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Rossi M68 Worth It?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by WoodchuckAssassin, Feb 22, 2013.

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  1. WoodchuckAssassin

    WoodchuckAssassin Member

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    The store has a used Rossi 68 in pretty good shape (good enough for me) for $300 with an old leather holster. It locks up tight, and has smooth wood grips. The inside of the yoke says M724 if that makes any difference.

    Is it worth it? What do these guns usually go for?


    I don't own a snubbie, and I'm looking to get my feet wet :D

    Thanks for any help you guys/gals can provide.
     
  2. gunsablazin

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    For $300.00 you could probably fine a used J-Frame Smith, and that is what I would do if I were you. A Rossi may be an OK gun, but I would trust the quality of a Smith more, and it will hold it's value better if you decide to sell it later.
     
  3. silicosys4

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    Thats a $200 gun tops. I agree about the J-frame, I paid $275 for a S&W 442 a few months back.
     
  4. Nathanael_Greene

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    I love my Rossi revolvers, but I wouldn't pay over $200 for one.
     
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    No more than 250 .
     
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    Another no to the $300 price tag. I would say somewhere around $225 to $250 max for a used Rossi like that.
     
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    I bought one 20 years ago for $150. The firing pin broke in no time. Fortunately, it was an easy fix. It was a decent gun, but nothing to get excited about. Today, I wouldn't give more than $200 for another one.
     
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    Considering I'm thinking of ordering a new 461 at an MSRP of $389.00, I'd be inclinded to those thinking it's a bit on the high side.
     
  9. WoodchuckAssassin

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    Thanks for the information. It did seem a little on the high side, but it's tough to get a used S&W - or any other high quality revovler - for anything less than $400. Even old beater revolvers go for $100 more than what they should around here. Not sure why.
     
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    I bought one in excellent condition 3 years ago for $150 and paid too much then!
     
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    I bought a used Rossi snub nose stainless last year for $265. An excellent buy IMO these days.
    I really like the feel of the gun, the lockup is tighter than my new Taurus stainless snubby....I own S&Ws also and to me...the Rossi is nearly an exact copy, whereas the Taurus is not.
    Interesting comparison: They are all touted as 2 inch revolvers...but...they differ slightly.
    The S&W is actually 1 and 7/8 barrel length
    The Taurus is 2 inches
    The Rossi is 2.25 inches.
     
  13. Simon726

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    Worth it, depends

    First off, I'm new to this forum, so be nice to me! LOL

    I see that everyone on here is saying NO, NO, NO... but I would also bet they have not bought a gun in the last 4-6 months. The prices for handguns and other weapon systems have just about doubled since January 1, 2013 over what they were even a year ago. I have seen the Rossi M68 sell used on the internet(not auction sites but retail or classified ads) and in stores for $300-400. Yes this MIGHT have been a $200 gun a year ago but now I would say you are LUCKY to find one in decent shape for $250 and at the $300 you mentioned I'd say it is not the BEST deal out there but it is a reasonable one if you like the way it fits your hand. I am NOT a gun broker or dealer but I do tend to buy and sell a good deal of things via CL and ArmsList and I currently have a nice old (pre taurus) Rossi M68 3" that I have turned down $300 offers for.
     
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    Good luck finding ANY Smith j-frame for less than $400.00. I am sure they are out there, but prices have skyrocketed. I would probably be patient before dropping three bills on a Rossi, but to be honest, finding any snubbie right now can be a chore.
     
  15. weregunner

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    Rossi has the these.
    http://www.rossiusa.com/product-list.cfm?category=1

    The 351/352 series comes to mind.

    I own a Rossi 462 which is a regular part of the CCW carry battery in a www.theisholsters.com holster.

    I do shoot .38 Specials more than anything else through the 462. The 462 is a 6 shot snub revolver in .357 magnum.

    I look at the 462 as the only now in production replacement for the Colt Detective Special that Colt's dropped some time ago.

    Taurus made the 856 which also held 6 shots but for some unforeseen reason Taurus stopped making those. I own 2 of the 856s and find them great revolvers.

    $300 or more is too much for a Rossi model 68 though it is a good solid design.

    There are still plenty of Rossi 68s and 88s on the job today though they are not +P qualified. The 351/352s are +P qualified.
     
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    I have two, love them both, it just fits in the hand so perfectly I've never questioned its value as I feel like I got an outstanding deal
     
  17. Kymasabe

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    I've owned Rossi's and they've never let me down. Reliable little guns. Trigger pull is a bit hard though in comparison to some other guns.
    Like the others mentioned, S&W is the way to go IF you can find one and IF you can afford it. The days of the $300 used J-frame are over at least for a while, might come back after the frenzy settles.
    In the mean time, I've been having alot of luck with Charter Arms .38's.
    You can buy a brand new Charter Arms .38 with 2" barrel for around $300 and I've been picking them up used for around $200. Can't use +p in them but unless they're been abused, are halfway decent guns.
    Keep an eye open for the Bridgeport and Stratford manufactured guns as they're better made. And the new stuff is pretty good too. Stay far far away from anything that says Charco or Charter 2000 on it.
     
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