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Old 02-19-2005, 07:17 PM
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.348 Winchester....so hard to find


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Does anyone own one of these magnificient Winchesters chambered in for this cartridge?

If so.....what is your open of the round. How did you come across the rifle and what kinds of stories can you tell me about it.

There are so many calibers and so many new calibers being introduced. From the Remingon Ultra Magnums to the Shooting Times Westerns....the Weatherby magnums and the Winchester Short Magnums. I fear these new cartridges will push these old favorites completely out.

Who needs a new ultra magnum? Bring back the good 'ole .348.
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Old 02-19-2005, 07:19 PM
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Amen, I have two and I am smitten with them. It may be progressing into an addiction.


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Old 02-19-2005, 10:51 PM
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Well, since you asked........ Once upon a time I encountered a gentelman while moose hunting in Alaska. Later that same day we once again ran into each other at the lodge at the end of the trail, and after buying each other a beer and talking awhile he invited me to his and his wifes log home that had they built when they retired. A few days later when my wife and I left the field, we stopped at their home on our way out. There, hanging by the door by its leather sling by a nail in the wall, was a model 71 Winchester .348 with a 20" barrel. Over the years I heard many interesting stories (17 shots to kill an elephant that he and the boys were trapped by in Liberia) to sitting on the roof of the house just waiting for a moose to wander by. That rifle traveled many miles on an old sasquatch three wheeler in a handlebar rack. My good friend passed away at the age of eighty one a few years back(still brings a tear, ya know?). I took a lot of ribbing from him about my big magnums, stock shellholders and various and assorted "unnecessary" stuff. Once, I was even accused of shooting a blind and defenseless moose because when he finally got there, the eyes had glazed over. All this always happened with a twinkle in his eye and a smile on his face that I miss to this day. I have taken out the old 71 a couple of times just to hear it bellow out its unique song, but I haven't gotten up the heart to take it hunting yet. Between the bad eyes and uncle artheritis, guess I'd best hurry and do it or we'll both be sitting around remembering the good old days. Gotta go Greg
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Old 02-20-2005, 01:47 AM
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I've seen a few model 71's on some aucion sites and I would love to have one. I even saw one claiming it was brand new and was in a collection. Of course it wasn't cheap, it was going up for auction starting I think at $3500. Don't know what it ended up going for. I'm definately keeping my eyes out for one.
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Old 02-20-2005, 06:44 AM
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There are several nice Browning model 71's listed in Guns America, www.gunsamerica.com. Be prepared to pay over $1000.

Actually, the price doesn't scare me as much as the problem of finding brass and bullets. These components are available, but are becoming scarce. If I owned one of these rifles I would definitely stock up. It's amazing that any re-loading components exist when you consider the fact that the only rifle chambered for this unique diameter cartridge, the Winchester 71, was discontinued in 1948. Lyman has also discontinued their bullet mold for the 348. If you wish to cast bullets, a custom mold would be required.
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Old 02-20-2005, 06:23 PM
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I've got a model 71 deluxe made in 1951. Absolutely the finest Russian boar killer I've ever seen.
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Originals...what did Winchester make...something like 50,000 of them total? Last ones rolling off the line sometime in the 1950's? Haven't a clue how many Browning Repros. ...but this isn't a high-volume gun, so finding ne isn't quite as easy and the price is going to be high.
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You can always get the next best thing, a 94 BB in 356win.
I've got one ,I'm selling, Its new and unfired!

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Winchester made 47,254 Model 71s. Browning made 4,000 20" carbines and 3,000 24" rifles in standard grade, and 3,000 of each in deluxe grade. So there were 63,254 out there at some point or another. Im sure some of the originals have been lost to time. And I have two. So they are getting harder and harder to find. Actually finding them isnt hard, its finding someone willing to part with theirs. Keep looking, you never know where one might turn up.

