Winchester Model 70: Extreme Weather SS

Steve Johnson
by Steve Johnson

This is the first of the 2008 rifles I am covering (during 2008).

Accuracy under all conditons. The Bell and Carlson™ composite stock features a textured charcoal grey matte finish for rugged good looks and improved grip in adverse conditions. The Pachmayr® Decelerator® pad helps take the felt recoil bite out of high performance magnum cartridges.

The claw extractor offers Controlled Round Feeding so the cartridge may be easily withdrawn from the chamber at any point after it leaves the magazine. The cartridge feed lips are part of the receiver for improved reliability and greater durability. The classic three-position safety offers both on safe and fire positions, plus a middle position that locks the firing pin yet still allows the bolt to be operated, providing a greater margin of safety when checking the chamber condition or unloading. The Extreme Weather SS’s free floating, fluted stainless barrel is made in the same factory as those found on U.S. military rifles and machine guns, and features a recessed target crown to help protect the rifling.

1 MOA accuracy with superior optics and match ammo under ideal conditions can be expected from the Extreme Weather SS.

.308 Model (Also available in .270, .30-06, .300 Win Mag, 270 WSM, 300 WSM and 325 WSM):

Magazine Capacity: 5
Barrel Length 22″
Nominal Overall Length: 41″
Nominal Length of Pull: 13 3/4″
Nominal Drop at Comb: 1/2″
Nominal Drop at Heel: 1/2″
Nominal Weight: 6 lbs. 12 oz.
Rate of Twist: 1 turn in 12″
Metal Finish: Stainless Steel
Stock / Grip: Bell and Carlson premium composite stock
Retail: $1,149

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Steve Johnson
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  • Steve Steve on Mar 03, 2012

    I have purchased the mod 70 extreme in 270. put bushnell elite 4200 on it.I must say i did have trouble with sighting in once i had run the barrel in, my rifle didn't like the new hornady superformance ammo could'nt get under 100mm at 100 yards so i switched back to winchester 130gr ballistic tip, whiched worked well in my old savage rifle now my winchester is grouping under half moa at 100 yards im very impressed awsome rifle ammo is the key to these rifles shooting great or not

    • Dan Dan on Nov 23, 2012

      @steve I was reading this as i am considering this rifle as well. While not directly related, I just wanted to comment on the .270 Superformance. I had the exact same experience as Steve did with the Superformance. I'm a huge Hornady fan so I'm not purposefully bashing them as i reload primarily with their components when I reload; however I just customized a .270 and started off with the Superformance and was pretty dissatisfied with the money that i had spent reworking my gun as i wasn't able to hold anything decent.

      then i opened up a box of Hornady custom's in 130gr SST and made one hole with 4 shots...over and over again.

      It's not my rifle, thank god, but the Superformance that weren't a fit for my .270. Then i shot my very accurate 30-06 with superformance 165's since i had already bought them. Same deal......

      I don't care how fast they are if they aren't accurate

  • Chris Chris on Jun 06, 2012

    I recently purchased this rifle in a 270 Winchester and so far I am not impressed at all. I own other model 70's that are that will shoot circles around any group that this rifle has produced for me so far. I put a Leupold vari X III 4.5-14 x 40 mm with a Boone & Crockett reticle on it and I have ran 3 different loads through it. I can not get this rifle to shoot a decent group and I am beginning to get very frustrated. I have tried some 130 grain reloads using both Sierra and Nosler bullets now I am trying some Winchester factory loads. I am not sure if I am being a little premature in blaming the rifle for all I know the scope could be the problem. Any suggestions would greatly appreciated.