New EMF Hartford Model 1892


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Dave Markowitz
June 1, 2003, 09:38 AM
I got a new toy yesterday, an EMF Hartford Model 1892 lever action rifle in .357 Magnum. Mine is a short rifle -- 20" octagonal barrel, no barrel band, and a crescent buttplate. It was made by Rossi in Brazil and is a replica of a Winchester Model 1892. Surplus City had just received a few of them in stock. A couple, including mine, were blued while a couple had case-hardened receivers. Aside from the .357 I got he had one in .45 Colt, but I wanted the smaller bore.

The bluing is well done. The stock is pretty plain but fitted well to the metal. With the octagonal barrel the gun has a pretty good balance to it. Between the weight of the barrel and lack of a barrel band, I'm hoping that it shoots accurately. The front sight is a flat-faced gold bead while the rear is a full buckhorn which is drift-adjustable for windage and has a notched ladder for elevation.

My intended uses for the rifle are informal target shooting, plinking, and maybe hunting. I figure a .357 load with a 158 grain Gold Dot ought to work pretty well on a Pennsylvania whitetail, while lighter loads could work for smaller game.

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iamkris
June 1, 2003, 10:00 AM
I have a Rossi Puma 92 (Rossi's branded version of your gun). Mine is stainless with a 24" bbl in 45 Colt. Only other difference is the stupid safety Rossi puts on top of the bolt but Steve Young (specializes in Rossi gunsmithing) is taking that off.

I slicked up my action, but a set of Bunkhouse springs in it, changed the crappy Rossi sights to a Marbles Full Buckhorn and fron gold beaded blade and refinished the stock (Rossi ships them with ugly black stain).

I shoot mine in CAS and it is a tackdriver. Accurate and reliable. I intend never to get rid of this rifle.

Dave Markowitz
June 2, 2003, 06:40 PM
Hi Kris,

Glad to hear you like yours. Thankfully, the EMF version doesn't have a safety other than the half-cock notch -- the way John Browning intended the rifle to be.

I can hardly wait to shoot mine.

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