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Old July 7th, 2016, 06:52 PM   #1
 
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I want a rossi 92

My LGS has several 357 levers to choose from. Henry big boy (steel and brass models) and rossi 16", 20", and the large loop lever. Then there is a remlin, and it is indeed a remlin. And theres another model with a hefty price tag i can't spell. A $1000 gun is well within my budget, but i honestly just like the rossi 20". I am a pistol guy, i currently don't own a rifle. I always liked levers, just never owned one. It will be a range shooter. I have read all of the standard improvements one can do on a rossi and have watched YouTube videos and it all is much easier than things I've done on some other guns. I am aware of stevez and his video.

Of all the models, i like the rossi the best. But i really just wish there was an alternative that i liked equally as well. I just don't care for Taurus, who runs Rossi. The customer service, replacement parts, not made in the USA,....

Someone please tell me either an alternative exists or that the Rossi's really are fantastic...



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Ok, here goes

I have the Rossi M92 in .45colt (see pic)

I own and shoot guns made by Rossi, Taurus, Ruger, Winchester, Marlin, S&W, Uberti, Keltec, RIA, Canik, Lionheart, Mauser, Hi-Point, Mossberg, CMMG, CAI, Mosin, Henry, Savage, Norinco, CZ and Remington

So... I'm not a gun brand snob and believe all manufacturers have good and bad points

My 92 has performed well... I had to send it in once for a repair and dealing with them was easy (don't believe the haters)

The rifle is accurate, action not smooth as silk, but a good value for the dollar


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I now have two Marlin 1894's in .357 Mag one the 24 inch CB Limited the other my most recent acquisition is a Marlin 1894 C pre cross bolt safety so both of my Marlins are JM stamped. I removed the scope off my 1894 CB Limited and put it on my 1894 C carbine model. I really like the Marlins but you are correct the $1000.00 price tag is BS!!! I lucked out with the 1894 C I still paid $500.00 for it but I know I could turn around and make a profit on it. Now here is the way I got my Marlin 1894 C I lucked out found it and called at the right time but I also sold my very nice Blued Taurus Model 92 Large Loop .357 for $450.00 just after I bought the Marlin so the Marlin cost me $50.00!!! But I also lucked out on the Rossi about 2 years ago I bought it for $200.00 I actually like the model 92 action better then the Marlin but I cannot mount a scope on the Rossi my older eye's need a scope. I looked at the Henry Big Boys the Big Boy Carbine model is really nice but the steel version is also very nice plus you can scope either rifle.......but the problem is the Henry's are very heavy!!! If you want to just use open sights the Henry is ok. For the money spent if I was going to buy one & just wanted open sights get the Rossi you can get rid of the stupid safety and add the metal follower in the magazine. But the Rossi's are very accurate and such a nice action well suited for pistol calibers!!!
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I just got a Rossi and had the same conundrum. You can see the link to my thread below. I wasn't wild about buying a Rossi and the quality concerned me. However, I have to say that I am really pleased with the workmanship. The wood looks great and the steel is real nice.

I upgraded the safety, follower, and mag spring. I have only shot about 10 rounds through it, but it seemed accurate. I am going to shoot it much more today.

Magnum Rifle!



I still want a Marlin 1894CSS though...
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The only thing I don't like about the Rossi is that it has that silly safety!
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The only thing I don't like about the Rossi is that it has that silly safety!
The safety is garbage. I couldn't get mine to reliaby actuate. Replacing it with the steel plug is definitely a good way to go (and pretty easy to do).
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Here's a scope mount for Rossi 92:

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I have new haven marlins and rossis and henry. I like the hery verus a new marlin. If you shoot at a range weight is a so what. Hunting is another matter. 40 years ago when I started hunting a scoped bolt gun went 9lbs plus closer to 10. Are we spoiled.
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I have a stainless octagon (long) barrel in .357. I took the safety off, dissembles the insides and polished,deburred everything. At the same time I washed off the water based wood stain and refinished the wood. All of this was easy to do. I didn't replace anything with aftermarket parts. It runs great. Best accuracy in mine is with 158 jacketed and 2400 powder. I expect 1/2" grouping @50 yards.
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I had a Henry Big Boy 357 and recently sold it and bought an R92 and I couldn't be happier. The Henry was very nice. Action was smooth and it shot well. Only issue was it was a brick. I think it weighed in over 8 pounds. I got to the point of not liking the weight.
I got a blued R92 20" and did all the work from Steve's video. The action on the Rossi is awesome and it shoots and handles like a dream for me. I did file the rear sight down so it's a flat top sight and painted the front dot bright white. I also stripped the stock and forearm and hand rubbed and sanded about 10 coats of boiled linseed oil. It makes the rifle seem like "mine".
I would not hesitate to buy a Rossi. For the price I think it's one of the best deals out there.
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I have a Rossi 92 16" barrel in .357 mag. I have not done any work on it and I will say, mine was a little rough when I got it. But, the action has smoothed out considerably the more I have shot it. Frankly, that is a fun problem to have. It is not as smooth as a Henry, but it does weigh a lot less, which was one of the reasons I bought it. Mine is just a range shooter and it is a ton of fun.
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I bought a new Rossi 92 in 2003 for cowboy action shooting. It was the Navy Arms Short Rifle with octagon barrel and case hardened finish. The wood finish sucked and collected fingerprints everywhere it was touched. I refinished it with Tru-oil rubbed down with rottenstone and it looked really nice. But you should not have to refinish a new rifle.

After about 100 rounds it would no longer reliably feed .38 Specials. So, at that point I stuck with .357 Magnums rather than having it "smithed". That is a common problem. The action was okay but not super smooth.

This predated the models with safeties so that was not an issue.

With the short octagon barrel it was very maneuverable, had a nice heft to it and was steady on target. I really liked the semi-buckhorn sight. After working around the issues mentioned, I really liked the rifle.

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I liked my 357 so much a bought another in 45 colt. Followed Stevez instructions for smoothing up the action and couldn't be happier. Both are the 20" versions in stainless.
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Don't have a Rossi but Love my Marlin in 357 mag, and Henry 22 lr.
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I want a rossi 92

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Don't have a Rossi but Love my Marlin in 357 mag, and Henry 22 lr.


The exact same situation as me, plus an 1894SS .44 magnum. I shot the Henry today for the first time in a while.


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