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Until recently, I was amongst those who did not know that Beretta has owned Uberti for a good many years. Interestingly enough, (to me, maybe not another soul on the Wire) Saturday I was having a conversation with Sugah about how much I liked the look of the checkering on a Beretta Renegade.


To my limited knowledge, it is the only 1873 straight stock that comes checkered from the factory when you take out the very high dollar limited edition guns that you wouldn't dare shoot in a match like the John Wayne 1873. I don't particularly care for the Beretta logo on the stock and I wish the receiver was CCH, but then I guess you can't have everything unless you want to customize a gun... which could be done... and is pretty typically done by a lot of folks...including me.


Oh yeah, I guess I should mention that I've got the fever for a new rifle and after spending some time thinking about it, I've figured out that I like a lot of things about a number of different rifles and that in order to get what I want, I might be combining some things that you would not see on any gun direct from the factory. I'm primarily speaking of the exterior, not interior.


Of course, what is done to the interior of my rifle doesn't come from the factory...but it's beginning to appear that Uberti (or importers) are attempting to make the guns more attractive to cowboys straight from the factory...an example being that Taylors has introduced a rifle that apparently is tuned by Cody Conagher...although they don't come right out and say that....and I guess that technically that is not "direct" from the factory.

Currently, I shoot an 18" Conagher rifle and it is great, but recently I handled a rifle that belongs to a buddy that had been worked on by a gunsmith most people have never heard of...and it was awesome...which is better than great. So, now I've got a hankerin' for an awesome rifle. The interesting thing is my friend is selling his awesome rifle because he handled a rifle tuned by another gunsmith and he thinks that rifle is awesomer...which is even better than awesome. My friend says that I won't care about an awesome rifle once I get to handle his awesomer rifle...which has not yet arrived.


I'm pretty sure that I can't shoot an awesome rifle (or even an awesomer rifle) faster than I can shoot the great rifle I have now, but who cares? My wanter is running full speed and we all know the wanter is the most powerful part of the human body. Sometimes after a while my wanter runs out of gas and I go back to being happy with what I have, so I might not end up with a new rifle, but it's always fun to think about all the possibilities.


Some people say that an 18" octagonal barrel rifle is as light and short a rifle as a person would want to shoot and, in fact, my friend who is getting the awesomer rifle thinks an 18" rifle is too short, but after having shot Sugah's 16" round barrel 1866 Trapper, I liked it...but I look funny shooting it because I'm over twice as long as the entire gun. I also got to shoot another friend's half octagonal rifle and I liked it as well. I think they come with an 18" barrel, but they don't come with checkered stocks unless you get a pistol grip...which I guess would be okay since I shoot a pistol grip now.


Then I get to thinking that I really like the look of an 1866, but since it's part of my job to keep Sugah's 1866 shiny, I've found that that's not always real easy, especially since I don't like cleaning guns anyway. And besides, if I wanted to stick with a pistol grip stock, I can't do that with an 1866...unless there's one out there that I don't know about...but then if I had one custom made, I'd have the only one and that'd be cool.


And all of that brings me back to wondering about the tapered barrel on the Renegade. I can't imagine it would save all that much weight, but it might look cool as all get out...but then I like an 18" barrel and I'd have to cut the 20" barrel to 18"...and then if I did that I might want to go ahead and cut it to 17"...or maybe even 16", but then I'd be back to having a rifle that was less than half as long as me...and I'd look funny shooting it...but then I get to thinking who cares if I look funny when I shoot it?


And back to the Beretta - A couple of points the newbie got right (in my opinion):


1) He bought an 1873...made by Uberti. While it may not be my first choice as it is, it's a sibling to Sugah's 1866 and my 1873. Uberti makes a good rifle is one thing most agree upon.

2) While he might not have stolen the gun, he didn't do too badly. I priced rifles Thursday afternoon...picking guns from a Beretta catalog and the dealer showing me his cost. Smithy did scare me with the $1500 thing, but at $1000 out the door, he didn't get hurt. I didn't look at the Renegade and if it's true it's being discontinued, it might can be had in time for less money, but for now, it's a good looking gun for a decent price.


3) a. If the links result in a short stroke that makes him happy, that's a good thing. I'd say he's ahead of the game compared to using a number of other rifles.


b. If the links result in a short stroke that is as short as Cody Conagher's guns and it makes him happy, it's a great thing.


c. If the links are even shorter than Cody Conagher's and with an action job (like most everybody eventually figures out they will like), we might be approaching awesome.


d. If the links are throw away and he wants to drop in a commonly used short stroke kit with an action job, he's no worse off than most of us and he might end up with an awsomer rifle.


Smithy, my money says you'll be glad you bought that biggo heavy 73. I knew we'd make a Chevy man out of you. :D


I have enjoyed chatting with you in person and always enjoyed your posts, but this is by far your best piece of work.

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