February 20th, 2016, 11:09 AM
Join Date: Feb 2010
Yep.... the Colt 45 was never originally chambered in a rifle. All the rifle cartridges had bottle-necked cases to help feed and to seal the action from excess fouling. If you wanted one cartridge to share between a handgun and a rifle it was either the .44WCF/.44-40 , .38WCF/.38-40 , or the .32WCF/.32-20. Those were the most common calibers offered originally in the Model 1866, 1873, and 1892 Winchesters. The 1894 Winchester entered the market as a light rifle with calibers .38-55 and .30WCF/.30-30.
Today, we have a much greater selection of levergun calibers to choose from. All the reproductions of classic American lever actions coming from Italy or Japan today can be had in .357 and .45Colt. Those two calibers make up the majority of the market simply based on common ammunition availability.
If I was looking for a new 1873 or 1892, I'd really look hard at the new Winchesters. They are made in Japan by Miroku and imported by Browning. The fit and finish of these rifles is fantastic.
For a few dollars less, the Italians make a really true to form product. Uberti is the most common manufacturer. There are a number of importers bringing their guns into this country with very minor styling variances. I prefer the ones imported my Cimarron or Taylor's & Co., both are top quality and very authentic looking.
Hope that helps. Feel free to PM me if you have any specific questions. I've been involved with the SASS / Cowboy Action game for a number of years and have a pretty good knowledge of how these reproduction arms run.