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Browning 1885 High Wall .45-70, $997

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Though we didn't care for the glassy finish, variants are available. This was a well-made rifle that shot about like it looked. A pound heavier than the Ruger, the Browning was easier to shoot with hot loads.

Browning 1885 High Wall .45-70, $997

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Closely resembling the old Winchester High Wall, the Browning 1885 was a well made and attractive rifle. The long barrel, big hole in the barrel, and short action made for a portable and potent package.
The serpentine trigger guard is the lever for the falling-block action. The hammer was cocked automatically as the block was lowered. We liked the workmanship but not the glassy finish. The action sides were perfectly polished and dead flat. The action had a smooth feel, the trigger pull was good, and accuracy was all we wanted.
That buckhorn sight had a purpose, in that it acted like an aperture and made the front sight blade razor sharp.
The checkering on the hammer (top arrow) should have been deeper. The slotted disk with its lip could be turned to prevent straight-back ejection of empties, as shown with the bottom arrow, or rotated so the lip was to the side, so spent cases could zing straight back.

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