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Rossi M92

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  1. yugorpk

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    I picked up a Rossi M92 in 45 Colt. Took it out shooting for the first time today. What a great gun. Its about 2 inches longer overall than my 10.5" AR-15 SBR , lightweight, handy and its got that big loop so you can do the ChucK Conners twirl. With my pedestrian 10.4 grains of Unique behind a 255 lead bullet it chrono'd at about 1350. Thats cooking pretty good. Then I popped in a mag tube full of my stout Ruger Only load 27 Grains of H110 . 1750 FPS with bearable recoil. Nice.
     
  2. Tommygunn

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    Rossis are great values at their price point. I have always liked the Winchester 1892 action and have a Browning B-92 in .44 magnum, a Winchester 1892 Deluxe Takedown in .32-20 and A Rossi 92 in .45Colt. My Rossi has the standard loop lever.

    An aside: " ... its got that big loop so you can do the ChucK Conners twirl." I should warn you that the action of the 92 is not well set up for this. If you try it with a loaded gun centrifical force will cause the nose of the round to flip upwards from the elevator ramp and possibly jam the bolt as it closes and this may cause loss of control of the gun, twisted fingers, a dropped gun....and possibly other nasty problems.
    "But how did Chuck Connors do it then?" you might ask. Chuck Connors actually used several carbines over the period of the series and the ones used for his trick spin were modified by the studio prop department with a special screw set in the front of the frame over the bolt, just above the breech, and a hole milled into the bolt face to accept the screw. This device allowed the cartridge to be guided into the breech without being flipped out. Had a Winchester 1873 been used it might not have needed this little trick but when John M. Browning eliminated the brass elevator block of the toggle-link rifles it changed things.

    Be careful with the gun. They are cool guns and will provide lots of fun.
     
  3. Crawfish1

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    Very nice.
    I was looking at getting one also and threading the barrel. Are you going to thread yours? I think it would be a nice alternative to the .300 blk especially if you loaded up some 350 grn cast boolits @ 1000 fps. Could be a short range steel smashing good time.
     
  4. yugorpk

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    I'm not going to thread it. I got it to shoot with the cowboy action guys and it just wouldnt be appropriate for that. Classic lines. Havent owned a lever gun since I was a kid with a .22.

    Not that I can see worth a damn through open sights but I was holding a good 8 inch circle at 100 yards off hand. I was surprised how fast that little thing pushed a 45 Colt bullet. Just about 1800 ft lbs in there.
     
  5. GRIZ22

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    Crawfish 1, why would you want to convert one to 300 Blackout when you can do about the same thing with a 45LC? I realize the 45 isn't as sexy as a 300 BO but why fix something if it's not broke?
     
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    I think he's saying the 45 INSTEAD of 300 blackout. If you're handloading the 45 would work better for subsonic loads anyway. A suppressor on a levergun might look a little strange, but what a cool idea.
     
  7. ZGunner

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    I have two M92s. One a 16" Carbine in 44 Mag the other a 20" rifle in 454 Cassull. Both guns were very rough when working the lever when I got them. I broke them down and reprofiled the locking lugs and polished everything up to 2000 grit. I won't say it's as smooth as a Henry but it's alot better than it was and cost me nothing.

    I shoot mosly 45LC in the 454 becuase it's so fun and fast. I just make sure I clean the chamber well before switching back to Cassull.

    Have fun with your new rifle. I've seen a Hickock45 video a while back that featured a suppressed lever gun. I believe it was a 45LC Mare's Leg with a full length stock.
     
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    I would love to find a well made, already smoothed up broken in M92 in any pistol caliber. They sound fun and since I handload, easy to feed.



    Swanee

    Threaded, supressor do not seem to fit with a good lever gun.
     
  9. stoky

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    the one that got away, also .45
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    don't know what I was thinkin' :banghead:
    just wasn't thinkin' too good
     
  10. Dave Markowitz

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    I have a Rossi 92 in .357 with a 20" barrel. It is a great little shooter with mild recoil and even my 11 year old daughter can shoulder it. With .38s it recoils and sounds like a .22. The Rossis are good values for the money and with moderate work can be smoothed up quite a bit.
     
  11. RecoilRob

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    A while back I got a .45 Rossi 92 for a decent price because they said it didn't work right. Seemed that all the pices were there and I figured with a little TLC I could make it run...and this proved to be the case. The cartridge lifter was a bit rough and had a burr that made it not fully lift IIRC so a bit of stone work and it was working slick as it should.

