Over a half century of gun collecting, the Model 71 was just never on my radar due to the very fact that Winchester wanted to have such rifle exactly its own way and did! One singular chambering, long now technically obsolete,one basic half-magazine & only pistol grip style! Dang! Only choices of regular or deluxe & 20" or 24" barrels! Such "marketing: to me missed too much potential including my $$$! What I did like was its Model 1886 really great design origins in more modern metal! I had several '86 models, straight grip in full & half mags, all .33 Win, but enough for me.
Only as post Millennium, my collecting winding down as calling "time"! In my mid sixties age needing to start another college fund for my then four year old son! Priorities!
Just into a gun shop in about 2008 to pick up some ammo and "there She was". Standard model 71, 14K serial number range. Long tang, quietly exuding originality and a "too tall" price tag for a 'bottom fisher' collector as me. But I bit! And haven't looked back. Never fired it! And what to say. These guns exude Winchester quality and it sort of rounded out my humble Winchester numbers - or such excuse my story anyway and sticking to it!
Mr. P, You do have a nice looking rifle there and as said, the quality is generally 'primo'. Winchester with some several decades of the Model 71 as an "also ran" but what they did, they did well. Congrats on that gun!
Just my take.