Why I Don’t Like Lever Actions, myth?
The truth about lever-action repeaters.
They use a lever to operate the action.
Most of the first lever-action rifles used a toggle link which is also the locking mechanism. Then you have the other type either using one or more chunks of steel to block the bolt from moving, or raising the back of the bolt into the receiver, and you also have the rotating bolt of lever-action guns like the BLR Browning. Most had a two piece stock up until model 88 Winchester and the Sako Finnwolf lever-action rifle. Most of them had tube magazines, like most the bolt actions that preceded them, with capabilities probably somewhere from three rounds to 70 rounds. Winchester made an 1866 Winchester with multiple tube magazines in a brass tube that rotated around the barrel that had a 70 round capability. The Evan repeating rifle held 34 and then the later model held 28, until the 1895 Winchester and 99 Savage lever-action which was a stack magazine in the receiver. Savage had a rotating magazine. Most bolt actions started out with tube magazines the same as lever actions like the Lebel model 1887 made from 1887 to 1940 more than 3 million where made. Also the Turkish 1887 Mauser 200,000 made, or Remington’s Keene bolt-action tubular magazine rifles made in 1880 and in 1878 Winchester’s Hotchkiss first bolt-action had a tubular magazine in the butt stock. Most bolt actions also started out with rear locking lugs and some of them still have rear locking lugs, like the Remington 788 also like Stier rifle SS69, which are also very accurate guns. The truth is a lever-action and a bolt action and any other firearm are as accurate as the manufactures intended it to be. With hand loading you can make it more accurate than they intended, The big propaganda has always been because bolt actions are cheap and easy to make, lever actions are complicated and expensive to make, it’s all about money, firearm manufacturers wanted to make bolt actions. The propaganda began in the mid-1930s when firearm companies wanted to bring the bolt actions to the sportsman and sell them for the same price as they were selling the lever actions. The military had adopted them mostly because they always give their money to the lowest bidder, for the most part, and bolt actions were only about four dollars apiece when Lever actions were more than $20 which was also the same reason they went with the trap doors and the single shot rifles. I’ve read many articles on lever actions and reviews. People who shoot Lever actions often only shoot them offhand from a standing position at 50 yards with open sights and complain about their inaccuracy compared to a bolt-action that they shot from a bench rest with good optics, They only state that lever actions are not very accurate so no reason to be shooting it from a bench rest and always state that they have to only use flat-nose bullets that hampers its accuracy and their long-range ability, but they never talk about how great a flat-nose bullet flattens deer. They need to compare apples with apples and oranges with oranges if they’re gonna compare a bolt action’s accuracy. They need to use a tubular magazine bolt-action and see if the action makes any more accurate, also a two-piece stock from a standing position with open sights offhand, or use a BLR Browning. I have shot lever-action rifles that would shoot well under 5/8 inch at 100 yards, and I have seen some that would shoot under an inch at 200 yards, and I have seen hundreds of reviews in the NRA Rifleman of bolt actions that wouldn’t shoot under 2 inches at 100 yards, and some that was three and four over the last 20 years or so, enough about history. Lever actions are super fun to shoot, you can easily shoot more than two shots a second, probably more like three. The record was 10 shots on target in 1.55 seconds with a 73 Winchester in 44-40. Even with big magnums they handle easy, you can shoot really rapid keeping on target. I have had deer take off running just as I was pulling the trigger, I had to get them on the second shot. They’re very fast to get on target. Also they come in magnum calibers like 300 Winchester Magnum, 7MM Remington Magnum etc. From the little 22 short all the way up to the 50-110 WCF capable of about 6000 foot pounds of energy, there have been more deer and other game taken with lever actions than any other gun in the USA.
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