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SHOT Show Highlights: Model 89 Lever-Action Big Bore Rifle in .500 S&W Magnum

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Big Horn Armory Releases Model 89 Lever Action in .500 S&W Magnum.

Available in both rifle and carbine models, the curved-lever Model 89 has been built from the ground-up to handle the powerful loads available for this cartridge, and maximize their downrange performance, a company spokesman said.

In design and development for more than two years, the Model 89 lever-action is the product of a lifetime of hunting and shooting by designer, and Big Horn Armory President, Frank Ehrenford of Cody.

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“I wanted a rugged, accurate lever-action rifle hunters can depend on regardless of weather and hunting conditions, one they can still be proud to own and shoot all year round,” Ehrenford said. “Practical experience afield has – more-taught me something the late Elmer Keith always preached – big-bore, well-built bullets moving around 2,000 fps will handle most hunting situations,” Ehrenford continued.

“Our Model 89 in both barrel lengths takes full advantage of the very versatile .500 S&W Magnum cartridge when using 300 grain up to 500 grain bullets. From whitetails in the riverbottoms to elk on the mountainsides, the Model 89 is suitable for anything in North America, and gives hunters a powerful advantage afield,” Ehrenford concluded.

Manufactured with state-of-the-art CNC equipment, the Model 89 barrel and action are precision-machined from 17-4 stainless steel and given Rockwell hardnesses to endure the pressures developed by the powerful .500 S&W Magnum loads.

Both rifle and carbine are offered in Hunter Satin stainless and Hunter Black metal finishes. According to Ehrenford, Big Horn Armory is also using A-grade American black walnut and curly maple on its firearms that is cured and treated in a newly patented process. The treated wood is 82% moisture resistant, 17% lighter and 20% stronger than walnut cured by other methods.

Combined with a durable synthetic satin finish, the properly inletted Model 89 buttstock and forend provide a stable shooting platform, and can shrug off the elements like a composite stock while maintaining all the traditional warmth and beauty of wood. The Big Horn Armory Model 89 rifle has a 22-inch button-rifled barrel, while the carbine sports an 18-inch barrel.

The rifle's half magazine holds five rounds, and the carbine's full magazine carries seven. Sights are an adjustable rear aperture on the bolt and a front fixed post. Both models are fitted with integral front and stud rear sling-swivel mounts, along with a one-inch Pachmayr Decelerator recoil pad. MSRP for the Model 89 rifle and carbine is $1,889 ea. Inquiries are welcome, and dealers are invited to call (307) 586-3700 or visit

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