MY SS ROSSI 357MAG HAS BEEN NOTHING SHORT OF A SUPERB CARBINE. IT IS ACCURATE AS ALL GITOUT, FUNCTIONS VERY SMOOTHLY, AND LOOKS LIKE A SILVER MILLION BUCKS.
FOR APERTURE SIGHTS I HAD ASHLEY'S PUT ON, ALONG WITH A HIGHER FRONT SIGHT.
IT IS MY TRUCK GUN AND YOU DON'T GET TO THAT EXALTED POSITION WITHOUT DELIVERING THE GOODS.
My favorite rifle of all that I have owned is my Rossi .357 with a 16" barrel. No problems with quite a few rounds put through the barrel. Last year was my first year hunting with the rifle. It performed clean-up on a wounded 6 pointer and harvested a 10 pointer for me. Both shots under 50 yards and taken with 180 grain XTP's. If you want more information go to www.sixgunner.com and look at some articles by Paco on the .357 in leverguns.
Picked one up at a pawn-shop for 赅.00(20")and had a Ashley rear ghost-ring and one of their post front sight's installed right away! It is a solid varmint/pick-up gun!Took a 190lb boar in South Carolina with it using 180grain WFN over H4227!Only problem,almost hit a hound that ran around the boar at the shot!
I am glad to see shooters picking up on the killing power of the .357 Mag, in both rifles and handguns. Of course the secret was the outstanding hard cast and jacketed bullets in the 175 gr to 185 gr class. We had used Remington's 180 gr factory load with great success on deer and hogs here in Florida for some time in the Marlin carbines and handguns. After discussions with Marshall and Contender, we have moved over the the 185 gr BTB from Marshall and the 175 OWC from Contender. Our 185 BTb sits on top of 16 gr of WW296 that cracks over the clock at 1700+'/" rom Marlins 16 1/2" barrel
Best Regards, James
I've got a pair of the Rossi 92's in .357. One is a 16 1/2" carbine and the other a 20" model. Both are outstanding shooters, and with a little shooting both actions are slick as can be. They were (and are)very tight guns dimensionally and shoot like a million bucks. My nod goes to the 20" model as I prefer the balance of the gun over the stubby little 16.5" model. They both turn in accuracy better than the irons are capable of sighting with the right ammo.
For plinking, I use 3.2g AA #5 under a .358"-160g FNBB bullet for around 1200+ fps out of the carbines, a very nice shooting load that is exceptionally accurate and potent for what it is.
For hunting and serious work, I load 16.0g H110 under the BTB .358"185g FNGC bullet for a velocity out of the 20" gun of just over 1800 fps! Not bad for a little pipsqueak cartridge! If they had had that load when the West was won, it wouldn't have taken so long!
You can't go wrong with the Rossi's when you can find one! They are great guns, and I have nothing but praise for these .357's!
My hunting pal has an old Interarms 20" Rossi. We have shot it head to head with my Marlin 1894c quite a bit. The Rossi shines with lead swc, but the Marlin does better with jacketed 158's.
The Rossi of old had indifferent finish and stocking...I understand they are better in that regard now.
All that said, the Rossi is a nice light and surprisingly potent little piece for plinking, protection and small to SMALL-medium game (I did take one Maine whitetail buck of 165 lbs field-dressed with the Marlin and some old 180 Black Talons, but it was CLOSE, and THICK, and I had a little bit of tracking to do. The bullet did the job, though!)
I think everyone should be issued a lever .357 by the government!
I won the Idaho State Championship, Pistol Cartridge Cowboy Rifle Silhouette Match with my model 92 Rossi Puma Carbine. I shot a 55/60, which also boosted me into Master Class. I missed one chicken, one pig, 1 turkey and 2 rams. The excitement level was pretty high by the time I got to the rams.
No I will not give the load, it is a secret and if I gave it out I would have to kill all of you and that would take too much ammo.
Rossi and Taurus both had rather poor reputations many years ago but have become world class arms makers in the last few years. It was Rossi that designed and built much of the firearms manufacturing equipment used by most major arms manufacturers today. That includes companies like Remington. I am not surprised that they are making such fine guns now. The .357 in a rifle is a pleasant and effective round for most game up to black bear at bush ranges.
You don't need a .300 win. mag to drop a deer at 75 yards. keeping bullet weight above 150 grs is the key to bring down the bigger game. Shot placement is as always the most important aspect of bringing down any game.
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