Ode to the .22LR
Oh, .22LR... providing us with extremely cheap entertainment for 118 years nearly unchanged.
Something else happened in 1887 too... Winchester introduced a lever action shotgun, in 10 and 12 guages. And, they sprung forth a special one-off, with a rifled 12 guage barrel and a 10 guage reinforced action.
Yes, the venerable (well, not venerable, closer to vaporware) .70-150 winchester.
What it *does* do, however, is light a fire under the mad scientist's idea box and immediately he pops up a custom built Winchester 1887 rifle chambered in.... in... in....
.577/450 Martini Henry. Must check on breech diameters tomorrow...
Hey, it's not so farfetched, Norinco's making quite a few brand-new 1887's nowadays.