what people want is an affordable dependable lever gun….I have had mine for quite a while and I know for a fact that they quit building the brass/SS combination a long time ago. This has provided me just that, a fancy, affordable, dependable levergun. People with deeper pockets sometimes forget that.Another ergonomic glitch lies in the hinged loading gate on the right side of the receiver. The door has a gentle closure spring (a welcome discovery) but the edges of the gate are squared and excessively sharp. My right thumb was pretty chewed up after less than 200 rounds, and it’s still raw and scabbed-over as I’m typing this.Has anyone who owns one ever detail stripped it? I’ve just been cleaning the bore as usual and brushing out the action, but I want to take down the entire mechanism sometime and cleaning. It just seems… Daunting. I’m scared I won’t be able to get it back together.
.454CasullBrassMagazineFollowerFitsThe1892Rossi-PumaRiflesIn.454Casull$17.20BoydsFieldDesignWalnutWoodFrontStockforRossi9238/357Lever-ActioChris’s experience pretty much echoes my own. My Rossi 92, a stainless-steel example, is in .357 Magnum, and with my powder-puff .38 Special loads (105gr LSWC, exit velocity ~900 ft/sec), it feels very nearly like a .22LR. With this load, the rifle’s a near-perfect “intro to rifles” piece and solved the ongoing “no available .22LR” problem. You can get .38 Special anywhere. Even with full-tilt .357M loads, that metal buttplate isn’t all that noticeable, thanks to the rifle’s nearly-all-metal construction.
Bah, another excuse to get one in .357/38. I’ve been debating it for the last 10 months. Thanks for the review.I would recommend against that due to what I posted above. A TC Encore or Handy Rifle would give you far better performanceThe gun is very ammo picky but I think that just comes with the territory on any rifle that’s supposed to feed two different caliber’s of ammo. When you find a brand it likes, you won’t have any trouble with it. I have a stainless .44 mag Rossi, and I shoot specials out of it 95% of the time. My 20″ model will hold a dandy 13 of them. I’m also getting consistent 3-4 MOA accuracy at the range (with stock sights), too.
How does the Howa compare? I see they run just over $1k msrp. but sell for about $750. Plus you can select a number of barrel lengths, including both 20″ and 24″, both of which should give far better performance than this 16″.A short test, but only one (user-induced) malfunction in almost 200 rounds. Happily feeds and fires all bullet shapes.Only that you pay particular attention to cleaning the chamber regularly with a good solvent and bronze brush. Otherwise powder residue can build up and cause a failure to fully chamber or a stuck case when shooting magnums after a long string of specials.
I shoot the 454, stainless, 20 inch barrel, and while it will knock your teeth loose, at velocities equal to my factory 45-70 loads, I have never had any issue with anything coming loose. Bear in mind that the 454 is rated to 65,000 psi while the 44 mag is only rated at 40,000. Most factory 454s are loaded to 55,000 psi, but just saying, they are far superior to the marlins that I own. Seems to that if the little screw breaks, just drill it out and replace it. Should not be a big deal for anyone with a drill. Again, I have never seen this actually happen, would appreciate any links to article on it.I purchased this rifle as a tool to beat around in my truck etc, was not willing to spend much money on a ‘work’ weapon. This was considerably less expensive than all other 357 mag rifles, with the exception of single shots, and even those were only about $150 less than this one. This purchase was a no brainer. Upgraded to a more modern cartridge,ie smokeless powder, in .357, .44 mag, .45 colt or even the original .44-40 it will still get the job done.Otherwise a very well written review of what seems to be for the money one versatile and fun gun to own. I happen to have a Vaquero in .45 and wouldn’t mind adding a short carbine lever gun in the same caliber.
