Miroku 1873 Deluxe Sporting

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HawkCreek
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A few weeks ago I acquired a 2018 SHOT show special Miroku 1873 Deluxe Sporting. It's been calling me to take it shooting ever since I got it home but I just haven't had time but today I was finally able to get away for a bit. I absolutely despise brass bead front sights and I've never been a fan of buckhorn rear sights either, this rifle is going to end up with a reproduction German Silver Rocky Mountain front sight and a tang sight of some sort eventually. Still I was pleased with todays results.
Ammo was Ultramax 200 grain RNFP (both loaded ammo as well as components are as rare as hens teeth in these parts).

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Left target is off a redneck bench rest (tailgate), aiming point was the bottom left corner of the target. Right target is standing unsupported aiming just above centerline still on the left edge of the target. I was really struggling with the sights today but that's ok as they are easy to replace, my eyes having trouble seeing the target is another issue. Both targets were 30 yards.

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Another shot of the 30 yard unsupported target and the beautiful 1873.
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HawkCreek
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I just realized in the

I just realized in the pictures I posted you can't really see the case color (shotgun buttplate, receiver, lever and forend cap). It's not the greatest I've ever seen but it's real nice for a production gun!

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Nice Rifle, thanks for

Nice Rifle, thanks for posting photos.  Does that say something . com on the magazine tube?

HawkCreek
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Thank you, I'm pretty pleased

Thank you, I'm pretty pleased with it. Yes, it's the silly sticker that they put on new Wincheaters now. It says winchesterguns.com, I just haven't gotten around to removing it yet.

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44 WCF?

Well, I'm assuming the rifle is chambered in the original 44 Winchester Central Fire, rather than the more common 357/45 combination. The case hardening is probably chemical bath related, rather than the original bone charcoal hardening, because it's cheaper, and because modern alloys can actually weaken under the traditional process. Regardless, the wood is gorgeous. One place to look for quality replacement sights is Buffalo Arms. Thanks for sharing.

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Yes, I know the case color

Yes, I know the case color isn't "real" but it's very well done for a simple finish (much better than Rugers attempts). I guess I forgot to mention the caliber (thought I put it in the text but I guess not), it is indeed a .44-40! I have zero interest in a '73 chambered for .357 and a .45 Colt might be fun one day but for now the original caliber will suit me fine.
Still trying to decide on a Lyman type tang sight or one from MVA, I've ordered several examples of the Patter 21 sight for my Miroku 1895's from Buffalo Arms so they are familiar to me.

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No Tang Safety?

Correct me if I'm wrong here, but it sure appears that Winchester has not equipped this model with the tang, or if you prefer, dang safety? Does this gun then have the half cock position as a choice instead of a necessity?
We have had to get to used to onerous ideas to make traditional guns squeeze past every attempt by a certain element to take them away, and it would be a victory for common sense and personal responsibility if the dang "safety" was kicked out the door for this model.
Whenever the word safety comes up with traditional leverguns, it's always referred to as some type of mechanical addition to a successful design. Nobody it seems, wants to realize that the only true safety lies in safe handling, and no number of mechanical doodads will ever change that.