January 27, 2003, 03:52 PM
I was watching the "Rough Riders" on TNT this weekend and saw a lever action rifle in use by some officers that was never identified. It seemed to be the approximate size of a Win 92, but had a thin round barrel, no magazine tube, and what seemed to be a magazine in front of the lever action. Any ideas on what that critter might have been?
January 27, 2003, 04:02 PM
That was a favorite of Teddy Roosevelt, the Winchester Model 1895 lever action rifle. These came in various calibers, but the most popular was the 30/06. This was the first lever action rifle ever made for truly powerful smokeless ammo.
Winchester reintroduced a modern '95 some years ago, but I'm not sure they still offer it.
January 27, 2003, 05:19 PM
Wa'ant no .30-06 in Cuba in 1899.
The Rough Riders' '95s would surely have been in .30 Army = .30-40 Krag. The '95 Winchester, a Browning design, as usual, had a single stack box magazine in front of the triggerguard. They were made in .38-72 and .40-72 blackpowder calibers when they first came out, but were soon updated to .30-40, .303 British, .35 Winchester, .405 Winchester, .30-03, and .30-06 smokeless calibers. By far the most '95s were in 7.62x54R and went to Russia. Some were reimported in the last years of mailorder milsurp in the 1960s.
The current lot of Winchester/Miroku repros is in .405 and Hornady is making the ammo. A 300 grain bullet at 2250 fps or thereabouts. You can find .30-06, .30-40 and even .270! M95 repros on the second hand market.
January 28, 2003, 09:19 PM
One of the Model 95's carried in this movie was actually Teddy's personal gun.:)
December 7, 2006, 06:33 AM
I am interested in sourcing one of these winchester 95's, does anybody know if they are still available anywhere either new or second hand.
December 15, 2006, 07:50 PM
Winchester 95's are seen at most large gun shows and turn up from time to time on auction sites. Common calibers are .30-40 and .30-'03. Russian contract ones in 7.62x54R with the clip guide are seen occasionally, but usually are in less than pristine condition.