I saw the Winchester Model 71 described by someone on the Internet as “the outdoorsiest looking rifle ever” which is both dumb (nearly all rifles are outdoorsy, aren’t they?) and also spot on, because the 71’s classic lines and its .348 cartridge evoke North Country hunts as few other rifles can. Introduced in 1935, the Model 71 was a simplified version of John Browning’s 1886 Winchester, the lever gun he designed to shoot heavy black powder cartridges. The 71 was chambered only in .348 Winchester, a new cartridge intended for deer and bigger game, and to supplant several older cartridges from .33 Winchester to the .45-70. Like any round used in guns with tubular magazines, it was loaded with flat-nosed bullets and was, therefore, not great at long range. At woods ranges, though, the .348 was deadly and it became popular with many hunters in Canada and Alaska as moose rifle.