forgotten M70's. Basically a featherweight XTR with a more traditional stock. The carbines are more rare.

    From the reference I have, Lightweights were made from 1987-1995, Lightwieght Carbines from 1984-1987.

    These were good years for winchester rifles, very good blueing and fit & finnish imo.

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    Default Win Tuff 280 Rem.

    I've got a Win Tuff 280 lightweight still in the box.

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    Default A great rifle to buy!

    Eastwoods,
    I would advise you to pickup that rifle before someone else finds it. The Lightweight model was an obscure version of the Featherweight. In .243, it would be a great rifle for your son - for a long time.
    Go get it!

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    Got it! For $350!!

    Thanks guys.

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