By now most shooters are aware that FN owns the Winchester name. FN has a production facility in Columbia, South Carolina, where they produce military contract firearms. This plant is the new home of the Winchester M70. Barrels are hammer forged, actions are still made from forgings, and all Model 70’s manufactured during 2008 will have a special floor plate marked, “2008 Model 70 Special Edition”.
FN decided that the old Model 70 design deserved a new trigger, dubbed the M.O.A. trigger. This is a three lever trigger that provides a 2 to 1 mechanical advantage. Unlike the old model 70 trigger, this trigger is held in a housing, probably the best part of this new trigger is that they are factory adjusted to 3.5 pounds. That is pretty light when compared to some triggers on factory rifles running up to 6 pounds.
The first offerings will be limit to nine calibers including all three WSM calibers, also available will be 30-06, 270, 243, 7mm-08, 308, and 300 Winchester. It’s good to see this old friend back on the market.