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Quickdraw Mcgraw
02-05-2013, 11:32 AM
I sure do have a lot of .38sp and .357mag an my guy has one of these for sale for a decent price so has anyone had one of these Rossi Lever guns?

Are they any good? how do they shoot .38sp?

Also I tend to use an abuse my guns so how is this gun going to take a beating?

Thanks guys?

Vacaville
02-05-2013, 11:36 AM
Good question. I've been wondering the same thing. They look nice.

BomarFab
02-05-2013, 11:41 AM
I have one and I'm very happy with it. I have the 16". Only problem I've ever had was some WWB 38s getting the bullet shoved into the case and not feeding. Was a bullet problem not the gun. Only had 2 or 3 do it. My reloads do fine. Plenty accurate and a blast to shoot. I wouldn't give it up.

buster1960
02-05-2013, 11:54 AM
I have 2 and my father in law has 2. Great little guns. Nice shooters.

855R
02-05-2013, 12:04 PM
I just got one home on monday. I have not shot it yet but I expect it to be great.

Gaspasser100
02-05-2013, 12:28 PM
Fun to shoot and should take a beating. Trigger is a little rough, winchester and henry have better triggers.

maddoggie13
02-05-2013, 12:29 PM
Lots of fun...no kick back with 38.

tommyboy619
02-05-2013, 1:04 PM
My 16" runs great on 38's and 357 (except for those pointy Fiochi 357 basterds). Just cycle it a few hundred times in front of the boob tube to loosen up the action and it should run like a champ.

EssDee
02-05-2013, 1:59 PM
LOVE MINE!!!

bombadillo
02-05-2013, 2:14 PM
I ha e seen people who don't own them bash, but all of the owners I know love them. I have a marlin an winchester, but the few rossi brands that ive shot have all been equally as good.

bill_k_lopez
02-05-2013, 2:22 PM
I have two in 44mag - great guns, lots of fun. Not a Marlin, but $200-$300 cheaper. I wouldn't get rid of mine.

r1ghtw1ng
02-05-2013, 2:45 PM
I sold my Marlin 30A while I was consolidating calibers, but have been wanting a companion carbine to my Ruger Security Six, since I have a ton of 38 spl. The Rossi does look nice and might fit the bill.

Annex138
02-05-2013, 2:58 PM
I have one in .454 casull. They are great guns for the price. They are no Winchester but they also cost half the price. It would take a lot of money to make me sell mine.

http://img.tapatalk.com/d/13/02/06/vu3uregy.jpg

BomarFab
02-05-2013, 3:03 PM
True the fit and finish is not spectacular, but they are fun. I have pre-64s to admire, and a Rossi to play with.

I realize I am nearby to the OP. If you want to check one out let me know.

VegasND
02-05-2013, 5:56 PM
My dad bought the one I have over 30 years ago. It has always worked great and it's still fun to shoot.

Nickgt40
02-05-2013, 7:44 PM
Couldn't find one locally so I found a dealer who would place an order in for me. Since I was ordering I decided on a Big Boy instead, now the wait...

smle-man
02-05-2013, 8:10 PM
I've had my Rossi 92 .357 since 1981 and it is still going strong. The latest production (I have a .44 Rossi from about 2006 or so) doesn't have the same fit and finish as my 30 year old Rossi but works just as well.

ElvenSoul
02-05-2013, 8:25 PM
I had one it was great. I had a gunsmith modify it to fire. 38SPC

RAMCHARGER
02-05-2013, 9:46 PM
My son bought me one for xmas I love it, it's the sixteen inch 357 :-)

wellfedirishman
02-05-2013, 9:48 PM
The Rossi 92s are great guns for the money. I have one in 357 I use for cowboy action shooting. It shoots 38 specials no problem, just load the bullet slightly long and it cycles great.

randyo
02-05-2013, 10:01 PM
I like my .357 16" fine. Just not as much as I love my IAI Timberwolf .357 pump. The pump has a longer, heavier barrel so is more accurate and I like the pump handling characteristics. It's my "go to" home defense gun cuz it looks and pumps like a 20 gauge. Rossi is accurate enough though and fun to shoot. Only thing it won't eat so far are some bargain gunshow cast 357 reloads.

