Back in the late 1960's when the US military folks went looking for a new "sniper" rifle platform, the one preferred by the top level marksmen and snipers was not picked. Didn't matter that it was more reliable, more easily maintained and had fast and easy parts replacement in the field should they go bad, more reliable in feeding (especially in rapid fire situations), had a receiver over twice as rigid and stayed put in epoxy bedding, a more positive safety and had established an unbeated track record for performance in competion. That's what the folks using them back then wanted.
But the rifle's maker was in dire financial straits and the flag ranked powers at hand did not want such a company to provide it. They wanted a company that would probably be around for a long time. So they picked the Rem. 700 over the Win. 70.
US Navy Distinguished Marksman Badge 153
Former US Navy & Palma Rifle Team Member
NRA High Power Master & Long Range High Master
NRA Smallbore Prone Master