Uberti?


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remingtondude58
October 7, 2010, 10:33 AM
Hello everyone!

I don't know anything about Uberti, but I am thinking about buying a used Uberti 1873 Cattleman in 45 LC from a guy. I have been wanting a SA 45 for hunting. Do these guns have a transfer bar type safety, or do I have to carry it in the field with a empty chamber under the hammer? Any other thoughts on the gun? Thanks!

Matthew

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squarles67
October 7, 2010, 12:04 PM
They are a Colt replica and have no transfer bar so it's hammer down on an empty chamber.

I have a Cimarron Thunderer that is made by Uberti, it's a nice shooter that hits point of aim. It seems well made and the finish is good but I've only had it a few months. To be honest I like my Vaquero better but that's just my opinion.

For hunting I use a Ruger Blackhawk in 45 Colt, built like a tank, can take heavy loads and has adjustable sights.

Lar1911
October 7, 2010, 02:52 PM
I own an 1873 Stainless 45 colt Uberti. I love the gun.

But it will shoot standard loads, its not the previous generation Vaquero or Blackhawk. That being said a new Vaquero will not handle the loads the last generation did.

it does not have a transfer bar, so at the range 6 rounds are fine but walking around 5 is reccomended.

I also have the bigger Vaquero in 45 colt, I prefer the feel of the uberti, or the new thinner Vaqueros.

So for quality, they are used in competitions, so they will prob last for the average guy. Mine is as accurate as I am, It hit what I aim at and is consistant.

For hunting, I dont have a good answer, but standard factory loads are fine in it. For self defense it would work great, just its a single action.

My opinion is you buy it, since its used if you change your mind you could prob sell it for the same price.

BCCL
October 7, 2010, 03:25 PM
I've owned a few Uberti's, and they are good guns.

They are fine for normal ammo that would be OK to shoot in a Colt SAA, but they are not OK for the souped up "Ruger Only" loads.

If (big IF on a fixed sight gun) they hit where you want with the loads you will be using, there's no reason they wouldn't work for hunting within reasonable distance.

remingtondude58
October 7, 2010, 06:50 PM
So, the Vaquero has a transfer bar? Are there any other Single actions 45's I should be looking at that are of good quality?

EnsignJimmy
October 7, 2010, 06:56 PM
Hello everyone!

I don't know anything about Uberti, but I am thinking about buying a used Uberti 1873 Cattleman in 45 LC from a guy. I have been wanting a SA 45 for hunting. Do these guns have a transfer bar type safety, or do I have to carry it in the field with a empty chamber under the hammer? Any other thoughts on the gun? Thanks!

Matthew
Depends on what you're hunting. As others have said, the Uberti Cattleman is a direct clone of the Colt 1873, complete with fixed sights, flat springs, and hammer-mounted firing pin. It's a standard pressure-only affair, but that's just dandy for, say, whitetails and other thin-skinned medium-sized game (a 255 grain Keith bullet at 900 - 950 ft/sec pokes big deep holes in things.)

But, if you're looking for a quality .45 Colt single-action revolver with transfer bar that can handle warmer loads that won't require selling your first-born . . . get a Ruger.

remingtondude58
October 7, 2010, 07:03 PM
Thanks Jimmy. I have been seeing used Uberti's in the $250-300 range, do you guys think a Ruger could come for not to much more?

rondog
October 7, 2010, 08:04 PM
What's the big deal about the transfer bar? Carrying a revolver for hunting with 6 rounds is no more beneficial than one with five. You're not going to get the chance to shoot 6 times at any animal.

remingtondude58
October 7, 2010, 08:35 PM
I really want a transfer bar. I may not need it for hunting, but what if I need to use it for carry or something.

BCCL
October 7, 2010, 09:37 PM
Ruger Blackhawk, transfer bar and adjustable sights is probably the best affordable choice for hunting. A good used one could be had for close to your price range.

I'm going for my first handgun deer this fall, and I'm going to take a 45 Colt 5 1/2" Blackhawk.

Lar1911
October 8, 2010, 10:43 AM
When I went in the gun store, Uberti had a display up. I was looking at Rugers and the shop owner said take a look at the Ubertis. I was like you, I really liked the idea of the transfer bar.

I called a friend that has a Vaquero in 45 colt to get his opinion. Like its said here, not carrying 6 is not a big deal, but what made me buy the Uberti was my friend said would you want a Ruger or an 1873 that is stamped "Patent 1873" When my gun buddies come over they like playing with the Uberti more than the Ruger becuase its an 1873

Think of the 1911, I have a Springfield 1911. Is it a knock off?

So as you want the Ruger, you will not be unhappy with it, but if you buy this Uberti, you will not be unhappy. People compete with the Uberti, it will last for us avergae guys.

Hammerdown77
October 8, 2010, 11:39 AM
IF this gun is for hunting, the SAA with impossible to see fixed sights would not be my first choice. For that, you can pick up a .45 or .44 Ruger Blackhawk all day long for $400-450 new, in the $300s used. The Blackhawk is a GREAT hunting single action, and works well for cowboy action shooting if you want to get into that.

I have a Cimarron Model P (same as the Uberti Cattleman), it's a great shooter, but I wouldn't feel comfortable using those sights on anything past 25 yards. Even at 25 yards it's tough, although on a full-sized animal it wouldn't be an issue.

I would say, if you can shoot your friend's gun to POA at 25 yards consistently and keep 'em all on a pie plate, there's the potential to use it for hunting. But I think you'll find that in not-so-ideal light, against a timber or brush background, you'll have a really hard time picking up the Uberti's sights.

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