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Marlin or Rossi or Uberti

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by CMD-Ky, Nov 20, 2012.

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  1. CMD-Ky

    CMD-Ky Member

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    I want a .38/.357 rifle. I am considering one of these three (Marlin, Rossi or Uberti). If you have experience with any, please give your thoughts.
     
  2. Charlie1022

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    Marlin would be my first choice.
     
  3. ArchAngelCD

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    I own a Marlin 1894C and I have shot a Rossi. The Rossi shot well but the lever action is nowhere near as smooth as the Marlin. The Marlin will last you a lifetime, I'm not so sure the Rossi will. Sorry, no experience with the Uberti but I think it's a Winchester 1873 replica. If you like that levergun it's very different from the Marlin and the 94/1894 Winchester.
     
  4. A Pause for the Coz

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    I would get the Marlin if you can swing it.
    The Marlin has a 1 in 16 twist rate.
    I have a Rossi M92 that I got last year and it has a 1 in 30 twist rate.
    That pretty much neuters the gun.
    It shoot 125 pills great out to and past 100 yards.
    158 gr pills out to 100 yards. With the perfect load.
    Bigger than 158 gr? Forget about it. Cant even hit a pie plate at 50 yards. Key hole city.
     
  5. 45lcshooter

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    Marlin, Uberti, Rossi. I've shot my buddys Marlin and Rossi, you can tell how i would buy them and i haven't even shot Uberti.
     
  6. CraigC
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    The Rossi 192 is the strongest of them all and I have no idea why someone would doubt its longevity. Methinks too many base their opinion on Rossi revolvers. I would rate them even with Marlin for fit and finish. The Uberti 1873 replicas are the weakest but are put together much better than either. They are very well made rifles and my .38-40 is a tackdriver, clustering every load I've tried into an inch at 50yds. They are heavy though, particularly the .357's and .32-20's.


    180's should not be a problem at all with the 1-30" twist rate. Something else is going on.
     
  7. JLDickmon

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    my pick would be a pre-Remlin Marlin
     
  8. RugerBob

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    I would go with the Rossi. I have 2 and an uberti. I looked at the new marlins and found the action very stiff and unfriedly to the knuckles for any type of speed shooting.
     
  9. buck460XVR

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    I have Rossi's and Marlin carbines in .357 and .44. The Rossi's for me are a tad more accurate and are fit and finished just as well as the Marlins. Actions slick up nicely too. Either is a fine choice. I also have Ruger 77s in .44 and .357. They are a nice alternative to the lever actions and with the right loads are every bit as accurate. Nice thing about the 77s is the rotary magazine. No more jacking a whole mag of shells out at the end of the day. They also are safer for young shooters than the levers and they accept standard eye relief scopes well for us old farts with aging eyes.
     
  10. 35 Whelen

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    I have a Rossi I bought for CAS. I've slicked it up, tweaked this, polished that to the point that it's one slick little rifle...I mean the lever works effortlessly. BUT, over time it became VERY fickle about cartridge lengths. When I first got it, it'd feed .38's like crazy with no problems then began double-feeding them. That's when I did all the polishing, tweaking, etc. I finally gave up and just started loading .38's to near .357 length. Feeds great now although authorative ejection can be dicey. Fairly complex design, but relateively inexpensive.
    I have a two Marlins; a 375 and a 45-70. They're great rifles, but a tad bit complicated (to me) to work on. A plus for them is easy scope mounting.
    Just bought a Uberti 1873 in .44 Special. I now see what it is THE choice of so many CAS competitors. Fast, EASY to work on, and so, so very simple and rugged. Plus the 1873's are just so classy looking!

    So, if you're gonna scope it, get a Marlin. If you want inexpensive, get a Rossi. If you want rugged simplicity, a Uberti.

    35W
     
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    I have one Marlin centerfire rifle and no Rossis.

    I have one center fire Uberti 1885 Win type that in October 2012 I converted from 30-30 to 257 Roberts Ackley Improved rimmed, made a scope mount, bipod mount, and forstock for. I shot some deer. I really like the Uberti.

    Based on my very limited anecdotes, get the Uberti.
     
  12. gamestalker

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    Rossi does have a reputation that stems from their revolvers. And since I'm not a fan of their wheel guns, I would probably look more so toward the Marlin or Uberti.

    I won't say what me thinks of Rossi.

    GS
     
  13. boshoot

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    The Rossi that I had wouldn't feed 38 specials and had a very stiff action, it did well with 357 ammo. The Marlin 1894C that I bought when they first came out did good with everything that had jacketed bullets, and you could mount a scope on it. I also had a Winchester 92 that was very well made and shot everything good. I just bought a Ruger 77/357 that I think is going to be better than any of the leveractions.
     
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    Slower to operate, less capacity, same cartridge length restrictions with no options for modifications, comparable accuracy, how do you figure???
     
  15. boshoot

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    Maybe I should have said it has some advanages over the leveractions, like it's stainless steel, has both scope rings and sights, quick to load and unload the 5 round magazine, and it's definitley more accurate than any of the lever guns that I've owned. I do however still like the lever guns and plan to get another Marlin 1894 C in 357 mag.
     
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    You can get leverguns in stainless steel. You can have scope mounts and sights on any Marlin or angle eject Winchester. You got me on the unloading. However, I've never seen a review of the Ruger 77/44's and 77/357's where it shot any better than a good levergun. Matter of fact, I have two levers that shoot sub-MOA and have never seen one of the Rugers do that.
     
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    Sounds like you have nice lever guns, the ones I've owned were not as accurate as yours but plenty good enough for hunting.
     
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    Have you passed up Chiappa for a particular reason?
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    I ask because I have two Marlins (45Colt and 45-70), but my `92Winchester in 357 by Chiappa is just a joy.....

    See Post#10 here, as well as Post#11
     
  19. rcmodel

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    If you are asking because you want to reload?

    Marlin.

    It throws it's brass out the side on the ground, in more or less the same place.
    Where you might eventually find it.

    The 92 Win, and all the clones of it throw it straight up & over you, to land somewhere.

    If it lands down your shirt collar, or in your cowboy hat brim, you can find it.

    Otherwise, not so much.

    rc
     
  20. MEHavey

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    You're also going to be limited in scope application in the `92 design.
    But then a tang/peep aperture is all you really want.
    (and is a heckuva lot lighter/less obtrusive) :evil:
     
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    If you're looking at new production Marlins you better have some snap caps and the list of other things to check before you buy. I was lucky enough to find a good one and would recommend it. It's shot every cast and jacketed bullet I've put through it with more than acceptable accuracy. And nothing looks better than an 1894C with a Skinner sight on it :)


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  22. mdi

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    I don't think I'd buy a new Marlin with all the bad reviews on quality control since the take-over. I have a Rossi Puma in .44 Magnum and the only problem I have had with it are the sights; my old eyes can't see 'em! I replaced the stock rear with a receiver sight (Williams) and a taller front sight and am still sighting it in. Rough action? Not mine. Also Nate "Kiowa" Jones is the reigning expert and has a do-it-yerself CD on slicking up the action of the M92. http://sariyoung.com/?page_id=2

    I have no info/experience with an Uberti...
     
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