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I am truly puzzled over a Rossi 92 .44 magnum that my buddy Glenn brought over to the house tonight. He's owned it for several years but never shot it much, as its action is as stiff and rough as any levergun I have ever encountered. For that reason, he finally decided to sell it to a fellow. A couple of days after the sale, the guy called Glenn all upset. Seems as he was shooting it, the ejector and spring popped out of the bolt! Fortunately, even though they popped out of the receiver and fell to the ground, he was able to find them and brought them , along with the rifle, to Glenn. Glenn being a standup guy, he of course refunded the man's money and, knowing me to be an inveterate gun tinkerer, brought it over to see if I could do anything to straighten it out.

The ejector looked fine, and I could only speculate that the gun had been disassembled some time in the past and somehow improperly reassembled, with the bolt pin somehow not securing it in place. So, with the help of a sixpack of excellent Highland Brewery (Asheville, NC) Gaelic Ale, we tore it down and reassembled it in what we were sure was the proper manner.

Well, once we were done, it seemed to be in working order -- although stilll stiff as stiff could be. But after maybe 20 cycles of the lever, darned if the ejector didn't pop out again!

So, does anyone care to speculate on what's going on here? As I said, the ejector LOOKS to be in good order, but I suppose it could be that the little tab on the rear that is captured by the bolt pin may be worn down too far to be properly secured.

Any and all advice welcome, because I am determined to see this thing put right.
 

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This rifle is the very devil to open or close, but the resistance seems to be midway in the cycle, not in the moment of closing. That last little nudge to close seems normal. And the collar is there, and appears completely normal. I agree, finding those parts, at least the first time, was very, very lucky. Apparently the spot where he was shooting was almost bare dirt; and neither time did the spring and ejector fly out at high speed, just sort of jumped forward and popped out of the top of the action. In other words, not a rocket-like launch such as I have experienced all too often with other parts on other guns. Last night when it happened, we were fortunate to be on a plain, light-blue carpet with short pile, and saw what happened and where the parts went.
 

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>I would be curious as to whether the notch in the ejector shank is deep enough for the ejector stop pin/lever pin to retain the ejector.

At this point, I agree that this seems the most likely cause of the problem. It LOOKS okay, but then I don't have a new one on hand for comparison. Next tear-down, I will examine this closely and try what you suggest. Thanks!
 

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Checkout the reference pictures and information for Rossi Parts List and Dissembly Instructions. Under the 'Rossi/Winchester 92 Dissembly' there's a trick discussed under item 14.5 using a spent 357mag case to aid in assembly of the ejector. It might help to give this method a try as you may not have assembled it correctly. If that doesn't get you going, give Steve Young a shout. As The Rossi Specialist, you knows them backwards and forwards.

Those are the instructions we followed, and I am as sure as I can be that we assembled the thing correctly. I'm no novice at gun assembly, just a novice with 92s, but I am ure that the culprit is a bad part, either a wron noth in the ejector or a wallowed-out slot in the bolt. I'll scrutinize everything at the next tear-down. Thanks for your thoughts.
 
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