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Anyone Have an Old Rossi 88?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by Confederate, Jul 2, 2008.

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  1. Confederate

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    I just got mine down and checked it out. This is my home pistol and the one I go to the door with when someone knocks who isn't expected. I had one just like it years ago and it shot accurately and reliably. I've busted a few primers just to make sure this will fire when I pull the trigger, but I've never taken it to the range and fired it. In short, it's in pristine shape and I like its 3-inch barrel.

    Does anyone know if this gun can handle +Ps on a limited basis? Because it's all stainless steel, my guess is that the answer is yes. It's about the size of the S&W 60 .38 Spc., only it has a 3-inch tube.


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  2. weregunner

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    Great looking piece.
    Rossi recommended against +P use in the 68/88 models. However there is exceptions to everything.

    At the www.taurusarmed.net gun forum there are many who have put +P through these on a limited basis or gave their snubbies a steady +P diet without any fallout. These would be Rossi 66/88s and Taurus early model 85s.

    +P use will batter and wear the gun out sooner than if standard pressure loads were used. Might wear it out quickly or right away.

    Buffalo Bore makes a 158gr. LSWCHP standard pressure load that has the standard pressure, but has the +P velocity. All this without hurting the gun.

    158gr. LSWCHP in +P are the bar by which which other .38 Special loads are judged. They were and still are one of the top defense loads.

    Staying with standard pressure 110-125 gr. JHPs at standard pressures cannot hurt either. You'd still have a decent level of pr0tection.

    http://www.taurusarmed.net/forums/index.php?topic=7545.msg72881#msg72881

    Lets just say that a certain limited use of +P will probably not hurt your gun. Practice with standard pressure loads on regular basis and then practice with10-20 +P rounds to stay current. Then carry the +Ps if you feel a need to.

    As far as the Rossis go:
    http://www.taurusarmed.net/forums/index.php?topic=121.msg748#msg748

    http://www.taurusarmed.net/forums/index.php?topic=3783.msg70418#msg70418
    http://www.taurusarmed.net/forums/index.php?topic=3639.msg28661#msg28661

    http://www.taurusarmed.net/forums/index.php?topic=1779
    http://www.taurusarmed.net/forums/index.php?topic=223.0
    http://www.taurusarmed.net/forums/index.php?topic=2983.0
    http://www.taurusarmed.net/forums/index.php?board=19.0
     
  3. Confederate

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    Well, I used +P in my last Rossi with no ill effects, but I shot it with those loads only to find out how controllable the gun is. I keep +P in it now, but if I shot it, I'd probably use standard loads. It's a nice little gun and I like that extra inch.

    Thanks for the recommendation on the Buffalo Bore. I'll certainly check it out, as well as the links you provided.

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  4. bannockburn

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    Confederate

    I had one many years ago, and I'm pretty sure at the time, Rossi advised against running + P ammo through it. I thought it was a neat little revolver, as well made (and finished), as most S&W's were from the same time period. It made for a really nice kit gun, and I was surprised that it took S&W so many years before they made a version of it. The only thing I added to the gun was a Tyler T-Grip adapter, mainly because the original grips were a little on the small side.
     
  5. outerlimit

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    I have one, an older polished blue Interarms import. The Rossi 88 J-frame S&W clone snubnose. I've never fired it. Quality seems great and the trigger pull is wonderful in double or single action.
     
  6. bakert

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    I have Rossi 88 I carry around home and while working in the yard. Although I always practice with regular pressure ammo, usually reloads, at the range, I do keep it loaded with either +P 125 Rem Golden Sabers or Win 158gr LSWCHP, which ever is most handy at the time. Prolonged shooting with +P will probably loosen it up or cause other problems but I personally don't think a limited amount will hurt it. JMO

    Could you please let me know exactly which grips those are? Thanks
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  7. Confederate

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    Those are the Pachmayr Compacs. They're the greatest grips I've seen for that gun. I also have them on my Rossi .22LR 511 revolver.

    Because the Rossi 88 has an all-steel frame and has the cylinder stop notches offset, I believe it's strong enough to take a limited number of +Ps. I've had friends who have used the +Ps in their S&W 60s, and had no problem, but again, prudence dictates that they not be used regularly.

    Every Halloween, I keep "Ross" in a gun pouch on a table just out of sight. The neighbor did come by with his kids, so I invited them in and I didn't realize until later that he saw the unzippered pouch. Still, when you're opening your door to anyone who knocks or buzzes, it pays to be cautious.


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    This 511 is "Ross Jr." It, too, is a well designed
    little revolver with surprisingly good accuracy.
     
  8. bakert

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    Thanks for the info Confederate. I looked at that set at Midway but wasn't sure they would fit my model 88. Did they make a round butt? Mine also aint quite a pretty as your's. Maybe polish it up some day:)

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  9. papajohn

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    Confed, that 88 is gorgeous! I had a blued one years ago but gave it to my girlfriend when I moved out, she still has it. I think that gun is every bit the equivalent of the Smith 36, and darned hard to find with the 3-inch barrel, which I prefer over all others. The fact that it's stainless is just more gravy on a good gun. And that 511 is EXACTLY what I've been looking for......a companion gun to my other revo's, and lots cheaper to shoot!

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  10. weregunner

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    I guess that's a possibility, but Taurus guns are still a crapshoot. I've had several, some good and some clunkers. I'd only buy one if I could test-fire it first! There are just some guns I avoid, like the Charter Pathfinder, or most of the old H&R's. I had one, and it went bang almost every time, but that's about all the good I can say about it.

    But every Rossi I've ever seen has been worth what it cost, and in a few cases, a lot more.

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  12. Confederate

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    I don't think Rossi made a round butt. The Compacs I had were for a square butt, but they fit my hand very well. I had a number of Taurus revolvers and every single one of them was a bomb. The problem seemed to be that the chamber throats weren't properly done, and it resulted in horrendous accuracy.

    I had a slight problem with end shake with my 511 .22LR, but before I had it fixed, it still was accurate and reliable as long as the gun didn't get too dirty. Now that it's fixed, it's a solid gun that's far from my least favorite gun.

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    Ross Jr. (top) and Ross.
     
  13. Ala Dan

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    My wifey pooh's daily carry is a stainless steel Rossi model 88 snub nose,
    that she purchased herself back in the fall or 1994. Its a superb little
    piece, complete with walnut grips (and square butt) from the factory.
     
  14. Husker1911

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    As a salesman behind the retail counter, I took advantage of Interarms' offer, back in the day, to sell 25 of their revolvers and receive my choice of several of their lineup. I took a 2" model 88, and Interarms engraved my name and "1995" on the sideplate.

    Personally, I'd keep +P loadings to a minimum.
     
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    I personally would use +P in a Rossi on a VERY limited basis, if at all.

    Why? Not because it'll "blow up the gun", but because the added stress it puts on a gun that wasn't designed for it just MIGHT make that gun fail when you most need it.
     
  16. Elvishead

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    Damn, that thing looks like you could shoot .38 +P+ out of it. But, who wants to take a chance?

    IMHO, the .38s and .38 +Ps are not much different from each other from experience shooting my Airweight 638 +P.
     
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