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All-time best if you can find it: The Federal "CastCore" load with a 180gr. LBT-style cast bullet. Or, you can load them yourself, easily enough.
 

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Before buying a bunch of ammo, it would behoove you to try a sample first, to ensure they feed alright from the mag to the chamber - since not all Rossi's feed all bullet shapes.

FWIW, I use a 158gr JSP.

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Before buying a bunch of ammo, it would behoove you to try a sample first, to ensure they feed alright from the mag to the chamber - since not all Rossi's feed all bullet shapes.

FWIW, I use a 158gr JSP.
From what I've seen the Rossi 357mags are more forgiving on bullet shape than is the 44mag version. I too run JSP (Zero bullets) and I have no trouble with any length I load them at from 1.460" (std 38spl), 1.500" (long loaded 38spl), or 1.590" (std 357mag) in either of mine.
 

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I load ~ 150 grain Lee RN seated to .357 OAL in .38 Brass in an Winny M1892 that has been converted to .357 Mag .

All of my lever guns feed OK with RN bullets , if the OAL is close to " standard " .

The .44 Mag & this .357 Mag do not particularly like SWC's .

The .45 LC feeds fine with RN or RNFP bullets . I have not tried SWC's in it .

I realize this does not directly answer your question , but may give you a little info .

My .45-70 lever guns feed everything I have feed them , if I keep the OAL with in specs ( too long does not work , unless you single feed them .

My .30-30's , the same .

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So are we talking which Rossi rifle.......those from Brazil from the 1980s with the PUMA on the frame or the new ones from Italy????

I have an old Rossi from Brazil with the 16" bbl in .357 Mag. The only real objection I have is the front sight is part of the bbl band and the rear sight is a simple light wt elevator type v-notch.
 

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if you dont reload and want good cheap ammo academy sells monark 357 125gr for 19 a box and it is very accurate the 158gr 38spl is 15 a box and is loaded long so it feeds very well in the rossi rifles.
 

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So are we talking which Rossi rifle.......those from Brazil from the 1980s with the PUMA on the frame or the new ones from Italy????

I have an old Rossi from Brazil with the 16" bbl in .357 Mag. The only real objection I have is the front sight is part of the bbl band and the rear sight is a simple light wt elevator type v-notch.
Actually, all of the Rossi rifles are made in Brazil and were imported by LSI and Braztech until Rossi merged with Taurus and now sells them under the Rossi banner. The early versions had a Puma on the frame but that was discontinued years ago. Both my Rossi 357mags are LSI versions with the stupid bolt safeties (now plugged). The name 'Puma' was a copyrighted name by LSI so they took it and use it for their new Pumas which are made by Chiappa in Italy.
 

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Actually, all of the Rossi rifles are made in Brazil and were imported by LSI and Braztech until Rossi merged with Taurus and now sells them under the Rossi banner. The early versions had a Puma on the frame but that was discontinued years ago. Both my Rossi 357mags are LSI versions with the stupid bolt safeties (now plugged). The name 'Puma' was a copyrighted name by LSI so they took it and use it for their new Pumas which are made by Chiappa in Italy.


I think I have heard the ones made in Italy are more $$$ ?

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I think I have heard the ones made in Italy are more $$$ ?

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Yes, and some of them (Chiappa made Pumas, Cimarrons, etc.) have some issues too. Your older Rossi is GTG as 'The Rossi Specialist,' Steve Young states that the Rossi 92's action is the strongest going as evidenced by their offering both their leverguns in Ruger 480 and 454 Casull.
 

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Yes, and some of them (Chiappa made Pumas, Cimarrons, etc.) have some issues too. Your older Rossi is GTG as 'The Rossi Specialist,' Steve Young states that the Rossi 92's action is the strongest going as evidenced by their offering both their leverguns in Ruger 480 and 454 Casull.

What size bullet does the Ruger 480 use ( diameter ) ?

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Wyr: .475" diameter

[Irish Bird Dog posted: So are we talking which Rossi rifle.......those from Brazil from the 1980s with the PUMA on the frame or the new ones from Italy????]


Rossi made in the past, and currently makes, Model 92's.
"Rossi's" were only ever made in Brazil - No Rossi's were ever made in Italy.
One of the older Brazillian Rossi M-92's was marked "Pums" for it's then US importer, LSI (Legacy).
Chiappa (formerly ArmiSport) of Italy currently also makes their version of the Model 92 in Italy.
Since LSI/Legacy owns the "Puma" name/trademark, Chiappa now brands some of their production with that name for the Model 92's that LSI imports into the US.


Wyr: Yes, ANY of the Chiappa models - Pumas or others - cost more $$$ than Rossi's (at least 50% MORE).

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Wyr: .475" diameter

[Irish Bird Dog posted: So are we talking which Rossi rifle.......those from Brazil from the 1980s with the PUMA on the frame or the new ones from Italy????]


Rossi made in the past, and currently makes, Model 92's.
"Rossi's" were only ever made in Brazil - No Rossi's were ever made in Italy.
One of the older Brazillian Rossi M-92's was marked "Pums" for it's then US importer, LSI (Legacy).
Chiappa (formerly ArmiSport) of Italy currently also makes their version of the Model 92 in Italy.
Since LSI/Legacy owns the "Puma" name/trademark, Chiappa now brands some of their production with that name for the Model 92's that LSI imports into the US.


Wyr: Yes, ANY of the Chiappa models - Pumas or others - cost more $$$ than Rossi's (at least 50% MORE).

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Why, and are they worth the price difference?
 

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No one said that they were worth more, just that they cost more.
 
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