Not sure if this is exactly where this belongs, but here goes. I picked up a new rifle on Tuesday that will be used as a gift to a "Wounded Warrior" on an upcoming gifted hunt planned for this coming January. I was very impressed when I opened the box and first looked at the new Winchester M70 Featherweight in 30/06 that we decided on. We actually had a heck of a time locating this particular rifle and ended up ordering it from a "Sportsman's Warehouse" store in Utah.
The fit and finish are nothing short of great and the bolt smoothness and trigger pull are also quite good. If it ends up shooting as well as it looks, we will have one happy service member, when we present him this rifle as a surprise bonus to his free hunt. I was helped in finding the very deserving service member (now medically retired) by both the "Combat Helicopter Pilot's Association" and an organization called "Operation Second Chance". Operation Second Chance will actually fund the travel for our honored guest to the hunt in Georgia. The hunt and rifle package is over a $2,000. gift to him, not counting the cost of the travel, flying him and a guest in and out of Atlanta.
This is our second such hunt, the first was another hog hunt at the same place in Georgia with our honored guest on that hunt (a Marine) receiving a Ruger M77 Hawkeye topped by a VX2 3-9x40 on that hunt. That hunter took 3 hogs using his brand new rifle and the entire hunt was a roaring success. The way that hunt turned out convinced all involved that we needed to try and make this gift to a deserving American service member an annual thing, if at all possible. So you know, the entire hunt (minus travel) and the gifted rifle is funded entirely by donations made by people, scattered all across the country. This last hunt had donations come in from 10 different states, from California to New York. This year, so far, we have had donations come in from Alaska to Connecticut and many places in between.
Anyway, I am awaiting the bases & rings I ordered and the scope, another VX2 3-9x40 (also a donation) to arrive so I can assemble it all, sight it in and ready it for the hunt and our special guest. I will try and post more info and some pictures if any are interested, as I ready the gift rifle.
Picture is our honored guest this past January as he looked at his new Ruger Hawkeye 30/06 for the very first time.