It’s got a lot going for it, and the only expensive thing about it is the ammo. If you needed another good reason to hand load, this rifle is it. You may not ‘need’ a Rossi Model 92 “Jefe” saddle-ring carbine, but trust me: You’ve always wanted one. You just didn’t know it yet.These aren’t earthshaking ballistic figures, but keep in mind that the hottest of these loads uses only 8.0 grains of Unique and a cast lead bullet. A total component cost of about $.18 per round will let you blaze away to your heart’s content without waiting for your lottery “investment” to come in.whether there are experts who know about the strength significantly Rossi 92 caliber .45ls shooting HITCH like 454 Casull?. Just find some ammo with a softer brass that will not split in the cylinder. Do not cut the gun up, sell it to someone who can fix it or change caliber (rebore to 44 mag, 45 colt or other round), or use it for parts. Please let us know what you find. Many people think the old ones like yours had better steel.The freedom group decided to transfer the leverguns manufacturing to Remington in NY. The picked up the tooling and some equipment, and plopped it down at a different company without the same personnel. That being said, Remington makes quality shotguns, so there shouldn’t be any excuse for some of the QC issues coming out of their factory. They are probably under pressure to ship product, even before the line is making everything to specification.
Due to the short length of the receiver, I had trouble finding a scope / mount set up that gave me the proper eye relief. Again, I think this comes with the territory for the type of gun that it is. But, it was one more aggravation I thought I’d mention. When the Rossi 92 Puma was delivered the first thing that stood out was the wood. It was covered with a black finish of some type. It was hard to tell what it was. The second thing that was obvious was the safety on top of the breech bolt with it's pretty red and green F and S. One look and it was apparent - these would have to go I have had a 44/40 92 for over 20 years in cowboy shooting never a miss very accurate rifle I load my own ammo for pistol and rifle .I use .427 dia bulletJohn….Steve’s gun’s will take care of the unsightly safety on your rifle. Did mine and my Dads…..MIne is my go to saddle gun in 45colt!I just recently commented on the use of semi auto pistol caliber carbines and praised them basically for anyone who wants a home defense weapon but dislikes either the operation or the recoil of a shotgun.
Every pistol and rifle that I purchased new came with a note that re-loads would void the warranty. I have carefully reloaded for every caliber since 1980 when I found out how expensive ammo was for my .41 Magnum S&W. I don’t pretend to be the final authority but I believe that following a loading manual from a reliable source (I use Hornady, Speer/RCBS and Sierra) will keep you safe and save you money.The most popular load in the old original Winchester 1873s and 1892s was the .44-40. A 200 grain bullet with a 40 grain charge of black powder. It was a go to gun for people that didn’t have 911 and lived and worked in isolated places on their own. It wasn’t perfect, but it got the job done.
The rule for honest owners of gun companies should ever be this: When someone from Wall Street comes calling to buy out your company, believe nothing. Get everything in writing, have your lawyers (NB the plural) read it several times, have your accountant read it several times, and know in the end, they will be trying to screw you. Get payment up front, in cash, no ands/ifs/buts. Do not settle for common stock in some to-be company or IPO. The Wall Street thimbleriggers know nothing about guns, but everything about creative accounting and the law; you, the gun company owner, will know quite a lot about guns and almost nothing about modern finance, tax law or torts and chancery courts. Once you quit talking about guns and start talking about money, the ball is in their home court, not yours.I think that the Rossi 92s are one of the best values in lever-action rifles today. At half the cost of other currently made 92s, none of which are made in the US, they may not be finished quite as nicely, but are a strong, well-built action, and with a little work are as slick as rifles costing twice as much. Lately, the actions seem to be smoother and nicer than they were in the past. Only a small amount of work to the wood improves the looks greatly, the safety is easily removed, and the hammer lock should be as well.I have no idea how Rossi gets the barrel band screws in, but they should be taken off and the groove in the barrel and hole in the handguard dressed up and adjusted until they fit right on almost every one.
LOL… I love this rifle and only got it because I mainly use the Contender and the K in 357/38. It seemed a nice match and I was right. I reload this caliber and since the .22 shortage it has been the most practical thing to shoot on a Sunday afternoon. Browse Rossi guns for sale on Gunstar, the #1 shooting marketplace in the UK There’s no reason not to think the Rossi M92 could deliver slightly better accuracy if you can try it out with numerous .45 Colt bullets and loadings. Our testing was unfortunately limited to some low-velocity 255-grain RNL factory reloads, some equally sluggish 230-grain JHP factory reloads, and a few boxes of my own medium-strength 255-grain hardcast SWCs. Factory .45 Colt ammo wasn’t just expensive; it was flat-out unavailable at the five local big-box retailers I searched at the time.
