I am not a wheel gun guy, but and looking for a low budget gun..around $300 ....for an older woman to use as a house gun.
Question is for you wheel gun guys....What is you opinion of the Rossi?
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October 15, 2012, 12:05 PM
The pre-Taurus Rossi revolvers are not bad guns. I have an M88 38 SPL snubbie made before they were bought by Taurus and I've never had a problem with it. Also, just so you know; if you keep your eye out for one, you can find Ruger Six series guns and K frame S&Ws for about what your looking to spend. Much better quality for a fraction more.
I'm guessing that your friend is looking for something like a .38 special?
If so, $300 opens up a lot of doors, especially in the used market.
Depending on where you live, you could pick up a nice used S&W .38 for that kind of money, and as much as I like my Rossi revolvers, there's no denying that the Smiths are better.
October 15, 2012, 12:49 PM
a used Model 10 w a four inch barrel
October 15, 2012, 12:53 PM
Just got a Taurus 82 4" and took the wife to the range yesterday afternoon to shoot it for the first time. She loved it. It was a police trade in and I got it for like $225. Very accurate and easily controlled.
October 15, 2012, 02:25 PM
My father has a Rossi that looks an awful lot like the one in post #2. I don't remember the model #, but it is a .357. It has seen lots of .357 loads over the years and has been 100% reliable. Pretty darn accurate too. I would be willing to get a Rossi based on my experience. Of course I don't know if it is a pre-taurus or not.
October 15, 2012, 02:30 PM
You can get a very good used "J" frame S&W for that price in 38 special.
October 15, 2012, 02:51 PM
I'm wondering what difference pre Taurus and post Taurus makes?
I was under the impression that Rossi continues to manufacture their own guns, or am I mistaken?
October 15, 2012, 03:47 PM
I gave my sister an old Rossi 5-shot snubby for a house gun. It had had the barrel cut down and a new sight installed plus the hammer bobbed. Not expensive and not pretty, but quite servicable.