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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 02-22-2019, 06:36 AM Thread Starter
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Winchester quality ?

Now the only Winchester gun I own is a pre 64 model 70 3006. Have had my eye on a newer Winchester lever action was wondering if they have gone down hill like the non JM stamped marlins.

Any input would be appreciated thank you
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Thank you hope they still making quality guns
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Bought a new model 70 about 5 years ago. 264 win mag. Absolutely great action, wood to metal finish and super accurate.
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Is Winchester still owned by FN? If it is I would not worry about anything produced by FN.
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Winchester Arms continues to exist today as a subsidiary of FN Herstal, which also owns Browning Arms. They are again much sought after firearms, particularly those manufactured for them by Miroku of Japan.
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I have several Browning (A Bolt and X Bolt) rifles and if Winchester Mod.70's are made as well and from what I've read, they are, than you'd have no problem with them. A few fellas I know won't own a Browning because they are made in Japan, it's to bad because they are high quality accurate rifles.
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Best shooting rifles I own are made in Japan. Browning rifles.
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The recent Winchesters I have handled in the local gunshops have been limited to model 70s. Quite frankly they have not been anything to write home about. The bolt operation sounds like a bad zipper, all had a sticking point roughly halfway back. These were the higher grade guns even some Super Grades. Wasn't impressed at all for the money.
I have also handled the new Marlins and would have no problem buying one as they seem to be as nice or nicer than my 1950s vintage and 1970s vintage guns.
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I looking at a 32 special lever action it’s for my dad who will be 78 soon hoping him handling his first ever deer rifle might give him a small spark to hunt another day or two
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