Rossi 357 snub nose


May 17, 2013, 01:11 PM
I picked up a nice looking ss Rossi by Tarus 357 snub nose yesterday. Carried it out to the range and fired 6- 38 spc. loaded with 158 LSWC over 2.8 gr RD to test function and accuracy. Offhand at 25 yards 1" left and on horizontal. Could be me or my hold. Load fired like a cap pistol, which I like for target shooting.
Any one else have experience with this pistol? Any other comments-good, bad or ugly.

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Texan Scott
May 17, 2013, 05:38 PM
They're inexpensive and workable, a decent enough blue-collar man's nightstand gun. Why not?

May 17, 2013, 05:52 PM
What did you pay for it? I am looking at the Taurus model 66.


May 18, 2013, 03:01 PM
My Tarus is marked on the inside of the swing out "5475" over " 462 ". I paid $ 280 with some jacket hp ammo included. Saw one in the lgs yesterday for $ 500 . New I think.

May 23, 2013, 04:36 PM
I had a Rossi. I liked it. I sold it when I felt I needed to thin the herd. Its one of the few I sold that I should have kept. You know what they say about hind sight.

May 24, 2013, 12:07 PM
Bought one new , fired and carried the Dickens out of it then gave it to my nephew, who is still using it. Good inexpensive, reliable weapon.

May 24, 2013, 04:19 PM
I'd buy one if I could find one at a decent price. 6 shot snubbies are cool.

May 24, 2013, 09:27 PM
Suggest you use them for fishing sinkers!

May 25, 2013, 12:34 AM
I had 3 of their revolvers and 3 of their rifles I like them better than Taurus .Their owner .

May 25, 2013, 01:48 AM
Any one else have experience with this pistol? Any other comments-good, bad or ugly.
I have shot a short barrel Rossi and I would much rather carry a Charter Arms snub nose. Charter Arms was once a great American company and then they went through several incarnations, none very good. Now that the Ecker family are back at Charter Arms their QC is back where it should be and they are making very good guns IMO. I would rather spend my money on an American product than sending my money out of the country. (which is hard to do these days) Charter Arms is also produces one of the very few 6 round J frame size snub nose .38 Special revolvers available today. (their Police Undercover)

I'm glad you are happy with your purchase and I hope it holds up well. Thanks for the range report...

May 25, 2013, 10:16 AM
All good points-thanks. I always buy made in then USA!- mostly Ruger! This was a used I just happened to be offered by a friend at a good price.

With the numbers inside the crane area "5475" over "462", exactly what model do I have- A 462? Frame stamped " Rossi, made in Brazil by Taurus."

May 25, 2013, 06:59 PM
I have one of the little Rossi ,357 snubbies and I like it a lot. I have found it to be a good shooting reliable wheel gun and the price was nice too. I have a half dozen S&W wheel guns that are outstanding and I'm not ashamed to put the little Rossi right next to them.

May 25, 2013, 07:32 PM
I have a late 70's Rossi Stainless steel 38 snubie and it works
just fine.

Its my EDC.


May 30, 2013, 02:49 PM
My fishing sinker is coming around. It groups as well as my sw 60, but about 2" to left at 25 yards. I'm yrying to work that out. Not ashamed to let it sleep with my smith.

May 30, 2013, 03:52 PM
i got one from academy last spring. after 300 target .38 wadcutters the cylinder hand failed. 3 weeks round trip to florida for repair. after another 200 .38 wadcutters the firing pin broke. back to florida. i then traded it for a sp101 3". in the 4 months i had it it was in florida for 6 weeks. the sp101 has now had over 2000 .38s and .357s of all flavors thru it.
i have learned. oddly enuff, now all my handguns are rugers. i can shoot and clean and not waste time on repair.

May 30, 2013, 03:55 PM
I owned one, stainless, six shot snubbie. Loved it, donated it to a young couple just starting out who needed a home self defense weapon. They still use it and love it.

I've owned multiple Taurus revolvers, the Rossi was better than all of them.

May 31, 2013, 08:03 PM
Own a 462. It is a Rossi though Taurus does the manufacture now days.

It is a Rossi model that they put out. Not a Taurus revolver model with a Rossi moniker stamped on it.

My Rossi 462 is one of the CCW rotation guns that I use now in a Theis IWB holster.

