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Thread: Winchester Varmint .308

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    Winchester Varmint .308

    Anyone shot/owned this rifle.

    Saw it for sale for 400, good condition. looks like a 24" heavy barrell with and free floated.

    does anyone have any experience with this, ie. accuracy, weight, trigger quality, action, available parts, etc.

    thanks!

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    Used to have a Model 70 Varmint in 243. Pretty accurate, but undoubtedly the worst trigger I've ever used,very heavy. Real lawyers trigger! Bit of a lump to carry round, but then it was a "varmint" rifle.

    Andrew

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    A friend brought a Model 70 Stainless varmint in .308 years back. A black plastic stock which surprisingly was quite comfortable and the rifle shot superbly. Of course this was about 16 years ago now. It out shot his Remington 700 VSS in .223 which in itself was an accurate rifle. I do not recall the trigger being bad. Of the two I would have taken the Winchester . That's the only experience with them. he had no bother findiing it a new home when he had to give up shooting due to bad health.

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    I have a 222 and a 243 "heavy" barrel. Both are tackdrivers. The triggers can be adjusted...~Muir

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    how do you guys think it would be to stalk reds with?

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    Quote Originally Posted by PKL View Post
    how do you guys think it would be to stalk reds with?
    As long as the gillie or stalker carried it until you are ready to shoot, I am sure it would be fine....
    Brian.

    Just because you are paranoid, doesn't mean they aren't out to get you......

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    Spot on C-D ..................... spot on .

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    Quote Originally Posted by PKL View Post
    how do you guys think it would be to stalk reds with?

    It would be the sort of stalking rifle that will have you on this forum in a few years time patiently lecturing newbies on the joys of a 8lb, 22" barrelled stalking rifle with a fixed power scope...

    If you shoot from a high seat more than you stalk on foot it could work, but make sure you get one of those backpack slings to help you lug it about.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grandhubert View Post
    It would be the sort of stalking rifle that will have you on this forum in a few years time patiently lecturing newbies on the joys of a 8lb, 22" barrelled stalking rifle with a fixed power scope...

    If you shoot from a high seat more than you stalk on foot it could work, but make sure you get one of those backpack slings to help you lug it about.
    ha ha ha, ok, I'm convinced against it will stick to a 'normal' rifle methinks, maybe get a Sauer 202 or Rem 700 .308 instead, they look pretty nice and you can still get them at reasonable prices.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PKL View Post
    ha ha ha, ok, I'm convinced against it will stick to a 'normal' rifle methinks, maybe get a Sauer 202 or Rem 700 .308 instead, they look pretty nice and you can still get them at reasonable prices.

    Good man!

    The Sauer would be a wee bit more than 400, or the Remy for that matter, but unless you get bitten by that accursed Blaser bug you will be hard pressed to find a better factory rifle.

    The accuracy, the trigger, the stock, in my experience they are all spot on.

    The only disadvantages are that the scope stays on the action when you swap barrels (Unlike that other German rifle I mentioned, damn it's action screws...) and the ejection port is smaller than a mouse's ear.

    Get the Ifalon coated synthetic version, Sauer synthetic stocks aren't too bad at all, for the days on the hinds and get a spare mag as well.

    However, if buying a Sauer means that you have to scrimp on the scope, get a keeper scope and a beater rifle first, not the other way round. If money is tight get a good fixed power Meopta or Hungarian Schmidt, or any second hand good "big name" scope from Europe.

    Finally get some reloading gear and/or a supply of cheap ammo and get to know your rifle.

    Oh and shoot a few deer in the middle of that little lot too!

    Regards,

    Amir

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