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Swapping a 66 for a 73?
« on: May 02, 2021, 03:23:23 PM »
Man alive! Yesterday walked into my LGS and they were unboxing a Uberti 73 with just gorgeous Case finish. Wood is okay, nothing fancy, but I just fell in love with that 73. So tomorrow gonna go up and work a deal for the 73. It's in .45 Colt, so I am expecting some blowback even though I don't run powder puff loads. Anything else really different between running this over a 66 or Rossi 92?
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Re: Swapping a 66 for a 73?
« Reply #1 on: May 02, 2021, 04:32:47 PM »
Not really , the dust cover comes to mind... but you just leave it open
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Re: Swapping a 66 for a 73?
« Reply #2 on: May 02, 2021, 07:46:48 PM »

 :)  Deacon  :D

Congratulations . . . . (I Think).  Personally, I much prefer Brass Rifles. However, both guns have exactly the same innards excepting the Trigger Block Safety Thingie.  You'll need/want/should/can change out the Trigger Block Safety Thingie Springy.

That TBST is a Royal PITA.  Rifle can be subjected to a plethora of speed parts and can run just as fast as a '66.  Have FUN with it.

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Re: Swapping a 66 for a 73?
« Reply #3 on: May 03, 2021, 07:11:47 AM »
While I am fond of the Brass era , as a decal displaying member of the International Multiple Henry Owners Association;)
Then equally so the improved Henry and its own improvement the "73" and by extension the "76" as they evolved.
A new gun is always welcome even if something must give way,  it is sometimes a necessary sacrifice in the circle of a guns life.

Been there done that  :)  several times  ;D

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Re: Swapping a 66 for a 73?
« Reply #4 on: May 03, 2021, 07:30:05 AM »
While I am fond of the Brass era , as a decal displaying member of the International Multiple Henry Owners Association;)
Then equally so the improved Henry and its own improvement the "73" and by extension the "76" as they evolved.
A new gun is always welcome even if something must give way,  it is sometimes a necessary sacrifice in the circle of a guns life.

Been there done that  :)  several times  ;D

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Re: Swapping a 66 for a 73?
« Reply #5 on: May 03, 2021, 07:42:42 AM »
I get that , but

as an example ...I sold my assembled parts M4 Mixmaster to fund my original circa 1891 Winchester 73   :D

I could easily replace the Mixmaster ( by assembling the upper , lower and assorted pieces  etc. ) someday day maybe being a few dimes a dozen ,

but nice original 1891 Rifles don't present themselves available every day   :-X
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Re: Swapping a 66 for a 73?
« Reply #6 on: May 03, 2021, 09:25:33 AM »
If blowback is an issue couldn’t you blow out .44-40 brass to .45colt dimensions and use the thinner wall brass? I like my basically stock winchester/clones [no short stroke stuff] but if I want to be competitive I’ll run my Marlin Cowboy Ltd. I can run it faster though I am liking the ‘73 trapper that I built.
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Re: Swapping a 66 for a 73?
« Reply #7 on: May 03, 2021, 09:29:33 AM »

 :)  Biltmore Edderd   ;)

Yes.  You can do just that.  Run 44-40 cartridges carefully thru 45 Colt Dies then load and "fire form" them.  Works a treat.  Stops Blow-By righteously fine.  Yess siren Bob  (who'd Bob anyway).

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Re: Swapping a 66 for a 73?
« Reply #8 on: May 03, 2021, 09:50:02 AM »
A little bit easier to pop the sideplates off and clean parts of the action if you are getting blowback.
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Re: Swapping a 66 for a 73?
« Reply #9 on: May 03, 2021, 10:06:09 AM »
Thanks all! I haven't had any problems resulting from blowback yet [except for dirty cases] from my old Rossi 92, so I hope that will remain true here. I keep rifles properly lubed and clean after every match, so hopefully that will see me through.
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Re: Swapping a 66 for a 73?
« Reply #10 on: May 03, 2021, 12:25:47 PM »
Same same with the 44special my Uberti 73 is chambered for ....when I fog for mosquitos with it I use APP , course you must be
diligent with the cleaning & Lube after the shoot.

The original  73 just gets BP 
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Re: Swapping a 66 for a 73?
« Reply #11 on: May 03, 2021, 06:06:52 PM »
I get that , but

as an example ...I sold my assembled parts M4 Mixmaster to fund my original circa 1891 Winchester 73   :D

I could easily replace the Mixmaster ( by assembling the upper , lower and assorted pieces  etc. ) someday day maybe being a few dimes a dozen ,

but nice original 1891 Rifles don't present themselves available every day   :-X
sometimes the end must justify the means.

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Re: Swapping a 66 for a 73?
« Reply #12 on: May 03, 2021, 07:15:28 PM »
Well brought the beastie home today. The colors are even better in person than the pics show.
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