There are still a lot of older Rossi revolvers doing duty out there in the world.

Models 68 and 88 seem to get the lion's share of the attention with the newer 351/352, 5 shot, and 461/462 revolvers following along.

Lately it has been the Rossi 720 that has been in the limelight as of late.

The .44 Special is a great cartridge.

June 1, 2013, 08:55 AM
My Tarus is marked on the inside of the swing out "5475" over " 462 ". I paid $ 280 with some jacket hp ammo included. Saw one in the lgs yesterday for $ 500 . New I think.
You got an okay price for used. They're about $325 new. If the LGS had it for $500, they are seriously overcharging.

June 2, 2013, 07:45 AM
rromeo, I'm gonna recheck that model and price at the lgs. I think I have now established mine is in facf a model 462, now to see what the one in the lgs is. Still working on on the left poi. I have decided to stop shooting target 38s and develop a target 357 (longer) for it. Maybe that is the problem. anyway worth a try.
Thanks to all for input.

June 2, 2013, 01:06 PM
I have a Rossi model 720 in 44 special that I bought any years ago. It is one of my favorite carry guns. I have shot it much . It is a solid gun still, after many years of hard use around the farm.

June 2, 2013, 08:30 PM
I'm confused. To test function and accuracy you shot a snub nose offhand at 25 yards 6 times?

June 7, 2013, 09:48 PM
Darling, just what are you confused about? Offhand? Yes I am deadly accurate with a pistol to about 600 yards, then I get off a little. :neener:
Just Kidding! No those first 6 shots were, "Hey I gotta shoot this new thing". It just happened to shoot to the left. Rest shooting later confirmed this at 3" to the left (even worse)
25 yards with a point blank gun- that's just my test with any pistol. Nearly all pistols group well up to 15 yards.
I hope this unconfuses you. If not, I'll refer you to my shrink amd you can be confused together.
All in jest! Have a great weekend!

June 7, 2013, 10:10 PM
Find an old charter. You won't miss the rossi. The old charters are well made. Many of the old charters haven't been shot that much.

June 8, 2013, 04:06 PM
I've owned Rossis and still do own a couple. I've owned charters. I'll keep my Rossi, thanks. My Charters were mostly American made crap. Rossis work.

Of course, I prefer Toyota trucks and Japanese motorcycles, so sue me.

June 10, 2013, 09:42 AM
The worst snub nosed revolver I've ever owned was a charter arms .38. Granted it was not one of the older models. The cylinder would not turn every few pulls of the trigger, I sent it in for warranty work and they had it for 6 months before I got it back. I immediately got rid of it after that.

June 10, 2013, 11:44 AM
I have a Rossi M68 bought in 1981 that's fantastically fitted and finished, wouldn't know it from a Smith and Wesson M36 except for the name stamped on it. I had 4 Rossis built in the early 90s who's fit and finish did not match my 68. I no longer have them. I have a REALLY well made M511 .22 that is so bloomin' accurate that I wouldn't care if it were of sloppier finish. It's a very handy hiking/kit/plinking gun and it don't look bad either. It's a stainless gun. Great sights on that gun.

Rossi fit and finish is much better now than early 90s Interarms guns. I haven't bought one lately, but I look 'em over every time I'm in Academy. I own Rossi, Taurus, Smith and Wesson, and Ruger revolvers. I have no real brand preferences as long as it's a good revolver that works for me. :D If I have a brand preference in handguns, it'd be Rugers. I own 8 Rugers, 7 of 'em handguns, 3 of 'em single action revolvers. I've owned 2 Ruger DAs, no longer do. Nothing wrong with either. The Security Six didn't like .38 special ammo, though, something that didn't endear me to it, and it was a little rough in recoil for some reason. I found my SP101 easier to shoot with hot loads. I had a Rossi 971 for a while. It busted a firing pin on me, the only Rossi I ever had problems with. Had a smith fit a K frame firing pin to it. It worked well after that and I traded it away on one of my Ruger Blackhawks.

Just some observations. Yeah, there's a place for Rossi revolvers. They're good, serviceable guns that are amazingly affordable.

June 10, 2013, 06:05 PM
A friend of mine bought a 6in rossi stainless 357 and it would out shoot my Taurus. Although my Taurus is only a 4in so the barrel length I'm sure had some impact.

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