    That rifle inspired me to get another in .357 which I still have while the .45 was talked out of me by a friend. You go shooting with guys and then they want to buy all of your guns....guess that means they're liking them!
     
  12. GRIZ22

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    Adcoch 1, you are correct. I misread Crawfish 1's post.
     
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    I love my 44 Stainless steel carbine.

    It's my hunting carbine and the stainless finish is much appreciated as is the 16" barrel and short overall action.

    I had bought it just cause I thought it would be a neat plinking carbine, but less than a week after I ordered it from Bud's, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources passed a bill allowing it to be used for Deer in Ohio and I broke into my happy dance.

    It'll put 240gr XTP's into clover leafs at 50yards with the factory iron sights.

    It could have been fitted and finished a little nicer, but I couldn't think of how to actually improve the rifle itself. The trigger and action is crisp and smooth and it feeds everything.
     
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    Been kicking the idea to get a 92 around for awhile. I haven't jumped on one yet. Went from considering the 45lc and shooting some colt only loads to 44 mag to .357 now. Pretty much set on the .357.

    They are a lot of fun. Enjoy!
     
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    Awesome rifle when they are built as they should be. Happy with my 357 after some cleanup. Very fun to shoot!
     
  16. yugorpk

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    You don't need to stick with Colt only loads unless you just want to . Those Rossi's will handle the magnum level Colt 45 heavy loads that put the 44 mag to shame..

    Went out hiking in the sage brush desert today with the kids and carried that gun a few miles. So light it was like it wasnt even there.
     
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    I have the 357 version with a Marbles tang sight. Just got a fiber optic front post so I can see it better in low light and a steel cartridge follower. Fun to shoot, and with full house magnum loads it can be quite a barn burner. Mostly I shoot 38s through it. This is my centerfire rabbit gun. A round nose or RNFP 38 makes a hole in a bunny about equal to an expanded .22 hollow point, but without the tendency to bounce around inside the critter and make a mess.
     
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    I too have a Rossi. Mine stainless 20 inch and of course 45 colt. I disassembled the day I bought it. I polished the action and added some XS ghost ring sights. Had a matt finish applied. Shoots well. I have shot some Heavier loads with H110 without an issue. Action is smooth. Light weight, short, and packs a punch.
     
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    I don't have a Rossi yet, but my next gun purchase will be an R92-52001, the 24" octagonal barrel, blue receiver in .45 Colt. Want one. Badly!
     
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    I am getting one soon in .45 Colt... Though Brewer's comment about rabbits is interesting. Guess I could get two...!

    Gil
     
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    I have had several Rossi's through the years all of which required major internal work to make them function correctly and be reliable enough for Cowboy shooting matches. A few years ago I purchased a 16" .45 Colt Rossi 92 after Taurus took them over, I bought it because it was an obvious improvement over previous production. After removing the idiot safety on top of the bolt, replacing the plastic follower with a steel one, disassembly and stoning burrs off of internal parts the rifle runs like JB intended. The wood is plain grained but actually nicer than much of the original Winchester gum wood used many years ago.
    This particular rifle has a large loop which is a hinderence to smooth cycling and I would just as soon have a normal lever. One thing that was obvious immediately was the nice blue and lack of over polishing which has left corners sharp and screw holes are not dished out.
    My new Rossi is not a Winchester lever rifle (I have a bunch) but a good imitation.
     
  22. ColtPythonElite

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    I bought a new 16" stainless in .357. It ran fine out of the box. I slicked up the action, though. I did not care for the sights and swapped the rear out to a flat top and the front to a small gold bead. I have put about 3500 rounds thru it. Shooting off my elbows at a bench, I can hit a 6" gong at 150 or a 12" gong at 200 nearly every shot. Recoil is next to nothing.
     
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    I really like my 16" SS in .357. It was on my hit list for years before finances and availability synched up to get it. I honestly would have preferred a blued version, just because it would have matched my S&W Model 13 better, lol.

    They are great companion guns and my wife loves them above all others.

    Mine shot great OOB and we had no problem knocking off softball sized pine cones at 100 yds straight away.

    Only gripes: the edges of the loading gate are sharp!
     
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    Just keep them away from the SAA fodder. :eek:
    There were a number of folks doing .454 conversions, now Rossi offers a factory version. I had a stout 4227 combo '92 and (strong) revolver load w 225gr cast bullets that was very accurate at 100yds.
     
  25. yugorpk

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    I am very careful to mark the stout rounds I load with an X on the base in magic marker and I dip the bullet tip in fast drying model paint. The Colts and new Vaquero's wouldnt appreciate the big boomers.
     
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