Been a while, so Pietta or Uberti?


September 16, 2008, 08:36 AM
I might be in the market for a new brace of '51 navies here in the near future, and I'm wondering which brand I should go with this time around? I've got one Pietta '51 navy that I got through Cabelas, and I'm happy with it. I'm just wondering if I should go with them again? Have there been any improvements by either company in the last year or so? Last I heard, Pietta has really stepped up their quality control and they were running neck in neck with Uberti.

Also, where is currently the best place (cost-wise) to pick up either a regular steel framed or a London model Navy?

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September 16, 2008, 08:40 AM
If you are happy with Pietta, stay with them.

I have both of those brands and a couple of others. All work and all needed work. Just depends on what you want with them.

No idea where to go for the best service price etc.

September 16, 2008, 08:42 AM
I hear the Pietta made 1851 is a better shooter ..due to bore dia. Something to think about ...I don`t own a Uberti 51 I can`t compair . Just something I heard from a guy that knows more about them . My Pietta is a good shooter .

September 16, 2008, 10:58 AM
The last Pietta I got was from Cabelas. It had tool marks on the frame and the action needed tuning. That was several years ago. I have heard that Pietta has goten better, but in the meantime, I have obtained several new Uberti's and was thoroughly impressed with them. Fantastic finish, and wood to metal fit. Great actions, save for one which needed tweaking.

Yes, I would like to know. Has Pietta improved? There are no gun shops near me that have both so I could compare.

The Doc is out now. :cool:

September 16, 2008, 11:49 AM
Good question.

I don't own any new or recently made guns from either manufacturer, so this response is based on reading what others have shared.

Pietta's quality control has improved to the point that they can compete with Uberti. However, it's still possible to get a lemon from either manufacturer. Comparing the two company's products on the basis of one or two examples of each is probably not definitive, so going to a store to compare guns and then buying from someone else is probably a waste of time.

The odds of getting good (or bad) guns are probably the same for either company. You can pay more and reduce the odds of a bad Uberti by buying from Cimarron; I don't know anyone who 'cherry picks' Piettas, however. If it were me I'd buy Piettas as they are a little less expensive most everywhere, but in every case you should buy only guns that you have either had the opportunity to inspect in person, or that the seller will take back with no questions after a reasonable period of time for inspection. Most, if not all, the major retail sellers will do that, but check to be sure.

The last time I did a price survey the best prices on steel framed navys were from Cabela's, Dixie Gun Works or EMF, with just a couple of dollars difference. Arms to Armor was also in the neighborhood. However, (there's that word again) the fluctuations on the dollar value make that survey a bit out of date.

September 16, 2008, 07:00 PM
If I were choosin', I'd pic a Uberti out of a choice of the two Uberti or Pietta as the title reads. '51 Pietta takes a .375ball...Uberti .380, I have a beauty of an ivory handled '61 Pietta just got it haven't shot yet. If money were an obsticle I buy the cheapist. If I get a chance to buy another NEW would be from EMF without question. I got too many as it is...I will add my preferance Armi San Paolo, or Euroarms Top of my List...have a few left tp sell a brass FIE .36 1851 Navy $125 shipped, an Arm Sport 1851 Navy steel
.44 $160 shipped, and ASM 1851 .36 brass Army grip silver plated grip&trigger guard $135 shipped.


September 18, 2008, 08:26 PM
Also, where is the best place (cost-wise) to pick up either a regular steel framed or a London model Navy?
Try taking a look at MidWay USA's website, as the seem to offer a variety of good muzzleloaders. Traditions, Uberti, Pietta are a few of the brands they have in stock.

Good hunting, Bowhunter57

September 19, 2008, 09:28 AM
I love my pietta 1851. it by far is my best shooting revolver. At the range it has outlasted every revolver i have in longivety and accuracy over all my other revolvers. Still thinking about getting another one. but then i have 2 1851's already.

September 19, 2008, 09:36 AM
I wish those London models were cheaper, because I sure like the looks of them. It seems like right now, however, that Cabela's actually has the cheapest Pietta steel framed '51 navies (in .36 cal, of course) at right about $200. I reckon I'll end up picking up a brace of these and then send 'em back for replacement if they aren't up to my standards. Cabela's is good about that (had to do it once before).

September 19, 2008, 09:39 AM
i got mine from Cabelas. good customer service too. those guys take care of their customers

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