Aesthetics: * * * * The most subjective of all criteria, but a fairly faithful rendition of a classic American design can never look wrong to me.Accuracy is usually very good, but it is difficult to tell how accurate the rifles are with the stock sights. The brass bead on the front sight is very large, so precision is hard unless the sights are replaced. A better front sight and a tang, bolt peep, or receiver sight: http://store.stevesgunz.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=22&products_id=5 http://store.stevesgunz.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=22&products_id=51 http://762precision.wordpress.com/product-reviews/providence-tool-company-pattern-21-sight/
I’d never call a lever gun ideal for defensive work, but you called it right, if an MSR is prohibitively difficult (ruling out most semi auto pistol caliber carbines as well) and you just can’t handle a tactical shotgun efficiently, the lever action pistol caliber carbine is a legitimate choice.As I mentioned, this lever gun ain’t a tackdriver. Benchrested with a scope, it’s probably mechanically capable of cheap bolt-action rifle accuracy in the 3-4 MOA range. Few Rossi 92s will ever shoot that well in real life, because they should never wear a scope, and they aren’t much fun to shoot from a benchrest.I have had my “92” apart several times they are not difficult to disassemble. On Face book there are several video’s on taking this rifle apart and polishing some parts including the loading gate. mine is in 38/357 with the 20 inch barrel it is a very accurate rifle just don’t expect ten shot one hole groups it will deliver a fairly tight group off hand though. I am working on another in 44 mag with the Octagon barrel in the 20 inch version I am thinking case hardened finish or stainless will get it about the first of next month.The Rossi Model 92’s trigger is simply outstanding for a lever-action rifle. It has a short pull which is almost completely smooth, with only one minuscule spot of ‘grit’ before the perfectly crisp and predictable break. The pull measures an absolutely consistent 4.0 pounds, with only a modest amount of overtravel. It’s honestly better than many entry-level bolt action triggers.
This photo shows an oversized hammer pin hole, one of the few noticeable but purely cosmetic glitches. I was pleased to notice that the slotted screws were not chewed up (unlike modern Marlins) and that there were only minor toolmarks visible on the exterior of the rifle.I’d have to go down another peg to recommend a lever gun, however, they can be fast and accurate in experienced hands, fast and accurate enough that you don’t want to come in against them. Another plus is the relative effectiveness of serious handgun calibers from carbine barrels Vs .223 rifles at in the house ranges. At very close range the .223 usually has too much velocity to tumble as effectively as it does at medium range and beyond, meaning small through and through hits. Loaded with hollow point pistol ammo a lever carbine has a much greater one shot stop likelihood while getting rid of the worst things about pistols (short sight radius, single point of contact). The ergonomics aren’t all sunshine and trumpets, however, especially for full-sized shooters. The sight radius is shorter than an AK-47’s, and the length of pull is only 0.4″ longer than Mikhail’s Avtomat. This won’t keep you from blasting tin cans or Evil Roy cowboy silhouettes, but it makes bench testing for a gun review a chore.I have a rossi model 92 in .44 magnum, and I have no trouble shooting 12 oz soda cans at 70 yards standing up with the stock sights, as long as I do my part. Granted, I’m 26 years old, and my eyes are courtesy of Laser vision correction. It’s the most accurate rifle I own..perhaps I just got a good one? I may try to shoot it for groups at 50 and 100 yards sometime, but as of now I’d have no hesitation about it’s ability to take down a deer or hog.Not really my kind of gun, at least at the moment, but I really enjoyed reading the review just the same. Thanks for doing it.
