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After picking up my Ruger Super Blackhawk .44 Magnum revolver, I had to find a .44 Magnum rifle to go with it. Looked at the new Winchester 1892's, pricey at $1000 or so, older Winchester 94's (don't like the action of a 94 in pistol calibers) Browning B92's, again a little pricey.

Saw this stainless steel Rossi carbine at the Richmond, Va. Gun Show last Saturday, 16" barrel, 4.8 pounds, lighter than a Ruger 10/22! Priced at $405, brand new...

Took it to the range yesterday, ran some rounds through it I had prepared for the Ruger Super Blackhawk. Shoots cast lead extremely well, shot a 50 yard five shot group (sand bag rest) with all rounds touching. Sights are well regulated too:

Some fog on the camera lens...



I think the Rossi M92's are a great value, good triggers, smooth action, wood is a little rough, but for a utility rifle, it looks good.

The load is a mild cast lead 240 grain bullet from a Lee mold, enough Trail Boss powder to get 850 feet per second from a revolver, should be going 1100 FPS or so from a rifle. Also ran some jacketed 240 grain loads that are a little hotter, 1250 FPS from a revolver, a little more recoil, but not bad.

I tell you, shooting single action revolvers and lever rifles makes me want to move to Wyoming and buy a horse! Great fun, especially experimenting with cast lead and finding sweet loads like this one.

With this rifle, my gun collection is complete. Every hand gun has a rifle companion, a rifle and handgun for any concievable use in North America. I shall eschew all gun shows, and only visit gun shops to buy powder, primers and other reloading components....

See you on the range!

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Is the 4.8 pounds an actual measurement? Neat guns.
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4.8 pounds is the claimed weight on the Rossi web-site, I just stepped on the bathroom scale with mine, acutal weight of this rifle is 5.2 pounds....

Never thought that weights listed on manufacturer web sites might not be 100% accurate, but the rifle is still plenty light.
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Cool. Wood is hard to pin down weight on for production numbers. Too many density variables. I bet the 357 version is heavier still. 5.2 pounds will seem light if you touch off some sure-nuff 300 grain Magnum loads!

I won't even talk about the 454 Casull version...

Enjoy it. I think that's the ultimate truck gun there. Stainless, short, light, and plenty of power.
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I bought the same gun except 20 inch barrel last summer...it's a great pig smasher
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I have a Rossi 24 inch rifle in .357 that is an absolutely ball to shoot. I love it. I'm going to be shopping for a .44 soon.

I wish I could get a 20 inch, but those seem hard to come by in .44 and much harder to come by in .357 Magnum.
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I have a Rossi 24 inch rifle in .357 that is an absolutely ball to shoot. I love it. I'm going to be shopping for a .44 soon.

I wish I could get a 20 inch, but those seem hard to come by in .44 and much harder to come by in .357 Magnum.
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fine looking rifle...i don't own any rossi guns but dang....thats nice
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I've got one just like it, had Steve Young work his magic on it before I took delivery. It's smooth as butter and like yours, very accurate. More accurate than my Browning 92 or any of several Marlin 44's I've owned over the years.

I like it so well that I bought it's twin in .357 and had Steve Young work it over too. This little Rossi is also more accurate than my Browning 92 in 357 or Marlin 1894c.

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I was going to buy a Rossi last year, but after talking to Steve Young I bought a B92. Nice gun. I've only shot it once at the range and it is nowhere as good as Canoeguy's Rossi. I guess I need to try some different loads for it.

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Looks like it should make a excellent canue gun, especialy in stainless. I have several variations. I like the leather lace on pads for extra length of pull on mine. Helps recoil too.
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I'd love a nice lever gun and matching revolver in 44mag. I think they are on the top of my guns to buy list. I also love that its an old school gun in stainless.
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I was going to buy a Rossi last year, but after talking to Steve Young I bought a B92. Nice gun. I've only shot it once at the range and it is nowhere as good as Canoeguy's Rossi. I guess I need to try some different loads for it.

