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Old 04-11-2021, 09:18 AM
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I own two, and have a buyer chasing me to sell one. One has an 18 inch barrel, the other a 24 inch. I am going to test them Tuesday in a side by side comparison to determine which is more accurate/ precise . I'm guessing I won't find much difference. I will be shooting eley target ammo.
Both are scoped, 3X9 power on Leopold 2 piece mounts. The long barrel has better wood and esthetically is more pleasing to me,but I pan on keeping the more precise rifle.
Any guesses as to which shoots better?

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Old 04-11-2021, 10:02 AM
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If these are Miroku rifles made in Japan, I would keep the one that has an ejector. If neither or both have ejectors, I would go for the more compact rifle. Most of the earlier 1885s with the longer barrels did not have ejectors, and most of the shorter barreled ones do have them.

As I think about this, though, I don't think I've seen a Miroku with an 18", so maybe these are Italian 1885s? The newest 1885s have the 24" barrels, and the older ones had heavier 26" barrels.

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Old 04-11-2021, 11:34 AM
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Both are Japanese

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I own two, and have a buyer chasing me to sell one. One has an 18 inch barrel, the other a 24 inch. I am going to test them Tuesday in a side by side comparison to determine which is more accurate/ precise . I'm guessing I won't find much difference. I will be shooting eley target ammo.
Both are scoped, 3X9 power on Leopold 2 piece mounts. The long barrel has better wood and esthetically is more pleasing to me,but I pan on keeping the more precise rifle.
Any guesses as to which shoots better?

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So, how did they shoot? My 24" in barrel is a tack driver!
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Old 05-04-2021, 07:48 AM
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Unless there's a wide gap, I wouldn't make a decision based on one test, given rimfire ammo specific variability.

I'd probably keep the one with the best trigger; if those are the same, I'd just pick the one I liked best.
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Old 05-04-2021, 07:49 AM
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I myself would choose the 24 inch..

This is my 28 Inch original 1910 Winder 1885..It has a 28 Inch barrel and it is going to be a 17 Mach II..Barrel is already drilled for the liner..Waiting on the Chamber reamer..But it is a parts project so will take some time.


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Old 05-04-2021, 03:52 PM
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Tack driving is very subjective, but both of the rifles shoot well enough that off a rest, as a 73 year old geezer, I can, with some effort, shoot a 100 on a NRA 50 yd small bore target. It doesn't shoot as well as my CZ 452,but they certainly shoots better than most of the gazillion 22s I've owned over the last 60 years

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