Q: I am thinking of purchasing a Winchester Model 70 in .308 calibre. The walnut stock and action are in good shape, but the barrel is shot-out.For $400 it looks like a fair buy. I intend having it rebarreled to 7x57 to shoot goats, pigs and fallow deer. I know any sensible person would go to 7mm-08 as it will do anything the 7x57 can do, but at age 73 I am surely entitled to be illogical on a whim? Length is all right as it is long enough to accept the .30-06. The spacer will have to be removed from the magazine, a longer follower fitted and bolt stop altered. My main concern is whether or not the 7x57 will feed out of the .308 magazine. According to the specs I have the 7x57 is about one-quarter inch longer and twenty thou' smaller in diameter at the shoulder. Assuming all goes well, can you suggest a good load, projectile and powder for the above game. And in the event I found myself in sambar country, is the cartridge adequate? What load for the big deer? I have a Bushnell Elite 2-7x32 scope I intend to fit. What mounts do you suggest. Don Ewin
your choice. It shouldn't be too difficult to obtain a longer follower for the Model 70 and .30-06 length should work just fine. Cartridges should feed out of the magazine all right as 20 thou' difference in cartridge diameter is nothing to worry about. The Bushnell Elite 2-7x32 is a good choice for the 7x57 - light and compact. Leupold mounts have proved reliable for me and I especially like the double-dovetail and Q/R. The following loads were worked up in my 7x57 built on a M98 action. For pigs , goats and fallow deer try the 140gn Woodleigh PP SN and 46gn of AR2208 or 50gn of W-760 - both clock 2880fps. The 160gn PP SN driven at 2660fps ahead of 48gn of AR2209 is a good sambar load. Just to be on the safe side, work up from 2 grains below. But those loads worked in my rifle.