The 'nearly' perfect rifle? What would you change?

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Hey guys,

I currently own 2 centre fire rifles that are 'nearly' perfect except for a couple of things...

1.) Winchester M70 CRF Synthetic Matte in .338WM.
This rifle is nearly perfect in every way. It looks great, long 26" magna ported barrel, great trigger, accurate and feeds perfectly.
As I said nearly perfect except for one thing... the magazine follower is plastic!
Does this matter?
Probably not but it does bug me a little bit and it's the only thing I would change on this rifle.
And it seems I'm not the only one who feels this way as replacement metal ones are all sold out in Australia!

2.) Zastava M70 .458WM.
I love this rifle. Accurate, powerful, feeds & ejects perfectly and the Hogue aluminium bedded stock is strong and comfortable.
Apart from the stock everything is steel and it's nearly perfect... nearly.
What stops it from being perfect is that the trigger isn't that great, being creepy and a bit heavy (although sufficient for a .458) and the safety is a bit spongy.
I know these can be replaced but they don't bug me enough to do that. It just stops it from being perfect...
Lastly - and this is going to sound a bit funny, what bugs me a bit is that it doesn't 'look' like a .458! The other .458's I've owned had that safari look, ebony tips, cross bolts, etc... they just looked like big bore rifles. They had that look...
Mine doesn't have that look and by looking at it you couldn't tell it was a big caliber. But once again I'm not changing a thing as the rifle is so comfortable and practical I'm leaving it be!

So there you go, 2 examples of 'nearly perfect' rifles... oh so close...

Who else owns 'nearly perfect' rifles?
What are they and what would you change?

Looking forward to hearing everyones replies (y)

Russ
Interesting Question. I have thought of this before in terms what if I had the choice of only one of my current rifles. I have nice doubles and other rifles, my original choice would have been my ruger magnum 375hh as the caliber covers so many situations and workmanship in rifle and ability to shoot anyone else’s ammo is amazing, point of impact hardly changes. Then I acquired an old sako (used for clients) 375hh I had a magnaported barrel in shed I had it fitted. It has a synthetic stock that just fits. my youngest daughter uses it. It’s light, one of the most accurate guns I have owned, points great. It covers most game, looks a bit ugly but it would most likely be the one I would chose. It owes me about $450.
 

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IvW

I too had my concerns about the Magnaporting - mainly due to increased noise, but after using the rifle a bit it doesn't really seem any louder than any of my other rifles so I've made peace with it.
And it does decrease muzzle jump and recoil.
Would I get it done to any of my rifles? Probably not, but I have no qualms with it on my rifle.

I know you're not a fan of the .458 and that'll probably never change - but I am.
My current load is the 550gn Woodleigh SP, 73gns of BM2 (Benchmark) in a Winchester case, sparked by a CCI 250 Mg primer.
This gives me just under 2100fps for just over 5200fpe.
This load was recommended to me by Geoff McDonald of Woodleigh and it's not only powerful, it cloverleafs 3 shots at 50m.
By swapping out the soft point for a solid surely you're set for any game in the world.
The only fly in the ointment is that this load in my rifle (9lb) puts out 80ft/lbs of recoil.
If I get sick of this kind of recoil I'll simply load my standard load of the 480gn Woodleigh, 74gns of 2206H (H4895) for spot on 2150fps.
This is a very easy load in the .458 and I have read of people using this exact load to successfully hunt elephant.
If you're a fan of the .458 what more do you want?

I'm not telling anyone to rush out and buy a .458 - but if you do have one there's no need be ashamed of it... just load it to it's potential and shoot stuff with it!

Russ
 

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Seems like a great load for your 458 :)

Hi colorado,

It really is a great load - and someone told me he uses the same 550gn Woodleigh SP at an almost identical velocity to hunt water buffalo and he says it hits really hard.

It really is a pity that the .458 is often dismissed as there are some really good loads for it out there that really bring out the best in the old girl...

Russ
 

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I too had my concerns about the Magnaporting - mainly due to increased noise, but after using the rifle a bit it doesn't really seem any louder than any of my other rifles so I've made peace with it.
And it does decrease muzzle jump and recoil.
Would I get it done to any of my rifles? Probably not, but I have no qualms with it on my rifle.

I know you're not a fan of the .458 and that'll probably never change - but I am.
My current load is the 550gn Woodleigh SP, 73gns of BM2 (Benchmark) in a Winchester case, sparked by a CCI 250 Mg primer.
This gives me just under 2100fps for just over 5200fpe.
This load was recommended to me by Geoff McDonald of Woodleigh and it's not only powerful, it cloverleafs 3 shots at 50m.
By swapping out the soft point for a solid surely you're set for any game in the world.
The only fly in the ointment is that this load in my rifle (9lb) puts out 80ft/lbs of recoil.
If I get sick of this kind of recoil I'll simply load my standard load of the 480gn Woodleigh, 74gns of 2206H (H4895) for spot on 2150fps.
This is a very easy load in the .458 and I have read of people using this exact load to successfully hunt elephant.
If you're a fan of the .458 what more do you want?

I'm not telling anyone to rush out and buy a .458 - but if you do have one there's no need be ashamed of it... just load it to it's potential and shoot stuff with it!

Russ
I love my 458’s. I use 400 gr woodliegh pp. in my Winchester super express. So accurate flies like a 416. I use 500 gr.ers in my interarms work gun. Always great. Better penetration than my 500 ne with 570 gr woodlieghs. They are too soft in that cal.
 

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