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    Default New Winchester Mod 70 Extreme .243

    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.

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    A moderator on here by the name of Stid swears by his new mod. 70 extreme. And judging by his pictures of all the game he's shot with it, I could see why. I don't think you could find a better American made rifle than your winchester model 70, except.......maybe the wood one, but that's personal preference.

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    I own two Winchester Extremes, .270 Win and .325 WSM and both shoot "Extreme-ly" well. the .270 is a tack driver shooting 1/2 inch groups at 100 and under or right at 1" groups at 200 yards. Nice. Very nice. The .325 has been a bit more work with reloads to find the sweet load, but it is now banging them in at .75" at 100 yards consistently.

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    Thanks for the post - looks like you have a real "shooter" - and to hold steady at 2 degree's for sub moa groups - well it doesn't get any better! Them coyotes are in real trouble....
    When asked what state I live in I say "The State of Confusion", better known as IL....

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    I honestly think the new Winchester's are a stock away from being the best thing since sliced bread.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matt View Post
    I honestly think the new Winchester's are a stock away from being the best thing since sliced bread.
    And not being available in .223!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matt View Post
    I honestly think the new Winchester's are a stock away from being the best thing since sliced bread.
    Don't like Bell and Carlson stocks?

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    Congratulations, Whitetail1der and thanks for the info.

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    I've been killing coyotes with a 243 for most of 30 years. I used mostly Hornady 70 grainers but switched to the bulk Winchester 80 grainers a couple of years ago. The 243 is the perfect coyote round and I doubt that there is a better rifle built than the very one you chose. There are a lot of good times in your future with that rifle!

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    I have an older Model 70 Stainless Classic .243win. that is similar to the new model. I love it, it has become my favorite predator rifle. It shoots 95 grain Ballistic Silver Tips very well, such a combination would is hard to beat as a large varmint/predator gun.

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