I just picked up a brand new Miroku Winchester 1873 Competition SRC which comes supposedly competition ready with the short action and all. The gun is gorgeous and was a little stiff out of the box, which I kinda expected,……… but maybe not. I disassembled and greased the internals, cleaned and lubed the necessary areas. Went to the range to zero and as I was ejecting, it seemed the casing would get hung up between the elevator block and the extractor. Had to cycle with some good authority to get it to eject and sometimes had perform and quick double take of the lever to eject due to getting stuck. Not to mention, this rifle will NOT eject 357 mag snap caps. Get jammed every time in the same spot. So I really started to work the heck out of the action. Pumped about 300 rounds out over the weekend and levered the carbine at home about a thousand times. Loaded some dummy rounds in and now seems to be fine. Still wont eject snap caps though. Has anyone seen this happen with the 1873 Miroku’s? If so, any thoughts what should be addressed to get this smoother?
May 2, 2009
Your not going to get much advise on this site since most here are into the originals but there could be a few members that shoot them. Of all the real Winchester 73 I’ve had I haven’t had problems like that unless it was worn out and the timing is off. I think what your dealing with is a manufacture tolerance issue.
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March 31, 2009
Thanks guys! Good point. LOL! I have my oldies, but figured I’d give one of these a shot. I actually did a complete disassemble and greased and polished what I could. Pumped about 500 more rounds through it at this point and it’s good to go now. Just wasn’t ready out of the box like mentioned. Hope to post something more real deal next round.
I just purchased a 2022 ’73 Miroku myself and thought this article might help – https://www.longhunt.com/web/index.php?page=1873-winchester