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I just bought a used winchester 70 xtr sporter magnum in 7mm rem magnum and I noticed that on the barrel opposite the above markings is stamped featherweight non of my other xtr sporters have this marking is this a factory mistake. it has a 24" barrel and all markings are crisp and bright 
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Hmmm..........

The XTR period started like in 1978 until the Classic series came out I believe.  I had an XTR 300 Win Mag with a serial number from, like, 1980.  Mine had iron sights.
 
I don't remember when USRA started to chamber magnums in the Featherweights.  Probably in the mid-eighties.  Maybe the factory grabbed the wrong one and put it on your rifle.  Do you have the regular XRT Magnum iron sights??  Is it a smooth barrel---no sights??
 
Maybe the factory just put it on.  Maybe it was rebarrelled.   I don't know.  
 
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the barrel is smooth no open sights ,I thought all featherweights had 22" barrels
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Not the magnums.
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Ask Roy Finn, about it he likes Winchesters a whole lot.....maybe not!    Wink
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had a gunsmith look at the rifle and it wasn't rebarreled as the barrel doesn't have the featherweight contour and the markings are very straight and crisp versus being of different size and style.He said that it was a factory mistake and maybe worth some money more than the regular XTR sporters.

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If it is just miss marked and not a true feather wt, contour the value will be decreased dramatically ? sorry to burst your bubble if this is the case I would send it back and replace the barrel.
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I actually like the looks and feel of the mod 70 action as they certainly have alot more personality than a 700. Now that they are being made by FN, it certainly sounds like past quality control issues are being addressed. As far as having a rare mod 70 because of a barrel mis-stamping, I would not plan on it being more valuable than a 401K. Shoot it and enjoy it.
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