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A lever-ac­tion for the tra­di­tion­al­ist: The beau­ti­ful case-hard­ened re­ceiver, gor­geous oc­tag­o­nal bar­rel, and pretty wood give the ’86 tremen­dous aes­thetic im­pact. The heft of the rifle is a good thing be­cause the cres­cent metal buttplate, pretty though it may be, is rough on the shooter’s shoul­der.


Buck­horn sights

8-round ca­pac­ity

Tang safety

Steel cres­cent buttplate Re­ceiver tapped for peep sight Case-hard­ened fin­ish

9 ½ pounds, 42 ¾ inches long 24-inch oc­tag­o­nal bar­rel

Price: $1,739


A hand­some blend of tra­di­tional el­e­gance and prac­ti­cal hunt­ing util­ity, this is the fastest cy­cling of the .45/70 lever-ac­tions. And the re­ceiver is drilled and tapped for mount­ing a scope, though the iron sights it comes with are quite good. The thick re­coil pad takes the sting out of hard-hit­ting loads.


Buck­horn sights

Re­ceiver tapped and drilled for scope base

No ex­ter­nal safety

Fast-cy­cling ac­tion

Game pro­files done in 24k gold 7 ¼ pounds, 37 ¼ inches long 18.4-inch bar­rel

Price: $1,450


Pro­duced by the Mar­lin Cus­tom Shop, this is the best ex­pres­sion of the .45/70 in a 21st-cen­tury lever gun. With its durable Cer­akotefin­ished ex­te­rior and syn­thetic stock, over­size lever loop, and ex­cel­lent peep sight, it is ready to take on the tough­est an­i­mals in the harsh­est en­vi­ron­ments.


Cer­akoted metal

Out­stand­ing peep sight Pi­catinny rail for mount­ing op­tics

• Over­size lever loop

• Cross­bolt safety

• 7 ½ pounds, 35 ¾ inches long • 17 ½-inch threaded bar­rel • Price: $2,195

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