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GUNS Magazine November 2010 - Page 62

Duke was pleased that the new Model 1895 .30-40 Krag shot this well right from the beginning with cast bullet handloads. wo opinions I hold about Winchester Model T 1895s are these: John M. Browning must have been having a bad day or a nightmare when he designed such an awkward looking and handling levergun and somebody at Browning Arms Company got it right about what cartridge their newest ones should handle. Mike “Duke” Venturino Photos: Yvonne Venturino With 220-grain Hornady roundnose bullets, Duke got 3-shot groups as small as 1.25" at 100 yards with the new Browning/ Winchester Model 1895 .30-40 Krag. Let’s examine my last comment first. In the years since Browning and (US Repeating Arms) have been importing these new ’95s, from Miroku in Japan, they have been chambered for .30-06, .30-40 Krag, .270 Winchester and .405 Winchester. Only the second and fourth mentioned rounds were good ideas. The .30-06 was acceptable and the .270 Winchester was downright idiotic. Here’s my reasoning. Except for the 293,816 military musket Model 1895s made in 7.62x54mm Russian caliber and sold to Imperial Russia during World War I, the .30-40 Krag was the most prolific caliber of the model. Three out of every four of the remaining 127,065 Winchester Model 1895s made for United States sales were .30-40 Krags although in those days Winchester stamped them .30 US. The .405 Winchester was also a good modern chambering idea because Teddy Roosevelt made the round famous by 62 WWW.GUNSMAGAZINE.COM • NOVEMBER 2010

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