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#6580090 - 06/09/12 Opinions of Rossi R92 in 357 Magnum...
barm Offline
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I think I have given up finding a Marlin 1894css for a fair price, so I am looking at alternatives. Has anyone tried the Rossi R92 in 357 Magnum? Can a scope be mounted? Are there any pitfalls to this model?

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#6580328 - 06/09/12 Re: Opinions of Rossi R92 in 357 Magnum... [Re: barm]
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They are a little rough in the action,but can be smoothed up.The 92 is a top ejection so scoping would be a problem. Mine is just as accurate as any Marlin or Winchester.
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#6580621 - 06/09/12 Re: Opinions of Rossi R92 in 357 Magnum... [Re: saddlesore]
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+1 Saddlesore, my experience is the same as yours. Wish they were drilled and tapped for receiver sights, but that's a cheap easy fix. I own both Winchester levers and Marlins and if your not going to scope it, 92/94 levers just handle so well without a scope.

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#6581237 - 06/10/12 Re: Opinions of Rossi R92 in 357 Magnum... [Re: Mike_S]
barm Offline
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Saddlesore and Mike S,

How long is your length of pull? I read Rossi's website and it said 12.5". I need 13 3/4" on most bolt rifles, does it feel short?

Also, I am looking at either the 20" or 24" barrel, do you guys have a preference? I am looking to use it as a plinker and for hunting.


Edited by barm (06/10/12)
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#6582134 - 06/10/12 Re: Opinions of Rossi R92 in 357 Magnum... [Re: barm]
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barm, while I've never owned a Rossi '92 in that caliber, I've owned three of them in others, a 44 Mag., a 44-40, and currently a rifle in 44 Mag. The first two were carbines. They are a good, serviceable piece and a great way to own the '92 if an original Winchester ain't in the cards for whatever reason. As was said, they lack configuration for a scope. I've owned an 1894C in .357 Mag. and it was a great little gun. Comparatively, you've got the scope issue which goes to the Marlin and you have the smoothness issue which also goes to the Marlin. Were it me, if I didn't need the scope and the Rossi was more available, I'd go that route. If I needed a scope though, I'd wait and find the Marlin. Be advised that some Rossis are smoother than others. The current ones after Taurus has taken over, seem to me anyway, to have smoothed up a tad. I dunno.
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#6582314 - 06/10/12 Re: Opinions of Rossi R92 in 357 Magnum... [Re: barm]
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Originally Posted By: barm
Saddlesore and Mike S,

How long is your length of pull? I read Rossi's website and it said 12.5". I need 13 3/4" on most bolt rifles, does it feel short?

Also, I am looking at either the 20" or 24" barrel, do you guys have a preference? I am looking to use it as a plinker and for hunting.


My Rossi LOP is 12 7/8". I measured all my levers and they average 13" + or -

They don't seem short for a typiacl lever gun.


Edited by saddlesore (06/10/12)
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#6583111 - 06/10/12 Re: Opinions of Rossi R92 in 357 Magnum... [Re: saddlesore]
Ward Offline
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I had the carbine version of the Rossi in 45 Colt. Decent little rifle that wasn't uncomfortable to shoot and I generally settle for a 14" LOP though 14 1/4 is what my gunsmith suggested years ago thanks to 37" sleeves. The Rossi was no problem to shoot with the factory iron sights for me though is was a bit shorter than most of my leverguns.

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#6583118 - 06/10/12 Re: Opinions of Rossi R92 in 357 Magnum... [Re: EthanEdwards]
barm Offline
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Ethan Edwards, Saddlesore, and Ward:

Great information concerning the Rossi. Did anyone find the metal but plate uncomfortable to shoot?

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#6583306 - 06/10/12 Re: Opinions of Rossi R92 in 357 Magnum... [Re: barm]
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Originally Posted By: barm
Ethan Edwards, Saddlesore, and Ward:

Great information concerning the Rossi. Did anyone find the metal but plate uncomfortable to shoot?


Not enough recoil to even notice. MY wife likes to use mine. It's hard to get away from her. It makes a dandy scabbard gun.
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#6583326 - 06/10/12 Re: Opinions of Rossi R92 in 357 Magnum... [Re: barm]
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Dont leave out a Browning 92.Just in case you stumble across one.May be the best of the bunch.
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#6583843 - 06/11/12 Re: Opinions of Rossi R92 in 357 Magnum... [Re: jdm953]
barm Offline
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I would like one, but it may be cost prohibitive.

