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Rifle Prep and Safe Thinning

Started by sportacus, September 16, 2021, 12:29:26 PM

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sportacus

Posted earlier about my 6.5 PRC break in and zero. That one is ready.
Got on a science project I have neglected.  Left hand Win 70 Featherweight in 7 WSM. Got off a used rack several years ago.  Thought I had a gem. Outward appearance flawless, walnut and steel.
Tore into with a deep clean yesterday.  Bolt release spring weak. Magazine spring weak.  Shot this morning. 3" groups.  140 BT loaded by Federal.  Everything shoots BT's.  Thought maybe it was my rifle driving.  How in the he** the previous owner wore this stick out without a ding is beyond me.  Asked repeatedly about why it was traded.  Old man said "It kicked too hard."  Once burnt, twice learnt.

Pulled out my freshly cleaned 6.5 CM X-Bolt.  Had never tried 130 Swift or 130 Berger VLD-H in this one.  Both shot 1/4" ragged holes.  POI was a little different. Will go with the Berger's but know it likes the Swift's also.

Bottom Line:  Will have a Teslong borescope in my hands in a few days.  Twice shy about used rifles after this experience.
The Model 70 is proudly displayed on the used rack at Blade and Barrel in Jena, LA.
If you have the shot, take it.

sportacus

More thoughts about today.  The 7 WSM had some zing to it.  Not recoil shy, but why endure the fire and fury when the PRC and CM are not nearly as evil tempered.  Love all things 7mm.  Has been good to me. Need to have a accurate 7-08 and 7 Rem Mag in the corner.  Will focus now on my old 700, 7 Mag.  Will clean it up and install a Trigger Tech.  Vintage 1990 and has never failed me. Probably less than 100 rounds through it. Loves 150 Swift Scirocco's.
If you have the shot, take it.

Cold Trigger Finger

Quote from: sportacus on September 16, 2021, 12:29:26 PMPosted earlier about my 6.5 PRC break in and zero. That one is ready.
Got on a science project I have neglected.  Left hand Win 70 Featherweight in 7 WSM. Got off a used rack several years ago.  Thought I had a gem. Outward appearance flawless, walnut and steel.
Tore into with a deep clean yesterday.  Bolt release spring weak. Magazine spring weak.  Shot this morning. 3" groups.  140 BT loaded by Federal.  Everything shoots BT's.  Thought maybe it was my rifle driving.  How in the he** the previous owner wore this stick out without a ding is beyond me.  Asked repeatedly about why it was traded.  Old man said "It kicked too hard."  Once burnt, twice learnt.

Pulled out my freshly cleaned 6.5 CM X-Bolt.  Had never tried 130 Swift or 130 Berger VLD-H in this one.  Both shot 1/4" ragged holes.  POI was a little different. Will go with the Berger's but know it likes the Swift's also.

Bottom Line:  Will have a Teslong borescope in my hands in a few days.  Twice shy about used rifles after this experience.
The Model 70 is proudly displayed on the used rack at Blade and Barrel in Jena, LA.

 Was it a controlled feed model 70 or the push feed.
 Reason I ask is , the model 70 CRF makes a dandy 416 and 458 wsm. They make up into an amazingly fine little 16"  barreled  , 4000 + ft lb carbine that can easily be made to weigh 6 to 6.5 lbs .
If your going to be a Bush Alaskan You need a perfect winter rifle. The Ruger M77 Hawkeye SS in 6.5 Creedmoor is mine.<br>You are being watched.

sportacus

CTF,
The Model 70 was controlled round feed.  Will go to Blade and Barrel in a week or two.  If it is still on the rack, will bring it home.
Have it rebarreled in 6.8 Western  or something else, different.  Already has the short mag bolt. Should be a simple job if I can find a local smith that plays with Wnchesters.
If you have the shot, take it.