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Old 08-06-2018, 2:12 PM
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Default Rossi R92's are making a come back

I read on a couple forums that Braztech has already sent out new stock. They're only making 20" SS round barrels for now, .357 and 44. GB has a few listed, price should be 504.00 + or - and it looks like sellers are trying to get a premium for them. Ymmv
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One popped up on davidsons a week or so ago and was sold before I could grab it. I hope they show up for reasonable prices again!
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Im still kicking myself for not buying when they were everywhere, always put it off.

So, my ( limited ) understanding was that the shortage was the result of Taurus consolidating manufacturing for these rifles.

Curious about the quality of these new ones...

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Curious about the quality of these new ones...

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Me too, look what happened when Marlin moved. The Rossi's where already a little iffy. I read that they got rid of the hammer safety and the guns msrp was less than the last production.
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Me too, look what happened when Marlin moved. The Rossi's where already a little iffy. I read that they got rid of the hammer safety and the guns msrp was less than the last production.
Did they replace the hammer safety with another manual safety?

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Did they replace the hammer safety with another manual safety?

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Not that I know of. I read they just deleted the hammer safety but they still have that silly cheap looking bolt safety.
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Darn, I want a ~20” octagonal 357.
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Default I have one

Been trying to pick up another in .357, but they are rare as hens teeth.
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I was able to snag two of blued 16" .357 3.5 years ago. I purchased the second one right after my son nearly absconded with the first one. I purchased the second, coincidentally, on the occasion of his 25th birthday. He still compliments that little carbine (and plinks with it in the Rockies where he is currently working).

While I am always interested in another 16" .357, I'd also like to acquire a 20" stainless .44. Thanks for the heads up!

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Been looking also for a Rossi 16" 357mag...very hard to find , so I got a Winchester 1873... nice....but still want a 16" Rossi....I'll keep looking
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Been looking also for a Rossi 16" 357mag...very hard to find , so I got a Winchester 1873... nice....but still want a 16" Rossi....I'll keep looking
I got real lucky and scored a 16 inch puma, pre Taurus, no safety a few months ago. Cheap too. I was stoked.
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I had no idea they were hard to come by. I bought mine (357, blued, round barrel) 2 or 3 years ago. I've toyed with the idea of getting a Winchester '73 and selling the Rossi, but the darn thing shoots and functions so well, I can't rationalize it. It's a great little rifle.
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I have a .45 Colt pre-safety and a .44 which I picked up when Big 5 was closing them out. Both blued 20-inch barrels They are fun little guns. I just ignore the little safety switch on the bolt. I usually run .44 SPL level loads in magnum cases in the .44 and standard .45 Colt loads in the .45. I have had no problems with either one. I like using the coated bullets in them, usually a RNFP or TC style for smooth feeding, though I haven't had any issues with SWC.
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I'm interested in getting a 16" barrel one in 357 mag. The extra 4" barrel length makes it noticeably longer and doesn't do much for velocity with pistol calibers.

I'll settle for a 44 mag or 45 Colt if a must.
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Darn, I want a ~20” octagonal 357.
Henry rules.
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I wouldn't mind having a SS Rossi 92 357 mag as long as it not shiny.
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Had a blue 20" Rossi '92 in .357 and really liked it. It looked great and was very well made. Traded it for a nice used Winchester '94 in .30-30 which was what I really wanted after they quit making them in '06.

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Default Dgm in san diego had one in 45 colt w 20” barrel

I saw one in discount gun mart in san diego for $525 in .45 colt w 20” barrel. Wasnt sure if that was a good price or no for it. It was new
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Henry rules.
Not with that fugly rubber buttpad. I like the color case hardnened Big Boy and would contemplate one in 357 or 45LC, but with that freakin buttpad it is a non starter. I seriously have no idea WTH they are thinking.
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I overpaid for a 16inch .357 when they just weren't around a couple years ago. $600 used. It was worth every penny. Most fun rifle I own. Lucky mine eats any ammo .38 or .357, no hiccups. Though my thumb might be bloody after loading it a bunch.