I have the Rossi 20″ round barrel in .357…it is the 3rd Rossi lever gun I have owned, and I have also owned 3 Rossi revolvers, including a new 6″ .357. I have NEVER had any problems with any Rossi I have ever had…the .357 rifles shoot .38 Specials all day long, even mixed with magnums, and this makes them a good companion for a .357 revolver and a cheap shooter for the range or plinking. FWIW, I have been a S&W fan since the 1960’s, owned and carried them off and on since the 1970’s, and I have also carried the Rossi revolvers and left the Smiths home. I also have 4 Marlins going back to the 1950’s and have had about 10 more over the years. The Rossi pistol caliber carbines have their quirks, but they WORK, they are reliable and affordable. You can get more finely finished rifles, or at least you could, but they won’d work any better or last any longer.Good to know. Honestly I just meant a levergun in that caliber (which works w/ my Liberty Mystic can). Haven’t thought about brand or model… probably won’t end up pulling the trigger on one anyway. Too much $$$ for something that, for my purposes, would really be a novelty and in a caliber I don’t already own, which brings its own monetary issues haha. But, I like the idea of it a whole lot, and love shooting a lever action!I own a r92 38/357 and I love it. No, it didn’t cost what a Win or Marlin costs, but it operates just fine for what I want it for and I like the looks of it. It is easy to carry in the field and handy when needed. Good product. I can find something wrong or unacceptable with just about any man made product; however, this one is a good deal for the money.
4. One of the things you can retrofit onto older leverguns is a tang-mounted peep sight. The longer sight radius, coupled with the fact you’re dealing with a peep, really can help some shooters. Scopes have always been problematic on leverguns, and for those who really need a hunting levergun that can take a scope, my SOP was to recommend that they look at a Marlin 336… alas, the ruination of Marlin by a bunch of money-changers from Wall Street has sort of put a stop to that advice.I like your review. However there was a lot of Marlin bashing. I think you need to look at the Marlins again. I've bought two Rossi/Puma's lately, the only issue I'm having is the magazine tube jumping forward with my heavy loads. I fgure all I need do is drill the pin hole deeper in the forward end to fix it. Not a problem with std 240 grain bullet loads. #6 02-12-2011, 12:58 PM. I’ve noticed the same thing with my rifle and was curious if you found anything out. I was thinking maybe they mistakenly left a spring out during assembly. I’ve only shot the gun and handful of times and experienced many misfirings… I think it may be due to the firing pin problem you’ve noticed. Thanks for any infoI expect my Colts and Berettas will continue to grow in collector value but I shoot them too. A Rossi might never end up in a museum (you never know) but they look cool, they’re handy and affordable. Furthermore, I’m not afraid to scratch them.
When you find a gun you like, buy it. Don’t put it off. I can’t tell you how many times people have asked to buy my 1894 and made offers that were 4x what I paid for the gun new. Some of these people had their chance to buy one years ago and never did. They just didn’t realize how much they wanted one, until it was too late.You are correct sir. I have Marlins from 1981to 2016 and many other levers. I have 3 made from 2010-2016, The 1894C from 2012, is better in most every way than my 1981 model of the same gun. Nicer stock, nicer blue, and just as smooth. Both shoot in 1.25 inches at 100 with my reloads. My 2010 Guide Gun stainless has poor wood grain and a tiny bit of gap in stock fit. However all guns will develop a little gap in time, go look in your safe. And my 2008, a beautiful 1895 in 410 shotgun has a cheap looking poorly grained stock on one side. However, in dim light or hunting, who cares. Now Marlins are never going to be strong actions like the Rossi 92. I have a Rossi in 454 Casull rated to 65,000 psi. No Marlin could get over say 40,000 or so, just the design. The Henry’s are fine if you like the tube load model. My take for 40 years now is if you want to scope it, buy the Marlin, if not buy the Rossi or Winchester. Tonight I saw the Rossi 92 stainless for $529 or so. The Stainless Rossi are great, finish, action, wood everything. But, I do not think they are as accurate. I have the ballards and microgrooves and do not think it matters. I totally agree, bashing Marlin today is ignorance. I think most of the new levers are on brand new machines. My 2 cents.
I put a scout scope on mine for an upcoming hog hunt (better dawn/dusk vision) and it is very accurate. With my custom 290 gr accurate molds flat point, fed mag primers and 22gr of imr4227 I got 2 1/4″ at 100 yards with a 2.75x scope. That was even with mismatched multi fired brass! the chrono was on the fritz but it is probaonly around 1100-1200fps.From the picture of the muzzle it looks like the accuracy might be improved by a good recrowning job. Again judging from the picture I cannot agree that an egg shaped hammer pin hole is only a cosmetic defect, it should have never left the factory with that defect.What load are you shooting? I am looking for a good target load, I am considering 125 grain, since they scream out of 20″ bbl.
