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After shooting the deer, an 11-year-old hunter and his dad were blood-trailing it when they heard shots from the neighboring property.My buck, a broken-racked 5x4, was hit behind the shoulder at 130 yds., and the.308 Win.Such a look might have been criticized at one time, but it presumably wont be a turn-off to shooters now accustomed to protruding high-capacity magazines.Along with other firearm and ammunition makers, Winchester Ammunition (Olin Corp.) and,.S.According to Winchester, XPR barrels are the same as those found on todays Model 70, forged from chrome-moly steel, button-rifled and thermally stress-relieved to ensure 48 hours after membrane sweep accuracy.
And so with the robust deer hunter segment showing signs of growth, Winchester Ammunition decided the time was right for the knockdown load its customers wanted.
Winchesters first-rate MOA Trigger was developed to ensure Model 70s remained competitive with blade-style triggers.
However in a few seconds I spied blood, which soon became a trail that, incredibly, extended more than 100 yds.However that expansion couldnt occur immediately, as was too often the case with earlier bullets (especially when driven at magnum velocities) that fragmented on the hide and failed to reach vital anatomy.Said Sprangers, The XPR rifle performed in the field just as it did on the rangeconsistent and accurate in both settings.The succeeding Model 70, likewise was a favorite with deer hunters even if most iterations werent exactly inexpensive.Like a lot of current bolt-actions at low- and mid-level price pointsbut unlike the Model 70the XPR is built on a round-bodied receiver joined to the barrel by a lock nut.All my son wants is his deer.Beyond the attention it will attract simply by virtue of being a Winchester, the low-cost bolt gun boasts certain premium features and has earned high marks in early published reports.Our test rifles trigger broke at a consistent 4 lbs., which is ideal for a hunting rifle mostly fired from a rest, a perfect example of why clean breaks are more beneficial than super-light pulls in exciting encounters with game.Upon closer examination, it was evident that tissue damage was just as extreme as intended.To temper overexpansion that would compromise penetration, the developers then had to experiment with jacket thickness and tweak the lead alloy used in the bullets core.After much trial-and-error, Winchesters development team under Mike Stock hit on a simple means for achieving all three requirements: enlarge the tip, both in length and diameter.