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The go-to guy to have work done on a 92, whoever made it - Rossi, Winchester or Browning.

Rossi 92 Specialist, Nate Kiowa Jones a.k.a. Steve Young - Professional Gunsmith

He slicked up, for me, five Rossi 92s, two Winchester 92s, a Browning 86 (which, as everyone knows, is a 92 on steroids) and a Browning 53 (which is a 92 in its best Sunday-go-to-meeting finery).

Here's the 86 underneath the 53.
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I have been thinking that a stainless 45lc Rossi would go great with my 460 Smith. I haven't even fired a lever action before, but those look mighty nice.

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Canoeguy, you are welcome out here in Wyoming. I am sure we can find you a horse.

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Thanks, Chop...

Spent a little time out that way while doing a stint as a Truck Driver after I retired from the Navy, some neat country...

Also did a little canoeing on the Upper Missouri River in Montana, Montana or Wyoming would both work for me.
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Can a Skinner or Williams sight be used on the Rossi?
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Can a Skinner or Williams sight be used on the Rossi?
Mine isn't drilled and tapped for a peep sight on the left side like Winchesters or Marlins.

I have seen a cool little peep sight that replaces the bolt safety though.
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I have had my Rossi 92 in .357/.38 spl with a 16" barrel for about 2 months. Very accurate and fun to shoot.

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The original Winchester M-92's were very popular in Brazil. There is a photo of Sasha Siemel kneeling by a big jaguar that he shot with a short carbine like these. He didn't always use his famous spear on those big cats.

I think the average civiian in Brazil now is limited to the .44-40 round in a rifle, unless he qualifies for an expensive collector license. The govt. is probably afraid of revolution.

They probably sell a lot of those Rossi's where they're made! The stainless construction makes them very appealing in that climate, i suspect.

Thanks for this good topic and the details. I guess the plain wood can be refinished to a better standard.

The rifling twist used to be very slow for .44 Magnum carbines and rifles. What rifling twist does Rossi use? Maybe that's why they outshoot the other brands.

As far as I know, all brands use a faster twist for .357 barrels, and they usually shoot better.

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That is a nice looking rifle, and seems to shoot very well, indeed.

At $405, it sure seems like a great gun for the money...especially when compared to a $1000 Winchester!
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Nice lever action. It seems Rossi makes a very nice gun for the money.
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Mine isn't drilled and tapped for a peep sight on the left side like Winchesters or Marlins.

I have seen a cool little peep sight that replaces the bolt safety though.
The Skinner sight goes up top...look there for plugged holes.... top of receiver rear. Skinner sights are great sights.
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Congratulations!

Nice '92.

Love levers and the .44 is a fantastic caliber in one. The extra barrel adds as much as 500fps to the velocity, so that means that at 100 yards the bullet is moving faster than it is at the muzzel of a revolver.

Here's mine, a pre crossbolt 1971 manufactured Marlin 1894 in .44.



Also have a 45-70, but that's a whole 'nuther story.



Best way to describe the 45-70 is to understand that its been turning cover into concealment since 1870.
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Thread resurrection!
Searching for info this thread came up. I was the first to reply. I've wanted one for awhile. Ordered one yesterday!

Any updates on yours canoeguy?
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Update? How's it holding up?

I had a Rossi .22 pump action in stainless I really liked. It rusted on me though, sitting in the safe (I know, bad owner! bad owner!) I hadn't had it out in a while… Keep it wiped down.

When I'm ready for a .44mag rifle, this looks like the one to get.


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After picking up my Ruger Super Blackhawk .44 Magnum revolver, I had to find a .44 Magnum rifle to go with it. Looked at the new Winchester 1892's, pricey at $1000 or so, older Winchester 94's (don't like the action of a 94 in pistol calibers) Browning B92's, again a little pricey.

