Thought I'd share with everyone my recent experience with one of the NEW (FN Manufactured) Winchesters. I purchased the gun about 3 weeks ago and finally managed to get to the range with it for sight-in and barrel break-in. I haven't seen any shooting results from other owners so I thought I'd break the ice.
Being as I am going to use this rifle for predator hunting and plan on reloading 80 gr Noslers for it, I picked up a box of Federal factory loaded 80 gr soft points for the break-in process. I mounted a Leupold 3.5 x 14 LPS and began the process.
Temp was a chilly 2 degrees, initial target range was 25 yards. After bore sighting was completed I shot 3 rounds and got sub-MOA results, 3" high and 3" left. I zeroed the point-of-aim to match point-of-impact and shot another 3 rounds. Again sub-MOA dead center of target. I then moved the target out to 50 yds.
Another 3 rounds down range and another sub-MOA grouping. Slightly off center. Again POA-adjusted to POI. Sent another 3 rounds down range and sub MOA results center of target! By now I'm felling pretty good with the new acquisition.
I move the target out to 100 yds and send 3 shots down range. Sub MOA results slightly high and left of center. Once again I adjusted POA to match POI and send 3 more down range. Dead center, sub MOA results. I take my last 2 remaining rounds and shoot at a new target and BINGO! Two holes touching, dead center at 100 yds.
By now my fingers are freezing and I've accomplished my goal. I pack-up and head home quite pleased with the performance/over-all results of this gun. I did a lot of research on this caliber and different firearms manufacturers and decided to go with Winchester and have no regrets. This guns gonna get a lot of use in the very near future.
For inquiring minds....1 shot then I cleaned the bore, 2 shots then cleaned the bore, 3 shots then cleaned the bore, 3 shots cleaned the bore, 3 shots cleaned the bore, 3 shots cleaned the bore, 5 shots cleaned the bore. I allowed the barrel to cool between group shooting. Didn't take long to cool in 2 degree temps! I'll repeat the process with my hand-loads.