This is Mossberg’s third attempt to launch a lever-action rifle. The brand-new Model 464 is modern as well as being traditional.
THE ENTIRE SHOOTING fraternity went into mourning when U.S Repeating Arms shut down its New Haven plant and the Model 70 bolt-action and Model 94 lever-action went out of production. The Model 70 has been rebirthed, and is being manufactured at a stateof- the-art factory where FNH USA makes rifles and machineguns for the U.S military, but so far there’s been no news about reintroducing the Model 94.
The demise of the Model 94 was fortunate for Mossberg who already was well advanced with their plans to bring out a similar traditional lever-action carbine, a project that had been underway for some time before Winchester shut down and left the field wide-open for Marlin. The new Mossberg is designated as the Model 464 and its chambered for the wildly popular .30-30 WCF which has survived all attempts to replace it with faster, more powerful cartridge like the .307, .356 and .375 WCF.
Another thing which favoured the debut of the Model 464 was the introduction of Hornady’s new LEVERevolution ammunition line featuring Flex-Tip spitzer bullets, which considerably boosted the ballistic performance of all traditional lever-action cartridges, and in particular the good old “thutty-thutty.” All in all, circumstances couldn’t have been more favourable for the launch of Mossberg’s new Model 464.