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Old October 10, 2019, 12:02 AM   #1
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Rossi lever action . . .

I'm thinking about getting a Rossi lever action in 44 mag. The 20 inch barrel. I'm looking at Rossi because it has the side gate loading port and the price is much less than Winchester.


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Old October 10, 2019, 04:21 AM   #2
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Have one, love it, no issues whatsoever. Feeds nice and lots of fun to shoot!
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Old October 10, 2019, 04:31 AM   #3
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I have samples in both .44 and .357.

I find them to be very handy. Some find the crescent butt with no recoil pad combined with the light weight makes a strong impression while shooting.

The 92 action is generally very smooth. I do see some variability in the smoothness of action and trigger on new guns, but they smooth out with use or you can look to Steve’s Gunz for help in smoothing them out more quickly, although I’ve not tried this, he is generally considered the Go-To for help in this area.

The wood is nowhere as nice as Henry’s, so they aren’t anywhere near as pretty.

Depending on your planned purpose, you may also want to consider one in .357. They are cheaper to shoot and have a recoil closer to a .22 when using .38 special.

I would not hesitate to get a Rossi 92.
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Old October 10, 2019, 10:52 AM   #4
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I'll second PatientWolf's post as I have 2 Rossi .357mags, both a 20" carbine and 24" rifle I got NIB back in 2009. I got Steve's Gunz action and trigger slickup kit with DvD ($58) for my rifle when it was new.

Following his clear directions and video, I slicked it up and lightened the trigger, replaced the stupid bolt safety, and added a tang rear and globe front sight for long range shooting up to 300yds with my handloads.

A bit later, I got the carbine and just bought the parts to slick it up for like $25 and again just following the DvD. Both have been a ton of fun to use. They go on most range trips with me.

Later I picked up a new Uberti Cattleman SA Cavalry model in .357mag to use with my carbine as a fun 'woods walking' pair.

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Old October 10, 2019, 08:48 PM   #5
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I have an older Interarms Rossi Puma in 357 and love it. My wife loves shooting 38's out of it and it is a lot like shooting 22's, be sure to work the action briskly when running it and it should run fine, mine does not like a slow lever. Unless your using the 44 for hunting or something special I also would look at a 357 VS 44 again unless your a reloader?
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Old October 11, 2019, 10:57 PM   #6
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I have a Rossi 92 .44 Mag.it's a 24" Octagon tubular magazine barre.

Sorry the rifle is a Henry .22 I don't know how to delete it.
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Old October 11, 2019, 11:11 PM   #7
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Here is my Rossi .44 Magnum 24"
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Old October 11, 2019, 11:21 PM   #8
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I have a pre safety Rossi in 44-40. The action was very stiff and had to be worked hard and fast when I got it but I filled the action with white lithium grease and worked the action while watching TV for a couple of hours. Now you can feed cartridges with one finger and go as slow as you want.
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Old October 12, 2019, 06:36 AM   #9
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My friend's .357 stainless one he got new last year is great, very smooth, right out of the box, unlike another friend's blued 44, and SS .357 which were really stiff. Youtube videos to the rescue and they ended up very nice.
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Old October 12, 2019, 07:49 AM   #10
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I have two Rossi 44 mag 16" carbines--they weigh under 5 lbs and are the most fun run and gun levers I have. They can be hit or miss on manufacturing quality, both of mine needed work, but if you put the time in they can be made into great shooters. I never worry about dinging em up in the woods--which is a constant worry with my browning and Henry lever guns.
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Old October 12, 2019, 02:12 PM   #11
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No complaints with my 20'' 357 magnum. It feeds everything from semi wadcutters to hollow points without any issue. 38 or 357 doesn't matter. It feeds everything.
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Old October 14, 2019, 07:45 PM   #12
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Rossi lever action

The last few years, I have been having fun with a little lever-gun.
I wanted, and have, for a long time, a Winchester M92 .25/20.
It struck me as the easiest carrying rifle for small game I could imagine.
The hangup was the price. I couldn't afford it.
I am now using a Rossi .256 Magnum with 20" carbine barrel and 1/2-magazine. It has a Lyman tang-style peep-sight and a longish ramp bead front-sight with Hi-Viz bead.
It has a shotgun-style butt with a thin recoil pad, so it won't "skitter" across the linolium floor when I put it behind the kitchen door.
Most of the ammo is lead 60-grain cast bullets with a bit of pistol powder.
I keep thinking about getting another, with a, probably, 24" barrel, leaving the magazine alone, so that it would be a 3/4-length.
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Old October 15, 2019, 12:48 AM   #13
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Didn't know Rossi made such a thing--sounds VERY interesting.
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Old October 16, 2019, 06:56 AM   #14
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Originally Posted by Nevmavrick View Post
The last few years, I have been having fun with a little lever-gun.
I wanted, and have, for a long time, a Winchester M92 .25/20.
It struck me as the easiest carrying rifle for small game I could imagine.
The hangup was the price. I couldn't afford it.
I am now using a Rossi .256 Magnum with 20" carbine barrel and 1/2-magazine. It has a Lyman tang-style peep-sight and a longish ramp bead front-sight with Hi-Viz bead.
It has a shotgun-style butt with a thin recoil pad, so it won't "skitter" across the linolium floor when I put it behind the kitchen door.
Most of the ammo is lead 60-grain cast bullets with a bit of pistol powder.
I keep thinking about getting another, with a, probably, 24" barrel, leaving the magazine alone, so that it would be a 3/4-length.
Have fun,
Gene
That has got to be a custom Rossi levergun as after a search of available literature, they have never made one commercially in that configuration. I found some speculation about what the performance of a .256 Mag levergun but no information that one was actually produced so yours may be unique. As to the caliber, Winchester first produced it in 1960 and Marlin offered a Model 62 Levermatic in .256 Mag. Winchester developed it from a necked down .357 Mag case. It's now considered obsolete and no one makes a firearm in that caliber so it's very likely a custom barreled gun.
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Old October 16, 2019, 01:32 PM   #15
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I just bought a 16” stainless Rossi in .44 mag. Unfortunately, it’s in California gun jail for 10 days but I plan to shoot it on the day it’s ok’d for pick up and I’ll post here how it goes. That’s on 10/25.
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