SHOT Show 2020 Putting the Wild in Wild West Tamara Keel January 23, 2020 Join the Conversation Lever action rifles, once “America’s Rifle”, aren’t as popular as they once were. The AR-pattern rifle has usurped its title as “America’s Rifle”, and bolt-action rifles seem to have mostly replaced lever-actions in the hunting field. They still have their adherents, however, for being slim, handy, and fast handling. The main ground they give up to bolt-action rifles is in overall power. The classic designs were generally limited to cartridges like .30-30 and .35 Remington which, while plenty potent for whitetail, were limited in their usefulness at range. It was thus with some interest that we noticed a cased switch-barrel set on Wild West Gun’s booth. The takedown Co-Pilot in .457 Wild West Guns has been their flagship product for years now. Based on a Marlin 1895 Guide Gun action, the Co-Pilot in .457WWG launches 350gr bullets at about 2,300 fps. Additionally, it will fire regular .45-70 loads and you can single-load standard 2.5” .410 shotgun shells. Marlin 1895 Guide Gun $679.99 cabelas.com Marlin 1895 Guide Gun $689.99sportsmans.com Already pretty versatile in just its standard configuration, the switch-barrel set adds more versatility via two new chamberings based on the necked-down .457WWG case. The first is the .35WWG, which fires a 180gr bullet at about 2800 feet per second. What caught our eye, though, was the .30WWG. This cartridge fired a 150gr Speer Hot-Cor at about 3,000 feet per second, which is getting into .300 Win Mag territory. Out of a lever-action rifle. So much for leverguns not having enough velocity. Wild West Guns sets the rifles up with several upgrades over the factory parts, including their proprietary extractor and aluminum magazine follower. A 3-pound trigger tune completes the package. Explore RECOILweb:Servare VitasReport from the Front Line of VCDL’s Massive Second Amendment Rally in Richmond, VirginiaGo Learn: Tactical Ranch Announces Free Handgun ClinicSaturday Night Blade Porn: OOAK Forge NEXT STEP: Download Your Free Target Pack from RECOILFor years, RECOIL magazine has treated its readers to a full-size (sometimes full color!) shooting target tucked into each big issue. Now we've compiled over 50 of our most popular targets into this one digital PDF download. From handgun drills to AR-15 practice, these 50+ targets have you covered. Print off as many as you like (ammo not included). Get your pack of 50 Print-at-Home targets when you subscribe to the RECOIL email newsletter. We'll send you weekly updates on guns, gear, industry news, and special offers from leading manufacturers - your guide to the firearms lifestyle.You want this. Trust Us.