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Winchester (Miroku) 1873

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by JohnB-40, Apr 18, 2018.

  1. JohnB-40

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    I've been wanting to get a 38/357 lever rifle for quite some time. Went back and forth on the Henry-Winchester-Uberti rifle choices and finally decided on the Winchester 1873 Carbine made by Miroku. I am very happy with the fit and finish of the firearm. It is quick handling,with nice balance and I get a smile just looking at it. It Makes a nice addition to my Winchester 9422 XTR.
    I liked the Henry steel Big Boy a lot too,but when it came down to it,I didn't care for the tube loading mag. Winchester 1873 006.JPG
     
  2. Scooter22

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    Looks great! I've got a mid 80's or so limited run Miroku made Browning M71 .348 Win repo and it's as good as the golden age of American production. They do excellent work.
     
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  3. Armored farmer

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    That's a good looking rifle.
    I gotta have a saddle ring carbine some day.
     
  4. red rick

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    Nice looking 73 carbine . I am kicking around getting the 73 or 92 .
     
  5. Steve S.

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    1873 Sporter in .45 Colt here - very well made rifle - fit/ finish/ function is flawless. The Japanese manufacturing is second to none from Miroku. I read that the Miroku 1873 is not a perfect repro of the orjginal Winchester 1873 but I do not know enough about the original detail to know the difference - I too am very please with this rifle.
     
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  6. Bushpilot

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    Good choice... Very nice rifle...

    I played around with a Miroku in 45lc a while back and have an original 1873. There are a few minor differences. It's been a while but it seems I recall the Miroku hammer having a transfer bar. The Uberti's are a little more like the original design but nothing I would get excited about.. Splitting hairs but the Miroku might be slightly higher quality..
     
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  7. DPris

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    No transfer bar.
    They mostly re-designed the firing pin to include linkage with the trigger such that the firing pin won't unlock unless the trigger's pulled.
    There's an extra screw on top, but that's the only visible external sign.

    The annoying re-designs of the 92s (rebounding hammer, side ejection, and tang safety) are not done here.
    Least objectionable of the re-designs of classic Browning leverguns.

    If you want the saddle ring carbine, best get it now.
    No guarantee they'll keep it going.
    Denis
     
  8. Jimster

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    Excellent lever action!
     
  9. Bushpilot

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    Thanks for the correction, I knew there was some added safety feature... that I thought was visible when the hammer was back..
     
  10. Stormin.40

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    Very nice rifle. I would like a 38/357 as well. I am hoping Marlin bringing them back into production will free up the market. I like you don't care for the tube loading either.
     
  11. Old Dog

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    Every Miroku I've examined has superb fit and finish with great wood. I've not seen the 1973 in .38/.357 locally, otherwise I'd be sorely tempted.

    As far as Marlin (not to derail OP's thread, but ...), any work about when its .38/.357 will be coming out?
     
  12. Scooter22

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    I read a post somewhere from a guy here in upstate NY that knows manager in Remington in Ilion. Suposedly they are being made and shipped and should be showing up for sale. Who knows how the quality is. I'm happy to have a 70s vintage .357 1894C.
     
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