Category: Shotguns and Smoothbores
The Winchester Model 71 is a lever-action type of rifle, manufactured by a Connecticut-based business, the Winchester Repeating Arms Company and a Utah-based business, the Browning Arms Company. Both businesses are the leading manufacturers of firearms in the United States that produce a variety of rifles. The Winchester Repeating Arms Company started producing this model of rifle in the year 1935, but discontinued its manufacture in the year 1958.
The Winchester Model 71 gun is a slightly customized version of the Browning planned gun of the Winchester Model 1886, and it is chambered only intended for the .348 Winchester circle, and it is also the only gun that ever used that magazine. The Winchester Model 71 was visualized as a substitute for both the Model 1895 and the Model 1886 as a match to the Model 70 bolt action gun and to reinstate a raft of magazines, such as the .45-70, the .33 Winchester, the .405 Winchester and the .35 Winchester, with just a single magazine, such as the .348 Winchester. The cartridge and the rifle were extremely effective against any big game hunting in North America in heavy wood, as well as the great bears, if exercising the 16-gram bullet. It was once extremely popular for hunting purposes in Alaska and Canada.
Design of the gun
Unfortunately, money matters caused the gun to be very costly, and with less expensive lever action guns available in common and quite influential rounds, like .35 Remington, and the growing fame of bolt-actions in armed and Magnum chambering, the Winchester Model 71 with its outstanding, but unique magazine was designed for commercial oblivion. The .348 was as well the only 34-level magazine ever prepared by an American maker, making it a bit difficult for manual loaders because there was never an extensive option of 34 caliber cartridges. Magazines of the World mention that factory bullets were available in 250, 200 and 150-grain weights. Only the 13-gram weight bullet is still accessible in factory bullets.
Reintroduction of Model 71
The Browning Arms Company reintroduced the Winchester Model 71 as a limited version in the middle part of the 1980s. The Browning and Winchester gun models demonstrated extremely high levels of craftsmanship.
The website of the Winchester Repeating Arms Company again lists the Winchester Model 71 guns as freshly available from the factory as of August, 2013. This gun model still has a trustworthy, following for what is debatable the premium large bore lever gun that has ever been manufactured, including being used as a powerful and solid platform for different wildcat projects.
Variants of Winchester Model 71
The Winchester Model 71 comes with two different models, such as the Deluxe and the Standard versions and was manufactured in two different barrel lengths, such 20 inches and 24 inches. Both models of the gun employ a pistol-hold stock. The Deluxe variant had checkering on the front end and stock, together with snap-on throw swivels, pistol-hold top and truly a cool bolt mounted opening view.
The Browning Arms Company manufactured a contemporary version of the Model 71 in the year 1987, which was manufactured in Japan. These have dissimilar thread sizes in positions, most particularly the barrels, and several parts will not exchange with the originals. The Browning gun was a limited manufacture model only.