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lapsbpbep
02-05-2013, 11:01 PM
I got one in 44 mag love it it for the .money they are great guns

RAMCHARGER
02-06-2013, 10:59 AM
Honestly when comparing it to my Big5 bought Marlin 1894, I think the Rossi is better fit and the wood is nicer. When I compare it to my Marlin 1984CP (16" ported barrel) the Marlin has nicer wood work with pretty gain and the diamond pattern looks nicer. Cycling and function, the Rossi feeds smoother and hasnt choked on the stuff the marlin does (Walmart .38 specials with flat nose FMJs). And My Rossi has the Big Loop Lever andthe saddle ring tingie :)
AND It feels more John Wayne than a Marlin...

Quickdraw Mcgraw
02-07-2013, 1:21 PM
Looks like a .44mag is on the way! Anyone done the Bolt mounted peep sights on these?

Steves Gunz has some pretty cool stuff for these.

tuna quesadilla
02-07-2013, 1:42 PM
Looks like a .44mag is on the way! Anyone done the Bolt mounted peep sights on these?

Steves Gunz has some pretty cool stuff for these.

The thing that scares me away from the bolt-mounted peep sight is that it is mounted on a moving part. Yes the bolt does lock up pretty dang tight on that 1892 action, but I'm still not convinced that it will hold zero after being cycled hundreds of times. I suppose it would be fine for close-up work but I wouldn't trust it for target shooting.

RAMCHARGER
02-07-2013, 1:57 PM
Isn't the barrel tapped for a scope mount under the rear sight on these?

Gary13
02-07-2013, 2:09 PM
I have a 16" stainless in 357 on order, hope it comes soon. Looking forward to getting it. There are upgrades to the action, etc, but I am going to try it out first.

bombadillo
02-07-2013, 2:54 PM
I will see if I can find the brass micro peep sights. They are mounted very low and work well.

Iskra
02-12-2013, 9:36 AM
Everyone who's mentioned bbl length has the 16". Anyone have the 20" and have anything to say about it? .357 out of a 20" pushes past 2000 fps with a lot of commercial loads...

tuna quesadilla
02-12-2013, 11:19 AM
Everyone who's mentioned bbl length has the 16". Anyone have the 20" and have anything to say about it? .357 out of a 20" pushes past 2000 fps with a lot of commercial loads...

Not worth the weight and handling penalty.

Playing the velocity game with pistol cartridges is a little silly. Those bullets have all the aerodynamics of a brick. That velocity will start dropping off very quickly.

DPmax
02-12-2013, 4:31 PM
Looks like a .44mag is on the way! Anyone done the Bolt mounted peep sights on these?

Steves Gunz has some pretty cool stuff for these.

Check out Skinner's peeps (http://www.skinnersights.com/rossi_firearms_23.html) for the Rossi, I have one on order for my Henry in 44mag

bombadillo
02-12-2013, 5:23 PM
Those were the ones I was going to recommend and forgot all about it :D

smittty
02-12-2013, 8:22 PM
I owned several Rossi 92's and I like them. The dirty truth about them is that they rarely feed & eject both 38sp and 357 mag length cartridges reliably. This is true with most lever sction rifles in 38sp/357mag and 44sp/44mag. Most prefer one or the other.

They can be tuned however there are very few gunsmiths that can do it. Steve's Gunz is one of the few,http://store.stevesgunz.com/

Normally if someone asks which caliber levergun I'll recommend 45lc.

smle-man
02-12-2013, 9:18 PM
My.357 Rossi feeds .38 158gr LSWC and .357 125, 158 JSP and 158GgrLSWC perfectly. My .44 mag Rossi feeds fine too with .44spl and .44mag. Guess I lucked out.

rm1911
02-12-2013, 11:59 PM
gotta a couple related questions. I've read alot on the rossi and they seem to be really underrated. supposed to be good little shooters.

