Santa came early yesterday and I could not be happier!!! The fit and finish are better than I expected for a lower end rifle, $619 NIB, and the action is as smooth as butter. I love the action on the 1873 and the way the brass elevator lifts the next round straight up horizontally and feeds straight into the chamber this prevents jambs or rough feeding problems like you encounter with the Model 92s. The case hardening finish is really nice and sets off the brass pieces and wood nicely. It is a little heavy at 8+ pounds but Im expecting very good accuracy with the 24 octagonal barrel. I am hoping to get to the range today or tomorrow so Ill post up a range report as soon as I can.
Here are some pictures of our new addition.