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Old April 24, 2013, 09:14 PM   #1
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I know the basics, owned by the same company that owns Taurus, but does anyone have any actual experience with the revolvers.

Just saw a very positve review on this forum. How about the .357 models?

Also, I really like the look and feel of the 4" .38 Model R85104. Any feed back?

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Old April 24, 2013, 10:06 PM   #2
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My rossi is my all time favorite to shoot. .357 Cyclops.

Shoots as good as any smith or colt. I have all three.
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Old April 24, 2013, 10:22 PM   #3
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I have a 461 (black 357, 2" barrel) and my dad has a 972 (stainless 357, 6" barrel). They are both good shooters. Well built with very good fit and finish. Out of the box, I'd say the triggers are better than a Ruger, but not quite up to Smith standards. Never had any problems with either of them.

So all that being said, if I saw a new Rossi and a used Ruger in a case for the same price, I'd take the Ruger. Mainly due to the warranty. If you have problems with the Ruger, they'll fix it up quickly for free without any hassles. With Rossi and Taurus, it's sounds like the customer service is hit or miss. I personally don't have any experience with Rossi CS, so I can't say one way or the other. But I have had a little experience with Ruger CS and it was excellent.
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Old April 25, 2013, 02:48 PM   #4
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I've had three Rossi .357's over the years. Just couldn't pass 'em up for the money at the time.
All good shooters and reliable.
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Old April 25, 2013, 07:43 PM   #5
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Never have owned a .357, but at a time when I couldn't afford a J-frame I carried a Rossi Model 87 clone of the Smith 60. Not quite up to S&W standards, but really nice for the money. Good fit and finish, completely reliable. Got a smith to bob the hammer, smooth and round the trigger face, and give it a trigger job. A good little gun that I liked and trusted.

But then, of course, I bought a J-frame 640, and never looked back.
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Old April 27, 2013, 07:15 AM   #6
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I just picked up a Rossi R98 22lr. The fit and finish is excellent for a $300 revolver. The revolver has a very nice, smooth DA trigger pull. I think you would be happy with a new Rossi .38.
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Old April 28, 2013, 06:50 AM   #7
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I had a Rossi 14(?), which was a close copy of a S&W model 63 (22 six shot revolver on a J frame in stainless). It was a good gun, and I paid less than half of the cost of a S&W ($180 used in 2012). However, the quality of the steel was not on par with my S&W. Getting parts would have been difficult for those that were not the same as the S&W. I replaced the springs, polished it up, and sold it to a friend, who is still enjoying it.
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Old April 28, 2013, 12:10 PM   #8
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I have a Rossi 462 on my hip, right now. It's my normal weekend gun. During the week I usually carry a Taurus 85. My Rossi has around 1500 rounds through it. (300 were .357). The only problem I've had is the crane retention screw loosened up during it's second range trip. I put lok-tite on it and it's been good ever since. I installed a Wolf spring kit for a J-frame, and the trigger pull is great. I like mine a lot.
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Old April 28, 2013, 12:33 PM   #9
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My only experience with Rossi is negative because after checking any and all sources, I have failed to replace a broken rear sight blade on the particular 357 model & vintage I have.
Seems like a fast and easy deal to do if I needed a S&W part. So maybe not fair since many users probably don't need to replace a broken part- but I do.
For that reason, I say no to the Rossi brand.
Might also be unfair because it seems to me there could be different importers over the years. And perhaps others could have better experience, but that is what I have had.
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Old April 28, 2013, 12:54 PM   #10
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Decent revolvers for the price, but I would tend to take a used Smith over a new Rossi in the same price range.
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Old April 28, 2013, 08:00 PM   #11
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For the last few years, my daily carry has been a Rossi 462. 3000-4000 rounds of various .38/.357 rounds without a singlr breakage or malfunction. Nuf said.
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