A local store has one of these in stock. I haven't held it yet and have never held or shot a 73'. My 1894P is a 44 magnum that I use for deer and I keep a 1-3x scope on it and was looking at purchasing another lever gun to keep handy and use the iron sights. My first deer rifle was a Rossi 1892 that was sold to fund the Marlin back in 2001. It was fast handling and I miss having it. They seem harder to find now locally and this 1873 happens to be right over the hill. I've read several debates on forums about the strength of the action etc. Actually I don't shoot maximum or full power loads in my Marlin anymore. Seems anything 240 grain and above at even mid-power has no trouble going through a deer even diagonally in my experience. This year I plan to switch from 2400 to Unique or Power Pistol for my handloads. I intend to shoot lighter 44 loads in the 73' if I even get it. So what should I look for if I check it out? I know the front sight is on the barrel band and I'm guessing it has a rear ladder sight like my Rossi did. Would it be zeroed for 44 Magnum from the factory or do they use the same barrel band sight for 357 and 44-40? I do have Uberti buckhorn type sight off my Baby Rolling Block that I'm guessing will tap right in if I need some vertical correction. Also, my Marlin slugs at something like .4315 or .432". What diameter bullet do the Uberti 44 rifles prefer and does anybody know the twist rate? Thanks for any advice or info.