Author Topic: Uberti 1873 toggle action and magnum loads  (Read 253 times)

Offline blackpowder

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Uberti 1873 toggle action and magnum loads
« on: February 27, 2021, 04:03:30 AM »
Hi Fellas !

I asked this same question 12 years ago: Can the Uberti 1873 action safely digest full house .357mag loads? The consensus was that if used sparingly, chances are the linkage will stand up to the pressures without taking harm, however, better to shoot reduced pressure loads or simply .38spl for those who do not handload. But that was then and this is now. 12 years later one can read many reports of vastly improved quality and workmanship at Uberti, putting out stronger and better firearms. Recently they even introduced 1873 carbines in .44 magnum !? So, I figure they must know what they are doing, introducing 1873s in such a powerful caliber and probably they are using improved and better steels - or strengthened the actions somehow?

Does anyone have any thoughts or first hand experience with this?

Stay safe and healthy !
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Offline Coffinmaker

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Re: Uberti 1873 toggle action and magnum loads
« Reply #1 on: February 27, 2021, 09:01:56 AM »

 :)  HI BLACKPOWDER   ;)

I'm not a consensus, nor have I slept in a Holliday Inn Express (That I admit) but I was a practicing Gunplumber back then and now retired.  In my Opine, the Uberti 1873, chambered in 357 has ALWAYS been capable of running SAAMI level 357 Magnum.

There are gobs of Old Wives Tails about the fragility of Toggle Link rifles.  Hogwash.  there is no reason to restrict a 357 1873 to "38 Special."

Stay Well out There

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Re: Uberti 1873 toggle action and magnum loads
« Reply #2 on: February 28, 2021, 08:01:57 AM »
As usual, you are probably right. For my part, I handload my empty .357 cases with 6 grains of Vihtavuori N340 behind 158gr bullets. Seems a compromise somewhere between .38Spl and .357 performance. :)
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