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Offline Phil Morris

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I acquired this Uberti/Navy Arms 1873 saddle ring trapper a few months ago.  It is chambered in 44/40. 
The rifle looks brand new and I assumed it was a year or two old.  I've been reading through a bunch of old posts on this forum trying to get a little smarter about this model as I have a bunch of lever guns but this is my first 1873.  I found the thread on Italian date codes and looked mine up.  The code on the gun is [AD] which is shown as 1978?  My common sense tells me it is unlikely that this gun survived 43 years in this condition.  I have attached a picture of the gun and the code.  What do y'all think?

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Re: Reality Check / Age Confirmation on my Navy Arms 1873 Trapper
« Reply #1 on: March 31, 2021, 07:44:10 PM »
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Re: Reality Check / Age Confirmation on my Navy Arms 1873 Trapper
« Reply #2 on: March 31, 2021, 07:45:07 PM »
That is the date code   and it is [AD]  1978  you have a NOS or safe queen beauty ...you lucky duck !

If you click on the pictures, it flips and shows the tiger stripe butt in its glory ...nice find
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Re: Reality Check / Age Confirmation on my Navy Arms 1873 Trapper
« Reply #3 on: March 31, 2021, 08:08:24 PM »
Thanks for the quick replies.  I guess I need to quit reading the posts on current Uberti production and start looking for posts on Vintage Ubertis.   ???

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Re: Reality Check / Age Confirmation on my Navy Arms 1873 Trapper
« Reply #4 on: March 31, 2021, 10:15:58 PM »
Great find.  You should slug the barrel.  Uberti might have still been using .427 back then.

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Re: Reality Check / Age Confirmation on my Navy Arms 1873 Trapper
« Reply #5 on: April 01, 2021, 12:25:36 PM »
Great find.  You should slug the barrel.  Uberti might have still been using .427 back then.

Good suggestion.  I will do that.

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Re: Reality Check / Age Confirmation on my Navy Arms 1873 Trapper
« Reply #6 on: April 03, 2021, 09:31:29 AM »
Great find.  You should slug the barrel.  Uberti might have still been using .427 back then.

I have one that is a 78. It and others of that vintage are .427 bore and are 1-36 twist rate rather than the faster twist rate today. They seem to like black powder better than the newer ones.
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Re: Reality Check / Age Confirmation on my Navy Arms 1873 Trapper
« Reply #7 on: April 03, 2021, 09:37:07 AM »
Phil, that sure is a nice find. Great little rifle. That one will have to old style bolt and firing pin extension in it.
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Re: Reality Check / Age Confirmation on my Navy Arms 1873 Trapper
« Reply #8 on: April 05, 2021, 04:51:37 PM »
Thanks for the additional info!  I slugged the barrel and the bore groves were running .424 and .425  with one spot at .427.  I'm thinking of starting with .427 bullets.  I already have a pile of .430s on order (thinking this was a new gun) but I think I can use them for 44 magnum or resize them.

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Re: Reality Check / Age Confirmation on my Navy Arms 1873 Trapper
« Reply #9 on: April 06, 2021, 02:12:19 PM »
Thanks for the additional info!  I slugged the barrel and the bore groves were running .424 and .425  with one spot at .427.  I'm thinking of starting with .427 bullets.  I already have a pile of .430s on order (thinking this was a new gun) but I think I can use them for 44 magnum or resize them.

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If they are soft lead I wouldn't be afraid to run them. I've ran .430s in some of my older ones and were very accurate.
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