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Hello fellow lever rifle fans.

As I am still in love with my recently acquired Uberti 1876 Centennial, I'm sitting here pondering the next addition to my modest little collection. The '76 is my first pre-JMB design "Winchester" and I really can see why so many folks like that era of Winchester repeaters. While they yield strength and capability with much more powerful cartridges to the JMBs, they are a joy to shoot and a great example of why you don't always have to push them hard and fast to have a great experience.

That said, I'm thinking a current production 1873 replica is high on my list of priorities. I know Uberti makes a fine rifle, faithful to the original designs. But I also know that Miroku makes fine rifles as well. I own a Winchester/Miroku 1886 and have handled a few 1892 Mirokus and can't really find fault in them other than the tang safety. It's not a deal breaker for me, but I prefer the original designs if I have a choice. Do any of you folks have experience with one or both? I'd love to hear your thoughts.

I would seek out a '73 chambered in 357 as I have two modern carbines in 45 Colt that are capable of handling high pressure hand loads, and I do make ammo in that flavor for them. That being the case, I don't want even the slightest possibility of accidentally dropping a high pressure 45 Colt into a '73. Plus, I think 357 would be alot of fun in a '73 to boot.
 

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This rifle is high on my list of guns I’ll probably get sometime in the not too distant future. Based on my own personal experience with Miroku made rifles, I wouldn’t hesitate for a minute buying one. I’ve read nothing but good reports about them and for me, the .357mag is one of my personal favorite rounds in both handgun and rifle. My High Wall, Low Wall, and 1886 Miroku guns are flawless in fit and finish. Their accuracy is outstanding. I say get it.
 

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Red Ride, Are you on CDNN's email list, where they weekly show what they are offering through Gunbroker's auctions. They generally have a selection of Win. levers of different grades, low serial numbers, limited production, etc. I don't know if the realized prices are good, fair, or otherwise, but it may be another avenue for you. For Sale – Buy at GunBroker.com
 

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Ah yes, I recognize that seller. They often have some very nice stuff on GB when I'm browsing Winchesters. Thank you for the tip, I'll get signed up.

Also a side note for any of you fellers looking for old Winchesters, or even if you enjoy window shopping for that matter. Simpsons Ltd is a site I swing by every so often. They usually have alot of interesting stuff. Simpson Ltd
 

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You made passing reference to Model 92 clones, but you don't care for the tang safeties. Have you handled any of the Rossi replicas? I have three of them, a stainless carbine in 38/357 Mag., a blued carbine in 44-40 Win., and rifle with a half round/half octagon barrel in 45 Colt. I can't complain about the quality or performance of any of them (but they were made a while back), and they are 'fun guns'. I would imagine the Miroku models would be better quality, if not just in finish, but these don't have the tang safety (mine are 'old models').

P.S. The new (current?) model Rossi's do have a 'rather funky' safety on the top of the bolt, but these can be removed/replaced with a pin (made by Steve Young). See here: Steve Young: Rossi Model 92 Specialist
 

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As a matter of fact, my brother has an older Rossi/Puma stainless 92 in 44 mag. It does have that safety on the top rear of the bolt. I've tried it out. It's a good little shooter, quite accurate. My brothers only complaint is a little roughness on the edges, particularly the loading gate cutout in the receiver. Aside from that it's a nice little rifle and a good value for your buck. I've been looking at them 🙂
 

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My three Rossi's predate the lawyers getting involved, so they don't have the safeties.
Don't know if your brother would want to 'invest' any more money in his Rossi, but everything I read about Steve Young's work is that they are really 'transformed' into a different rifle, including smoothing up the loading gate area.
 
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