Tell me about the Rossi M68


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cyclopsshooter
August 12, 2009, 02:19 AM
I just did an impulse buy of a Rossi M68 FtF $165 Truth be told, I have never been a fan of Rossi or other Taurus like products (I do own a Taurus snub ;)) Yet, this Rossi seems to be a class act, a 5 shot 3" with a quality deep blue high polished finish- a finish of 60s S&W quality! not that cheap modern polished blue if you know what I mean...
The revolver is near new aside from a single ding in the wood grips, and the parts fit is superb with tight lockup and no endshake. If it had been marked with the S&W logo I would have believed it-

Seeming to be way above par of most Rossi/Taurus 38s- Is this this really a well made revolver through and through?? What have your experiences been?

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Eightball
August 12, 2009, 02:35 AM
Shot a snub version of the same thing.

It goes bang, just like it should. I think the lockwork could use some fine-tuning, but I'm just slightly biased towards S&W.

Virginian
August 12, 2009, 06:11 AM
I think the Model 68 is the best revolver Rossi has ever made. I bought both my daughters 3" Model 68s, they love them, and both of them can knock cans all over the place at will. Neither gun has ever had a hiccup. I took them apart to check the internals, possibly do some smoothing, when I got them, and did not feel the need to do a thing. It remeinded me of opening up a Colt or S&W many years ago. No machining trash and no jagged edges.

Nicky Santoro
August 12, 2009, 07:07 AM
I've had a 68 for twenty years or so. It's not a Smith but not bad for the money and never a problem.

marano35
August 12, 2009, 09:55 AM
and still have a stainless version of the same gun, with wood square butt grips. It is one of my favorite snubs. Very accurate and 100% reliable. I carried mine for several years as a back-up/off-duty weapon for work. Works good in an ankle holster. I have two Smith J-frame snubs but I will never get rid of the Rossi. Just too good a gun and it served me very well when I could not afford a Smith.

MCgunner
August 12, 2009, 10:35 AM
Yet, this Rossi seems to be a class act, a 5 shot 3" with a quality deep blue high polished finish- a finish of 60s S&W quality! not that cheap modern polished blue if you know what I mean...

I have one I bought for my step dad in 1981. It has a windage adjustable rear sight which later ones didn't have. But, it shoots dead on with my handloads. It is a 3" gun, very accurate, and the fit and finish are simply amazing, perfectly timed, very tight gun, and as with yours, the bluing is deep and lusterous.

I have owned late 80s, early 90s guns and the fit and finish seemed to vary a bit during those years. I had a stainless 88 that looked as if they rough cut the hammer and never bothered to polish it underneath. I mean, it didn't affect how it shot, great shooter, but just seems like finishing lacked in that time period.

My 68 is so good, if it had a S&W stamp on it, I'd take it for a 36. It's very smooth in DA, but a little stiffer than a good J frame will be, but very usable. I also have a little M511 .22 kit gun from the early 90s. that is a friggin' tack driver and AWESOME field carry. It has a 4" barrel, adjustable sights, well made gun. It's odd in that it seems to have been designed with some end shake, but that's my only criticism as to fit and finish, sure shoots like a target revolver, though. I can get 1" groups with RWS target and under 2" with cheap federal lightening. IMHO, the 68/88 is the second best revolver Rossi turned out, the best is the little M511.

The 971 isn't a bad gun, either. I had several thousand rounds mixed heavy and light loads through mine, carried it a lot as a trail gun, and killed game with it. I liked that gun a lot even though I did have an issue with it snapping firing pins which I finally resolved with a local gunsmith. I'd have kept it, but there was this Ruger .45 Blackhawk I wanted and didn't quite have the cash for without a trade.

Rossis are back to their former early 80s fit and finish now that Taurus has bought 'em out. I do prefer my little Taurus M85UL as a carry, but the little Rossi has its place in my collection, great little shooter. It makes a good trail gun, too, and I've carried it occasionally in an IWB. One thing, it won't take a HKS speed loader without grinding and edge on the cylinder release, so I carry it with speed strips. My old 88, I ground off the cylinder release so that I could get a speed loader past it.

That gun will last you a long time. You done good on the price, too. Be aware, I don't think Taurus will honor any claimed warrantees on Interarms era guns, but you shouldn't have that problem. If the firing pin were to snap, and my 971 ain't the only one I've heard that did that, a good gunsmith can fix you up a lot cheaper than mailing it off, anyway. My smith did mine for about 20 bucks and I never had a problem with it after that for a good thousand rounds before I traded it off.

cyclopsshooter
August 12, 2009, 06:21 PM
Good news thanks!

PAPACHUCK
August 13, 2009, 08:38 PM
I've got a nickle M68 that I bought back in the early nineties, used, for a whopping $75. It still performs perfectly to this day, in fact it is with my elderly father for his home protection.

It's not a S&W, but it works, and works well.

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