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bluethunder1962
April 25, 2012, 09:28 PM
I never see any post about Rossi on here. What does everybody think about them. I have two and love them.

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hogshead
April 25, 2012, 09:33 PM
I have had mostly positive experiences with Rossi. Though I have seen some that were very sloppy feeling.

bluethunder1962
April 25, 2012, 09:36 PM
I went to get a Henry and they had a rossi. I looked at both and the rossi looked like to me it was made better. I wanted USA but the rossi was made so good I had to buy it.

ChileRelleno
April 25, 2012, 09:57 PM
My wife's current EDC is a Rossi .357mag 3", she prefers to load it with Winchester Ranger in .38spc 130gr +P JHP.
I've shot it, the trigger pull is heavy in Double Action, but well manageable for my wife.
It is light and crisp when shooting it single action, very accurate at 10 yards.

bannockburn
April 25, 2012, 10:22 PM
Some time back I had a Rossi Model 88, a nice stainless J frame sized revolver in .38 Special with a 3" barrel and a slightly adjustable rear sight. It was the kind of gun that at the time S&W should have been making but wasn't. Lock-up was tight and while the DA trigger was a little on the heavy side, the SA was nice and crisp. I took it along on many a hike through the woods as I thought it was perfectly suited in its role as a kit gun.

The only other Rossi I own is a Model 92 lever action carbine in .45LC. I got it as a companion piece for my Beretta Stampede. Haven't used it much as yet but so far I'm fairly impressed with its overall quality.

DNS
April 25, 2012, 11:35 PM
The only import handgun i own is a Rossi 351 and its a well made firearm.

PaulKersey3
April 25, 2012, 11:43 PM
I have a Rossi 461 blue snubby. Very cool looking and feeling gun. It's action isn't the best and the cylinder has locked before. Not a gun I'd depend on, as the range on it is fifteen feet at the most. I keep it stashed in an uncle mikes, along with some speed loaders. I keep it loaded with original .357mag federal gray box 125gr hps.

BCRider
April 26, 2012, 01:01 AM
A Rossi made Puma .357 lever gun here. While they certainly look nicer on the outside than on the inside the guts are adequite considering the price. They work anywhere from OK to quite nice right out of the box for the most part. And if one is willing to do or pay for some slicking up of the action they can really sing.

mnrivrat
April 26, 2012, 01:02 AM
At one time years ago you could not give me one. I worked on a couple back then that were rough and soft.

Forward a few years and I was handed a Rossi to do an action job on. It was a Model 720 in 44 Spl and it lent itself well to some smoothing and the stainless was hard enough to convince me I liked the gun.

Forward a couple more years and I bought a Model 720 , and then another. I have realy liked the Model 720 guns. I can not say much about any other Rossi guns because I have little experience with them.

A few years back they were purchased by Taurus. I have had a good relationship with several Taurus guns so if they make Rossi's to the same standard I am OK with them.

They are not the guns Smith & Wesson once were, but frankly neither are Smith & Wesson's up to their old standards of quality.

BearGriz
April 26, 2012, 01:29 AM
I've been researching opinions of Rossi lever guns on here and other forums for a while because I think they look nice and I might be able to actually afford one someday soon (in .357).

The opinions range from "it was pretty good" to "they stink." It doesn't seem like anyone is blown away by the quality, but many are quite pleased considering the price, etc. I probably don't know enough about gun quality to form an expert opinion once I buy one. So if it cycles rounds and is fun, then I'll probably be happy. I won't be going into it expecting a masterpiece, just a fun tool.

joecil
April 26, 2012, 09:35 AM
I only own one a Rossi 92 lever rifle in 45 Colt and love it. Did a Steve's Gunz tuneup on it and as smooth as silk now. Other than that no other experience with Rossi. I do own 3 Taurus pistols a PT111Pro, PT911 and a PT92 and all really good guns.