A versatile and reliable and incredibly fun little rifle, available in almost every revolver caliber known to man, and commercial loads from major ammo makers Remington, Hornady, Federal, and many others. The four-star rating reflects what an incredible bargain this gun is at just $450.Remembering that .357 Magnum ballistics got a tremendous boost from a long carbine barrel, I fired a few single shot rounds through the traps of my chronograph using the 16″ Rossi and a 4.62″ Ruger Blackhawk. We only had a few rounds to spare, so these aren’t the most statistically rigorous figures here and I hope Foghorn will forgive me.
Performance Gear Built for Speed. Shop PUMA - Forever Faster I noticed that crown too. that can be big factor in the accuracy of any gun. luckily the fix if fairly easy.From what I understand the 454 will shoot both the casull and the 45 colt. Mine is in 45 Colt but it will handle all I want to run through it. I have the 24″ barrel and it really seems to be more accurate than the 20″ 92’s that I have fired. When I got mine they did not make it in the 454 option or I probably would have gone that direction.
The Model 92 is light and compact, and with standard-pressure .45 loads it recoils like a yawning house-cat. It’s a great choice for younger or smaller shooters, as well as the recoil-shy. The short length of pull fit my 5’1″ daughter just like a Ruger 10/.22, and her 85-pound frame could balance the short barrel without having to lean backwards like some smaller shooters try to do.Recoil with .45 Colt cowboy loads was utterly negligible. My slightly more expeditious handloads only gave a mild nudge on the steel butt-plate, like a .223 fired from a bolt-action rifle.I had looked at these in .38/.357. My dad has the Rossi Ranch Hand in that caliber and it is TERRIBLE. Grittiest action I have ever felt. It cycles .38 Special well enough, but can’t feed or eject the .357 Magnums reliably at all. Maybe it was just a lemon, but I was thoroughly unimpressed. The Rossi M92 is a reproduction of the famous Winchester Model 92 rifle, commonly referred to as the gun that won the West. Of course, the model number is based on the year that the gun was released, so the rifle first debuted back in 1892. At that point in time, the Model 92 represented a huge leap forward in firearms engineering and.
I’d love to see Mossberg bring out their 464 in .357 if they can keep it in the same price range as the 30-30 ($450 at Cabela’s). Then it was the HORRIBLE trigger. Oh my God, what a creepy POS. So, I took it to the local gunsmith and he managed to improve that greatly. It doesn’t break like glass but, it’s pretty nice now. A small section of the inside surface of the large-loop lever escaped QC without being polished or blued properly. This kind of blemish shouldn’t happen, but if it were mine I’d hit it with some steel wool and touch-up blueing and still know that I’d gotten a hell of a bargain for $450.Thanks for all of the great information on these pistol caliber, lever action, carbines! I was just looking at a used Rossi 92, in .45 Colt. I have always shied away from Rossi’s due to the perceived lower quality, compared to the Marlins and Winchesters. Now, however, it seems that a good example Rossi would make a good little truck gun. I never liked the idea (or looks) of the top-mounted safety lever, but now that I know that it’s not really in the way; and can be removed and replaced by something useful, like a peep sight, I believe this little carbine deserves a closer look. If I do purchase this carbine at my local store, I want to thank everyone here for the information you have provided; enabling me to make an informed decision. I do very much appreciate all of the different points of view that you folks have brought into this discussion (along with the helpful article that generated the discussion in the first place). Happy Shooting!I don’t know where the Marlin hate comes from; I have purchased two 1894c’s in the past two years and both have performed flawlessly with probably about 1000 rounds through one and about 300 through the other. Just don’t try to put snap caps in them.
