New Rossi 92 problems


November 8, 2009, 09:18 PM
I just took delivery of a new 38/357 Rossi 92. Just out of the box, never fired, and it's horrible. I tested it with unprimed cartridges that I currently use in other guns without problems.
1. The loading gate seems to be plastic,& I have to push my finger 1/2" inside to load either 38 or 357 cartridges.
2. It's chewing up my brass to the point where they may not be useable.
3. Frequently double cases either eject or appear when bringing up a new round. Then one of the two will jam.
4. It appears that a screw is missing on the right side of the receiver (for the cartridge guide).
I am contacting the dealer tomorrow who has a no problem exchange policy but I am hesitant to give another Rossi a try.
I have read many positive comments about Ross 92. Should I give another new one a try???

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November 8, 2009, 09:53 PM
You definitely got one with some problems and they can be corrected but I would exchange it for another one. All Rossi 92 rifles need a good action job to smooth and lighten the action and correct any potential problems. It will insure that the parts will last a very long time. Lighter springs & properly fitted parts puts less stress on the action.

Chewing up brass rims - Caused by the extractor having too much pressure. It needs some metal taken off the back end to lighten it up. You can also put a very thin shim up near the front. If it's real bad it needs to be corrected because the extractor will eventually break.

Ejecting two shells - cause by too much space between the right and left cartridge guides. The right guide needs to be shimmed to reduce the space. Timing is probably off also. Correct the timing by smoothing and rounding the detent ball on the shell carrier. Remove very little metal. This will keep the carrier from sticking & slowing it up.

Loading gate is easy to lighten - Grind a hour glass shape in the leaf spring to reduce the width & reduce the tension.

I work on Rossi 92 rifles and if you have questions email or post them.


Ed Ames
November 8, 2009, 11:15 PM
Sounds like a return or rework is in order. If you can swap it out easily, it couldn't hurt. You may want to bring some snap caps or your action proving dummies if your dealer will let you run them through the other gun.

Mine has worked fine out of the box, but it's a different caliber than yours.

It appears that a screw is missing on the right side of the receiver (for the cartridge guide).

The right should have one empty hole, three screw heads, and the visible end of a screw (from the left). Left side has 4 screws (including the one that passes all the way through).

Not to take away from Gun Connection, but Steve's Gunz ( has a good reputation for working on these guns and he has a DVD with information on the Rossi. I haven't done any business with him but a lot of people recommend his work.

November 9, 2009, 08:18 AM
I bought and used the DVD Steve Young sells and my 38/357 mag Rossi 92 is slicker than goat snot. Was stiff as all get out when new but now it is definitely one of my favorite rifles to plink with.

So many others with experiences like mine suggest you got something the rest of us didn't. I'd start with an exchange before giving up on this model.


Grey Morel
November 9, 2009, 09:35 AM
I don't understand why many gun owners are so "once bitten, twice shy", when nearly all manufacturers have some kind of warranty or replacement program.

Just send your rifle back. You obviously liked it enough to buy it, so why not fix it when it breaks? its just a machine: all machines break, and we don't get to choose when they do it! That's the nature of mechanical devices.

It is unfortunate that your rifle broke so soon, or was broken from the factory. just get it fixed.

IV had a bad Ruger...Should i avoid Ruger forever? Iv had a bad Sig... Should I avoid Sigs forever? Iv had a bad 1911... Should I avoid 1911s forever? i don't think so, but many gun owners seem to use this logic. If you shoot any significant volume for any real period of time, you would quickly run out of guns that you "trust".

Every time Iv had a gun break, it has simply been a matter of getting a new part installed. unless your talking about a rarity like a Berthier carbine, then this shouldn't be a problem.

November 9, 2009, 11:23 AM
Thanks to all for your feedback. I will take your advice and give Rossi another chance by exchanging this one for another.

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