Nicky Santoro
April 26, 2012, 10:17 AM
I've had a blued Rossi 2" in .38 for about 25 years. It's only had a couple of hundred rounds through it, a little of that +P. No problems at all. It's not a Smith in fit or finish but it always goes bang.

BCCL
April 26, 2012, 10:23 AM
Several Rossi revolvers over the years, ranging from .22, .38/.357 and .44sp, and only had 1 minor problem with a sideplate screw that needed tightening every few hundred rounds on one of the .22's

Scurrin
April 26, 2012, 10:25 AM
I recently picked up a rossi 92 in .357, I bought it planning on tuning it so I knew going in that I'd have time to commit to it if it didn't run right out if the box. That said when I went to pick it up they had a new marlin 1984c and I much prefered the rossi action. I think I got lucky with my pick and can't wait to see how it runs once slicked up and a few spring changes.

Ryanxia
April 26, 2012, 10:39 AM
I used to own a Rossi .357 magnum and loved it. At one point the extractor rod was damaged and I sent it to Taurus (who owns Rossi) and they had it back to me in less than a week with a new extractor rod and new original box, free of course.

ball3006
April 26, 2012, 11:08 AM
I have two Rossi 92 rifles and a 3 inch revolver. All work just fine....chris3

holdencm9
April 26, 2012, 11:13 AM
I've been researching opinions of Rossi lever guns on here and other forums for a while because I think they look nice and I might be able to actually afford one someday soon (in .357).

The opinions range from "it was pretty good" to "they stink." It doesn't seem like anyone is blown away by the quality, but many are quite pleased considering the price, etc. I probably don't know enough about gun quality to form an expert opinion once I buy one. So if it cycles rounds and is fun, then I'll probably be happy. I won't be going into it expecting a masterpiece, just a fun tool.

Kind of my situation. Always thought it would be fun to have a .357 lever gun, but don't want to pay an arm and a leg for essentially a glorified plinker/fun gun.

Sam1911
April 26, 2012, 11:14 AM
I recently got to handle a Rossi R92 in .44 Mag and was very favorably impressed. I think I'd get one over the similar Marlin 1894 right now. The workmanship on the example I handled was far better than the cost would lead you to expect.

ForumSurfer
April 26, 2012, 11:33 AM
This is the only one I own. My son picked it out for his 1st.

http://i128.photobucket.com/albums/p188/johnnnyhgmail/2ad66d4a.jpg

buggley
April 26, 2012, 12:08 PM
we ordered a rossi wizard .243 and what we picked up at the shop was our last rossi. after looking it over i found three cracks in the stock and the hole for the barrel lug was heart shaped. we snaped pictures of every thing and sent it an email to rossi. they sent us both halves of the sock free of charge. thier service was great but i dont want to waist time or money on a service. the stock was cracke at both ears of the fore grip and dead center down the rear grip. the hole for the lug looked like it was drilled by hand and not centered, then re drilled a right next to the same spot. you could see the ribs left by the drill bits it kind looked like a retarded wood boring bee did the work.
again service was good but if i need it serviced right out of the box i am not interested in the product any more.
we kept the old wood as a practice stock when my wife was learning to engrave wood. this was her first try with a dremel 200:p found out why people spend so much for a high speed drill
not that happy with it

statelineblues
April 26, 2012, 12:38 PM
I've had a Rossi Model 88 for almost 30 years, and aside from needing a good cleaning, I've never had a problem with it. Have used it as my CCW many times.

bluethunder1962
April 26, 2012, 03:37 PM
Cool. Thanks everybody. I thought something was wrong with me for loving mine so much. I never hear anything about them.

mgmorden
April 26, 2012, 04:01 PM
I have one of the single shots in .308 - my brother has one just like it in .270. They're decent usable guns. Nothing special, but for the price they can't be beat. I paid $165 for my .308 and the .270 I gave to my brother as a birthday gift - found that one for $70 (no typo). I've not gotten a chance to take a shot hunting with mine as I normally use my .30-06 Savage, but he got 2 deer with that .270 last year.

