This is the Winchester produced, improved version of John Browning's 1878 single shot, falling block rifle. The larger, heavier and stronger High Wall model was intended for the most powerful cartridges of the day, such as the .405 Winchester, .45-70 and .45-90, while the more petite Low Wall model was chambered for shorter, less powerful cartridges from the .22 S/L/LR to the .44-40. Barrel lengths usually ran from 24" to 30" in round or octagon form. Some 139,725 Model 1885 rifles were manufactured between 1895 and 1920, when the model was discontinued. Much later, Browning and Winchester (both now owned by FN) reintroduced the Model 1885 High Wall and Low Wall rifles chambered for modern cartridges ranging from the .17 Mach 2 rimfire to the .325 WSM and .45-70 +P. Model 1885 rifles have been in and out of the Browning and Winchester catalogs from 1973 to the present day. Of whatever vintage, the Model 1885 falling block is arguably the best rifle of its type ever produced. It is simple, reliable, immensely strong, very accurate, safe and convenient to use. It has an external hammer, so there can be no question about its readiness. The hammer is automatically cocked when the under-lever is operated, just as with a hammerless action, so it is as fast as a hammerless action for a follow-up shot. Most versions incorporate ejectors to speed reloading. Shooters who own and shoot both a Model 1885 and a Ruger No. 1 almost always prefer the Model 1885, which is a heck of a recommendation considering the excellence of the Ruger No. 1. This is reason enough to include the Model 1885 on this list as the best of the single shot rifles.
excellent shooter. nice balance. smooth action Review by J turner
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The gun is heavy nearly nine lbs. . recoil is much like an 30-06.Pros: Accurate, Fits very nicely in my hand, Reliable
knock down is near that of a .338 (Posted on 8/10/13)
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Definitely yes