Hey fellers, it's getting about new rifle time around here. I have been thinking about getting something to shoot from the bench a lot without it beating all hades out of me. All my hunting rifles are belted mags with exception of my Whelen, and it ain't no slouch in the recoil department. I am not recoil shy, but not stupid either and don't really enjoy shooting an 8 lb 375 H&H very much to stay proficient.
Anyway, I have found a Winchester Varmint (Special?) I can't remember what the barrel was stamped with, but the rifle is a 26 inch barrel heavy contour 308 and has great looking rifling. It has a blued receiver but stainless barrel, and it all looks like it came out of New Haven that way. I don't think it was a custom barrel judging from the markings. They looked factory. It also has what looks to me like a Bell and Carlson stock. (I have 3) Can anyone tell me much about this particular variation of Winchester? Oh yeah, it's a "pre-64" style. But made just within a couple years back. I like this thing and the price is right, but I would like to know if any of you guys have any of these Winchesters and how they shoot??
I am a Remington 700 kind of guy so I don't know how these rifles shoot in comparison. Anyone?? Thanks for any replies.