hat’s more American than a lever action rifle? Apple pie? Nope. That dates back to 1381 in England. But, it does taste better than an oily rifle. Lever actions are America’s rifle. It’s the gun that won the West and for a while lever actions were the kings of the whitetail woods. When we hear a cowboy talk about his Winchester rifle, nobody thinks “Model 70.” It was the rifle John Wayne and Gary Cooper used on the silver screen to bring truth and justice to the American West. The lever action is into its third century with little evidence that we have tired of them yet. Here are my picks for the top 10 lever actions.