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Old May 29, 2009, 07:46 PM   #1
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Rossi Revolvers

I purchased a Rossi 462 stainless steel 2" barrel a few months ago.It has been a great gun,no problems after 500 rounds,most of them full house .357s.I have heard good and bad things about these revolvers,my experience has been very good.Does anyone else have experience with,or own a Rossi revolver,and if so,what is your opinion/experience with them?I know they are made by Taurus,but I also own a Taurus,and the Rossi just seems to be better quality than the Taurus.
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Old May 29, 2009, 09:36 PM   #2
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I have a Rossi 720 and it had been an excellent gun. The only problem I had with it was finding a front sight replacement. When I bought it the front sight was broken but the owner had it, other than that it is spot on and a pleasure to shoot.
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Old May 30, 2009, 03:41 AM   #3
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If you want to read about my Rossi story, Nov 97 look up my OP and go to the third page towards the bottom. Still have the replacement, and it's been reliable, all 50 rounds.

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Old May 30, 2009, 07:47 AM   #4
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I bought a used Model 68 a year or so ago. I was surprised at the quality and tightness of it. It is supposed to be an "exact" copy of the Model 36 S&W. There are some differences, the Rossi seems heavier, in comparing it with a Model 36 no dash. The Rossi has the bull barrel while my M36 is a pencil barrell, that may account for the difference in weight. With about 300 rounds thru it, it seems to be very reliable.
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Old May 31, 2009, 12:27 PM   #5
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I bought a used Rossi 720 with a 3in barrel with a few cosmetic scratches on it. So far I love it. I haven't shot it much because .44 spl ammo hurts almost as much to buy as it would to be shot by one. I'm looking for a user friendly holster, but I can't find one that fits the frame without having to have extra length that would accomodate a 4 inch barrel.
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Old May 31, 2009, 12:43 PM   #6
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I bought a Rossi 462 SS a few years ago. I put 100 rounds of .357 and 150 of .38specials without any problems. Then a buddy at work told me about the problems he had heard about these Rossi's. I started to read up a little more on this pistol and did see some of the problems he was talking about. Since then I've only shot regular .38 spl (~150 rds.) & .38 +P(~100 rds) without any problems, so far. Just mt $.02
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Old June 1, 2009, 04:20 PM   #8
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It looks just like the one I carry and have put several hundred rounds thru (38 and 357) with no problems what so ever. Question is, what's up with the white grass?
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Old June 1, 2009, 04:25 PM   #9
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I have a Rossi but it's a model 677 that i found in a pawn shop some time ago for $125.00 lnib.I use a shadow model 5 holster that fits a Colt detective special.I carried it for a long time but last year my wife became intrested in shooting,and after shooting my guns she liked it the more than anything else so i gave it to her.More than 1,500 rounds of .38 and .357 and it still works well and i still trust it.
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Old June 1, 2009, 04:38 PM   #10
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My little Rossi stainless 44Spl I bought back in 1993 has had thousands of HOT rounds down it and still shoots as good as the day I bought it new.
I bought it as a carry gun in the truck and have never regretted the buy.
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Old June 1, 2009, 05:02 PM   #11
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Question is, what's up with the white grass?
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Old June 1, 2009, 08:50 PM   #12
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I have a 461(same as yours only black) in a 2". I have shot several hundred rounds though it without any problems and I love it. Fit and finish is very good, it's nice and solid, and I like having 6 shots vs. the 5 that most small revolvers have. It's also my wife's favorite gun, and she's pretty good with it. Everytime she tries something else, she always wants to come back to this one.

Here's a picture of a target my wife shot from about 25 feet. Uuuh, I won't post mine.

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Old June 2, 2009, 04:57 PM   #13
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I bought the 461, before I had 150 rds through it the firing pin broke off at the range. The guy watching this behind me said his did the same thing. Sent it to the factory 9 weeks ago. Ill never buy another
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Old June 2, 2009, 05:16 PM   #14
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I've had a model 68 bought NIB about 20 years ago. It's not a Smith but it's a solid gun. Never a problem and plenty of +P though it.
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I have owned two Rossi revolvers for about 15 years. First bought a model 971, .357mag with 6" barrel and a few months later bought my wife a model 88, .38 sp with 2" barrel. Both are stainless steel with heavy rubber grips to lessen recoil.
Over 1,500 rounds of various types of ammo including "Hot" Buffalo Bore Heavy .357, 180gr. Hard Cast L.F.N. have been used in the 971 and it remains tight with no change in performance. Accuracy is satisfactory and it did the job on the only deer I shot at with this revolver. Note: Buffalo Bore ammo has been limited to less than 50 rounds as I feel that this type of ammo is better off in a heavy duty revolver or a carbine.
The model 88 has had about 500 rounds shot with it, all with standard velocity types being used. My wife has been able to keep her 7 yard groups within 4 inches and she does use this as her carry gun. I seldom shoot it as I have other handguns I prefer to use.
I believe that these guns are pre-Taurus sale Rossi firearms and I can only say positive things about them. Good luck.

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Old June 3, 2009, 12:22 PM   #17
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My first snub-nosed revolver was a stainless Rossi .38, bought about 20 years ago. When target shooting at the range, the action would bind up after 10 rounds or so, and would not work again until it cooled off. Others with blued steel models apparently did not experience this problem. That gun was accurate and otherwise reliable, but I do not regret getting rid of it.
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Old June 3, 2009, 01:44 PM   #18
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yeah ninjatoth
I got the same snub nose as you, very good looking gun
this is the first revolver I ever bought
paid $300 for nib gun
very very happy with purchase
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Old June 3, 2009, 02:11 PM   #19
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Not to dis the Rossi (As I own a 461 "Warranty replacement" $375 to date), but I only hear about people putting hundreds of rounds through there Rossi's. Okay, maybe 1500, but that seems to be the exception

Now, if you want to brag about how good your "cheap" gun is, get back to me in a year or ten!

So, go ahead, waste your money. At least they have a LTW. But wait,....
You'll see!
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Old June 4, 2009, 11:19 PM   #20
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I've got a Rossi model 711, stainless 4" .357, and it has seen thousands of rounds, including some recent HOT ones and it is still kicking. Only issue was a broken firing pin, but a S&W pin is an easy fit by a gunsmith.
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