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    92 rossi .357 mag

    I am looking at recent manufacture Rosssi 92 in .357 mag with a 24" octagon barrel. I would like some feed back on accuracy and reliability from any one that has experience with one.

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    Could almost be two different guns, but I have a five-year-old R92; a blued, 16” round-barrel and it is a peach.

    I looked over Steve’s Guns website, read between the lines then went to work with a stone and a spring kit. It is now the slickest leever carbean I own (but a 1989 Marlin 1894CS357 is very very close). The only! thing I had to do later was to stake the two cross pins in the bolt that hold the ejector spring collar retainer. That’s it.

    It rings steel at 35, 50, 75 and 100 yards at the public range with ease, and offhand. How is it that some of the least expensive (new) firearms can be the best bang for the buck?! I love my Marlins, make no mistake, but I also have a thing for W1892s...

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    I have the 16 inch barrel functions and shoots fine. use 357 cases. if you use lead bullets Missouri 140 gr truncated cone bullets work great. jacketed Hornandy XTPs. dont use wad cutters.
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    I've got an old pre safety one with round barrel and its not been slicked up. its particular about what will feed well, I shoot a lot of 125gr .359 mihec cast in it, and it feeds well with Remington 125 gr. but have to load semi wadcutters and 158 gr hp or flat round nose into 38 spl brass for it too feed. It will shoot 4-5" groups last 100yd if I do my part. my later model pre safety Rossi Hartford in 45 colt w onto barrel has been slicked up and I'm just guessing it is less picky about bullets, I have not tried a whole lot in it as I got a mp mold for it too that is the 454640 design and have shot some federals though it. have not tried real accuracy with it but have just plinked at junk in the field with it. being slicked up it drops the brass just a couple feet away almost in a nice neat pile. never saw another lever gun ever drop brass the way this one does.
    from what I understand Steve from Steves gunz worked with Rossi to slick up their guns right from the factory at some point in the later production runs
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    Thanks for the input. I have talked to a local gunsmith that 5 or 6 years ago he worked on a lot of them for feeding issues but said he had not had a newer one in his shop.
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    I have an older one with the 24" octagon barrel, very accurate all way out to 100 yds. probably farther but I really haven't tried.
    Took a nice buck with it the first year, and I run some 180 gr Missouri bullets through it and it will definitely ring the steel at a 100.
    The only thing I did to mine was to shorten the mag tube spring, once I cut it in half and reinstalled it, I have had no feeding issues.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pereira View Post
    I have an older one with the 24" octagon barrel, very accurate all way out to 100 yds. probably farther but I really haven't tried.
    Took a nice buck with it the first year, and I run some 180 gr Missouri bullets through it and it will definitely ring the steel at a 100.
    The only thing I did to mine was to shorten the mag tube spring, once I cut it in half and reinstalled it, I have had no feeding issues.

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    image.jpegimage.jpegI have one. It’s stainless. With the xtp hand load I use, I expect 5/8” groups at 50 yards. I stripped mine, cleaned and polished the internals and refinished the wood.

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    I made three videos about the feeding problems with Rossi .357's. This is #3, it pretty much covers the issues, but #1 and #2 have some good info too.

    I have three of their .357's and a .45Colt, just might drag home a 24" .44 if I stumble across one in person.

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    That’s an excellent! presentation, CJ, direct, informative and no unnecessary chatter. Wish all you tube vids were as good (but I’ve only watched this 3rd installment).

    That cartridge stop can be a real gremlin in these guns. While I’ve had no feeding issues when working the action, I can experience *loading* problems if I don’t angle each cartridge a certain way. The bullet nose can catch on that gate/stop.

    Thanks again for the great video.
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