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#6583844 - 06/11/12 Re: Opinions of Rossi R92 in 357 Magnum... [Re: saddlesore]
barm Offline
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Hey guys,

Do you think the 24" barrel would be muzzle heavy or offer good balance?

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#6583878 - 06/11/12 Re: Opinions of Rossi R92 in 357 Magnum... [Re: barm]
saddlesore Offline
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I have an old Marlin 94, 38-40 made in 1902 with a 24 " octagon barrel. Very easy to shoot and balanced well.I prefer it to other levers I have.



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#6583969 - 06/11/12 Re: Opinions of Rossi R92 in 357 Magnum... [Re: barm]
tikkanut Offline
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Originally Posted By: barm
I think I have given up finding a Marlin 1894css for a fair price, so I am looking at alternatives. Has anyone tried the Rossi R92 in 357 Magnum? Can a scope be mounted? Are there any pitfalls to this model?


I have some older Marlins...also a Rossi 45 Colt Trapper....not near as slick as the 30 yr old Marlin...but very usable...the Rossi 45 is on the list though for a Steve Young tune up...maybe then it will be as slick as a Marlin...I've seen the 'CS'...but what's the CSS ? Here's a 1984CS I have..1984 mfg...




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#6585021 - 06/11/12 Re: Opinions of Rossi R92 in 357 Magnum... [Re: tikkanut]
barm Offline
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The CSS is like the C but it is in stainless steel.

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#6585026 - 06/11/12 Re: Opinions of Rossi R92 in 357 Magnum... [Re: saddlesore]
barm Offline
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I'm leaning more toward the 24" barrel. Thank you.

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#6585460 - 06/11/12 Re: Opinions of Rossi R92 in 357 Magnum... [Re: barm]
tikkanut Offline
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Originally Posted By: barm
The CSS is like the C but it is in stainless steel.


Good luck in finding one of those......

The one in my pic is F/S.....I have two......

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#6588816 - 06/12/12 Re: Opinions of Rossi R92 in 357 Magnum... [Re: saddlesore]
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Quick check:

1920s M94SRC 32 Spl., curved steel butt: 13"

1906 M92 38 WCF, curved steel butt: 12 and 3/4"

1951 M336SC 35 Rem., plastic butt: 13 and 1/2"

M92 Rossi 44 mag, curved steel butt: 13 and 1/2"

Both of the M92s (real and clone) are 24" barrel rifles, not carbines.
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#6590730 - 06/13/12 Re: Opinions of Rossi R92 in 357 Magnum... [Re: dubePA]
barm Offline
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Thanks dubePA.

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#6590822 - 06/13/12 Re: Opinions of Rossi R92 in 357 Magnum... [Re: dubePA]
Paul39 Offline
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Are some Rossis considered better than others, based on where and when manufactured?

Paul
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#6590960 - 06/13/12 Re: Opinions of Rossi R92 in 357 Magnum... [Re: Paul39]
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I've handled much older "Pumas" some years ago and some were not very smooth, but my fairly new Rossi M92 is very slick. 24" oct. barrel in 44 mag. BTW, the Puma brand is now owned by someone else (Legacy Arms, I think?), so Rossi (Taurus) rifles from South America, are no longer called that.

To the question of comfortable to shoot, ya know it went off shooting fairly stout 200gr XTP loads, but it certainly isn't objectionable.

Considered buying a Puma carbine in 44 mag many years ago, at a small local shop, but since I've been spoiled by the actions in my old M94 and the 336SC Marlin, put it back down. My Rossi M92 doesn't even come close to the action on my 1906 vintage M92 Winchester, but I didn't expect it to. I like them both.
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#6591128 - 06/13/12 Re: Opinions of Rossi R92 in 357 Magnum... [Re: dubePA]
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My Rossi is about 15 years old.It was rough when I bought it,but I took it apart and stoned all the rough edges in the action andit is very smooth now.
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#6591478 - 06/14/12 Re: Opinions of Rossi R92 in 357 Magnum... [Re: saddlesore]
Paul39 Offline
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How is the 92 for feeding .357? How about .38 Special?

What's the trigger like?

Paul
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#6592392 - 06/14/12 Re: Opinions of Rossi R92 in 357 Magnum... [Re: Paul39]
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Some feed 38 ,but most won't feed 38swc. Some will not feed .357swc. Trigger is average. Nothing to brag about,but not too bad.
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