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What are some distinct features of the Winchester Model 1894?

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The Winchester Model 1894 was one of the most popular lever-action repeating rifles and its features became standard on many later lever-action firearms. It was the first repeating rifle that fired cartridges loaded with smokeless powder, and it the manufacturers designed it to be lighter and trimmer than its predecessors.

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A significant design improvement in the Model 1894 was the use of nickel steel, which allowed owners to fire higher-pressure smokeless powder cartridges. The gun helped popularize the matching 30-30 Winchester cartridge, which found wide acceptance among big game hunters. The Winchester Model 1894 had one of the longest continuous production runs of any American firearm at 112 years, from 1894 to 2006, due to its ease of use and reliability.

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