Were I to choose one rifle that iconizes Western hunting, it would be the Classic Winchester Model 70—a pre-64 model, specifically. It’s the rifle that every young hunter yearned and saved for. It’s the rifle that has never lost, but only gained, value. The Model 70 made its debut in 1936, and was produced in all the great cartridges of the day. It fell on hard times in 1964 due to some poorly advised design changes, but made a comeback in 1992 with the re-introduction of the “Classic” model. It was a worthy save, and Winchester 70’s are still legendary today. Now, my perfect Model 70 would be either a Pre-’64 in .30-06, or an Extreme Weather SS in .30-06 or .300 Win Mag.