The 721 is pretty close to a 700, the biggest difference I'm aware of is the extractor ring in the bolt face. Rather than having an extractor milled into the bolt face, the 721 has a ring of rolled/stamped metal that clips into the inside of the bolt face.
This ring is relatively weak compared to a 700 and occasionally breaks.
I thought all the original 721's came in blued steel.
the one i have was made in 1956 and it does have a stainless steel barrel i had a friend that is really into guns check it out he said it is stainless he said it is probably a rare one the letters on the barrel say it was made in 1956
There are still some who insist a scope is not needed for the type hunting they do, ignoring the advances of the last 150 years in optical sights. (Even the ultra-conservative US Army has adopted optical sights.) The idea that in some special circumstances open iron sights or aperture (peep) sights might be more useful is not lost on me, but with the inevitable advance of age comes the reduction in visual acuity needed for using iron sights.
I believe that many who completely resist the idea of...