Rossi 92 .357/38spl. should I buy


January 24, 2013, 04:37 PM
My lgs has a nice rossi blued 20" .357/38spl. for about $450.00 I think thats a little on the high side. But the trigger feels good, action fairly smooth and fit & finish good They also have 2 in 44mag one 20" same $$ as the .357 and a 24" octagon for $499.99 I own 3 .38spl. hand guns and no .44mag firearms at all. so I'm thinking of getting the .357mag. I've read that they won't chamber the .38's If this is true is there a fix for It?

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January 24, 2013, 04:56 PM
Sounds about right to me and if fit and finish is good with smooth action I would get it if that is what you want. I paid $413 + 6% sales tax two years ago for a 20" octagon barrel, case hardened/blued finish in 45 Colt. I've been very happy with the rifle with a lot of rounds through it in that time.

January 24, 2013, 05:00 PM
I prefer the 16" model, but if I you're cool with a 20", I'd say yeah go for it!

I love my 16" M92, and actually have it at the gunsmith right now having some mods done, as it's my HD rifle and I wanted it just a tad more suited for that purpose.

January 24, 2013, 05:08 PM
Simply do not use .38 Spl wad cutter ammo then you will be happy with your M92 and .38 Spl ammunition.

January 24, 2013, 05:32 PM
I just picked up a NIB 20" rossi .357 for $445 OTD. I'm VERY happy with my purchase!

January 24, 2013, 06:24 PM
All Rossie 92's should feed .38sp ammo just fine, mine sure does.

Dunkelheit mentions wadcutters, which I have never tried, so I won't say those will, but I've never had any problems with any other .38 ammo.

January 25, 2013, 04:12 AM
I've not had any problems using .38SP in my M92. I've only tried a few different brands/types though. I could see where wadcutters might be an issue.
I have the 20" SS in both .45 and .357, took me a long time to find the .357 in stock anywhere...

January 25, 2013, 10:58 AM
My 20 inch rifle shoots semi wadcutters all day long, as well as any other ammo I have shot through it. Great little rifle. Enjoy.....chris3

January 25, 2013, 11:08 AM
I have one with a 16" barrel, large loop lever,and is chambered for .45LC. Bought it LNIB at a gunshow a couple of years back and was really impressed by its quality and overall fit and finish. I think it's a goood buy for the money.

January 25, 2013, 02:55 PM
semi-wadcutters should feed fine, full wadcutters, "might" not. I gotta admit, this thread makes me curious to buy some and try them in mine.

EDIT:Not sure if this was a fair comparison of what full wadcutters would do, but I put a few pieces of empty .38sp brass in mine and what a mess, jammed it up big time, took me a few minutes to get the brass out of the action and clear them.

January 27, 2013, 02:26 PM
steveo452; I have been shooting a Rossi 92 SS 20 inch barrel in 45 LC for over 10 years now, and it is a great gun, and I have shot it alot COWBOY ACTION & HUNTING. One of my shooting buddies has a old Rossi 92 Blue 20inch barrel in 38/357 for longer than I have had mine. His rifle shoots both 38spl & 357mag with out any problems. One thing that we have found is that both of our guns feed RNFP Bullets much better than SWC`s. I have never tried a WC bullet in either rifle, but I dought it would feed very well. Other than Cowboy Shooting I Hunt quite a bit with mine, I have killed 2 deer, several pigs, and a bunch of varmints with it. Buy what you want of course, but having a Rossi 92 in a 44 MAG might not be a bad idea. Good luck on your choice.

January 27, 2013, 04:33 PM
Rossi 92s generally need a little smoothing right out of the box. Easy enough to do. A search of the net will answer your question. I had 2 357 Mag rifles that worked fine. Recently picked up a short rifle in 44 Mag and it feeds OK.

January 28, 2013, 10:23 PM
I picked up the Rossi 92R in .357 mag. today. The first time out with monarch .38spl. 158 gr. sjhp & hornady.357 mag.125gr. FTX It didn't miss a beat. smooth as silk. right out of the box. At 35 yds. the .357 load was dead on poa the .38 load was about 2" high. I only shot 20 rds. of each load, I want to clean It real good and see how much better It runs. The only thing that needs some work is the mag. spring It's a bear to load. I am a happy camper.

January 28, 2013, 10:42 PM
I have an older pre-idiot switch EMF Hartford 92 rifle and it feeds .357 Magnum just fine but a lot of .38 Special ammo will jump off the lifter if cycled rapidly. I used a custom 160 grain mould where the RNFP bullet is a little longer than normal though and have no problems with it then.

January 29, 2013, 03:19 AM
Some folks have had issues with Rossi due to the guns being serviced by Taurus USA. It seems to be more the poor servicing than the guns themselves.

But since you've checked this particular gun out yourself and like what you see I would suggest that you'll really enjoy it.

Since you have some .38/.357 handguns already then it only makes perfect sense to get the .357 Rossi.... unless you figure you need an excuse to buy a .44Mag handgun to complement your new rifle.... :D

DO NOT try feeding full on wadcutters. They are too short and two will try to enter the loading area at a time since there isn't enough drop in the bullets to catch the rim of the second one. I tried it and had a helluva time getting them out of the gun. Just don't do it.

Oddly enough if you only load one it feeds just fine. The issue only occurs when you have two or more in the magazine. You go to rack the first one into the chamber and the lever opens then will only partially close. You're officially stuck.

I'm using mine for CAS events so I'm trying to cycle it super fast. When used that way it does have an issue with the shorter .38's. It pokes the odd one up so it's standing up and pointing at the sky. WHen that happens I need to push it back down onto the cartridge elevator. But when cycled at anything short of hyper speed it handles the shorter stuff just fine. The key, even at hyper speed, is to pause for even a 1/10 of a second with the lever fully forward so if the round does jump off the elevator it has time to fall back to be smoothly chambered.

WIth full power .357Mag ammo you can reach out and happily hit targets at 300 yards with surprisingly low drop compensation. I wouldn't want to be trying for any game at that distance but for targets you can shoot it and surprise a few folks. Of course with .38Spl the rather rainbow like trajectory would make it a real challenge to hit something at 200 yards.

January 29, 2013, 04:23 PM
Congrats on the new gun.

I'm looking for one in that exact configuration, but haven't found one yet. Lots of 16" barrels, giant lever loops, .44s and .45s.

Most of the prices I've seen are at or a little higher than what you paid.

January 29, 2013, 11:10 PM
I owned 2 Rossi M92's .357 Blued, I recently sold both and upgraded to the SS version.
The main issue I hear about, never had any problems with mine, is the Plastic Mag follower.
The Safety pisses a lot of folks off too.

Steve's Guns makes a safety replacement button and steel Mag follower.

This shop has Mag followers and Mag springs.

I plan to replace my safety, mag follower, mag spring and ejector spring, I hate the safety too, when I get the time.

January 30, 2013, 12:20 PM
I second the recommendation to look into Steve's Gunz. I just finished slicking up my .357 M92 using his kit and dvd, and it is even better than before (it was a great shooter, but heavy springs, ejected brass about 2 miles away, stiff action, etc. -- the normal stuff for stock 92's). I am very novice at working on my own firearms, so was very nervous going in. I had a few issues where I had to back up and try again, but Steve made it easy.

January 30, 2013, 02:47 PM
I'd like to see if it's possible to replace the "whip" lever on my Interarms Rossi 92 with a regular lever??

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