The Winchester model 70 Stealth is a direct replacement for their older “Heavy Varminter” and is advertised as a varmint rifle. But the solid black stock and matte black finish on all exposed parts lends itself well to tactical use. I figure this is the “politically correct” way USRA could build a tactical rifle. What ever the case, its a very nice entry level tactical rifle, and some think its the same as the FN Special Police. The quality of the rifles are fairly high for a production rifle, and accuracy is averaging around .65 MOA for these rifles with match ammo, with the typical rifles shooting between .5 and 1 MOA. That is the one big down side to mass produced rifles, you get a great rifle followed by a bad rifle, so be forewarned. The things I do not like about the Stealth is that it does not have the palm swell (like the Remington 700P) and it uses the push feed 70 action, I would prefer their claw feed, but the model 70 action is still a good action. I also prefer the wider trigger that is standard on the Remington rifles. Overall, the rifle is good and will perform as well as Remington and maybe even savage out of the box. There is a new serious player in the low end tactical rifle field.

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Pete

I’ve got a .308 Stealth of the 1st series in use since 2001. With Federal GM 168gr. it shoots about .6 MOA on any day. Mine has got a 1:12 twist though.

It is a great rifle, and I wish that Winchester or USRAC would have paid more attention to the customers and CONTINUED production of it.

A long action / magnum version of it would have been nice.
The old Laredo LRH filled the bill, but they are impossible to get nowadays.

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Pete

I’ve never regretted that I bought mine. After I got a trigger job done shortly after I bought it, I enjoyed it even more. It “eats” just about anything from quality M80 to Federal GM 168s.

Mine sports as of last year a Nikon M308 4-16×42 scope, in Leupold rings and on an EGW 20MOA rail.

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Pete

If I would have known back then that Winchester would release the Stealth II .308 with a 1:10 twist, I would have waited.

But still, for going longer ranges, I can use Berger 175gr. OTM or Sierra 175gr. MK. The Stealth will handle my reloads.

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