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Old 06-29-2016, 04:50 PM
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this Miroku Winchester 1873 is a fine rifle. I only had a half-hour to spare for its first range outing this morning and thirty rounds of my revolver handloads. The load consisted of .357 Magnum Federal cases with 5.5 grains of Solo 1000 behind 158 grain MagTech LRN bullets. The primers were WW SP. My eyes struggled a bit with the buck horn sights, but I was tickled to find the sights were pretty much dead-on at 50 yards.





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Old 06-29-2016, 05:09 PM
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Very handsome rifle......I have always thought the Win 94 is a good looking rifle; but the 73 is just so much better looking. I have my Grandfather's 1949 94 Win, and I love it, but I want to get a 73 sometime before I take a "Dirt-Nap".
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Old 06-29-2016, 05:17 PM
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some of the stuff made by the J.A. Pan company is nice.
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Old 06-29-2016, 05:44 PM
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That is a beauty.
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Old 06-29-2016, 06:06 PM
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Thanks.

I took the last shot of the day offhanded with no ear protection simply had to hear that classic report of a pistol caliber rifle. So, cool! And, we busted a rock on the 100 yard berm to boot.
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Old 06-29-2016, 06:18 PM
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Miroku has been in the gun biz a long time. I would love one of those, but can't afford it.
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My long time shooting friend, Reece, gave the Model 1873 a try after this morning's rimfire silhouette match. He lost an arm in a work related accident a few years ago. An avid Rendezvous (flintlock muzzleloaders) participant, he loved the feel and sights on the lever-gun.

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Sorry I missed it Danny!
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Old 07-09-2016, 05:59 PM
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I did a marathon loading session this week and cranked out 470 rounds of 158 grain LRN .38 Special cartridges.

I gave 'em a try in the Winchester Model 1873 after our regularly scheduled rimfire matches this morning. It was hot and we were getting tired, so I didn't take the time to bench the combo. Three friends and I went through forty rounds or so shooting offhand from 50 yards. We were ringing a spring loaded 5" plate with regularity. Not a hitch relative to feeding and firing. I wanted to check the published magazine capacity of the the "short rifle" with .38s. It held eleven cartridges. I put all eleven in this CMP Sporter bull offhand from 50 yards:

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Great looking rifle, I have always been a sucker for case hardening.
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Danny, that receiver is a work of art!

What a fun rifle to shoot, congrats!
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Thanks, Matt. She is a looker ... and a shooter.

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I have a Browning B-92 "Made in Japan" in .44 Magnum, my only complaint is the steel butt plate makes life a bit more interesting with the higher energy loads. Very well built rifles and quite accurate to boot.




Some 50 yard Bench Rested groups with the irons I might add.




Nicely finished rifles...



Nothing fancy like Danny's (yes I'm jealous) but very well made and serviceable.
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Old 07-27-2016, 06:18 AM
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Those Miroku 92s are fine rifles, Gerald. Actually, you got me jealous. I sprang for a Rossi 92 last year in .45 Colt. It is okay, but I wish I had gone ahead and invested in a Browning or Winchester Model 92 like yours. My shooting friend, Dwight Pilkilton, has the little half-tube model in .32-20. That is one cool little rifle.
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I have a Browning B-92 "Made in Japan" in .44 Magnum, my only complaint is the steel butt plate makes life a bit more interesting with the higher energy loads. Very well built rifles and quite accurate to boot.



nothing fancy like Danny's (yes I'm jealous) but very well made and serviceable.

I have a B92 exactly like this one. The recoil was a big surprise. It is a real problem for any kind of t shirt fun shooting. I also have the comparable Marlin and it shoots like a dream - recoil wise. The B92 is flawed. I only shoot 44 special and that makes a fine combination. The B92 action is smooth like glass. Miruko is top notch and you honesty get what you pay for it is not over priced name brand situation. Although in this case, the lower end Marlin is a better 44mag.

Now that Miruko is building the winchester brand levers, I hope they are not afraid to make some improved models (real recoil pads, barrel & magazine lengths) along with the old model copies. I dont care for the safeties, but; that is life. It is not the safety so much as the location and design. Dont like marlin safety either, but it does not get in my way - that is life.

I maybe in a minority, but I feel the 92 is vastly superior to the 73, new steel an fancy finish and all.

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