Made in Japan stamped on a Winchester. Hard fr me to swallow. Still a well made rifle ..
I don't think anyone will argue with you there. For example, I've owned 4 pre-64 Model 94s and all of them shot much better than any of the post 63 Model 94s I've owned. You can get 1.5 to 2 MOA accuracy out of a pre-64 Model 94 Carbine in .30-30 and that is rarely the case with the post 63 carbines.I just purchased a new Winchester 1892 in 44 Mag. What a beautiful rifle and it shoots to point of aim straight out of the box. Quality is top notch. In fact I am of the opinion that they are better made than the post 1964 Winchesters. I have had post 64 Winchesters and they really never impressed me, but this rifle is just a thing of beauty.
I own 4 Rossi 92's (two 44 mag 24" rifles, two 20" short rifles one of each 44 and 357)and never had to do anything to them. I did change the mag followers just because I don't like plastic parts, but they all functioned fine as is right out of the box. The only issue they've had is the mag tube shooting loose under the recoil of 290-350 gr rounds.Rossi 92s.
I own a few Rossi 92s - a 20" Short Rifle in .357 Mag, a 24" Rifle in .357 Mag, and a 20" Carbine in .45 Colt. All three of them benefitted from a tune up - polishing some interior surfaces, replacing the ejector spring, shortening the hammer spring, and thinning the loading gate spring, along with replacing the plastic magazine follower with a stainless follower and shortening the magazine spring. They also all benefitted from several coats of Tru-Oil on top of the original finish.
At a minimum, you'll need to give one a detailed cleaning to remove metal chips, grease, etc.
The external metal work however is normally excellent and I'm been impressed with both their blued and color case hardened finishes.
The end result is a very slick operating rifle, that is also very strong and accurate (I get 2 MOA accuracy at 100 yards with both my .357s using either handloaded 125 gr XTPs, or Federal 158 gr JSP factory ammo).
I'll argue that Rossi has more experience with modern straight wall pistol cartridges in the Model 92 style action than any other manufacturer, including Winchester (under whatever ownership arrangement). The changes they've made have been based on that experience over the last 50 years.
At around $530, they are about half the price of an Armi Sport made, Chiappa branded Model 92 or a Miroku made, Winchester branded Model 92, so you can afford to put some sweat equity into one.