Saw this stainless steel Rossi carbine at the Richmond, Va. Gun Show last Saturday, 16" barrel, 4.8 pounds, lighter than a Ruger 10/22! Priced at $405, brand new...

Took it to the range yesterday, ran some rounds through it I had prepared for the Ruger Super Blackhawk. Shoots cast lead extremely well, shot a 50 yard five shot group (sand bag rest) with all rounds touching. Sights are well regulated too:

Some fog on the camera lens...



I think the Rossi M92's are a great value, good triggers, smooth action, wood is a little rough, but for a utility rifle, it looks good.

The load is a mild cast lead 240 grain bullet from a Lee mold, enough Trail Boss powder to get 850 feet per second from a revolver, should be going 1100 FPS or so from a rifle. Also ran some jacketed 240 grain loads that are a little hotter, 1250 FPS from a revolver, a little more recoil, but not bad.

I tell you, shooting single action revolvers and lever rifles makes me want to move to Wyoming and buy a horse! Great fun, especially experimenting with cast lead and finding sweet loads like this one.

With this rifle, my gun collection is complete. Every hand gun has a rifle companion, a rifle and handgun for any concievable use in North America. I shall eschew all gun shows, and only visit gun shops to buy powder, primers and other reloading components....

See you on the range!
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I've been wanting to start a thread on rossi lever's for a long time, wondering if their any good? Great this has come up again, now just wondering if the new ones are as good as the ones of a few years ago.
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I've been wanting to start a thread on rossi lever's for a long time, wondering if their any good? Great this has come up again, now just wondering if the new ones are as good as the ones of a few years ago.
I dont know about the rifles but I was intrigued by the ranch hand pistols so I checked one out and felt it wss a complete piece of junk. The quality was very poor. The acrion felt as if there was a hsndful of sand in it. The safety was a cheap afterthought. Even on sale I passed. If someobe tells me the rifles are much different I may take a look but.....

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The rifle has been holding up well, I put about 50 rounds a month through it, cast lead handloads that are accurate in the rifle and fun to shoot through my Model 29 as well.

In the canoe it rides in a Voodoo Tactical shotgun scabbard, which you see advertised all over the place, Midway, Sportsman Guide, etc. for $25 or so.

With the Model 29 riding on my belt and the rifle tucked away in the scabbard, I feel I'm prepared for anything within 100 yards...

I'd recommend a Rossi carbine to anyone, I have another 20" blued Rossi M92 in .357 caliber that has proven reliable and accurate. My 15 year old nephew enjoys shooting it, no recoil to speak of, and fun shooting.

Now that he's old enough to start handloading (under my supervision), I have him reload any ammo he shoots up while visiting me. He enjoys that, too....

Now, in my original post, posted in July 2012, I promised to forgo all gun shows, having a rifle and handgun for any conceivable purpose, spending my money only on primers, powder and projectiles. That hasn't worked out so well.....

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With this rifle, my gun collection is complete. Every hand gun has a rifle companion, a rifle and handgun for any concievable use in North America. I shall eschew all gun shows, and only visit gun shops to buy powder, primers and other reloading components....

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Now, in my original post, posted in July 2012, I promised to forgo all gun shows, having a rifle and handgun for any conceivable purpose, spending my money only on primers, powder and projectiles. That hasn't worked out so well.....
When I saw the thread resurrection and read the OP, I wondered how that worked out.

I keep saying I'm going to downsize and concentrate on ammo, components, etc., but at the end of each year, I always have a few more guns than I had at the beginning. I added another Rossi 92 this year too, a .45 Colt to go with the .38/.357 I bought a couple of years back.
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I've been wanting to start a thread on rossi lever's for a long time, wondering if their any good? Great this has come up again, now just wondering if the new ones are as good as the ones of a few years ago.
I've got five Rossi 92s - 357, 44 mag, 44/40 and 45 Colt. Great guns. Got a Rossi pump Winchester 62 copy. Also a great gun. BUT (ain't there always a but?) my guns were made by Rossi, back before Taurus took 'em over.

