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Winchester Model 70 Alaskan 338 Win. Mag, $1270

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A handsome rifle, the Winchester Model 70 Alaskan has iron sights and a 25-inch barrel to make the most of this potent cartridge. A great Pachmayr recoil pad and a well-designed stock made for a comfortable rifle. We would have liked a cheekpiece, a steel trigger guard, and a full-length-bedded barrel.

Winchester Model 70 Alaskan 338 Win. Mag, $1270

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The Model 70 was nicely checkered with an excellent stock finish. This rifle uses the long M70 action, and the trigger pull is adjustable. Right: The fine Leupold 4x was ideal for this rifle, we thought. It gave great eye relief and never came close to hitting us. The trigger guard is aluminum, with a steel floor plate. We didn’t like that. There was only one crossbolt (arrow) in the stock.
Three shots from the hot Hornady Heavy Mag made this group at 100 yards, typical of what this fine rifle can do. We got many other such groups during our testing.
We inverted the sight insert and filed a V into it (arrow). This gave an excellent Express-type sight picture with the large front bead.
The Winchester bolt, right, had the old cone-shaped breech along with controlled feed. The workmanship and metal finish on the Winchester was slightly better than that of the Ruger, but both were excellent.

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