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Winchester 1895 [Russian Contract] to 500yds: Practical Accuracy with the “Russian Cowboy”

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The Winchester Model 1895 was John Moses Browning’s last iteration of lever-action rifles that accommodated a full-power cartridge without using a tube-fed magazines. Of all nations in WW1, the Russian Empire was mainly the one attributed to widely using the lever action rifle in a modern conflict by chambering the 1895 in 7.62x54R, a respectable service cartridge for accuracy and distance shooting.

Because of this, the Russian Contract 1895 has become the single example of military employment of a lever action in a sea of bolt action rifles chambered in full-powered service loads… but should we have adapted lever action rifles all along? Could lever actions have tipped the scale of modern combat? We investigate.

We’d like to thank C&Rsenal for sharing their footage with us and making excellent episodes on the Russian Contract 1895 and S&W no.3. We encourage you to look them up if you are interested in the firearms featured here!
Russian Cont. 1895
S&W No.3

Special thanks to Joseph C. for loaning us this gorgeous specimen, and thanks to Brandon at The Gun Room (Shenandoah, Texas) for facilitating the FFL transfer!

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– Vortex Optics Pro GT Tripod
– Phone Skope Lollipop Universal Digiscoping kit

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Distance Conversions:
150y – 137m
200y – 182m
250y – 229m
300y – 274m
350y – 320m
400y – 366m
450y – 411m
500y – 457m

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Music by Tyops (THANKS!!!)

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