Depending on your perspective They are popular with CAS shooters for sure because of affordability , dependability and reputation. If I did shoot CAS I think I would like to use an Original . I have been selling Replicas and non core guns so I can obtain Originals that always seen to come up to tempt me , but this is one I wouldnt sell . A Uberti OBR 73 in 32 -20. I got it over 20 years ago and most years probably put 1000 rounds thru it most years. It is a pleasure to shoot with almost no recoil , low noise and extreme accuracy. At 300 Meters with these sights ,it will keep shots within 6 inches if no wind or if I have windflags out. I debated about getting the tang D&T for the sight , any alterations being a foreign concept , but as a friend pointed out . Its only a Uberti and you just want to shoot it. True and I never regretted it. I also have the same model with same sights in 38-40 that is almost as accurate . I like the original calibers The 38-40 is Marked Uberti -Hege , that is a company in Germany that goes thru extra QC steps to sort out the best for discerning Cowboy enthusiests that are in Europe too.( In US , Davidsons and Taylors are similar minded retailers )
I’m pretty new here and no where near the experience or collections of a lot of you (maybe 15 Winchesters in total – and no where near the budget that I’ve seen exhibited here – especially since my purchases are much more recent than a lot of y’all) but the one thing I’ve experienced is the great acceptance of the group, regardless of where your interest lies, as well as the deep knowledge and appreciation of the authentic. I can’t imagine anyone being negative about owning a few replicas, I own one Uberti 1866 and a couple of modern (Miroku) Winchesters and to me, they are a great way to get out and get shooting and experience the form and functionality of these classic firearms without the concerns that come with bringing out the old iron, especially when getting others excited about the classic lever guns.
By the same token, some of my favorite old boys are the ones that may not be the most collectible, but have obvious honest use. My current fav is a recently acquired 1938 64 Deluxe that has a buttstock wrapped in custom leather (really well done), has obviously been varnished (long ago) and has been well loved. Took it to the range last weekend and it’s slick as a whistle, a straight shooter and a complete hoot to shoot.
At the end of the day it’s about appreciating and remembering the history and remarkable design of these epic tools. I say whatever it takes.
WACA Member. CFM Member. NRA Lifer.
It is a great tolerent group with diverse interests .We all like Winchesters.
Its a good life ……yesterday shooting the Uberti 32, and today , although a gloomy day it was warm enough to be out back in my underwear (maybe a first for me in Dec in Canada ) and I was shooting a 1892 preproof 32-20 , and from the 1880’s, a 38-40 Colt lightning rifle , and a 32-20 Whitney Kennedy. all were tuning up decent groups now with both Cararacts done and new glasses. Tommoro hope to get out 1873 38 and 38 Uberti
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I will confess to owning a reproduction Winchester Model 1886 Saddle Ring Carbine 45-70 made by Browning back in the early 1990’s. My valuable original Winchesters get shot and hunted with, but if I’m going to be hunting in an area where my rifle might see some rough weather or handling, then it’s my Browning 1886 that goes, not my valuable original Winchesters. I’m not in CAS but if I were, I would probably prefer to wear out a Uberti rather than a decent original. There are some pretty nice modern reproductions by Uberti out there. I’d love to have their Uberti Model 1876 carbine marketed by Cimarron.
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