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I found this extraordinary piece of writing on leverguns.com. The guy who wrote the article was quoting another article, and I have to quote it here because it's just outstanding.

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Highly recommended is Gil Sengel's "Cartridge Board: .348 Winchester" in "Handloader" 177, October-November, 1995, pages 14-15 & 44. Please allow me to quote Mr. Sengel's magnificent peroration on the Model 71 which ends that piece:

"Thus ends the technical history of the .348 Winchester. Please pardon us when we say all of that really has little to do with the "real" history. You see, the story of the .348 WCF can never truly be told due to its unique purpose. Designed solely as a powerful hunting cartridge for the finest big bore lever gun that has ever been, its history was played out in dim woods and along forested streams of the cold country. Dark spruce, black water, and white snow have felt its concussion in places where weather was bad and ranges short. Elk, moose, and big bears knew its report, too, but the only witness was the north wind.

"Those who brought this rifle and cartridge into being were some of the last men to know what relying on a rifle really meant. Not head hunting, not killing, but slipping as through a curtain, alone, into a land that is big, beautiful, and totally unforgiving. A good canoe, a favorite pack frame, a big Winchester with receiver turned dull silver from wear by countless pairs of mittens are all part of this history.

"Then the sudden violent shaking of the brush. A blood chilling half-growl, half-roar paralyzes mind and senses. Quick flashes of brown transform into a slobbering face of teeth and gray guard hairs standing erect, accented by eyes turned red with hate for reasons know only to itself. As death closes the final few feet, there comes, somehow, the crashing thunder of a Model 71 - again and again.

"Yes, the .348 Winchester truly belongs to another era. It was created for a place that is part fiction, part reality, part memory. Unfortunately, we have never been allowed to glimpse very much of it."
 

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now that is romance in gun writin'...................

a well written piece that is almost like rememberin' your first love.................

Sadly, i'll probably never lay hands on or ever get to shoot a 348..............
 

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The 1st centerfire rifle I shot, a bud let me use it.need to look into getting one but the price they want, WOW
 

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Bountyhunter said:
A good piece of writing. I know nothing about the cartridge.
Nor do I, Bountyhunter. But I'll be damned if those three paragraphs don't make me feel like I need a Model 71!
 
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Sometime back, in the mid-1950s, I bought a new Win. 71 Deluxe model. It came with a frame-mounted receiver-sight. A very nice rifle. It served me well, as a timber rifle for elk in CO and WYO. Not long before I passed it on to a younger generation, I came across 10 boxes of factory-loaded 250 gr. silver-tip rounds on a yard-sale table. What a find! But they didn't have the rifle anymore.

Those ol' '71s were a great hunting-rifle and are gettin' hard to find now-a-days.
 

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unfortunely the 348 gave way to the more powerful bolt and simi auto rifles. There were new addvices made with scopes no longer did one have to hang their rifle outside so the scope wouldn't fog up on them. these were flatter shooting rifles and calibers that reach out and hit the mark witha scope. Calibers like the 348 38-55 303 savage 45-60 40-60 45-75 just to name a few have go by the way side.
One of the reasons I have gotten into long range shooting at the sass matchs is to live part of the past and listen to the stories the old men have to tell. I am just a pup there at 57.
There was in those days a love affair with their rifles as they could only afford one and it had to be everything to them. they had to put meat on the table for the family and they didn't have money to waste on shooting like I do, nor did they have many guns as I do.
 
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