I like standardization of calibers, especially when out and about. Having a long gun chambered in the same caliber as a sidearm is tops. Only need one satchel of ammo for the pair.That 1894 is a very recent acquisition, just last October. Thru the classifieds right here on TA. 2004 manufacture and I got it in 2013 New in the Box for a very good price. Seems like it will be a good shooter.