XS sights need to be D&T? and the receiver is kinda thin, so probably no? the skinner sight looks appealing. I love apertures. been shooting them on my garand, 10/22 and even had them on my 03A3. is acquiring a ghost that's on the barrel easy. (if so I'd probably get the mojo for my swede)

if you had plenty of brass, etc., and dillon SDB dies for both 357 and 44 (which I do) which one would you choose.

I'm intrigued by those rifles. and the price too. it's the sights that are my deciding factor.

ScottJames
02-15-2013, 6:19 PM
Anyone tried to Skinner sights that mount to the Rossi barrel?

According to their website they work great I'm just considered about sight radius on the 16''.

ScottJames
02-17-2013, 2:50 PM
Can someone help me decide between the 16'' and 20'' barrel!?

I've been going back and forth. I haven't handled one and finding one in a store is impossible.

This will mainly be a range plinker for me. The 16'' seems a little handier but I like the longer sight radius on the 20''.

The 20'' is only 3.5 inches longer in total length and only .2 pounds heavier. It hold more rounds as well, but I do like the look of the 16".

If it were you, what would you choose?? Thanks!

Ripon83
02-17-2013, 2:52 PM
Bought a new lever Rossi 24" about 2 years ago, have about 400 rnds run through it - works 100% of the time - hits what I like at a 100 yards, shoots 38sp fine.


I sure do have a lot of .38sp and .357mag an my guy has one of these for sale for a decent price so has anyone had one of these Rossi Lever guns?

Are they any good? how do they shoot .38sp?

Also I tend to use an abuse my guns so how is this gun going to take a beating?

Thanks guys?

VegasND
02-17-2013, 3:33 PM
Both my .357 and .44 are 20" - mainly because I couldn't find a 16" when looking.

I think the 16" is a little muzzle light so it's harder for me to hit with but every time I've shot somebody else's 16" barrel I've thought it was very handy.

At this point I think I'd keep the 20" .44 and get a 16" .357 ...

just because.

Grumpyoldretiredcop
02-17-2013, 4:21 PM
Can someone help me decide between the 16'' and 20'' barrel!?... If it were you, what would you choose?? Thanks!

I had two lever actions in .45 Colt - a 20" Marlin and a 16" Rossi - sold the Marlin and kept the Rossi. The Marlin was a better, more solid (and more expensive) rifle, but was unwieldy compared to the Rossi carbine.

ScottJames
02-17-2013, 10:34 PM
Thanks for the info. I'll probably go for the 16'' but will get whatever I can find.

Sosoomi
02-17-2013, 11:00 PM
I bought a Rossi Rio Grande SS in 30-30 and immediately thought I should have got the .357. I did get the R92 SS in .357/ 38spc two weeks ago... Did a stock watch on Davidsons and ordered it as soon as the notification came in... By the time I received confirmation none were left.

I had done a lot of reading so I expected some issues but out of the box the sights were bang on and it cycled both calibers.

Part of the fun was slicking up the action...I will warn you there is a learning curve to disassembly and reassembly ... Be warned...now I have it figured out it is not a big deal!

On my first range trip after the slicking work it would not cycle .357... At all... I was frustrated because the Blazer ammo in both calibers ran great. This time I was shooting Armscor.. The 38 spl was fine but not the 357... Long story short I ended up buying a box of Magtech in 357 and it ran fine. The cases were a little long in the Armscor stuff and the Rossi gods DO NOT LIKE THAT!

Rumor is to find the ammo your gun likes and stick with it. My LAX 38 spl reloads cycle just fine.

Here they are... The top one is the 30-30 and the lower a 16" in .357/38 spl.

http://i1353.photobucket.com/albums/q665/Sosoomi/5C8DA0C8-89D6-4F39-A883-2A2065CA4BDB-565-000000860010AFB2_zpse2c0995e.jpg

ScottJames
02-17-2013, 11:13 PM
Nice rifles Sosoomi. I heard the disassembly was a PITA.

Will probably buy Steve'sGuns DVD on how to breakdown and clean.

