Pre 1964 Winchester Model 70

Original Model 70 Trigger


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Q: Why did Winchester change the trigger on their Classic Model 70? In my opinion there was none better and I much preferred it over the ones they’ve replaced it with. What do you think?

Jack Wilson

The original Model 70 trigger was simple, rugged, easy to adjust and never gave any trouble in the most rugged conditions.
The original Model 70 trigger was simple, rugged, easy to adjust and never gave any trouble in the most rugged conditions.

A: I agree with you! The original Model 70 trigger was beyond simple – two major parts, plus a screw, a spring and a couple

A Pre 1964 Winchester Model 70, which sported the original Model 70 trigger.
A Pre 1964 Winchester Model 70, which sported the original Model 70 trigger.

of little nuts. The spring, screw and nuts allow the trigger to be adjusted for over-travel and pull weight in a matter of minutes. Today we see extremely complex encased triggers with levers, tiny parts that freeze or get dusty and seize-up. The

brute-strong, simple Model 70 trigger was the best ever seen on a hunting rifle and was rugged and foolproof. I’ve never known one to give any trouble.


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Nick Harvey

Nick Harvey is one of the world's most experienced and knowledgeable gun writers, a true legend of the business. He has been writing about firearms and hunting for more than 65 years, has published many books and uncounted articles, and has travelled the world to hunt and shoot. His reloading manuals are highly sought after, and his knowledge of the subject is unmatched. He has been Sporting Shooter's Gun Editor for longer than anyone can remember. Nick lives in rural NSW, Australia.

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