I have no idea if the newer ones (still called Rossi, but made by Taurus) are worth a flip. I would stay away from 'em, simply because they are made by Taurus (can you tell I'm not a big Taurus-fan?)
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I still don't have a rossi stainless lever action, but I did manage to get my grandfather to let me use his Winchester 94 30-30 from 1972 or 1973. I have been casting boolits for it and loading red dot and herco shotgun powder. I can load it cheaply and it does great for hitting steel plates at the range. I shoot it out to 160 yards and have used it for a lever action silhouette match. It is very fun to use, but it is quite clunky. He mostly just shot it for deer hunting, before he bought his 30-06.

I continue to hear mostly good things when people say they picked up a new Rossi lever gun. They all say to do the Steve's upgrades. I have put off getting one, but I still get tempted when others post photos of the stainless versions.
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I don't have a .44 Magnum Rossi Puma M1892... will a 24" SS octagon barrel in .45 Colt do? It came pre-drilled/tapped for a tang site - see the Marbles unit I mounted the day it arrived here, new, eleven years ago. Also shown is my first-ever S&W - a new 625-7 MG in .45 Colt that my wife bought me 8/02. I already had Foley, AL's knifemaker Fred Vollmer's 'Fred's Utility Knife', they make a nice trio.



The gate won't pass the larger OD rim of the Schofield round, otherwise it would have illegally held over ten such rounds when new - you can feed then one at a time. Never a hiccup feeding a myriad of .45 Colts, almost all homebrew. Fun shooter - most folks will pick off a shotgun clay at 110yd with that tang sight. My only CF rifle for years. An odd plastic cylinder did get left out from under the magazine tube - beneath the spring. Now it holds 12 rounds. I kept said rod 'in case' the laws change again, of course.


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I've posted this picture before, but here's my stainless Rossi 92 in .45 Colt. It has a 16-inch barrel, and was bead-blasted and worked over by Steve Young. Smoother than butter and accurate! I couldn't be happier with it.

I usually carry it in a saddle scabbard (see pic below) either on a horse or in my truck. They are great guns for the money and Rossi is even starting to put some nicer wood on them, too.


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I don't have a .44 Magnum Rossi Puma M1892... will a 24" SS octagon barrel in .45 Colt do? It came pre-drilled/tapped for a tang site - see the Marbles unit I mounted the day it arrived here, new, eleven years ago. Also shown is my first-ever S&W - a new 625-7 MG in .45 Colt that my wife bought me 8/02. I already had Foley, AL's knifemaker Fred Vollmer's 'Fred's Utility Knife', they make a nice trio.



The gate won't pass the larger OD rim of the Schofield round, otherwise it would have illegally held over ten such rounds when new - you can feed then one at a time. Never a hiccup feeding a myriad of .45 Colts, almost all homebrew. Fun shooter - most folks will pick off a shotgun clay at 110yd with that tang sight. My only CF rifle for years. An odd plastic cylinder did get left out from under the magazine tube - beneath the spring. Now it holds 12 rounds. I kept said rod 'in case' the laws change again, of course.


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I've posted this picture before, but here's my stainless Rossi 92 in .45 Colt. It has a 16-inch barrel, and was bead-blasted and worked over by Steve Young. Smoother than butter and accurate! I couldn't be happier with it.

I usually carry it in a saddle scabbard (see pic below) either on a horse or in my truck. They are great guns for the money and Rossi is even starting to put some nicer wood on them, too.


I've got a couple of it's cousins, mine are in 357 and 44 Magnum and both have made a trip to Port Arthur for Steve Young's magic touch.

I need to refinish the wood on both of them, see what kind of grain it has under that crappy finish.
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I used WD40 on a paper towel, on mine. It took that lousy stain right off.
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I own a Rossi Puma in .38 SPL, the largest caliber allowed here when I bougth it, back in the 80´s. Now they allow also the 44-40 Win.
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