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Old 09-15-2016, 05:55 AM   #1
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How many of you still use the Model 71? I hope to get this one out this fall. Regards, 021 I don't know why this site spins my photos around, I've tried everything, sorry.
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Old 09-16-2016, 08:06 AM   #2
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This post wouldn't open for me yesterday, glad it works now.

It's great looking rifle, I guess the other models just had the more popular calibers. I wonder why it was only made in .348? Is that still the only caliber since they were reissued ?

I'm just not much a rifle guy myself, mainly because my available shooting space isn't very convenient to long guns. I only have a 10/22, because everyone should have at least one rifle, right?....
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That's one of the all time great lever gun classics, but even up here in traditional lever gun country, have never seen one, let alone one for sale. Same for the ammo. 348 factory ammo is just downright extinct, other than maybe an old box you could find at a gun show.

Not to change the topic, but a few of us oldsters at the range were talking about how our local stores have racks full of used lever guns they can't sell. Seems to be a generation thing. Rare to see any of our younger shooters with anything BUT a black gun and they do use them and the 223 for deer hunting. Actually, the 223 is a decent deer cartridge at our short north woods shooting distances.

Best of luck on a 71, though. To my eye, it's one of the most beautiful lever guns ever made.
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....348 factory ammo is just downright extinct, other than maybe an old box you could find at a gun show.
....... our local stores have racks full of used lever guns they can't sell. Seems to be a generation thing. Rare to see any of our younger shooters with anything BUT a black gun .......
I Googled around a bit, and saw claims 348 can still be had, but only in 200 grain. I understand the 250 was the best performer, and reloading would be tough with that brass diameter?

I don't see levers moving in my area, either used or new. I think the younger crowd is just too lazy to work the action, or learn to hit something in less than a full magazine. The Duke is out, and Rambo is in.....

I'd love to have a .22 lever, but I want it in stainless to match my Bearcats (). The Rossi/Taurus models are gone, with iffy parts. A loading gate would be nice, but a .22 action doesn't seem to allow one.
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Every 10 yrs Winc make a special run on vintage brass like 32-40 one yrs , 348 another yr and stuff like 22 WRF ammo too . The 348 was reissued a few yrs ago when Browning made the 348 rifle . The 348 brass is use to make a lot of wildcat cartridges and the wildcatter buy it up when it hit the market even make the 50-70 Gov the 1st production Gov ammo .
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In my area, North Georgia, you used to be able to find racks full of Marlins and Winchesters. Nowadays, it seems the lever gun has had a comeback and finding nice ones is hard work, and expensive. When I get a rifle out of the safe like this one, I always wonder how many others still use or admire it. I'm always willing to hear the stories and see your rifles! Regards, 021
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That is a beauty, thanks for sharing it with us.
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