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1873 Uberti

Postby Nathan » Wed Sep 21, 2016 8:41 pm



I've been trying to find a Winchester 1873 in collectable condition for quite awhile now, but I'm not a fan of the .44-40 cartridge. Uberti is offering an authentic replica that I'm interested in, chambered in .44 Magnum. I'm wondering how true to heritage (other than caliber) this gun really is? I cannot determine if it has one of those awful rebounding hammers (deal breaker) or not.
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Re: 1873 Uberti

Postby Nathan » Thu Sep 22, 2016 8:39 pm

...what the Hell...It's worth a shot.

http://www.gunbroker.com/item/585205485
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Re: 1873 Uberti

Postby Hand and Steel » Sat Sep 24, 2016 8:08 pm

Asked a friend who used to shoot single action cowboy matches and uses a Uberti .357 as a carry gun. He believes the Uberti lever guns use the original style hammer, not the rebounding type. His opinion was favorable.
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Re: 1873 Uberti

Postby Nathan » Sun Sep 25, 2016 12:56 pm

Thanks much for the information. I did buy the Uberti from the Gunbroker link and expect it sometime next week. I'm looking forward to that one more than I should. I wanted to get one in .45LC but even that isn't true to heritage so if I'm going to vary from heritage I might as well go with a superior caliber.
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Re: 1873 Uberti

Postby deadguy » Wed Oct 05, 2016 12:06 pm

I picked up its brother just yesterday at PSA. 1866 in 45LC.

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Re: 1873 Uberti

Postby Nathan » Wed Oct 05, 2016 3:04 pm

deadguy wrote:1866 in 45LC.

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When I ordered my 1873 rifle I did not know that I would order a Colt 1873 a few days later. Had I known then that I would, I would have ordered the 1873 in .45LC as well. I'll likely pick up an 1886 in .45LC soon to have a matching caliber.
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Re: 1873 Uberti

Postby deadguy » Wed Oct 05, 2016 5:50 pm

This will be my first rodeo with 45LC. My intentions were to get a 44 mag, but this one spoke to me yesterday. No way I was leaving without it.

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Re: 1873 Uberti

Postby Johnde » Wed Oct 05, 2016 7:53 pm

I want one! Nice buy.
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Re: 1873 Uberti

Postby Nathan » Wed Oct 05, 2016 8:20 pm

deadguy wrote:this one spoke to me yesterday. No way I was leaving without it.

I can completely relate! Sometimes it just calls out to you and there's just no option.
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Re: 1873 Uberti

Postby deadguy » Thu Oct 06, 2016 4:35 am

Nathan wrote:
deadguy wrote:this one spoke to me yesterday. No way I was leaving without it.

I can completely relate! Sometimes it just calls out to you and there's just no option.

Exactly. If I had not left when I did, an EMP4 would have gone home with me as well. That gun just feels great in my hand.

Back to you, Nathan. Have you gotten your 1873 yet?

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Re: 1873 Uberti

Postby Nathan » Thu Oct 06, 2016 1:03 pm

deadguy wrote:If I had not left when I did, an EMP4 would have gone home with me as well. That gun just feels great in my hand.

I have the original EMP. After sending it back to Springfield to have the front strap checkered, I consider it the most ergonomically perfect feeling gun ever. It is a true extension of my hand.


Have you gotten your 1873 yet?

I have, and it's outstanding. I've never before owned a Uberti (although I do own a Stoeger Coach Gun; Stoeger is owned by Uberti) and have a new appreciation for the excellent craftsmanship. Originally I wanted a legitimate Winchester, but like many purists I reject the lawyer implemented manual safeties that weren't on the original guns and especially the rebounding hammer that was added in the newer guns. I struggled trying to decide between buying an authentic Winchester or buying a model built from the original Winchester design (only in a modern caliber). I've no regrets about ultimately choosing the Uberti. The action is smooooth and the gun is simply gorgeous. I was thrown originally, thinking that it was broken because the dust cover remains rearward when closing the bolt, but a little research was all it took to realize that is by design.

THIS WINCHESTER is calling my name like no other, but I cannot forgive the cross bolt safety (or the rebounding hammer). It's with a sad heart that I allow this auction to conclude without claiming it for my own. If I can find an older version (prior to implementation of any safety other than half-cock) of this gun in similar condition I will own it at any reasonable price. I am now driven to find such a gun....almost obsessed.
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Re: 1873 Uberti

Postby Nathan » Thu Oct 06, 2016 1:21 pm



This is a great history lesson on the 1866! This will also very likely be my next lever gun.
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Re: 1873 Uberti

Postby Nathan » Thu Oct 06, 2016 1:37 pm

1886 <-- Once in a lifetime auction. It won't surprise me to see this one exceed $10,000.
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Re: 1873 Uberti

Postby deadguy » Thu Oct 06, 2016 1:44 pm

Nathan wrote:
deadguy wrote:If I had not left when I did, an EMP4 would have gone home with me as well. That gun just feels great in my hand.

I have the original EMP. After sending it back to Springfield to have the front strap checkered, I consider it the most ergonomically perfect feeling gun ever. It is a true extension of my hand.


Have you gotten your 1873 yet?

I have, and it's outstanding. I've never before owned a Uberti (although I do own a Stoeger Coach Gun; Stoeger is owned by Uberti) and have a new appreciation for the excellent craftsmanship. Originally I wanted a legitimate Winchester, but like many purists I reject the lawyer implemented manual safeties that weren't on the original guns and especially the rebounding hammer that was added in the newer guns. I struggled trying to decide between buying an authentic Winchester or buying a model built from the original Winchester design (only in a modern caliber). I've no regrets about ultimately choosing the Uberti. The action is smooooth and the gun is simply gorgeous. I was thrown originally, thinking that it was broken because the dust cover remains rearward when closing the bolt, but a little research was all it took to realize that is by design.

THIS WINCHESTER is calling my name like no other, but I cannot forgive the cross bolt safety (or the rebounding hammer). It's with a sad heart that I allow this auction to conclude without claiming it for my own. If I can find an older version (prior to implementation of any safety other than half-cock) of this gun in similar condition I will own it at any reasonable price. I am now driven to find such a gun....almost obsessed.

I struggled with my decision on what to buy when I got the ultimate lever gun itch. I went from Henry vs. Winchester, side load vs. tube load, 20-22" bbl vs. 16-16.6" bbl, large loop vs. regular, octagonal bbl vs. round, brass receiver vs. steel....... I was a mess for about a month or so. I was searching GB for a Winchester 94 AE Trapper 44 mag, pre-safety models, and found quite a few. Just never found one at the price point I was willing to pay. They are still in my saved searches, and if I know me, it may still happen.

Happy to hear that about the EMP. I love the balance of the 4.

Regarding the Uberti smoothness....no comparison. I don't have much experience handling lever guns, and much less shooting them, but I know smooth when I feel it.


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