SFsc616171
April 27, 2012, 10:49 AM
I have a Rossi M92 'trapper design' carbine with the 'john Wayne' loop lever. 1st rifle since '83. Using old-style FBI 'greyman' target at 25 yds., I surprised myself. Shot 50 rounds, 40 in hand-sized group, all around 'the fist over the heart', other 10 not too far spaced. I do not believe that "once you buy a Rossi, you have to spend any money to re-do what the engineers missed". I do agree that cycling the action, UNLOADED, in the ease of your chair, gets your ears tuned to what sounds right or wrong when you work the action, gets that 'memory muscle rhythm', and for those metal-to-metal contact points to work smoother.

DirtyHarry31
April 27, 2012, 01:00 PM
I have a Hartford EMF SRC (has rossi on tang underneath) 357 mag in stainless. It has a beautiful dark walnut stock & a 20" round barrel. It shoots great keeping all 10 rounds in a paper plate @ 100 yards. I love that little bugger & would not give her up for anything. It goes with my combo of a S&W 686 4" & my S&W 360 M&P. Great truck gun for sure.

Mooseman
April 27, 2012, 01:06 PM
I have one of the full size, stainless .357 revolvers from back before Taurus took over. Never gave me any trouble. I really like the grips and sights on it. The action/trigger is serviceable but not extraordinary.

gixxergreg
April 27, 2012, 01:32 PM
I have a stainless steel circuit judge... love how it feels shouldered up.

wriggly
April 27, 2012, 02:03 PM
I owned a Rossi model 62 pump back in the 1980's, and I still lament getting rid of it.

Today, I own a model 92 .357 and I also did the Steves Gunz mods to it, and it beats my Marlin hands down for function and smoothness.

Jim NE
April 28, 2012, 01:29 AM
"Some time back I had a Rossi Model 88, a nice stainless J frame sized revolver in .38 Special with a 3" barrel and a slightly adjustable rear sight. It was the kind of gun that at the time S&W should have been making..."

The model 88 is a true unappreciated classic. The timing is perfect, lockup is awesome and is accurate and completely reliable. One of the local gunshop owners used to rave about them. Mine is easily the equal of my two j-frames in terms of quality. They haven't made them in a while, though.

Don't know about the new Rossi revolvers, though. I've seen/heard about new ones going in for repair, but I've also heard good things about them. One of the reasons you may not hear a lot about Rossi revolvers (if that's the configuration your asking about) is that they don't offer a very wide range of weapons. Just .38 and .357, I think.

DammitBoy
April 28, 2012, 01:36 AM
I've been researching opinions of Rossi lever guns on here and other forums for a while because I think they look nice and I might be able to actually afford one someday soon (in .357).

The opinions range from "it was pretty good" to "they stink." It doesn't seem like anyone is blown away by the quality, but many are quite pleased considering the price, etc. I probably don't know enough about gun quality to form an expert opinion once I buy one. So if it cycles rounds and is fun, then I'll probably be happy. I won't be going into it expecting a masterpiece, just a fun tool.

My rossi/puma legacy stainless in .454 is beautiful and very well finished. Worth far more than I paid for it in my opinion. I'd be willing to stack it up against any quality lever gun.

iLikeOldgunsIlikeNewGuns
April 28, 2012, 01:14 PM
glad to see a general-ish Rossi thread pop up here, I'm pushin 30 now, but as a teen (before I knew much about guns and brands and quality difference) I was very attracted to the Rossi Cyclops's looks, does anyone have any experience with that particular model? I pretty much forgot about it several years ago, but it's been creeping into my mind lately. I have zero experience with Rossi's revolvers, and have read much different feedback about 'em in both directions.

gym
April 28, 2012, 04:47 PM
Funny it was my first handgun when I was a kid. I somehow got hold of a 38 snubby about 50 + years ago, I remember my dad found it, and that was more or less the end of that, I guess I was 14 or younger. I just remember taking it out and looking at it, That's when I knew I liked guns.I remember him asking me what I was doing with it. That was my first experience with rossi,and my last. I remember we shot it at a Dump, and that was a big deal when you are a kid.

