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Rossi 92 lever action

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  1. test drive

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    i picked up a Rossi ( Taurus ) 92 big loop model lever in .38/.357 16 inch. A few years ago. It has been super reliable with any ammo and just a pleasure to shoot. They sold really well but they just disappeared. Outside of maybe 1 or 2 at a gun show your out of luck. So what happened ? Would love to get another one in .45 Colt but not at what private owners are wanting.
     
  2. earlthegoat2

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    357 Rossi 92s always have cyclical availability.
     
  3. troy fairweather

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    Ya they always dry up, they say there making them but there were a few years were I didn't see any. Wish they would import more and make some other options, maybe with marlin going ( will take ruger some time to get up and running) they will step in. Best opportunity for them making money is now.
     
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  4. adcoch1

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    Well I finally found one yesterday at the gun store. A 24" octagon barrelled 357/38 in stainless. It is on layaway... It is my second rossi, the first one in 44mag. It didn't like my reloads very much, patterns instead of groups. But there is a well known barrel sizing problem with samii spec on 44 barrels. So hopefully the 357 is better for my intended purposes...
     
  5. troy fairweather

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    Lucky you, bet that looks nice in ss with the 24" octagon bbl .
     
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  6. brewer12345

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    I have one and they are fun to shoot. Mine is not terribly picky. I mostly shoot 38 special out of it, although it shoots very well with 357 loads. Since I can't scope it, I have a peep and a fiber optic front sight. You will have lots of fun with it, and the 24" barrel means you can stuff a lot of shells into it at once. Oddly it even accurately shoots the berry's plated DEWC load I have worked up in 38 special.
     
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  7. az_imuth

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    I have a blued one in 38/357 with the 24" octagon barrel that has always digested everything I've put in it. Nice rifles for the money at the time. I believe I bought mine in 09/10. I like it and wouldn't mind adding a stainless .44 with the 16" barrel to go with it.
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  8. H&R Glock

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    Mine patterns also instead of groups.
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    It also does not feed easily with 357's.
     
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  9. gotboostvr

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    Big fan of mine. I've got nicer guns, but none have accounted for nearly as much game meat in the freezer.

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    16" SS 44mag, Bushnell TRS-25. Shoots 240gr XTP's over 4227 into tiny tiny holes.
     
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  10. dh1633pm

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    I got a 20 inch stainless in 45. Didn’t like the shiny finish so I fixed that. Many other mods. My wife likes it.
     
  11. magyars4

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    Got a few, and owned more over the years. My pre safety 45 Colt SS with large loop lever has been an incredibly accurate and reliable rifle.
     
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  12. magyars4

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    What's up with that reciever?
     
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  13. gotboostvr

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    It was raining, not enough to keep me out of the deer stand though.
     
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  14. Speedo66

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    I've got a blued one, 20" in .357. It ran perfectly right out of the box with anything I put in it, all shapes and weights of bullets in .38Spl. and .357.

    Changing the ejector spring made a big difference in where empties land, but it was never a reliability issue.

    It's set up with a Weaver 4X scout scout and is quite accurate.

    OP, good luck in your search!
     
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  15. Pivot Dr

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    I have one in 45 Colt, eats anything I throw at it. Shoots right where I point it. I hunted for one in 38/357 for quite a while and then one day at a gun show, a table way in the back, under a stack of other boxes, there it was! I never could get it to shoot anything but patterns with lead bullets. 125, 140, 158 gr jacketed shot great. Not what I wanted it for. Walked into a friends little, tittle bit of anything and everything, shop, ( mostly trap guns), and there was a brand new 391 Beretta 20 ga with the most upgraded factory wood I’ve ever seen. (Just what I needed, not!). Boy was pretty! Was short of toy money right then so he says what you got to trade? He knows I don’t part with guns, I said: “What you looking for?” He had a guy wanting a lever in 38 to get into cowboy action. “Boy, it’s your lucky day, that’s the only thing I’ve got I’d part with!” Don’t know if it worked any better for the other guy, but the Beretta sure looks good sitting in the safe, and it’s OK that it shoots patterns too!
     
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  16. drobs

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    I use mine with 38special for Cowboy Action. Is one of my favorite guns.
     
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  17. mokin

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    I keep telling myself no more guns this year.

    I'm down to just over two months. I've been on the lookout for a .357, preferably with a 20 inch barrel for a while. I'm hoping things work out.
     
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  18. AFSG

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    I have been wanting a Rossi for a long while but wasn't happy with the wood that comes on them.
     
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  19. Speedo66

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    Yeah, the factory stain just about came off with a wet rag. I stripped it and put on multiple coats of Tru-Oil, filled in all the wood pores, and rubbed it down between coats,

    Looks a heck of a lot better now.

    Someone here has one with really nice factory wood, @Gordon maybe?
     
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  20. AFSG

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    I like having a carbine and revolver in the same caliber. A .357 combo would be hard to beat.
     
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  21. Gordon
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    I bought a Rossi .357 in 2018, I had a Puma .44 many years ago . In 2019 I traded the Rossi for my first year of production Marlin .357 back from a son I gave it to. Both guns work well. He doesn't keep guns that great like I do. The old Marlin is still fairly cherry ( it was cherry when I gave it to him 5 years ago, just a little rust :( )
     
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  22. Riomouse911

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    My first Rossi 20” .357 had some awesome dark tropical hardwood... but the dang thing was so cranky I sold it.

    I have a newer production 16” .357 and 16” .45 Colt, and the reddish wood finish does look like it was leftover stain from a new Red Ryder :thumbdown:.

    I love the Win 1892 and look-alike rifles like the Rossi, Browning B-92, etc., they just look right to me :thumbup:.

    Stay safe.
     
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  23. Tallinar

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    I’ve owned several of them, and regret selling each of them. Currently have a 16” SS in .45 Colt. Wood on forearm and stock don’t color match very well. All the previous ones I had were better. Shoots just fine though.

    Recently had a hankering to get a nicer model 92, and got a Chiappa in .45 Colt, 20”, octagonal, case colored. It’s definitely smoother and better finished than any Rossi I’ve ever owned, but not sure it’s nice enough that I’d justify double the price of a Rossi. The butt plate on the Chiappa is also pretty sharply curved, compared to the Rossi. Not sure how I feel about it.

    Chiappa also uses a flat mainspring, while Rossi took the modern liberty of using a coil. I know some folks have written they prefer the coil spring, but time will tell if it matters. So far I doubt it.

    Bottom line, Rossi 92’s are some of my favorite rifles.
     
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  24. Rebel Dave

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    I have four Rossi' Mod 92 lever actions. Reworked all the actions, when new, and redid the stocks on them all. I also installed Marbles sights on the front, and rear of all of them, along with a reduced power ejector spring. They all shoot better than I can hold them. I have them in .357 blue 20 inch, .44 Mag SS 20 inch, 44-40 blue 20 inch, and .45 Colt SS 16 inch. Keeping them all.
    Did I say, I like my Rossi' 92 levers.
    Dave
     
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  25. 98s1lightning

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    I think the cowboy action scene has bought most of them up.

    I don't have experience with them myself, but from what I read and see they are exactly what folks want. A workin gun they can put lots of ammo through and have fun.
     
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