The Model 1886 remains at the top of the heap of excellent lever-action rifles. Whether new or vintage, having one in your safe is never a bad idea, and it’s a great choice for nearly any big game at ranges suitable for the big rimmed cartridges.
Hornady has added the classic .348 Winchester to its popular LEVERevolution line, using the 200-grain FTX bullet. With its proprietary Flex-Tip meplat, the FTX bullet is perfectly safe to use in the tubular magazine of the Model 71—and many other lever guns—yet offers the downrange benefit of a spitzer bullet.
Which of these short-action .35s makes the better choice for a prospective buyer? Contributor Philip Massaro examines the pros and cons of each.