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racy XP-100 bolt-action pistol, used the
same swept-back dogleg-shaped bolt
handle that hugged the stock. The M600
sported a recoil pad, a free-floating barrel
and came with a sling. The ventilated rib
was supposed to provide a quick-sighting
plane for snap shots, but I learned recently
it actually was a visual diversion to give
the skinny barrel on non-magnums an
appearance of more weight. Gun scribes
hated the "ugly" laminated stock, feared
its punishing recoil and muzzle blast, and
scorned the ventilated rib. At any rate, it
sadly was discontinued in 1967. This little
powerhouse was ideal for guides slipping
through the alders after big bears, but
more significantly, this was Remington's
first attempt at the ultimate, compact,
woods rifle.
Many consider the innovative M600
a historically pivotal rifle in that it has
been echoed in many rifle designs since.
Because of its dimensions, it also was
considered the first "scout" rifle, the first
"guide" rifle, and its stubby magnum
offerings were the predecessors of the
short magnum craze four decades later.
The laminated stock, panned by gun writers of the '60s, is offered as a mainstay in
many rifle lines today.
I've had five of these rifles. Two, an
M600 and an M660, which was introduced a few years later, in .350 magnum
both were extremely accurate. The 660
had a longer 20-inch barrel sans the ventilated rib. I twinned the M600 with one
in 6.5 Remington Magnum, which has
ballistics similar to a .270. Back then,
American shooters never could warm up

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to anything in 6.5 mm. Today, it's all the
rage. The combination of caliber to model
I like the most, and an outstanding woods
rifle, is an M600 in .35 Remington.
Marlin also added some muscle to the
M336 in 1965, when it unleashed what
at that time was the most powerful leveraction gun in the woods, the excellent
.444 Marlin. But in the midst of the bolt
gun and magnum craze, hunters didn't
warm up to a throwback, big-bore levergun. Sales were slow, but the triple-four
plodded on, and still stands today. I shoot
Hornady 265-grain LEVERevolution
ammo in mine, which boosts velocity and
increases accuracy. Sometimes concepts
hang around because of a "cool" factor,
and the cool factor of the .444 is that it'll
put venison in the freezer as well as any
super magnum.
Many retail stores sold guns that used
the fantastic FN Mauser and Husqvarna
actions. Among them were Sears and
Montgomery Ward, which offered the
J.C. Higgins Models 50 and 51. Sears
also sold the J.C. Higgins Model 45 and
a "Glenfield" line of Marlin leverguns.
Higgins was a vice president, then bookkeeper for Sears. He had no middle name
nor any historical connection to firearms.
It appears the "C" was added for phonetic
appeal.
Some gun companies, desiring to
compete in the high-end market, designed
beautiful rifles that combined quality
components, much in the way one might
assemble a DIY custom rifle today.
In the mid-1960s, H&R (Harrington
& Richardson), seeking to compete with

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