Gun Report

Uberti 1873 Competition Model 34290 357 Magnum

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The Uberti was the easiest to load to capacity and had a nice, crisp trigger. The flat shotgun-style buttplate was fast to the shoulder. We liked the sights. The lever was stiff on the rear stroke, and the safety system spring was too stiff. We expected a bit more for a rifle marketed as an 1873 Competition rifle.

Uberti 1873 Competition Model 34290 357 Magnum

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The Uberti Competition's safety system used a stiff spring to push out a tab that required users to squeeze the lever to the stock, distracting them from squeezing the trigger. Uberti should fix this.
Unlike the Model 1866, the Model 1873 incorporated a dust cover. It slides open on the forward stroke of the lever and stays open unless the user shuts it.
Both the Taylor's and Uberti (shown) featured a beautiful case-hardened finish on the receivers.
The forend was smooth. If we owned this rifle, we'd add decorative brass tacks for better traction and consistent support hand placement.
This is an all-business 1873 made to excel in competition. The fit and finish of the rifle was good, and the action is enhanced so it operates more smoothly than a standard 1873. It includes a shortstroke lever to decrease the time between shots.
The Uberti's front sight is dovetailed and set with a screw. We liked the brass bead because it made aiming on a dark target a bit easier.

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