January 2000

Powerhouse Lever Rifles: We Like The Guide Gun

Marlin’s affordable .45-70 is a Best Buy, offering many of the features of the slick, takedown Wild West Co-Pilot for much less money. Also, its compact size gives up nothing to an 1895 gun.

Handy rifles seem to find their ways into the hearts of outdoorsmen all over the world, whether they’re in Alaska or Africa or deep in the heart of Texas. Handy can mean many things, but most of all it implies ease of carrying, combined with adequate power for whatever use to which it might be put. We’ll wager the average reader seldom thinks of a lever-action rifle, except the .30-30, when handy rifles are mentioned. Most riflemen of our acquaintance think in terms of short-barreled bolt rifles of “handy” calibers, like a Ruger Model 77 carbine in .308, or a custom 7x57, or perhaps the little Mannlicher-Schoenauer carbine in 6.5x54.

We certainly never thought about a .45-70—in any config...

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