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Old 02-25-2005, 09:25 AM
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8iowa,
Do like I did and buy a boatload of .348 Win brass now, and hope that you come across a rifle later. If you never come across a rifle, or can afford one, then you can always sell the brass. Graf's usually has the brass in stock, and Winchester makes a run of it once a year. Bullets should be an easier prospect, as one can always cast bullets, if jacketed are unavailable.
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Old 02-26-2005, 06:30 PM
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I got my beautiful Winchester 71 last year, right off the Trading Post on this site. It's a 98% gun, and came with 200 rds loaded ammo, a couple hundred brass, lots of bullets, plus all the sellers reloading stuff. Hail of a deal!
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Old 02-26-2005, 07:51 PM
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8iowa,
Do like I did and buy a boatload of .348 Win brass now, and hope that you come across a rifle later. If you never come across a rifle, or can afford one, then you can always sell the brass....
or: form them into 450 alaskan, 35-348 (improved, or not), 30-348, 7mm-348 or 6.5-348 [a 264 win mag in a marlin 1895] cases... etc etc.

[I've uploaded to our site a drawing comparing 264, 6.5-348, 6.5-450marlin and the 348 www.gmdr.com/levern/65-348etc.jpg ]

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ps. we bought 2k pieces several years ago... and still haven't run out of interesting uses. [thread on developing CAS 450 alaskan loads is over on marlinowners]
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I found a Winchester standard rifle locally for $450, it is not all original, but a good shooter. Brass can be found at gun shows, fairly easily. I bought 200 brass at a little gun show last weekend, and both dealers I spoke with said they had no problems with resotcking inventory. As long as you are happy with the hornaday 200gr, bullets area also easy to find. Other sizes, manufacturers, I dunno.


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Old 03-20-2005, 07:02 AM
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There are several nice Browning model 71's listed in Guns America, www.gunsamerica.com. Be prepared to pay over $1000.

Actually, the price doesn't scare me as much as the problem of finding brass and bullets. These components are available, but are becoming scarce. If I owned one of these rifles I would definitely stock up. It's amazing that any re-loading components exist when you consider the fact that the only rifle chambered for this unique diameter cartridge, the Winchester 71, was discontinued in 1948. Lyman has also discontinued their bullet mold for the 348. If you wish to cast bullets, a custom mold would be required.

Haven't had any problem getting .348 brass from Midway.

Jacketed bullets for the .348 are available from Hawk,Inc. (www.hawkbullets.com) and Barnes Bullets, P.O. Box 215, American Fork, UT 84003. A nice 250 grain, cast lead, gas check, flat nosed bullet can be purchased from Mt. Baldy Bullet Co. (mtbaldybullets.com). The old Lyman #350482, 250 grain, cast lead, gas check, round nosed bullet can be purchased from Vern Andersen, P.O. Box 346, Glenwood City, WI 54013 ([email protected]).

I hope this helps.

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Old 01-06-2008, 01:14 PM
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browning lever 71 in 348 win

looking for new ballistic tip type bullets for my new purchase.. just got a matched pair of 71's . one grade one and a grade 6 or high grade in identical serials in 348 .
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There are 3 of these on Gunbroker right now, but be prepared to part with at least 1800.00 for a standard grade
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Old 01-19-2008, 12:39 PM
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.348 Winchesters, hard to find

I have a .348 Winchester that was given to me by my Dad. I've taken very good care of it and beyond normal stock dings, it's in very good shape. I know of one other .348 in this area and the fellow, a friend of mine, won't part with it. Any feed back?
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I have a Browning Mod 71, found it last summer at a gunshow for $800 unfired. It is the rifle model. Found more brass and bullets than I can use with a little searching. Hornady still produces 200 gr bullets. Lots of fun.

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Old 01-19-2008, 06:29 PM
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Mine is a Winchester original, std. model.Mfg. 1952. My father used it to kill Elk in Montana. I shoot mostly cast out of it these days, just punching holes in paper trying to gain confidence, and see if my eyes will allow me to hunt with it one of these days. I have a Lyman "peep" site on it, and have been doing pretty good out to 100 yds so ,maybe next season. Coincidentally...I cast 250 bullets for it just today, using my Dad's old Lyman mold. There's a sort of connection there, that allows me to enjoy thinking about Dad when I'm making bullets with some of the same equipment he used over 50 yrs ago.
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This was the favorite hunting rifle of one of my favorite writers, Francis E. Sell. A modern approximation in handling and ballistics IMO is the Marlin 444S with 265 gr. bullets.
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