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I overpaid for a 16inch .357 when they just weren't around a couple years ago. $600 used. It was worth every penny. Most fun rifle I own. Lucky mine eats any ammo .38 or .357, no hiccups. Though my thumb might be bloody after loading it a bunch.
I took mine apart and slicked up the action and also broke the sharp edges around the loading port. Makes a big difference.
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And I keep it loaded by my bedside as my home defense gun. 16 inch is small enough to be maneuverable. 357 packs a punch.
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I took mine apart and slicked up the action and also broke the sharp edges around the loading port. Makes a big difference.
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Not with that fugly rubber buttpad. I like the color case hardnened Big Boy and would contemplate one in 357 or 45LC, but with that freakin buttpad it is a non starter. I seriously have no idea WTH they are thinking.
The new Henry's are just to farby for me to want one. I'll take a blued, case hardened 20" Win '92 or '73 clone in .357.
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Yes, cold blue.
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The new Henry's are just to farby for me to want one. I'll take a blued, case hardened 20" Win '92 or '73 clone in .357.
Yeah, the Henry looks do throw me off.
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I think I'd rather have a tacted out azzedup mossberg lever clone in .30-30 than a "Henry". Basically a 7.62x39 lever gun but the ammo is 4x more expensive.
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I think I'd rather have a tacted out azzdup mossberg lever clone in .30-30 than a "Henry". Basically a 7.62x39 lever gun but the ammo is 4x more expensive.
I have long thought that a .30-30 is one of the best off-radar goblin poppers.
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Ya they were hard to find and I always wanted a rossi. Always heard they had their quirks, or ran flawless. Never found any in stock so i bought a Henry and man after 1 shooting trip I did not like it because of the tube fed and having to deal with that nonsense every time your out.

A good running R92 in .357/38 with the side loading gate is what i want.

Davidsons has them all listed in each caliber with the different color finishes. But all say "out of stock" as of right now...hope they are decent.
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Good to hear that the R92 will be available again. I bought mine at Big 5 back in '13 right before the supply dried up, wish I had bought two of 'em. Definitely a favorite plinker of mine. The wife and I bicker about who gets to spend more time with it.

I'm a little iffy about the prospects of buying a new one knowing that the manufacturing facility is moving/consolidating/retooling (any of these). I want to wait a while after availability to see if any reports about reliability or accuracy start making the rounds on the web.

Do still want though.
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I don't understand why everyone has the 'hots' for a Rossi 92, or any lever for that matter, in 357 just so they can go plinking on the cheap. I do have a R92 SS 16" in 454 Casull that sits by the bedside, but if I want to go plinking on the cheap I have plenty of 22's.... IMHO...
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I don't understand why everyone has the 'hots' for a Rossi 92, or any lever for that matter, in 357 just so they can go plinking on the cheap. I do have a R92 SS 16" in 454 Casull that sits by the bedside, but if I want to go plinking on the cheap I have plenty of 22's.... IMHO...
Variety. I really enjoy plinking with .22's, but also enjoy shooting steel with PCC's and handguns.

As far as lever shooting goes, I think there's a degree of skill needed to stay on target with a lever for rapid follow up shots more so than there is for a semi auto or pump action .22.

I shoot a lot more .38 than I do .357 with my R92. I've got a .44mag lever that sees range time also.
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I dont understand why someone would want a 454 lever by their bedside. The stainless will glare and give away your position and you don't get the satisfying sound of a bolt slamming home that scares intruders away without firing a shot. 🧐
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I dont understand why someone would want a 454 lever by their bedside. The stainless will glare and give away your position and you don't get the satisfying sound of a bolt slamming home that scares intruders away without firing a shot. 🧐
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I don't understand why everyone has the 'hots' for a Rossi 92, or any lever for that matter, in 357 just so they can go plinking on the cheap. I do have a R92 SS 16" in 454 Casull that sits by the bedside, but if I want to go plinking on the cheap I have plenty of 22's.... IMHO...
Simply put - it is fun. I don't have one in .38/.357 but have one in .44 and one in .45. It is a lot of fun to plink at metal with a big, slow moving round that doesn't kick like a mule. That's why I load .44 mag to .44 spl level and my .45 to lower level loads. The same reason I enjoy shooting my M-1 Carbine. I reload for all of them and it keeps the price down. I have .45-70 and .300 Wthby if I want to get more of a kick out of shooting.
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I don't understand why everyone has the 'hots' for a Rossi 92 [in .357]

That's because YOU HAVEN'T SHOT ONE.

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I don't understand why some one would buy a lever gun in 454....but then I haven't tried it.
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I don't understand why everyone has the 'hots' for a Rossi 92, or any lever for that matter, in 357 just so they can go plinking on the cheap. ... if I want to go plinking on the cheap I have plenty of 22's.... IMHO...
I don't understand why anyone has the hots for plinking with a 22 when you can go plinking on the cheap with a pellet gun.

You sound like a liberal that claims no one needs a gun.

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