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Old 05-22-2011, 06:21   #1
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Puma M92 .357: ID and advice?

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Just got a used Puma M92 in .38/.357. I've always wanted a .38/.357 carbine and I am psyched. The rifle is a looker- short, octo barrel and fine wood. (pics if I remember how...)

Best I can tell, it's a Rossi-made, LSI import. I read that later, non-Rossi rifles will have a serial number beginning with a T. Mine is K267xxx. She's got a 20-inch octo barrel and sight dovetails are not 3/8. Does that help date her?

Anyone have any info and/or advice about this rifle? Ammo suggestions?

All I've done so far is wipe down and oil the wood. Today I'll give her a good cleaning.

Thanks!
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Get a bullseye rear sight, polish contact surfaces, use hornady leveroution when accuracy counts... I don't know anything about the ID, but that is what always worked great for mine.
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Old 05-23-2011, 19:15   #3
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Rossi 92 Specialist, Nate Kiowa Jones a.k.a. Steve Young - Professional Gunsmith

Check out this fella. He knows how to make the Rossi lever gun work like it should. I got his how-to DVD and am glad I did.
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Originally Posted by Lexington View Post
Howdy all,

Just got a used Puma M92 in .38/.357. I've always wanted a .38/.357 carbine and I am psyched. The rifle is a looker- short, octo barrel and fine wood. (pics if I remember how...)

Best I can tell, it's a Rossi-made, LSI import. I read that later, non-Rossi rifles will have a serial number beginning with a T. Mine is K267xxx. She's got a 20-inch octo barrel and sight dovetails are not 3/8. Does that help date her?

Anyone have any info and/or advice about this rifle? Ammo suggestions?

All I've done so far is wipe down and oil the wood. Today I'll give her a good cleaning.

Thanks!
I have a more recent Rossie in .357 Mag . I love it ( I also have a Puma in .45 LC ) .

I feed it reloads with home cast bullets . Economical to shoot .

God bless
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Well, finally got to shoot this rifle. Overall, I'd have to give her an A. No real problems to speak of. Functioned smooth, no malfunctions of any kind.

A few nudges of the sights to line her up and I was getting pretty good groups on paper at 50 yards. Took a few shots at metal plates at 100 yards and got a "clang" most of the time, shooting 158g LRN and TMJ.

I assumed .357 would not shoot to the same point of aim as .38 special but wow! Shooting .357, she wasn't even on paper. Is that common?

I think the next time I take her out, I'll try a few .38 +P rounds, to see if their POA is closer to the regular .38s. I'd like to be able to switch ammo without re-sighting the rifle, maybe holding a bit high or low in a pinch.

Be good.
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Originally Posted by Lexington View Post
Well, finally got to shoot this rifle. Overall, I'd have to give her an A. No real problems to speak of. Functioned smooth, no malfunctions of any kind.

A few nudges of the sights to line her up and I was getting pretty good groups on paper at 50 yards. Took a few shots at metal plates at 100 yards and got a "clang" most of the time, shooting 158g LRN and TMJ.

I assumed .357 would not shoot to the same point of aim as .38 special but wow! Shooting .357, she wasn't even on paper. Is that common?

I think the next time I take her out, I'll try a few .38 +P rounds, to see if their POA is closer to the regular .38s. I'd like to be able to switch ammo without re-sighting the rifle, maybe holding a bit high or low in a pinch.

Be good.
.357 will naturally shoot higher (or more straight/ much less drop at 50 yds.). Best to choose what you want the rifle sighted for and adjust your aim for the other.
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