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Winchester Model 70 Featherweight Compact SA 535126220 308 Win., $880

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GUN TESTS GRADE: A
We liked this slim, trim Model 70. It had excellent wood, great metal and wood finish, an excellent trigger, enough accuracy, and was light enough for just about any likely use. That thick Pachmayr recoil pad made even hot loads comfortable to shoot.

Winchester Model 70 Featherweight Compact SA 535126220 308 Win., $880

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The checkering on the M70 slim wrist and forend was well pointed up, evenly cut, and in an interesting design. The work on the forend wraps all the way around from one side to the other. This was mighty nice work, we thought. Traditionalists might not like it, but we did.
The hole around the trigger seems to be bigger than it needs to be. It looks like it would let dirt into the action easily. We do not know if it can be made smaller, but would advise Winchester to do so if possible.
That is a full-length, controlled- feed extractor. Note the bevel to the recoil lugs, indicating the shape of the coned breech. The bolt showed fine workmanship.

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