from the Archives: The evo­lu­tion of the Model 70

CHAM­PION OF THE WINCH­ESTER MODEL , JACK ’CON­NOR HELPED THE RI­FLE GAIN POP­U­LAR­ITY AMONG THE MASSES

Outdoor Life - - CONTENTS - BY NATALIE KREBS

Since its in­tro­duc­tion in 1936, the Winch­ester Model 70 fea­tured heav­ily in Jack O’con­nor’s col­umns. O’con­nor re­flected on the ori­gins of his re­la­tion­ship with it, writ­ing in 1964: “My ex­pe­ri­ence with the Model 70 ac­tu­ally goes back to the fall of 1925 when I bought my first Winch­ester Model 54 in .270 cal­iber. The Model 54 was re­ally sort of a prim­i­tive Model 70, or the Model 70 is a re­fined Model 54.” Here’s a look at his writ­ings on a ri­fle that found its way into his heart—and on his hunts—many times over.

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