As for customization, there are lots of aftermarket parts that address known issues with the Rossis. They respond well to a little home gunsmithing and slick up considerably with use. My runs slicker than snot.Looking at Marlin’s myself for a larger caliber hunting rifle. But I actually have this Rossi 92 in .357 mag. / 38 special and I love it. First things I did to it was remove factory rail, put on the iron rear site and trim down the tube spring. Once I got it sited in it shoots straight as a good .22 rifle. I can shoot most 130 grain 38 special lead rounds for plinking or 158 grain Fiocchi SJHP rounds for hunting without adjusting the sites. Maybe I just lucky with mine but had to share my experience after reading the downplay on the accuracy. Just this weekend I took mine out to the range, hung some weights buy hay bail cord and was cutting them at 37 yards. Bench rest of course, but that’s pretty accurate in my book. Rossi 92 Action - $189.95 Additional Options: 1. Change plastic mag tube follower to steel. - $19.95 With the plastic mag tube, it's not a matter of if it's going to hang upit IS! 2. Remove ugly bolt safety on the LSI Puma guns - $40.00. Winchester 92, 94 Action-$189.95. Marlin 1894 Action - $189.95 Additional Option: 1
The wood is an attractive, tight-grained Brazilian hardwood with a honey-reddish color. It has an oil-rubbed finish which might not give the best moisture protection, but looks quite simple and handsome. The grain of the wood is simple and clean, with no knots or blemishes.I think he let his arse overloaded his mouth about everything in his story, some men these days are worse than kids when it comes to complaining about everything it sounds like his wife did the shooting and he reviewed the gun. Just sayingi have had a rossi m92 20 inch in 454 for years and i love it and will never get rid of it. it shoots everything great i have no problem hitting clay targets at 100 yds everytime. only problem with it is that the back portion of the chamber is to large to aid in loading. therefor with the hot 454 loads i get case seperation on some brands of brass after loading them several times. i have also just got a 16 inch one in 45 colt and it seems great as well, they both shoot my home made 255 grain lead bullets with great accuracy. have had one in 357 16 inch barrel and never had any problems with it other than it having large loop that i did not care for, but it seemed to shoot just fine. all of the guns had great actions. fit and finish are not perfect on these but they are great all around guns in my opinion. the 454 with factory or hot handloads is amazing. the 20 in barrel really gives the 454 a big boost in speed and performance in my opinion. it is amazing to shoot at the range and have people say what in the world is that.
The loading gate of any Winchester tends to make my thumb sore. I filed the Rossi a little and it’s as good as any side loader I’ve ever loaded. A couple Puma 92 versions offer a large loop lever, but who needs that when even a work glove fits comfortably in the regular lever? Although I have always respected the .357 Magnum cartridge, I have not enjoyed firing it from a handgun. However, firing the .357 from the Puma carbine is a pleasure. Plenty of bang and power with comfortable recoil There has been a lot of press about the Marlins now being good-to-go, yet I am still hearing from dealers that they are returning rifles that are not. Prices are up a bit on used Marlins.
Truth of the matter is that Marlin is not making new pistol caliber lever guns and has not since Remington bought them out and closed the old Marlin factory. Unfortunately, everyone knew what was coming for more than a year before that happened so the last production of 1894s left with serious quality issues. The ongoing promise now since that time has been that they would “set things right” and resume production “any time now.” Those of us who value our older Marlins are still awaiting that day.This was my personal experience with the Rossi 92. In May of 2012 I purchased a new Rossi 92 in .38/.357. Out of the box it shot 4′ (yes, feet) to the left of the target at 50 yds. I finally got it on paper but, after fewer than 100 rounds, the loading gate broke off during a reload and fell into the action. I understand others have had a much better experience with the brand/model but it left me disappointed enough that I avoid the Rossi/Taurus brands.I have had really good luck with these rifles. Thirty years ago I walked into a Maryland gun store and bought a used Marlin 336, straight-stock 30-30 with a Leopold 3 power scope, all for $150. It is a beautiful, accurate deer-killer. For SASS, I started with an old Rossi .45 Colt with 20 inch barrel and no safety. Very accurate and dependable. Now I shoot a Cimarron 1873 Brush-Popper, also in .45 Colt. Beautiful, expensive, authentic-looking but no more accurate than the Rossi at four times the price. For fun I have a .45 Rossi, big-loop carbine. At 5’6″ I have a hard time looking like John Wayne but that little carbine helps. It’s too slow for Cowboy competition and only holds 8 rounds. I removed the safety and put in one of those plugs to hide the hole. It is a really fun little “Stagecoach” gun.I wrote an obit for Marlin pistol-caliber carbines more than 18 months ago, and I’m not planning on writing a retraction any time soon. Not until I see a new-production, new-parts Marlin 1894C that has been assembled by adults and isn’t a disgrace.
