Ive been looking at a Rossi single shot rifle in .223 for a cheap gun to take camping. Fit an finish doesn't seem as good as the H&R singles, but they lock up just as tight and feel pretty solid.
I like the fact that they have a hammer block safety. Plus you can get a nice carry case for it.
Are these guns any good? Im not expecting much for the price, but as long as they are useable guns and not junk, id be happy.
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December 17, 2009, 10:14 PM
I have one in 762x39. The hammer spring is not strong enough to reliably ignite Wolf, etc, but works perfectly for normal [good] ammo. Probably not a an issue for 223. I also chopped the barrel to 16.xx" and and refinished the stocks. I had no real need, just seemed like a good testbed for testing technique. Sighting it in with a red-dot and random (not optimized) reloads, I shot one 3shot 1.5ish group at 100yds.
Mine came with a hammer extension and scope rail for $90 18months ago. Trigger is moderately heavy but crispy.
December 17, 2009, 10:36 PM
I have had one in a bull barrel model for several years--Love the gun--the hammer block is a POS.
December 17, 2009, 11:46 PM
I have one in .22lr. It's not beautiful but shoots well. It also has the best fun per dollar ratio of any gun I own.
December 17, 2009, 11:52 PM
Thanks for the replies. Is the safety that lousy? Does it at least work ok?
December 18, 2009, 12:00 AM
The safety always works for me. It has kind of a long "throw" and if you don't get it all the way to the "fire" position it will fall back to "safe."
December 18, 2009, 01:01 AM
the safety works fine, you may or may not need the front take down swivel, even barely in, for it to shoot accurately; you will need to play with it's tightness- mine liked to be so loose, that it would free spin. once you get the front site where you like it, loctite it down in place, or you will lose it, it will come popping out during a recoil stroke, and you will lose it forever.
After about 3 shots, the soft, gooey made bbl, will begin to string shots all over the place, so don't use it as a plinker.
December 18, 2009, 01:04 AM
i dont know what your talking about the finish and stock is wayyyy nicer then a h and r
December 18, 2009, 01:57 AM
Save yourself all the gunsmithing....buy a H&R/NEF.
December 18, 2009, 04:31 PM
It's my truck gun. I picked one up at a pawn shop that had a BSA 3-9X40 scope for $180, put a Leupold VX-I (that some optimist had put on a Mini-14) on it, and then fiddled around with the result when I couldn't cure it of vertical stringing. I finally polished the plastic insert that connects the fore-end to the receiver, relieving some of the pressure that caused the stringing.
It's a good little rifle now.
December 18, 2009, 07:30 PM
I ended up getting the youth .22lr/.410 matched pair. Dick's had them on sale for $149 and I couldn't pass it up. I figure a 410 slug or buckshot will be just as adequte for close range critter defense as a .223 would have been.
The sights on the .22lr barrel are actually pretty nice! Fiber optic and fully adjustable.
December 19, 2009, 01:15 PM
Around here WalMart sells the Rossi 22/410 for $117 everyday, got one, for the money I'm happy.