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Just picked this up from another site. can anyone confirm?
Hopefully the 94 and others may follow...

The Model 70 Is Back!

Morgan, Utah - The Winchester Model 70 is one of the most respected bolt-action rifle designs in the world. Winchester Repeating Arms is excited to announce the return of the Model 70 for 2008. The All-American Model 70s will be built by American craftsmen in Columbia, South Carolina, at the same state-of-the-art factory (FN Manufacturing) as the rifles and machine guns used by American's Armed Forces. They are made to the exact ISO 9001 standard of quality that the U.S. Government insists upon for military firearms.

For 2008 the new Model 70 has the all new M.O.A.™ Trigger System, improved fit and finish and enhanced accuracy to go along with its classic Pre-64 Controlled Round Feeding, Three-Position safety and solid, sure handling.

M.O.A.™ Trigger System. The new Model 70 M.O.A.Trigger System is the most precise three-lever trigger system ever offered to sportsmen. Operating on a simple pivoting lever principle, the trigger mechanism has been completely redesigned to exhibit zero take up, zero creep and zero overtravel. The pull weight ranges from 3 to 5 pounds and is factory-set at 3 3/4 pounds. Because of the enhanced ergonomics, wide smooth triggerpiece and 2:1 mechanical advantage created by the unique design geometry, it actually feels like half that weight.

Three-Position Safety. The improved three-position safety on the new Model 70 has proven effective and highly popular with hunters and shooters for decades. Convenient to operate with the thumb of the firing hand, the Model 70 safety lifts the firing pin away from the sear. Then the safety selector is in the middle position, the action can still be operated, allowing unfired cartridges to be cycled with the safety on.

Hammer-Forged Barrel. Model 70 barrels are cold hammer-forged from a solid billet of steel for accuracy and long life. Massive rotary hammers shape the barrel steel around a mandrel to create the rifling. The barrel is threaded, target crowned and installed on the receiver. The chamber is then reamed and the bolt is headspaced. This results in 1 MOA accuracy for three-shot groups using properly managed barrel, quality match ammo and superior optics under ideal weather and range conditions.

Blade-Type Ejector. The Model 70's blade-type ejector allows full control when ejecting a fired case. When pulling the bolt back slowly the empty case pops out gently, which is perfect for target shooters and varminters. Pulling the bolt back smartly allows the empty case to clear the port with greater force. The blade-type ejector helps to eliminate short-stroking malfunctions.

The new Winchester Model 70 will be offered in a Super Grade, Featherweight™ Deluxe, Sporter Deluxe and Extreme Weather SS models for 2008. All will feature a thick black Pachmayr® Decelerator® pad that will help take the bite out of recoil.

The Super Grade will be offered in 30-06 Sprg. and 300 Win. Mag and will feature a fancy grade walnut stock with contrasting black fore-end tip and pistol grip cap and a sculpted shadowline cheekpiece. Suggested Retail $1,149.00

The Featherweight Deluxe has an angled comb walnut stock with Schnabel fore-end and satin finish with elegant cut checkering. It will be offered in popular long and short action calibers, including WSM chamberings. Suggested Retail $999.00 to $1,049.00.

The Sporter Deluxe features a satin finished walnut stock with cut checkering on trim fore-end and pistol grip, along with a sculpted cheekpiece. Available in popular long action and short action WSM calibers. Suggested Retail $999.00 to $1,049,99.

The Extreme Weather SS's premium Bell and Carlson composite stock features a trim, light feel with textured matte surface that gives a sure grip in any conditions. The Extreme Weather SS has a free floating, fluted stainless barrel to help minimize weight. Available in popular long action and short action WSM calibers. Suggested Retail $1,149.00 tp $1,199.00. Delivery on all models will begin in June of 2008.
 

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OOOhhh, I LOVE that Featherweight! Hot darn, in 6.5X55 or .260 Remington ....(Cold day in Texas before that happens, I bet!) ;)
 

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When they bring back the classic stainless or the shadow elite in .375 H&H give me a shout ,i'll grab one up in a minute. Is this a browning or winchester plant?
 

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tanoose said:
Is this a browning or winchester plant?
My understanding is that neither Winchester or Browning own any plants. Now they both are brands, but neither manufactures their own products. I may be wrong on the Winchester, with the foreign plant that makes the shotguns etc., but I don't think Browning ever owned plants.

My guess is that it will be made by one of the plants that make Browning arms now. I hope someone really knows and can share that information with us.
 

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From what I understand, this is an FN plant. Altho, if memory serves, this plant was originally a USRA plant. I may be wrong about that. But it doesn't really make any difference, the whole kit and kaboodle is owned by Herstal.
 

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I am glad to see that it is US made. I hope they start shipping soon and we can get some range reports on the new Model 70s.
 

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Kieth L, I'd not jump to the conclusion that they are 100% U.S. made. There is a real good chance that they will be "assembled" in the U.S.A., with parts mfg'ed abroad. One can only wait and see. I won't be holding my breath for anything Herstal has anything to do with. CRASH87
 

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One of life's facts these days is that much labor that goes into American Made goods happens off shore. All of my vehicles have much foreign content, and it is nearly impossible to get clothes that are made here. So even if this gun is assembled in America of foreign parts that is reason for me to be happy. It easily could have an American name and be made 100% in China.

Thanks for your comments.
 

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The plant is an FN plant where they make M16's, M-240 and M-249 machine guns and the new FP pistols. I live in Columbia and I even know one of the design engineers of the FP pistol. (An american BTW) The plant is only about a 15 minute drive from Fort Jackson. It may have European ownership but it is American workers. In their ads for the pistols, FN claims to make 70% of US small arms
 

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Like everyone else, I am most definitely looking forward to the re-introduction. I'd like to see the larger caliber guns, re-introduced, as well. I owned the .375 H&H Safari Express and unloaded it at the peak of the madness for a good price. Would be nice to pick one up again for a reasonable price. JJHACK, along with many other PHs in South Africa, swears by them.

I WANT ONE!!! ;D
 

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Very glad to see this, and very glad to see that most of these models are going to be available in some standard , proven calibers such as .270 Win, .30-06, etc. I believe that's what hurt them so much in the past was going so heavy with the WSMs, the old standards were offered in only a few models that nobody wanted. I just never thought the WSMs were my cup of tea, and apparently a lot of others agreed. At any rate, I'm a big fan of Model 70's, and this is great news!
 

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It's been a while since I felt the need for a new gun but I feel that a featherweight is going to fill that bill
 

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Yes they may be back but I don't believe the quality or talent of the Conn plant workers will be there. It's vastly different making stamped and welded fire arms then to produce a refined bolt action rifle. Most likely they would have kept the production off shore but the blue collar working man does-not want to buy a Winchester stamped china, Korea, eastern Europe etc....The first few delivered to the gun rag writers will be gone over and will be real nice but the following run may disappoint --Time will tell
 

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IF there had been a demand for the rifle they would never have stopped making it to begin with it. But folks had stopped buying them and so they couldn't sell them. Why do you think it's gonna be any different now? I doubt two people who have posted to this thread will be able to come back a year after they hit the market and say they've bought one. It's time has come and gone.
 
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