Rossi 92 Which calibres is most reliable.

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Re: Rossi 92 Which calibres is most reliable.

Postby Sarge » 30 Mar 2018 08

I've only owned R92's in 357 and 45 Colt. My 45's have been far more reliable over the wide spectrum of bullet shapes and weights. The 357 was such a PITA that I will never buy a Rossi in that caliber again.
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Re: Rossi 92 Which calibres is most reliable.

Postby johniv » 30 Mar 2018 15

I have only one 92, a .357. It is an old 16" gun and has never (to my recollection) failed to feed a .38 or .357. I shoot only handloads with cast H&G #51 swc boolits. Go figger.
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Re: Rossi 92 Which calibres is most reliable.

Postby Sarge » 30 Mar 2018 20

johniv wrote:I have only one 92, a .357. It is an old 16" gun and has never (to my recollection) failed to feed a .38 or .357. I shoot only handloads with cast H&G #51 swc boolits. Go figger.
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Those older 357s have been great for several friends of mine who purchased them 15+ years ago. I think they're much better guns. Mine was post Taurus.
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Re: Rossi 92 Which calibres is most reliable.

Postby Xshot » 12 Apr 2018 20

Sarge wrote:I've only owned R92's in 357 and 45 Colt. My 45's have been far more reliable over the wide spectrum of bullet shapes and weights. The 357 was such a PITA that I will never buy a Rossi in that caliber again.


Just like everyone else I had to completely go through my SS 92 in .357. There 2 additional things I did that made feeding cartridges a non issue where:

- break the razor sharp leading edge of the lower portion of the chamber mouth.
- polished the cartridge carrier smooth. The cast surface was too rough and caused resistance & binding.

Haven't had any more loading problems even with TC profile bullets.
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Re: Rossi 92 Which calibres is most reliable.

Postby rondog » 13 Apr 2018 02

See my thread about how I fixed my .357's feeding problems, and what I found.

viewtopic.php?f=44&t=6096
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Re: Rossi 92 Which calibres is most reliable.

Postby ruddy » 22 Apr 2018 01

I have a recent 16" R92 in .38/.357 (pre-Taurus) that will cycle my handloads as fast as I can fan the lever. The load is a Speer .358 158 gr. lead SWC bullet in mixed .38 Special brass.

The mods to my rifle include replacing the ejector spring with a lighter one and shortening the magazine spring enough to load 10 rounds. I also replaced the plastic follower with one I made from .40 S&W and .44 Mag brass.

So long as I work the lever forcefully and avoid short-stroking, it will feed without a hitch.
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Re: Rossi 92 Which calibres is most reliable.

Postby nagantino » 25 Apr 2018 17

I have sold the Rossi 92 and bought a Uberti 73 20". While waiting for the new rifle I took the 92 to the range and fired 200 rounds or so without a problem. It breaks my heart to sell such a handsome rifle but in competition it would not behave.
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Re: Rossi 92 Which calibres is most reliable.

Postby mr surveyor » 25 Apr 2018 21

so, with the '73 are you going to shoot reduced .357 loads, .38 spl loads?

The '73 toggle action really don't seem to me to be made for current style "magnum" loads.


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oh, just to add, I really have nothing against the '73 and wish I had (still) a working model. I gave me son an original Win '73 from my late Dad's collection that really needed some parts and work to get it up and running. I wish I'd have kept it (a 32/20) and had it turned into a shooter. I doubt he would ever spend the time or money.
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Re: Rossi 92 Which calibres is most reliable.

Postby BCRider » 03 May 2018 11

The "standard" failure mode for the 92's I've seen so far has always been the flipping up the nose of the cartridge during chambering so they stick up out of the receiver. The one that belongs to a buddy that is occasionally double feeding is affected by a very poorly made loading gate which still needs attention. So far we've gotten around the issue by not quite tightening the loading gate screw all the way. But that's a right PITA as you can imagine as it needs to be closely monitored. But we've both been crazy busy the past few months so each new match that comes up he remembers and reminds me and we immediately forget in light of other things. As a result it's been 6 months and still needs attention.

The points that will be closely looked at are the misshapen loading gate and finger on the rear and the spring loaded cartridge interrupter on the nose.

My own 92 and my buddy's wife's 92 have both been stellar performers without any issues. Although I did have to do all the usual things to mine to make it so while her's came from the factory with most of the "tricks" already done. His did too but it seems that the clumsy apprentice was the one in charge of making and welding the loading gates that day and it's a disaster.

So if you do a lot of your own tinkering on your guns that would be where I'd check first.
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Re: Rossi 92 Which calibres is most reliable.

Postby Archer » 12 Jun 2018 03

I own two .44s and a .357 that work well for me so far.
A buddy bought a .357 that works fine with .38s but is stiff as heck with .357s.

The common complaint is that in competition the shooter outruns the 92.
The second complaint is that the lever throw on a 73 can be much shorter and thus quicker.
The advantage of the 92 is the strength of the action and maybe the overall light weight when you are carrying it around as long as it's not an octagonal barreled anchor. One of my .44s is octagonal and a pretty rifle but in spite of me having a fondness for traditional octagonal rifles I handled several in the 92s before coming across one that I decided to buy. The extra two pounds in the barrel put me off.
I'd pick up another Rossi 92 if the price was right and it passed the checkout test. I have to admit I'm a little leery of the brand in spite of having three of them that so far have worked out quite well.
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