What’s the news on availability? The Rossi lever actions in pistol cartridges have disappeared from the US market over the past couple of years. Rossi Puma 92 Lever Action .357 I see a large gun shop in JHB CBD is going to start importing them again. According to some specs I have seen some reloaders getting well over 2000 fps on these rifles as they seem to be very strong Sometime TTAG contributor Tony brought his Ruger LC9 and joined me in the Oregon mountains for our testing day. Ammunition availability limited our testing fun to less than 200 rounds, and we encountered but a single malfunction: A shooter-induced failure to feed at round count 2.i have had 3 and been completely satisfied with every on of them and i have also know friends that have had them and they were all good. so to me it doesnt seem like a crapshoot at all. how many have you had? also i buy guns to shoot and enjoy not because i want to COLLECT them or buy them as an investment. then maybe you wouldnt want to buy one.
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I have a Rossi .357 that was bought in about 1985. Shot it n put it away for years. Took it on a trip a month ago and shot it once. It split the case in half about midway and left half in barrel. Took it out today to see what I could find and it splits about 1 out of 3 in half. Then some are just cracked, but not split all the way. It’s Fiocchi 148gr ammo. Rossi said they wouldn’t touch it as it was made prior to their ownership of the company. I’m looking for some help on this or I’ll have to saw the barrel off so someone doesn’t blow it up in their face if I can’t resolve this issue. If there are any ideas, send them please. The gun hasn’t been fired more than….maybe 20 times.Have one of these, it is a good little gun. Expect to have to replace the ejector spring from the factory and file a bit to get it to 100% though. See stevesgunz DVD for good info on how exactly to do that. Do those expensive Henry levers have a usable trigger out of the box? Anyone know? I really am going to be wanting a 38/357 next year. 4 lb trigger ain’t too bad I may have to check one of these Rossi’s out?As this video shows, the handling of this light, compact, lever rifle is extremely lively. Pay no attention to my first-down fumble with the lever here: I’m used to the customized big loop on my Wild West Marlin 1894C, and the Rossi’s lever has a different shape which tripped me up a little bit at first.
I’ve read a good bit about issues with the Ranch Hand models but the R92 models seem much better all around.In defense of modern Marlins… Although I own two Marlins (336c and 989 m2) only one is a lever gun and it is the only one that is a “modern” Marlin. I purchased the 336c last year before hunting season started and I was more than a bit nervous about the purchase. I really wanted a .30-30 lever gun for hunting hogs but really didn’t like the Mossberg. I spent a fair amount of time with my son-in-law’s Mossberg and never was able to get comfortable with it. Then one of the plastic screws holding the plastic barrel band backed out and is now lost to the world. I bought the Marlin and kept my fingers crossed. The fit and finish was quite good and it has been extremely reliable. It has been out hunting with me a number of times and I brought down my first hog with it, a 200 lb sow at 125 yards. As much as I hate supporting the (un)Freedom group I have to say it is a pretty good rifle. I think they may have the bugs worked out from the factory move (at least with the 336). I spoke with a rep from the company at the NRA Convention and he was pretty candid about the issues and said he believes they have the issues resolved with the 336 and big bore guns. He said he thought they would have the 1894s sorted early next year (for what its worth). -CrankyFiocci lists that ammo as about 670 foot pounds but does not show a barrel length. That being said, you never want to judge a guns performance buy just one box of ammo. Next, what does it look like down the barrel? Any bulges or anything in the cylinder look different? The only time a case will split is if there is plenty of room in the chamber area for it to expand, or perhaps ammo loaded to hot. Also could simply be bad brass. I have seen the steel import handgun ammo that would split in 45 acp about one in 4. So, you probably just have bad ammo or a chamber that is just too large in diameter. I would first check the barrel closely, then start with 38 wadcutter, brass cases only then move to Plus P 38s then to traditional brass American made ammo, like Winchester white box or Remington. If the gun worked fine when you put it away in 1985, then the gun is fine.
