Who makes the Best 92 lever gun today?


December 29, 2009, 08:23 PM
A few years back I came into a 92 winchester in 32-20 and was amazed at how slick and accurate it was. It totally blew away the Rosi I owned at the time. After selling most of my collection to pay bills I can now start to rebuild. So in your opinion who makes the best 92 today? And thank you for your answers.:)

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December 29, 2009, 09:40 PM
Does anything feel like an original 1892? I'm not sure anything does, at least without a lot of gunsmithing. A Rossi sure as hell doesn't.:)

I've never gotten my greasy palms on the regular ones (not the safe queen commemoratives, but the regular 1892s they're offering), but I'm betting that they're VERY nice. They'd better be, for the money.


Leaky Waders
December 29, 2009, 09:40 PM
tagging this post for interest

twice barrel
December 30, 2009, 09:50 AM
Keep your eye out for a Browning B-92.

December 30, 2009, 10:02 AM
Yep, the Brownings are tops. I have a Browning 53 (92 action) in 32-20. Beautifully finished, wonderful figured walnut, and a great shooter.

December 30, 2009, 10:29 AM
Nothing wrong with my Puma. Shoots and handles great. Accurate and dependable. Mine is in .357mag.

December 30, 2009, 10:31 AM
Water-Man: if someone ever hands you an original 1892 in good condition, hand it back to him immediately. Do NOT touch the lever.:D

December 30, 2009, 10:36 AM
I can attest to the Puma 92 being slicked up really nice and with very little effort. The OP did qualify their question with "...who makes the best 92 today?".

I don't know who's making '92 today, but can at least validate effortless lever cycling with the slicked up Puma 92 using Steve's DVD.


December 30, 2009, 10:39 AM

December 30, 2009, 10:46 AM
really interested in the puma. i have a winchester 94ae .44mag w a 16' barrell love the gun but want a modle 92 stonger action from what i can gather. is the puma smother than the 94. want another short barreled carbine. dont like the mossbergs winchesters r hard to come by so puma is my next best bet unless im wrong

December 30, 2009, 11:14 AM
IMO the Puma 92 is smoother than the 94. I have both.

December 30, 2009, 11:18 AM
A Marlin might be smoother than a 94. A 94 is a somewhat diffent mechanism than the 92, and grittier in my opinion, be they old or new.

December 30, 2009, 12:11 PM
A Marlin IS a 94!

December 30, 2009, 12:17 PM
My Puma is very slick and smooth and I love it. The only problem I have when I shoot .38 spl brass is it nicks the edge a bit.
I can't imagine it getting any smoother or slicker. I shot Cowboy action with it a couple years but not heavy.

December 30, 2009, 12:28 PM
The Brownings are better made than the Puma 92's. The Pumas can be slicked up, but they don't have the same attention to detail or fittings. The mag tube on the .44 Puma, for example, is constantly trying to work itself loose.

December 30, 2009, 01:54 PM
i have several original 92,s and they are tops but i needed something to knock about with. so i got a puma rossi(one with the shi**y cat head on it) in 44 mag and it was nothing but trouble from day one, i swore i would not buy another, but a used rossi 92 short rifle in 44-40 imported by navy arms with no safety came along for a good price, this is one that navy arms finished and put real walnut on along with better sights. i have between 1000-1500 reloads thru it and have not had any trouble at all from day one. my load is 23grs imr 4227 with a 200-240gr hornady xtp bullet. eastbank.

December 30, 2009, 02:09 PM
I own Winchester 92 32-20 & 53 25-20, Browning 65 .218 Bee, and Marlin 1894 .44 Mag.

I would list them in order of Quality & smoothness:
1. Browning 92, Winchester 92 special editions, etc. made in Japan.
2. A real original Winchester 92.
3. Marlin 1892.
4. Cimarron, etc., 92 repros made in Italy
5. Puma, Rossi, etc, made in South America.

Yes, the Japense 92's are better made, smoother, and tighter then the old Winchesters.


December 30, 2009, 02:10 PM
Has anyone noticed a significant difference between the old Pumas and the new Chiappa-made Pumas? I'm very tempted by a .45 Colt lever gun and Marlin is leaving me out in the cold :(

December 30, 2009, 02:14 PM
I don't know but thought I'd respond again to specify that the one I have is from LSI.

Leaky Waders
December 30, 2009, 03:36 PM
CDNN has some rather pricey winchester model 1892's in their catalogue...I'm trying to convince my wife that we have an odd number of guns (and a prime number at that) so we really need a 92...they havne't been made by browning/winchester x number of years etc. I think I'm wearing her down.

December 30, 2009, 05:11 PM
I think some of you guys should re-read the original post. The OP stated BEST 92 TODAY.

Leaky Waders
December 30, 2009, 05:30 PM

45 lc and 44-40 from the cdnn site.

December 30, 2009, 06:35 PM

45 lc and 44-40 from the cdnn site.
Can you post a link to the CDNN site? I can't find it for some reason. I have their number, but would like to see their online catalog. I just bought a Mikuro 1892 from them in .357.

Leaky Waders
December 30, 2009, 06:40 PM

Page 41 has some high grade 1892's from winchester. There are also some cimaron arms in 1873 a fe pages forward.

December 30, 2009, 07:00 PM
Thanks Leaky!

Leaky Waders
December 30, 2009, 08:55 PM
You're very welcome! How do you like the 357?

I'm still tossing up the idea of the 1892 in 357 or 45 long colt versus the same calibers in a marlin 94. I handled the 45 LC puma in the store yesterday and a 94 in 44 mag. The puma cycled much nicer off the shelf, but i hate the silly way they mounted the safety.

My bother in law just got an ak, so I've been given the green light to get an ak. I figured I'd get a cowboy ak instead ;)

December 30, 2009, 09:04 PM
How do you like the 357?

Well, as far as fit and apparent mechanical function, beautiful. It cycled smooth as silk. I have yet to shoot it. I'm waiting for my NYC rifle permit.

I will post on it when I have taken it out. I figure I'll shoot 150 rounds of 38, and 50 of .357 to familiarize myself with it. It's been a long time for me, but I'm looking forward to shakng the rust off.

The reason I went .357 is I plan on getting a wheel gun in the same caliber.

December 30, 2009, 11:19 PM
"....but i hate the silly way they mounted the safety."

Look here. Same guy makes a plug for the safety hole also.


December 30, 2009, 11:31 PM
I own a Rossi in 45LC. I just put a couple of hundred rounds through it. Zero issue, accurate, and fun. I am happy with my $350used purchase but the rifle is still very tight and needs to be slicked up. For what I bought it for, great value for the money.

A lever carbine is not something I expect a lot out of ecept accuaracy and some fun. for the money, I feel the Rossio is the best bang for the buck.

I have not handled the Browning, but I put the Rossi over the Marlin.

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