Winchester Model 70 Safari Express

For dangerous game hunters, a reliable rifle is a must; having your rifle fail when a triceratops or other African game is charging you is simply not an option. Enter the Winchester Model 70 Safari Express, built on the pre-’64 action with its claw extractor for extra reliability. To handle the power of dangerous game cartridges, there are two steel stock reinforcing crossbolts and dual recoil lugs.

Winchester Model 70 Safari Express

Those who have the money to fly to Africa and hunt exotic game aren’t looking to take a run-of-the-mill rifle with them, so Winchester added a host of other features that set it apart from other bolt action rifles. The fit and finish of the rifle were excellent, and touches like the soldered sling swivel, the brass front sight, and the steel trigger guard are sure to draw attention away from the competition.

Available in .375 H&H, .416 Remington Magnum and .458 Winchester Magnum, all Safari Express models have 24″ barrels and weigh 9lbs. MSRP is $1,349, though I’d expect to see them on shelves for quite a bit less. Given the quality of the rifles I examined at IWA, I think this is a relative bargain.

Andrew Tuohy

Andrew Tuohy was a Navy Corpsman with the 5th Marine Regiment. He makes a living by producing written and visual content within the firearm industry, and he also teaches carbine courses. He prefers elegant weapons for a more civilized age, and regularly posts at Vuurwapen Blog.


  • Joel

    Um, the triceratops has been extinct for about 65 million years. If you find one in Africa, please don’t shoot it.

  • Triceratops? I know the model 70 is a classic, but a jurassic classic?

  • Ramsey

    You are gonna have to go a lot further than Africa to hunt for triceratops. Maybe get a hippo or rhino though.

  • These are certainly good rifles. Another option is the offerings from Kimber and CZ. The one thing these all have in common… Mauser heritage. The CZ’s are probably the most common as professional hunters in Africa use BRNO rifles – which are the same things as the CZ offerings here.

  • M.G. Halvorsen

    It needs to be made in .50BMG…there’s simply no such thing as “being wounded” by a fifty…

  • El Duderino

    Triceratops, fer real dude?

    I mean, the zombie gun thing is big, but I’ve yet to see a rifle marketed to the dinosaur-hunting set. Somehow I doubt Spielberg and his bunch will allow Winchester to market a Jurassic Park Edition Model 70 (red/yellow/black synthetic stock of course). Unless it looks just like a Motorola.

  • Jeff Powell

    Maybe it is a good joke but triceratops do not exist anymore…maybe you meant rhinoceros?

  • 0311 USMC

    If only I had the money to hunt triceratops on the plains of Africa…wait a minute.

    Slick rifle, though. Love to get some hands-on.

  • JMD

    I can’t for the life of me figure out why anyone is talking about dinosaurs, since they weren’t mentioned at all in the blog post or the video clip. Good grief…

    Anyway….what’s the purpose of having the sling swivel soldered to the barrel?

  • AK-Adventurer

    @ JMD; second sentence of the post; “having your rifle fail when a TRICERATOPS or other African game is charging you is simply not an option.”

    I saw it as a joke aimed at the ‘dangerous’ game hunting crowd. After all, they never did exist.

    Nice gun. come in a left handed action?

  • AE

    Having a couple of those beauties in the safe…yes they are QUITE well made, Well fitted and a joy to shoot. And they are slick right out of the box…which my CZ-550 Safari was NOT. It smoothed out after about 3 evenings of watching Wild Kingdom and running the bolt many hundreds of times.

  • Paul Ryan

    Yes JMD.. it’s very weird. “having your rifle fail when a triceratops or other African game is charging you is simply not an option”

  • AZRon

    Quote JMD:
    Anyway….what’s the purpose of having the sling swivel soldered to the barrel?

    On heavy caliber rifles, a sling swivel that is attached to the forearm is likely to be (painfully) pushed into your support hand under recoil.

  • Chris B

    this looks great.
    Hopefully with good US quality control. The price is still cheap at $1349, when your double rifle is $15k
    Time to hassle Winchester Australia.

    The quality control on the safari CZ’s has dropped. I am writing a report on a brand new one out of box – and it’s frankly dangerous as is- and will never make the customers next trip to Africa in August.
    The customer brought it in because the bolt was sticking (.375H&H) and it has serious issues yet to be addressed by the importer and eventually CZ USA.

    With the crow bar barrel you need the sling swivel further up the barrel – my old M70 synthetic in .375 just can’t be carried unless you wish to constantly fight the weight pulling the barrel groundward.

  • Woodswalker

    I have one in .416 Remington Magnum…its SLICK, feeds like a dream and is well fitted, a definite cut above the standard rack grade Winchester.

    its at least as well fitted as my 1930s Deluxe Model 70, with out all the hand work.

    I have looked and WANT a full set of 5….except for the issue of $$$$

  • bebo

    From France
    I am the owner of THE Winchester 70 Safari Express .375 H&H and I am proud to have one. Smooth, accuracy , reliability and what a look! A true African Rifle. Return to the past finally, and about time too!
    A very good bargain.

    • chris b

      The rifle is a controlled feed which means it should load from any angle.
      Don’t look at your rifle while you cycle the action – do it naturally as if you are hunting.

      Can you please report on 2 things :

      1. the very slow feeding from a full magazine … so fill a full magazine and very very slowly work the action like you have cape buffalo 3 m away .
      > it should feed easily without mis feeding or stove piping.
      > Mine is not “controlled feed” loading the round at slow and jumping away from the bolt and catching on the neck. Unhappy.

      2. Work the action quickly on a full magazine. So you missed the first shot at the Cape buffalo and its looking to kill you.
      Does the rifle feed cleanly ?
      >Mine feeds every time quickly. I am happy with that.

      The workmanship is excellent. Wood is nicely finished but i took the action out and true oiled the interior wood.