The Model 1895 is of particular interest for a couple of other reasons, one being that it had a box magazine rather than a tubular design, which allowed the use of pointed bullets. It was a John Browning design with sufficient strength to be chambered for powerful smokeless powder cartridges such as the .30/06 and .405 Winchester, and thus it challenged the advancing popularity of bolt-action rifles in the newer calibers. Upward of half a million '95s were made between 1896 and the 1930s, during which time no less a hunter than Teddy Roosevelt favored the M-1895 in .405 caliber for African game. Now obsolete, the .405 cartridge, which was designed for the 1895 rifle, had a muzzle velocity of 2,200 feet per second (fps) with a 300-grain bullet, which is only some 300 fps less than the .375 H&H; Magnum. Teddy particularly liked his M-'95 in .405 for lions, and come to think of it, the combination would be about perfect for the purpose even today because it offers twice the shots of a double rifle and operates a lot faster than a bolt gun. I've never fired an M-'95 in .405 caliber, and have no plans to do so, since my shoulder is chronically allergic to hard-kicking rifles with sharp-edged steel buttplates. [pagebreak] Winchester's Best
The phrase "they don't make 'em the way they used to" is nowhere better applied than to Winchester's Model 1886. Another John Browning design that remained in production until 1935, the M-1886 had a longer action than earlier Winchesters and employed a locking system that enabled it to be offered in longer, more powerful cartridges such as the .45/70 Government and .50/110 Winchester.