November 9th, 2008, 06:33 AM
Join Date: Mar 2005
.357 in a rifle is great
I bought one back in the mid 90's,I'm a diehard Winchester model 1892 fan and have owned several vintage originals in both carbine and rifle form.
The Rossi is not quite as nice as the original,some cosmetic and some functional differences.
John Browning's original design was as perfect as a lever gun could be,beautiful compact and silky smooth action.
Rossi uses coil springs in the action which make it a lot heavier and not as smooth as the original.
If you have ever seen Chuck Conners or John Wayne cock theirs by a swing of the arm ,thats just how smooth the originals were.
They use all investment cast parts and some areas are left in the cast state.
They omitted a lot of detail on the receiver for production reasons but is not as nice looking .
I am in the process of customizing mine,I reshaped and polished the receiver to look like the original.I hand made from scratch new black walnut stocks,and have polished and slicked all the internals.
Hoping to have a nice custom metal finish applied
But overall right out of the box they are fine shooters and if wanted they can be slicked up to be perfect .
I think you can get custom spring kits ,sights and other parts for them now.
You can thank the cowboy action society for the comeback of all these fine firearms.