DudeDoug2000
02-17-2013, 11:23 PM
My 92 has ran good so far. Not a lot of use though couple hundred .38 and around a hundred .357... My safety did break off though. Anyone else had this happen? The safety still works just the tip of the lever broke you can still manipulate it, just not as easy. I asked questions regarding ammo before I brought the rifle home so I'll share what I've used.
Magtech .38 special lead round nose and PMC .357 both ran 100%

Sosoomi
02-17-2013, 11:24 PM
I bought that DVD as well as his spring kit (ejector spring) and magazine follower.

The disassembly is easy... The reassembly... Not so much... Kind of like a Ruger Mark III...once you get the hang of it...not so bad :-)

I also bought a spring kit from Brownells.. To tell you the truth I am still running the factory ejector spring because none of the others fit right.... Need to talk to Steve about that.

I did cut down the magazine spring as per Steve's DVD and it makes a world of difference!

raygun5000
02-18-2013, 8:39 PM
Can someone help me decide between the 16'' and 20'' barrel!?

I've been going back and forth. I haven't handled one and finding one in a store is impossible.

This will mainly be a range plinker for me. The 16'' seems a little handier but I like the longer sight radius on the 20''.

The 20'' is only 3.5 inches longer in total length and only .2 pounds heavier. It hold more rounds as well, but I do like the look of the 16".

If it were you, what would you choose?? Thanks!

I got a tip from cwilliams here on the forums that Gun World in Burbank has Rossis's. I was there on 2/9/13 and they had a 16" barrel with large loop, 16" with regular loop, and a couple other rossi's on the wall. I did check out an 18" (maybe it was a 20"?) barrel with a short rail on it, but decided on the shorter 16" barrel with large loop. I'm picking it up this week.

Your profile says you're in Burbank, so Gun World is local to you. I had some so-so experiences with Gun World in the past, so I was a little hesitant to go there. But, I've had problems locating a Rossi at other stores that I frequent, so I guess I had no choice, haha. This experience went pretty well. The price was pretty much MSRP, so I didn't get a screaming deal. If there still in stock, maybe they can help with your decision making?

Be warned, there were some nice Winchester levers there too, just waiting to part your money from your wallet, haha!

Hope this helps!

ScottJames
02-18-2013, 9:03 PM
I got a tip from cwilliams here on the forums that Gun World in Burbank has Rossis's. I was there on 2/9/13 and they had a 16" barrel with large loop, 16" with regular loop, and a couple other rossi's on the wall. I did check out an 18" (maybe it was a 20"?) barrel with a short rail on it, but decided on the shorter 16" barrel with large loop. I'm picking it up this week.

Your profile says you're in Burbank, so Gun World is local to you. I had some so-so experiences with Gun World in the past, so I was a little hesitant to go there. But, I've had problems locating a Rossi at other stores that I frequent, so I guess I had no choice, haha. This experience went pretty well. The price was pretty much MSRP, so I didn't get a screaming deal. If there still in stock, maybe they can help with your decision making?

Be warned, there were some nice Winchester levers there too, just waiting to part your money from your wallet, haha!

Hope this helps!


Thanks for the tip!

Yeah I've also had some so so experiences with them and they usually don't have the best prices in town. I swear Gun World is the only store where I've ever been carded while looking at handguns, not even handling one. I'm 29 and I may not look 29 but I sure as hell look older than 21.

But with limited supply locally and online I may have to give them a chance.

Gary13
02-19-2013, 12:49 PM
I did get the R92 SS in .357/ 38spc two weeks ago

Here they are... The top one is the 30-30 and the lower a 16" in .357/38 spl.

http://i1353.photobucket.com/albums/q665/Sosoomi/5C8DA0C8-89D6-4F39-A883-2A2065CA4BDB-565-000000860010AFB2_zpse2c0995e.jpg

That is the one I have on order and hope to have come in one day. I am stocking up on 38 and 357 while I wait.

Sosoomi
02-19-2013, 1:29 PM
LAX had some 38 spl last week.