Rossi 357


October 16, 2011, 01:53 AM
I purchased a Rossi 357, and have shot it 156 times exactly. So far, it proved to be accurate, fun, and functioning properly. However, There is some side to side play in the cylinder. I mean, it seems more than normal. Even when locked, the cylinder seems to have some side to side looseness. I mean more than other revolvers I have shot.

SOOOOOOOO, my question is for those who also own the gun, or another Rossi, does your revolver have the same play. I figure you will know what I am talking about if you do have the same play, took it to a gunsmith, and they said it was normal. I checked the timing with a light, seems to be aligning okay. I dunno.... anyone got the same thing going on? Honestly it seems to be able to move side to side about 1/16th of an inch, maybe less. Is that within normal specs? Where can I find those specs online?

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October 16, 2011, 06:58 PM
"when locked" is 'really' the only lockup that counts
if it's accurate and not shaving or spitting lead and your gunsmith said 'normal'. I wouldn't lose any sleep over it

welcome to the forum

October 16, 2011, 07:04 PM
Mine's the same. Shoots fine, don't worry about it.

October 16, 2011, 11:37 PM
Mine's the same. Shoots fine, don't worry about it.
Really! I am so glad to hear that. Is it the same model Rossi R971 .357 mag? Or another Rossi?

I will leave it alone and not worry about it now. However, i will just keep an eye for shavings on the cone.

October 17, 2011, 03:31 PM
I have a Rossi 971. Bought it back in 1997. It shoots just fine. Very little play in the cylinder. I shoot a steady diet iof 38 special out of it. I do shoot 357 mag out of it, just not as much as 38's. It is a fine weapon.

October 17, 2011, 04:44 PM
As stated above, if you aren't getting spitting to the side, don't worry about it. I've had Smiths, Rugers, and Charters as well as my three little Rossis that all have some side play. That is one of the reasons these guns have forcing cones at the back of the barrel....a little wider hole to funnel the bullet into the rifling. About the only ones that don't rattle a little are the old "Colts with the double hand which locks the cylinder tight when the trigger is depressed.

October 18, 2011, 01:28 AM
All this information is good to know! Thanks guys! My Rossi is okay I think. However, I think i am going to make a video to help others understand what I mean and for future reference and I am going to take it to a second gunsmith to get one more opinion. Ill be sure to update all of you! But if I am not a fool, It is something like 1/32" in some cylinder positions, and like 1/16" in other positions.

October 18, 2011, 05:25 PM
alright, so I got my second opinion on the gun from another gunsmith. The gun is in good working condition, and I have nothing to worry about. He did mention it was because it was a Rossi, but nonetheless, it is an overall good, decent gun! It is because the stop piece on the bottom strap is not an "Oversized" one, therefore I have a little more play than a S&W.
The timing on the gun is perfect too, and that's why the gun will function properly for many, many years. If it ever does spit, or shave the bullet, it is an easy fix anyway.

All in all, I am happy with my purchase, and my new piece of mind. The gun should last me a lifetime, so everyone could stop with that "shoulda, woulda, coulda, bought a S&W, or Ruger; it will last a lifetime."
I think every gun may need servicing in its lifetime, you never know.

bdb benzino
October 18, 2011, 05:54 PM
The gun should last me a lifetime,soeveryone could stop with that "shoulda, woulda, coulda, bought a S&W, or Ruger; it will last a lifetime."

Who said the " shoulda, woulda, coulda"?? I didn't see any of that here. I had a 971 and it was a good gun but proclaiming that it will with out a doubt last a lifetime, is silly. FWIW I hope it does last you, but the way you stated that is kinda strange. If you would have done a little research, you would have read that a little play in most revolvers besides Colt is necessary to a degree. Good luck!

October 18, 2011, 08:16 PM
The Rossi is a good quality revolver, but ALL guns can be worn out. Fact is, most last the lifetime of the owner that keeps 'em cause most folks don't shoot 100K a year.

Live happy. I've owned 7 Rossis. They're good guns, not GREAT guns, but good, serviceable revolvers.

October 19, 2011, 09:44 PM
bdb, sorry for the confusion that was actually from another forum that I have joined called, and I copied and pasted that last post in both forums.
There is always someone saying "shoulda saved up for a S&W or a Ruger; gun will last a life time." The fact is, I agree with MCgunner. They are good guns. I do not think the unfortunate person that breaks into my home would want my Rossi 357 putting a hole in them.

Moreover, I chose it for a reason and that is I felt a connection to that specific Rossi (I dont care how dumb that sounds, haha). That is why I dont want to hear people saying shoulda, woulda, coulda. They can blow it out their bums.

bdb benzino
October 20, 2011, 05:30 AM
You should be good to go I also have had Rossi revolvers (a model 68 snub and a 971 4") that worked great. Take care of them and they will so the same, good luck!

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