I'm looking for a new (used) hunting rifle and have been itching to get a Winchester Model 70 (pre '64) Featherweight. I found two that look pretty good on Cabela's. One is in .30-06 and the other is .270. The .30-06 is going for $1,800 without a scope. The .270 is $1,400, with scope, but there's a 1/4" hack mark on the back side of the stock (see pic below). Metalwork is very clean on both and both have the controlled feed, 3-position safety, etc., that I'm looking for. If I get the .30-06 I would buy a 3-9 x 40 scope, which would bump up the price tag by $400 or so. This will be a hunting rifle - mostly deer and boar but possibly larger game (elk) as well. What's the better buy? .30-06: $1,800 w/o scope Winchester Model 70 Featherweight (Pre 64) .30-06 SPRG. Cal./Gauge: .30-06 SPRG. Barrel(s): 22" Weight: 7 LB Sights/Scope: Hooded Bead Front-Flip Up Rear Trigger(s): Original Stock: Checkered Walnut Pistol Grip Stock Dimensions: 13 5/8" LOP Butt/Pad: Checkered Aluminum Butt Plate Metal Condition: Excellent Wood Condition: Very Good Bore Condition: Excellent Manufacture Date: S/N 43XXXX This Pre 64 Model 70 Featherweight is in very good condition. Wood shows only minor hunting marks, and floorplate has carry wear to edges. Bore and blue are excellent! .270: $1,400 w/ scope <TABLE cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=0 width=606 border=0><TBODY><TR><TD class=normal width=450> Winchester Model 70 (Pre 64) Featherweight .270 Win. </TD></TR><TR><TD></TD></TR><TR><TD class=bullet width=450>Cal./Gauge: .270 Win Barrel(s): 22" Weight: 8 lbs Sights/Scope: Flip Up Rear / Hooded Bead Front, Weaver K-10 Optic Trigger(s): Original Stock: Checkered Walnut PG Stock Dimensions: 13 1/2" LOP Fore End: Checkered Walnut Butt/Pad: Checkered Aluminum Metal Condition: Excellent Wood Condition: Very Good Bore Condition: Excellent Manufacture Date: s/n 37XXXX </TD></TR><TR><TD></TD></TR><TR><TD class=normal vAlign=top width=450>Very clean original Pre-64 Winchester 70 Featherweight. Rifle shows only light hunting use with some blue wear to footplate edges. Wood has very light hunting marks. Bore is excellent, complete with weaver K-10 optic. </TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE> Thanks!