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Location: Illinois
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Rifle advice

The voices in my head tell me I should buy a new rifle. Stainless, snythetic stock, .270 WSM. I am considering: the new Browning X-bolt, Winchester's latest version of the Model 70 or a Sako Model 85. These are all new models so I don't know if anyone's had any experience with them. The Model 70 is now made in South Carolina, at the same place they make small arms for the military, according to Winchester's web site. Any opinions?

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Location: Oregon, USA
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Me advice...Browning X-bolt. Have the stalker in 7mmMag Never done me wrong. Dont have any experience with the "new" model 70's or the Sako.

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The Winchester Model 70 in CRF bolt action is not something I would ever call a new rifle. It really doesn't matter if it was made by Winchester, USRAC, or FNH USA. That model was introduced in the 1930's.

Of those you listed I only have experience with the Model 70 Classic Feather Weight in .270 Win as made by USRAC in New Haven. I like the rifle very much. It fits me well and shoots well. I do think that the price of the new FN Model 70s is absolutley rediculous. Considering that many of the last USRAC made Model 70 rifles last sold brand new for around $550.00, and that was only two years ago.

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"""The Winchester Model 70 in CRF bolt action is not something I would ever call a new rifle. It really doesn't matter if it was made by Winchester, USRAC, or FNH USA. That model was introduced in the 1930's."""

True in that the action hasnt changed, but quaility of parts do vary from shop to shop.
The model 70 has always been a very good weapon, we used them even in the millitary. But I understand, someone else is now making them, I havnt heard one way or other how well these "new" model 70's are built is all I meant.

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Location: Seattle, WA
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I own two Sako's and one Model 70. The Sako's are very well built rifle! I got two AV deluxe left hand and I love them! My model 70 is the Classic Sporter left hand with the pre 64 action with claw extractor in 270 wsm, it's awsome! you cant go wrong with Sako or a high-end Model 70.

For the $ Sako makes the best production rifle you can own, I got a nice Weatherby mk5 , But I would sell it before I got rid of my Sako's!

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I would recommend seeing wich one you can hold better. You need to hold them and see wich one fits you better. I my self loves browning but I can shoot a browning better than any other one out there.
Keep in mind if you can not hold it and it don’t fit you will not be able to shoot it the best.
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