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Old December 7, 2011, 03:37 PM   #1
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Rossi M88 3" Barrel and Federal 125 gr Nyclad and 110 gr Hydra-shok

Recently, I picked up an Interarms imported Rossi M88 with a 3" barrel in stainless to keep as a truck gun. It looks just like this one Rossi M88 3 inch barrel.jpg.
I know, before you start, it is NOT in the league of my S&W, Ruger, or, Dan Wesson revolvers. But, it is very tight. The metal and wooden grips are in great condition. And, at 10 yards it hits point of aim. Perhaps, $200 was too much for the gun but, it met the needs in mind and is a pleasure to grip...it just felt right.

Anyway, I am loading it with Federal 125 grain Nyclad and Federal 110 grain Hydra-shok Low-recoil.

Did I waste my cash??

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Old December 8, 2011, 04:12 AM   #2
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Either is fine. I like a heavier bullet, so the 125.
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Old December 9, 2011, 11:11 PM   #3
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I had one of those in 1985, brand new. I think I paid $179.00 + tax. Nice guns, but they ARE NOT +P rated. Stick to reg. .38's, wadcutters, LSWC, etc. and you will be fine. No, they are not S&W or Colt, but still nice little frigging guns anyway you slice it. I should have kept mine.
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Old December 10, 2011, 12:38 AM   #4
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I've logged many miles with a 3 inch m88 on my hip and have put well over a thousand rounds through mine. No they aren't +P rated...but +ps won't blow them up. Mine is still tight and accurate after lots of shooting including a few +ps. (And BTW the internal lockwork is S&W rather than Taurus' sloppier adaptation-Not Trashing Taurus but they do sometimes have issues.)
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Old December 15, 2011, 08:31 AM   #5
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Thanks for the input, folks.

I wonder how old the little gun is.

I understood when I bought it that it was not +P rated. But, with the Federal 125 Nyclad back on the market, the Federal 110 Hydra-shok Low Recoil, and the newer Hornady 110 non+P Critical Defense .38 Special ammunitions...I figured the gun would still be a serviceable defense weapon that would require very, very little maintenance and could be locked in the truck dash ready to be used IF ever the the need arouse.

As tight as the lock-up is now, practicing with generic wadcutters and periodically with a box or two of the standard pressure defense loads, the gun will hopefully remain mechanically snug for a long time to come.

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Old October 29, 2012, 03:27 PM   #6
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Found a nice nitch for it...72-Hour Kit Gun

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Shortly after this thread I had decided to place a small gun in my 72-Hour Kit. This little stainless gun came to mind. So, I bought a nylon holster and stuck it in my kit.

BINGO !!! It really is perfect for my need, here. It is not a cannon. But, it does provide protection that may be needed if some sudden crisis occurs and I cannot get back to my home.
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