Uberti 1873 Cattleman
Posted: Tue Oct 25, 2016 8:17 am
My Uberti .44 Magnum arrived today and it is everything I expected it to be and more, but not quite what I had hoped that it would be. It is a dang near perfect clone of the Colt SAA and I'm quite honestly impressed with the fit and finish of this gun overall. In and of itself, it's a great gun and I understand why Uberti (owned by Stoeger, owned by Benelli) is so respected globally for their replica firearms. If I didn't own a Colt SAA I would be absolutely thrilled with this gun.
...the problem (that isn't really even a "problem") is that I do own a Colt 1873 Peacemaker (2016 manufacture) and while the Uberti is a dang near perfect clone, working the action on the two is like comparing the action of a 1957 Colt Python to a modern production S&W 686. It's not that the 686 is "bad" in any way, but comparing action to action, it just ain't no Colt Python. While the action on my Uberti is good, after working the action on my Colt SAA it just makes the Uberti seem rather crude. I realize that it isn't fair at all to compare a $500 gun with a $2,500 gun. It really isn't an expectation that the Uberti action perform equally with the Colt; I'm only wondering if there is anything I can do to clean it up and soften the unrefined feeling in the action and make it a little more comparable?
I also realize that the Cattleman isn't the top of the line Uberti. There is no local stocking Uberti dealer so I cannot go test the El Patron model to see if it's any closer to the Colt. I've been searching for a sequential pair of 5.5" Uberti El Patrons in .357 Magnum for cowboy action competition, but unless the action is notably more refined than the Cattleman, or unless the actions can be cleaned up, I'll likely hold out in hopes of finding a sequential pair of SAA Colts.