Hi everyone. I have had several 375's, from old Interarms Whitworth Express's, to CZ550's, to Win. M70 Safari Express's. I still have a CZ that I have had for a few years. It's a great gun, I just replaced the Bavarian stock with an American with the 2 crossbolts.
Last year I bought a new M70 Safari and after trying several pairs of Leupold QR rings and bases (and even a set of STD rings and bases), there wasn't enough adjustment in a VXIII 2.5-8 to boresight either for windage or elevation. After some mediocre response from Winchester Repair I decided it should go back to Davidsons. I think either the mounting holes were wrong or the barrel was installed incorrectly. I kept on shooting the CZ.
I was thinking about getting a new 375 as I want to give this one to my kid when he/she graduates HS. The serial number is 2007, the year he/she will be born which I thought was cool. I would like to give Winchester another try, but can't/won't pay the close to or over $2000 asking price currently on the auction boards. I have several Rugers (I just bought an M77 338 that I am having factory Ruger sights mounted on since Ruger dropped the RS option) and was interested in the M77 Express Magnum but haven't handled them due to feeling that they were way too spendy for me. I was wondering if anyone has had any experience with the Ruger Express rifle or have had similar experiences with Winchester.
PS- I know, I know, a SS/synthetic rifle is more practical but I hate that type of gun. I prefer to carry a bottle of "Sheath" in my pack and expect my rifle to get a few knocks. I do have a M70 Classic Stainless in 338 WM that I got at Walmart in Wasilla 9 years ago but as I said, I am not a big fan of the whole SS/Synth. thing. I also feel a rifle should have iron sights. As an aside, the knurling on the SS M70 bolt handle is awful, all flat and several misses.