RugerBob
April 30, 2012, 02:17 PM
I have 2 Rossi leverguns , both in 45LC and have had no issues with them. I use them for cowboy action. My fav is the mod 92 with 24" octagon barrel.

PapaG
April 30, 2012, 03:14 PM
I have three. 51 with 6" barrel in 22lr, 971 with 3" compensated 357, and 720 in 44 special. All three are smooth, more smooth in the action than any Taurus I've ever had and I've had a few. Don't plan on parting with the 22 or the 44 anytime soon.

Resto Guy
May 1, 2012, 10:31 PM
I bought this 4" M851 .38 in '96 and it is my favorite shooter. Comfortable and accurate out to at least 50 yards, it's had over 1000 rounds through it.

wrs840
May 1, 2012, 10:39 PM
I have an Interarms-era Rossi M971 .357 Mag Revolver, ‘92 or '93 mfg Stainless 4"bbl that I think is a good revolver. It was a Pawn-Shop find and I bought it cheap, in great condition.

No complaints. That's pretty-much all I know about them though.

gspn
May 1, 2012, 11:32 PM
I've only owned one. I bought a Rossi Tri-Fecta for my sons first gun. It came with .22 long, .20 gauge, and .243 barrels. It lasted one season before it broke. Something inside it started slowly causing it to strike primers lighter and lighter until you couldn't fire it at all.

When I tried to contact them to get the issue resolved I discovered their poor customer service. I still have the pieces in my garage...I need to throw them away and be done with it.

I'll never buy another Rossi...I don't have time for another problem like that in my life.

joecil
May 2, 2012, 09:22 AM
Rossi and Taurus Customer service has greatly improved over the last year or so. Perhaps you should call the Rossi CS number listed on their web site and get it fixed. If older than a year then you pay the shipping to them they ship it back but that might have also changed (new boss). At any rate turn around time on a buddies gun was 7 business days and came back working perfectly. Oh and a note on dealing with them simply follow their directions on what to send with the gun and method of shipping.

medalguy
May 3, 2012, 12:20 AM
I've owned several Rossi wheel guns over the past 50 years. All were very nicely out together, and while they aren't Smiths, they are very nice guns.

I had a Rossi Model 585 .38 Special 2 inch blued drop into my lap just today, at an excellent price. The gun looks like new and is nice and tight. Interestingly, just as I got home, I spotted a small rattlesnake in the flower bed right by the driveway, so I quickly loaded the Rossi up and shot the snake from about 10 feet and got him in the head. I hadn't fired this gun before, so I'm suitably impressed with the accuracy too.

Now the question: Does anyone know anything about this model? I googled Rossi 585 and found nothing, so does anyone know when this particular model was made, and how many were made?

orionengnr
May 3, 2012, 12:39 AM
I guess I'll be the dissenting voice, and to be honest, I'm surprised it took so long for one to show up.
My first revolver was a Rossi M-68 .38 snub, bought in '83 or '84.

Every time I pulled the trigger, it would go bang, and then the cylinder would un-latch and come open about 1/8 inch--just eneough so that attempting to pull the trigger again had no effect.

A sharp slap on the left side of the cylinder would re-engage it...for exactly one more round.

Being a mechanic by training and livelihood, I ordered and replaced the ejector rod, the spring and whatever else I could think of. No change. I took it to a 'smith who looked, scratched his head, and said that it would cost more to fix than the gun was worth. (I guess that proved that his gunsmithing abilities were approximately equal to mine.)

Being young, impetuous and seriously frustrated, I took my frustrations out on it with a sledge hammer, then threw the remains into Lake Berryessa, where (unless someone has a strong magnet and a serious case of bad luck) it remains to this day.

DammitBoy
May 3, 2012, 01:13 AM
gspn beat you to it three posts ago, yesterday...

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