I have a Remington 58 made by Uberti which I love dearly. It is a newer one in their Mellenium matte black finish. It shoots perfectly, very accurate. Anyway, I recently aquired another Rem 58 this one being made by Pietta. . Although I purchased it a pawn shop it was very obvious that it had never been fired. I bought this with intentions of cutting it down to 5.5". I have always wanted a "shorty 58" and figured this was a good canidate for a project gun. When I got home I couldn't wait to compare it with my Uberti and noticed right away one BIG difference between the two. The rifling on the Pietta has less than half the groove depth then the Uberti. I thought "what in the world is going on here?" Why would these two be different in that respect if they are supposed to be replicas of the same pistol? Has anyone ever heard of this before?
Anyway, I put it away and didn't give it anymore thought......untill I took it out that weekend and fired it. It performed perfectly in operation but in the accuratecy department...it was horrible. It was all over the place! Now I only tried it with a 25 grn charge and .454 ball, which is what I normally use...but holy cow, it was bad. Now before I make a final decision on this I am going to try a few different charge sizes, and maybe a .457 ball to see if I can find it's sweet spot. I just don't want to waist time customizing a pistol that's not going to shoot well. Any suggestions on what to try?
So what do you think guys? Are Pietta's that much junkier than Uberti's or did I just get a bad one? I can't believe that there can be so much difference in quality between the two when I've heard such good things about them.