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Old January 22, 2013, 07:51 PM   #1
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Quality or Crap?

Is a Rossi revolver chambered in .357 mag. With a 6" barrel going to hold up and be reliable? I saw one today for $400 and wasn't sure if I should buy it...i looked them up online and the most resent news on them was from 2008...not very helpful! Could anyone provide me with some more recent info? Thanks, Erik.
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Old January 22, 2013, 07:53 PM   #2
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Pass

JMHO but for this money, pass .....

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Old January 22, 2013, 07:58 PM   #3
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When it comes to DA centerfire revolvers stick to Ruger, Colt, or Smith & Wesson.
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Old January 22, 2013, 08:18 PM   #4
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There's a whole bunch of shades of grey between quality and crap but for $400 I'd pass. Better guns for cheaper.
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Old January 22, 2013, 08:36 PM   #5
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Had a Rossi. It was crap. Never again.
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Old January 23, 2013, 07:11 AM   #6
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Take a pass. That is a lot of money for a gun of questionable quality.
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Old January 23, 2013, 07:28 AM   #7
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+1 what BiggHoss said. That way you can always get your $$ back out of it if you want something different. No Rossi or Taurus for me!
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Old January 23, 2013, 07:35 AM   #8
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Nothing against Rossi, but for that kind of money I'd pass.
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Old January 23, 2013, 08:13 AM   #9
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its a clone of smith and wesson technology circa 1940. its not bad. each one will be better or worse then everything else coming off the assembly line. a revolver still uses alot of parts that need to be hand fitted.

may not hold up as long as some but treat it like a k frame, standard 38+p with 357 when needed
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Old January 23, 2013, 08:16 AM   #10
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I generally don't announce it here for fear of beatings, but I have a Rossi 357snubby. I've put a lot of rounds through it and have never had a problem with it. The fit and finish are great and it has a sweet trigger(better than Rugers out of the box). I really like it. But I think it only cost $250 new a few years back.

However, for $400, you would be better off getting a used Ruger or Smith. Or spend a little more and get a new one. They will have a much higher resale value and they will tend to be more reliable. If ever needed, getting warranty work done on them is much easier and quicker. I have heard many nightmares about Taurus/Rossi warranty work.
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Old January 23, 2013, 12:50 PM   #11
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My concern with Rossi is with quality control. They can make a good revolver. The problem is, they often turn out bad ones as well.

Fact of the matter is, it's not up to the quality of a Smith or a Ruger, but if it passes the check, it should be decent shooter.
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Old January 23, 2013, 01:44 PM   #12
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My experience with Rossi has been negative. Excessive trigger pull, timing, finish issues, extraction problems and poor resale value. If you doubt me, try to sell one at a gunshow. Play it safe: Ruger, Colt, or S&W.
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Old January 23, 2013, 11:36 PM   #13
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Old January 24, 2013, 06:14 AM   #14
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I have never owned a Rossi handgun but recently I purchased a lever action hog leg which is sold as a pistol. Right now I have close to 300 rounds of 44 mag through it and I have been impressed with the gun. The fit and finish is about average to my Marlin.
But as others have said, I think I would pass on that and add a couple of hundred and get something better. You’ll be happier in the long run.
You can see what other are asking for their Rossi’s below.
http://www.gunsamerica.com/Search/Ca...-Revolvers.htm
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Old January 24, 2013, 06:18 AM   #15
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Rossi 972

I owned a model 972 .357 4" stainless for a while. It shot great, and handled the 38 target ammo i fed it well. I did end up trading it for a M-N m44, but mostly due to what I had available. I have since added a S&W Mod 19, and must say it definitely is a better weapon. I spent roughly the same amount on both guns, minus shipping and transfer on the Smith. As others have said, if you just ABSOLUTELY need a revolver, an older Rossi will serve you pretty well, but at $400, you can do better (Ruger Security Six, Smith Model 19, etc.)
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Old January 24, 2013, 09:29 AM   #16
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I have a Rossi revolver and I really like it. Had it since the late 80s and it's been a real pleasure to shoot.

Having said that, no way would I give $400 for a used one today. No way.
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Old January 25, 2013, 04:16 PM   #17
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Well I bought one of their 92 rifles last summer that was an ever-loving piece of crap, so no more for me.
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Old January 25, 2013, 08:57 PM   #18
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Had a Rossi. It was crap. Never again.

My experience exactly.
My conclusion exactly.
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Old January 25, 2013, 10:30 PM   #19
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I'd papass on thahat one because of the $.. Then I think every gun oout there is overpriced.. Been around too long, II guess.

That said, My Rossi 720 44 special came out of the box with a better trigger than any stock Smith or Colt i've ever owned. Luck of the draw.
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Old January 26, 2013, 05:05 PM   #20
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Do Rossi revolvers really sell for $400 these days?
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Old January 26, 2013, 06:51 PM   #21
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rossi

not in the same ball park as S&W,Colt or Ruger
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Old January 26, 2013, 08:23 PM   #22
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I think 400.00 would be high for a new Rossi. Used, I would offer 150.00.
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Old January 26, 2013, 10:58 PM   #23
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For $400 dollars a person can get a Ruger Security or Service Six. One of the best buys around. And if one gets lucky a S&W K frame magnum. I bought a S&W 66-4 4 inch for $300 dollars one time. You don't have to settle for a cheap revolver.
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Old January 26, 2013, 11:01 PM   #24
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Exactly roaddog28.

And 6 inch Security Six's go for less than the 4 and 2 3/4 inch ones.

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Old January 26, 2013, 11:05 PM   #25
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$400 bought me a 98% S&W model 19-5 a week ago. With the box and a set of Pachmayr presentation grips (along with the standard targets).
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