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Winchester Model 94 Trail's End Octagon .44 Magnum/Special

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Tradition, thy name is Winchester, and that'll make many a cowboy action shooter grab one of these blued-steel and walnut rifles. But the Henry is a much better gun, in our view, so we have a tough time recommending this one.

Winchester Model 94 Trail's End Octagon .44 Magnum/Special

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The arrow points to the tangmounted sliding safety, as seen on many shotguns. We liked this much better than the cross bolt Winchester has stuck through its previous lever actions. Despite the top ejection, the Trail's End was drilled and tapped for scope mounting. Again we'd put on a tang peep sight if we wanted better sights, but accuracy was not as good as we'd hoped, so a peep would not be much of a benefit, we thought. The rifle's accuracy was probably adequate for any cowboy-action uses to which this rifle might be put.
We have never liked loading Winchester lever guns because of the necessary fight with the spring-loaded trap door. It's easy to get bit. Of course one can reload before the gun is empty without taking it out of commission, but we suspect that benefit went away when the last of the Indian fighters disappeared.

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