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Old 10-11-2021, 11:10 PM
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Default I found one!

So I have been interested in acquiring a lever gun chambered in .45LC. So interested, that I purchased everything to load for it. Cases, bullets, dies, etc. before I had even bought one.

I really wanted a Winchester 1873. But the wait would be almost a year to get one. Not interested in anything Henry. And even Henry’s are about 6 to 8 months out. And Marlin….well…Ruger has just started production. Of only one lever so far …a 45-70. With all that Ruger needs to learn, I’m not sure I even want a new Ruglin lever (including a long wait). I’ll wait for the first guinea pigs to try them out, thank you. Rossi’s are unobtainium as well, and Chiappa’s don’t interest me.

But then yesterday I found this……

It’s a Uberti 1873 colour case hardened, octagonal 20” 1:16” barrel beauty! A damn fine replica of the Winchester that I so craved. I was so excited that I immediately rolled up 40 rounds of 250gr Campro’s over 6.0gr of TiteGroup this afternoon.

The problem is…I’m headed out for a much needed vacation. I think the rifle will arrive before I leave in 10 days. But I won’t have time to shoot it until the second week of November. And even then, I’ll have to hope I get all of my ducks in a row. You see, I am scheduled to have eye surgery on November 30th. And I won’t be able to shoot anything until after the second week of January.

Oh well….at least I can ogle it.
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Old 10-12-2021, 02:07 AM
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Lol. Congrats! It is indeed a fine looking rifle!

Enjoy the vacation and good luck on the surgery!
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Old 10-12-2021, 07:50 AM
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That looks like fun, very nice looking rifle
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Old 10-12-2021, 11:47 AM
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I could look after it for you...just until January.
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Old 10-20-2021, 02:19 PM
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So, I picked it up this afternoon. I couldn’t do anything with it until after 8pm tonight. I must say…Wow! Fit and finish on this Uberti is impeccable. (I certainly don’t want anyone to see it next to either of my Marlins.) It does look better then my Winchester. The wood is unbelievable!

I don’t know how long this gun was in storage after it left the factory. I would say…for some time. It was completely bone dry out of the box. (Not surprising.) I believe it has been fired at least once. (Function tested.) I was disappointed that it appeared to have some rust in the barrel. It took quite a bit to patch it out.

As you can see by the pile of patches above. But a quick look with the bore scope showed a nice shiney bore when I was finished. I should have checked the bore before I cleaned it. So I guess I won’t know how bad it looked before the cleaning started.

I then checked all of the screws. Only a couple needed snugging. Then after prepping the bore, I treated the metal and wood. As well as fully lubing the action and barrel. Then I had a look at the sight picture. Typical buckhorn. The front sight needed a sliver of yellow paint. Two coats carefully applied, and now it’s ready to shoot.

The action feels very tight. When my Winchester was new, it had a buttery smooth easy feel. This is tight. It will take a bit to loosen it up, I believe. And I love that octagonal barrel!

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Old 10-20-2021, 04:19 PM
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Fine looking firearm...

could feel your excitement and anticipation in your post.

now to put one down the barrel
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Old 10-20-2021, 04:35 PM
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Nice looking shooting iron
Hope it shoos well.

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Old 10-23-2021, 09:47 PM
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Good for you…that’s a fine looking piece of pure fun and cool at the same time!
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