.............This is the one I'd bought from a local gunshop and it was on consignment with a few other rifles. For some reason the PO had removed the buttplates from a couple? Why that had been done is a mystery, but the shop said they'd ordered a new one and when it came in they'd call. After about a month they called. I boogied to the shop but apparently they'd ordered one for a carbine. They asked if they gave me $50 back (I paid $350 for it) would that be okay, so I did that.
It's a rifle with a 24" round barrel.
The wood had that modern poly-something or other clear plastic finish so many rifles have these days, and I'm sorry but I really do not like it. Since I had to fit the new buttplate I went ahead and stripped it off, and then re-stained it. I need to do it again as I didn't do enough sanding in the wrist area, so it didn't take the stain like the balance of the stock did. I was afraid of taking off too much wood and after re-assembly it was obvious I could have taken off quite a bit more. Something to do later.
In the right photo the unfinished portion of the buttplate is noticeable. Needs to be sanded, polished and then I plan on heat bluing it. It is quite a handsome rifle. I slugged the barrel and it's .444" x .452" and a bit surprising to me it has a 16" twist. My Rossi M92 in 45 Colt has a 32" twist. I did the modification to eliminate the stupid rebounding hammer foolishness and was seriously thinking of grinding in a half cock notch but didn't, in the end. It has a quite nice trigger as it is and felt no need to mess with that.
I took it to the range with 100 rounds representing 4 different loads using the Lyman 452664, 255gr RF-BB and the 50 yard results were rather dismal. Back at home when I ran a solvent soaked patch down the barrel there was no leading. I think it may have a case of "Levergun-itis". A couple weeks later on a trip to the range I took the Rossi to see what it'd do with the balance of the ammo I'd tried in the Miroku. The Rossi outshot it by a mile. BTW, the Rossi slugs .446" x .451" so it's grooves are barely half as deep. I doubt that has anything to do with it, but there it is.
The Jap Winchester wasn't shooting wild groups. It was simply that the groups were larger then one would have liked to see even from an open sighted lever action. The bore shines like it was chrome plated and the muzzle is perfect and the action is as slick and well machined as can be. When I took it apart for the woodwork, the forend, cap, magazine tube and it's hanger were a VERY snug fit in all respects, so I suspect that there is something going on there.