Congratulations on a very nice rifle. Passed on one when my kids were babies and my wallet thin. Seems I recall classic calibers showing up in these pretty frequently too. I have one in 257 Roberts and 280 Rem. I also picked up a Winchester 70 Classic in 300 Weatherby new in the mid 90's. Hunting elk in Montana with it right now in fact. 7X57 is on the short list for my next rifle.
The Rugers weree snapped up in the Lipsey specials 250 units per year....why would Winchester not get a clue for the demand and produce a limited run. 257 Bob. 7x57. Put a decent piece of wood on it, something other than telephone pole grain and watch them go out the door.
In 1982 I traded a Browning P 35 Hi Power for a M70 Featherweight XTR 7x57, without sights, brand smoking new, never fired. That rifle set me on the 7x57 course and I have admired them ever since. Early last year a very close friend was wanting a 7x57 so, I reluctantly sold him that very rifle with the provision that when he wanted to sell it, I would be the first ask. So last December he said he had too many rifles?? and asked if I would like the Winchester back? Without a nano second of hesitation I said YES and so it is in it's rightful place, never to leave again!
I picked mine up right before Thanksgiving. Perfect condition, 1982 mfg. The bluing is so deep on these old XTRs, feeds and extracts my dummy rounds like butter. I had enough parts laying around to get it game ready:
Meopta 3-9x40 #4 reticle in Talley LW low rings
M-Carbo M70 trigger spring
Confirmed twist at 1:8.25”
The 140gr TTSX touch the lands at 3.154” OAL. I’m going to start at .050 from the lands, that gives me 3.104” with a little room to spare in the mag box with these long Barnes. The rest of the load is PPU brass, 215M primers, and H4350 working up to 50gn.
That is the rifle I bought new in ‘82 or thereabouts. I gave it to my son for his birthday this year with the stipulation that it never leaves the family. I have two other 7x57’s now. What an outstanding caliber.
Greetings all! I've been a hunter for 50 years, but only now planning a trip to Africa. I was fortunate and successfully bid on a couple hunts for plains game in SA later this year and next. Also a rare Native Texas (5th generation) and USMC Vet. Hunt safe y'all!