Inspired by John Browning's Winchester Model 1892, the Rossi Puma pairs classic design with modern engineering and manufacturing techniques to bring you a lightweight, smooth-cycling lever-action rifle. Hand-assembled, the Puma make a great bush gun due to its size and weight I have a Rossi 92 44.mag. Ilike it better than my Rugar 77/44.—44 mag The Rugar is like shooting a stick. It does not fit.right.The insides are sharp I got a nasty cut. In order to re-assemble you will need a dummy round or snap cap. I stripped mine while watching Steve Young’s DVD. I would consider that DVD mandatory.I had one about 10 years ago in 44-40 a very poor choice of cartridge, I see that the quality has actually dropped in that time. Virtually all M-92s suffer poor accuracy problems due to the weak receiver-to-barrel interface and the long dwell time during hammer fall which is what prompted the design of the M-94
The Model 92 shows solid, workmanlike fit and finish throughout its construction. Metal parts are accurately machined and generally fit together with precision, although there are a few spots where the metal-to-metal fit is less than perfect.I notice that it has been 2 or 3 years since most of these comments were posted. About a month ago I traded in a well worn Marlin 336C in .30-30 on a deal for a new Rossi 92 in .44 mag. It is a 20 inch barrel 10 +1 capacity. I’m still breaking it in but I have been very pleased with the fit, finish, function and trigger. I already had dies for .44 mag/spl so I’ll be reloading soon for the rifle. I am happy with it just as it was from the box and probably won’t change anything. It seems to be well worth the price and I really like the weight. The safety is non obtrusive and I don’t use it at all. It fits the bill perfectly for me.
I’ve been in the market for the standard loop model in .357/.38 for months now but they are a beast to find. Only found one, a stainless model, at a pawn shop but they wanted $600 for it.Glass> funny how these old blogs just live on and on. I bought the Marlin in 1980 in 357 and it is great, but the new Marlins are great as well and as I said above, I have 3 of the ones made by Remlin and they are fine. But like you, I really love the little Rossi’s. Best gun buy on the market in my view.The stock sights are of decent quality, but don’t make for a very good sight picture. I now have a set of Skinner sights on mine, and the difference is night and day.I have the 92 in 357, 20 inch and a stainless one in 454 Casull with the 20 inch barrel. I own 4 Marlins, a JM 357, a 357 made in 2012, a stainless guide gun made in 2010 and a Cabelas exclusive in 410. I also own a Win 94 in 30-30 and a Henry 22 mag , The Rossi 454 is by far the finest and most accurate of the bunch, except maybe the Henry is more accurate. I load the 300 gr bullets to 1,800 fps, the same as the 45-70. The Rossi is rated to 65,000 psi, the Marlins would not be safe above 40,000 psi. Anyway, they are absolutely great. Love my Marlins, but all that JM hype is just that. My Rossis are better guns and the 454 is the best of the bunch.Have an older one,bought in 1996,has the standard lever,.357Magnum.When I first took it out of the box,it looked like a toy,but when I shot it it performed great,shot a 3 3/4 inch group at 150 yards,from a rest,not bad for a pistol caliber carbine.I have found that if you use a cartridge to load a cartridge by pushing past the loading gate,since most of the ammo used is flat point type anyway,you can avoid tearing up your fingers and knuckles.Be prepared and ready.Keep your powder dry.
If you want a decent lever action forget the Italian crap and buy the Miroku made Browning, who now own Winchester and Miroku, you will have a precision piece of kit that will function well , shoot well and last a lifetime. The Italian copies are renowned for their excessive head space a real No No if you understand the principles of case head separation. These Miroku are better made than the original Winchesters and being made out of modern steel means you can poke them along a bit more than the original Winchesters which used very soft steel, you get what you pay for. The European proof houses do not abide by SAAMI specifications, in reality they are just a rubber stamp for sloppy workmanship.Nope. I’ve been burned by Rossi and Taurus on 2 for 2 guns. I’d rather go to the gun show and find an old Winchester 94.Feeding and ignition were likewise perfect through our limited testing. Ejection was positive and delightful: the empties were tossed about three feet in the air, to land about two feet behind and to the right of the shooter. We didn’t lose a single brass case all day, which is fantastic when you are in to reloading.