Previous Thread
Next Thread
Print Thread
#13546391 - 02/09/19 Featherweight pre-64 M70 in .264 mag  
Joined: Dec 2002
Posts: 21,869
tex_n_cal Offline
Campfire Kahuna
tex_n_cal  Offline
Campfire Kahuna

Joined: Dec 2002
Posts: 21,869
Back in Texas, for good!
From what I recall, these were not well liked, due to the shorter barrel .264 kicking hard and speaking loudly. This one has some use and finish wear, but no alterations, and the price seems reasonable.

How are they, as far as practical shooters, and as collectibles? Assuming the barrel isn't shot out, which I have yet to determine.


"...the designer of the .270 Ingwe cartridge!..."

300 BP

#13547662 - 02/10/19 Re: Featherweight pre-64 M70 in .264 mag [Re: tex_n_cal]  
Joined: Sep 2013
Posts: 167
GrouseChaser Offline
Member
GrouseChaser  Offline
Member

Joined: Sep 2013
Posts: 167
Montana
I've heard second-hand that the M70 .264 Featherweights were sometimes finicky as to accuracy. I'm not sure what the issue was, or how commonly inaccuracy was claimed.

Last edited by GrouseChaser; 02/10/19.
#13548148 - 02/10/19 Re: Featherweight pre-64 M70 in .264 mag [Re: tex_n_cal]  
Joined: Dec 2014
Posts: 176
Cattledog Offline
Member
Cattledog  Offline
Member

Joined: Dec 2014
Posts: 176
Give that throat and bore a good look.

#13548875 - 02/10/19 Re: Featherweight pre-64 M70 in .264 mag [Re: tex_n_cal]  
Joined: Jul 2001
Posts: 46,670
Mule Deer Offline
Campfire Oracle
Mule Deer  Offline
Campfire Oracle

Joined: Jul 2001
Posts: 46,670
Banana Belt, Montana
In general the pre-'64 Featherweights could be "finicky" as made by the factory, because of the forend bedding. They didn't have the forend screw like the standard model, and didn't really bed the barrel tightly, or free-float it either.


John

"Gunwriters, as you know, aren't as informed as their readers are and if it wasn't for the readers, there would be no need for writers..."--Shrapnel, May 2015
#13549612 - 02/10/19 Re: Featherweight pre-64 M70 in .264 mag [Re: tex_n_cal]  
Joined: Jan 2006
Posts: 18,785
toltecgriz Offline
Campfire Kahuna
toltecgriz  Offline
Campfire Kahuna

Joined: Jan 2006
Posts: 18,785
I remember when the LGS was clearing them out at $150 each to make way for the wonderful new 1964 M70s...and they weren't selling. Being a kid, I couldn't afford one, let alone the truck full I would have bought.

I would have rebarreled them, BTW.

Last edited by toltecgriz; 02/11/19.

"Be sure you're right. Then go ahead." Fess Parker as Davy Crockett
Alpha

#13549953 - 02/10/19 Re: Featherweight pre-64 M70 in .264 mag [Re: tex_n_cal]  
Joined: Jan 2018
Posts: 396
Model70Fan Offline
Campfire Regular
Model70Fan  Offline
Campfire Regular

Joined: Jan 2018
Posts: 396
PA
Local guy has one for $1200. Seems fairly reasonable if they are as rare as they say


American Rifles and Italian Shotguns
#13550299 - 02/11/19 Re: Featherweight pre-64 M70 in .264 mag [Re: tex_n_cal]  
Joined: Oct 2011
Posts: 1,552
GunDoc7 Offline
Campfire Ranger
GunDoc7  Offline
Campfire Ranger

Joined: Oct 2011
Posts: 1,552
Texas
Read a quote here on the 'Fire recently, but do not recall the thread:
Jack O'Connor said a short barreled .264 WM was really just a loud .270.

As we have learned, the more powder room, the more velocity at equal pressure, even from a short barrel. But it still doesn't seem to make much sense to handicap an overbore cartridge with a short barrel.


Clinging to guns and religion since 1959.

Keyboards make people braver than alcohol ever did.
#13551170 - 02/11/19 Re: Featherweight pre-64 M70 in .264 mag [Re: tex_n_cal]  
Joined: Apr 2013
Posts: 3,362
tmitch Offline
Campfire Guide
tmitch  Offline
Campfire Guide

Joined: Apr 2013
Posts: 3,362
I had one and it shot very well with pretty much all the factory loads and handloads I tried in it, albeit I didn't try a lot of combinations. It did bark and rear back some, but less so than my .30-06 Fwt.. Don't expect 26" barrel velocities but I don't think anything on the receiving end could tell the difference.


Charter Member
Ancient order of the 1895 Winchester

"It's an insecure and petite man who demands all others like what he likes and dislike what he dislikes."
szihn

#13599287 - 02/24/19 Re: Featherweight pre-64 M70 in .264 mag [Re: tex_n_cal]  
Joined: Dec 2014
Posts: 1,406
GSPfan Offline
Campfire Regular
GSPfan  Offline
Campfire Regular

Joined: Dec 2014
Posts: 1,406
Mid Michigan
I had both the FWt and a STD . The FWT was loud and not the most accurate rifles in the safe. With the shorter barrel you just don't get the performance out of all that powder. I agree that it's just a loud 270 (I have a 270 FWT and preferred it to the 264) the STD rifle was another matter. It was wonderfully accurate with no real recoil issues. If it had one fault it's that it was heavy but all STD rifles are crowding 10lbs with scope, sling and ammo.


Moderated by  RickBin, SYSOP 

AIH 160
AIH 160 3
Who's Online Now
640 registered members (117LBS, 160user, 01Foreman400, 12344mag, 1911a1, 74 invisible), 1,623 guests, and 598 spiders.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod









Fish & Game Departments | Solunar Tables | Mission Statement | Privacy Policy | Contact Us | DMCA
Hunting | Fishing | Camping | Backpacking | Reloading | Campfire Forums | Gear Shop
Copyright © 2000-2018 24hourcampfire.com, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
Powered by UBB.threads™ PHP Forum Software 7.6.0
Page Time: 0.067s Queries: 14 (0.003s) Memory: 0.9618 MB (Peak: 1.1717 MB) Zlib enabled. Server Time: 2019-07-17 02:58:41 UTC