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Saw this revolver in a gun store and due to it's slim profile and inexpensive price tag, i purchased it. $367 and change for the gun a box of .357, and a box of .38 spcl. otd. I figured it would be a decent hiking trail gun. I loaded up some 150 grn swc with unique and winchester primers (38 spcl) and opened the back door and fired a cylinder full at a target i had set up, and the ancient on the hammer firing pin almost pierced the primers! It has a coil spring typical of modern revolvers, should i shorten the coil spring a bit to solve the problem? Or is the firing pin possibly a bit too long? it's a cheap gun and i only purchased it for hiking or camping, never with the intent of relying on it for sd, and i sure don't want to put a dime in it just to make it shootable.
 

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I will be blunt... you've already put too much money into a barely acceptable handgun. Throw it in a tackle box and get something reliable.

i only purchased it for hiking or camping, never with the intent of relying on it for sd
I do not understand this statement unless you mean you simply plink with it while hiking and camping. Anything else is self-defense in one form or another.
 

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Ever figure out what the deal was with the pierced primers? I have a Rossi 462 (2" bbl. .357) and have never had any problems with it.
 

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Exactly what do you mean by "almost pierced"? A good, healthy lick may be no problem at all unless the primers are actually being holed.
 

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bought one a little while back..after trying two ,both taken back within 2 weeks..
the gun store manager quit selling rossi snubs..he also gave me a sig 225 9 mil, to compensate me for my trouble..
the rossi was 357 but i never shot anything but 38 +p..gods country in albemarle n.c. went the exstra mile to do the right thing..
i know others with better experiences with rossis ..this was just mine.
i have an old rossi 38 special w 4 inch barrel, that i like just fine..
 

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I ran a couple hundred handloads through this gun a couple of weeks ago, and there were no problems with primer piercing. I assume the problem was soft primers. I also realized the gun is pretty darn accurate too!
 

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My Colt and Smith and Wesson 38sp revolvers are reamed out to 357 mag and shoot only 357 mag over loads.

My Taurus Model 650 hammerless stainless steel 5-shot, 2-inch .357 [similar to Rossi junk] I load with 38 special loads, because anything more will jam it.

What does it all mean?
There seems to be a poor correlation between what is a revolver's capability and what is etched on the side; 357 mag or 38 special.
 
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