I'm a confirmed M71 fan. I am pleased that Winchester has brought this fine rifle/cartridge back into their line-up. [email protected] $1469.00 bucks...you'd be crazy to buy one of these. You can buy an ORIGINAL..MADE in AMERICA "shooter" in real nice...although not "NRA excellent" condition for that kind of money if you're patient...and have a REAL sense of nostalgia in your hands.
btw:I enjoy cast bullets in my M71....PLENTY of power for our Southern Whitetails with REAL MILD recoil.
I believe these guns are made in Japan by Miroku. While I won't dispute their quality, having a Winchester lever gun that is stamped "Made In Japan" instead of "New Haven, Conn. U.S.A." just isn't the same.
Winchesters used to be made in New Haven and shipped around the world. Now they are made elsewhere and shipped back to the United States. Is it just me or is there something wrong with this picture?
Why would this be any different from the Browning replicas?
These were the most powerful thing a working stiff could buy years ago, other than exotic bolt guns in H & H. 3 thousand ft/lbs, whammo. The tapered case, however (for easy extraction) made for a lot of bolt thrust and the potential was limited by it.
Link above is good reading. I had one with the factory bolt peep and it drove tacks.