Hello all. I've got a 92 Rossi in .357. It shoots lights out, fit and finish are great. This gun has some of the best bluing I've seen. I removed the top safety and plugged it. It cycles slick too. The only problem is that the loading gate doesn't allow you to top off the magazine unless you keep the previous cartridge from going all the way in the magazine. The cartridge is backed up not allowing another round in. It doesn't affect cycling at all. Any help would be appreciated.
Many lever guns are similar. If the underside of the gate is a bit rough, or perhaps a burr, that will magnify the problem. You have to remember that you are overcoming both the spring tension of the gate, as well as pushing each round loaded, against an increasing tension on the tube spring as well. On an original 92 win, or most American made classic lever guns, the gate is beveled on the underside to assist in loading as you describe, but its still way easier to simply feed the round most of the way in, and follow up the next.
It could be that the carrier, which generally acts as what they call the shell stop, to prevent double feeding, might be just a touch too short, which might magnify your issue as well. But I really doubt it. Of course I dont know if you can visually see how far its backed up on the Rossi, I have never examined one really close up, but as far as I knew, they are a pretty close copy of the original, and on a typical real 92, the rim is just about the thickness of the rim behind the front edge of the gate, but still able to load another round in, with enough pressure on the top of the gate, but again, thats due to the bevel on the underside of the gate.
If no bevel, or they forgot to grind one in, no, its not going to load as you would like.
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