How To Choose the Right Caliber

How To Choose the Right Caliber [INFOGRAPHIC]

The 1873 Winchester was popular with cowboys and outlaws, because it chambered the same ammunition as the Colt revolvers many of them also carried, yet even lawmen in Arizona found good use for the rifle. In fact, Commodore Perry Owens made a name for himself with one of his Winchester repeaters (possibly a ’73) at an 1887 gunfight during the Pleasant Valley War.

The 1873 Winchester was popular with cowboys and outlaws, because it chambered the same ammunition as the Colt revolvers many of them also carried, yet even lawmen in Arizona found good use for the rifle. In fact, Commodore Perry Owens made a name for himself with one of his Winchester repeaters (possibly a ’73) at an 1887 gunfight during the Pleasant Valley War.

Winchester M71 Rifle - Winchester introducing the Winchester’s Model 71 lever-action rifle in 1935. Unlike the Winchester 1886 rifle, which it emulated closely, the M71 was chambered for only the .348 Win. cartridge.  The M71’s ¾ length, four-shot tubular magazine was the same for the two barrel lengths offered – a 20-inch rifle and a 24-inch rifle.  The original Winchester production run continued until 1958 and a bit under 50,000 guns were made. NRA National Firearms Museum in Fairfax, VA.

Winchester M71 Rifle - Winchester introducing the Winchester’s Model 71 lever-action rifle in 1935. Unlike the Winchester 1886 rifle, which it emulated closely, the M71 was chambered for only the .348 Win. cartridge. The M71’s ¾ length, four-shot tubular magazine was the same for the two barrel lengths offered – a 20-inch rifle and a 24-inch rifle. The original Winchester production run continued until 1958 and a bit under 50,000 guns were made. NRA National Firearms Museum in Fairfax, VA.

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