This is a discussion on Rossi Rio Grande .45-70: Anyone else have one? within the Lever Action forums, part of the Gun Forum category; its very hard to watch this and not want this rifle.
WARNING Hickok45 is 6 foot 8inches tall this rifle is big!
but you can find that gun if you have the pockets.
Already did a search online. Ya pockets is right!
Not out of the park but spendy. Hell look at what we spend on the M-14's and I've got good money into an M4 clone. I could buy 2 of these for what I've got into any of those.
2-4 grand on line for the anniversary, plane Jane model.
I'd buy one tomorrow if the ex wife didn't just take my butt back to court cause she thinks she needs more money. I still miss that woman. But my aims gettin better!
UPDATE: Pawn shop called, said the new rifle is in. Funny, because I called they 2-3 days ago, and they said they hadn't done anything with the rifle yet... these guys are kinda clueless and unimpressive. (They didn't have any clue what to do when I brought it in for a warranty. And they didn't call me about the M14 coming in at all.)
Anyways, I'll head over after work and have a look at'er, and I'll post what I see. I'll take her out with the M14 when I go to try it out.
So the lever had a little too much play in it, even after tightening the screw. It was causing me to sometimes hit the side of the receiver when trying to close. It turns out I needed a screwdriver with better leverage to tighten it, because now it only slightly nicks the edge of the receiver on my mose off-center pulls, which is perfectly fine for use.
Taking the scope mount off on this one was even worse than the last one. The screws are far too delicate and strip like crazy (they're flatheads!) I don't need it going back on, but I was afraid I wouldn't be able to get it off. I wish they'd used stronger screws on this thing.
I'm going to clean her up and take her out hopefully a week from now, see how she functions. If I still have problems, I'll be looking for a used 1895 GBL.
Someday, I'm going to sell this stuff and get me a Talor's & Co. 1886 carbine. But until then I need a woods gun.
First tube, fully loaded with 5 rounds, ran through like a champ. I was relieved. Had to recock and detonate again on some but I was willing to believe that was the ammo.
But I couldn't just let it go. Had to keep pushing.
So I came back 10 min later with 3 rounds in the tube. Fired the first, after recocking several times. Pushed the lever out... stuck. Just like the previous one.
They'd better send me a Marlin, and it'd better be pre-2010. I'll pay the price difference. Either that or they give me the money back and I find a used Marlin. Or I COULD use that money I found and get a Taylor's & Co. 1886 carbine... THAT thing WILL work...
But then I lose money for my "needs" list. However this IS a top priority for me, for Montana. I'd have to give up the RMR until I know I'm making more money than my base expenses, at least. I think the .45-70 is more important though.
I've not read of any other complaints about this gun... maybe I just got 2 bad ones. But I'm done playing games... and I'd like to be able to shoot up to 40k psi instead of just 30k psi if I wanted to.
Oh, and the loading gate tore a giant chunk out of my thumb and nail without effort, but that's my own damn fault. It didn't hurt for hours until I washed my hands before dinner...
My humble opinion, get a Browning re-make of the Winchester 1886 or the Mod. 71. I love the 45-70, but the .348 puts a case of whoop ass on animals too. Either one is a quality rifle and will not let you down.