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Old 11-28-2017, 11:54   #1
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Rossi 357mag Production

While I have 2 Rossi 357mags myself, I was curious as to why Rossi's web page only showed R92s in 45 colt and also why 357mags are as scarce as hens teeth.

So, this morning I called Rossi CS and found out the following.
  • Rossi said that they moved to a new Brazilian manufacturing plant this year which dramatically slowed / stopped production. Their CS department has been advised that shipments of their R92 rifles in 357mag, 44mag, and 45colt from the new manufacturing plant should commence late this year or 1st of 2018.
  • Further, they stated that Rossi has no plans to discontinue their current calibers and that once production is fully underway in the new facility, adequate stocks should be available to cover demand.
  • AS to their website only showing R92s in 45 colt, Rossi is also redoing their R92 website to update both the models and versions they will carry and give it a newer look and feel. That means that the current website is more of a placeholder rather than an indication of the calibers they are producing.
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Yep, Rossi has been consolidating their production into a single facility. Hopefully it will improve both production capacity and quality control.

I ordered my most recent Model 92 (a 20" color case hardened short rifle in .357 Magnum) before the move induced drought occurred.
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i acquired a madero rossi src in 357 a while ago it has the medalion on the side its a great little gun.built very well and seems to be very accurate.glad to see there going to keep making them.my marlin 1894 now has a little brother.
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I prefer the Marlin 1894C (pre- Remlin) in .357. Also have a pair of 1894S's in .41 Mag that I'll be clutching on my deathbed.
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Old 12-14-2017, 11:28   #5
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Originally Posted by 40nascar View Post
I prefer the Marlin 1894C (pre- Remlin) in .357. Also have a pair of 1894S's in .41 Mag that I'll be clutching on my deathbed.
I know many do, however, all the Marlins and Remlins I've looked at were both used and the stocks and forearms were too fat for my taste.

But hey, that's why they make both Fords and Chevys.
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I know many do, however, all the Marlins and Remlins I've looked at were both used and the stocks and forearms were too fat for my taste.

But hey, that's why they make both Fords and Chevys.
Yep...although both are tubular-mag fed leverguns with an exposed hammer, that's where the similarity stops. Just speaking for myself, I've tried both and much prefer the Rossi (Win'92) design over the Marlin '94 design....but then again, I grew up mostly driving old Fords, so the Chevys I've drove always felt kind of weird to me..

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dwg, while I'm a Chevy man myself I agree that the Rossi design feels more comfortable and looks more classic to me as well. Of my plinking guns, my Mini and my Rossis are 3 I'd keep to the bitter end.
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Originally Posted by COSteve View Post
While I have 2 Rossi 357mags myself, I was curious as to why Rossi's web page only showed R92s in 45 colt and also why 357mags are as scarce as hens teeth.

So, this morning I called Rossi CS and found out the following.
  • Rossi said that they moved to a new Brazilian manufacturing plant this year which dramatically slowed / stopped production. Their CS department has been advised that shipments of their R92 rifles in 357mag, 44mag, and 45colt from the new manufacturing plant should commence late this year or 1st of 2018.
  • Further, they stated that Rossi has no plans to discontinue their current calibers and that once production is fully underway in the new facility, adequate stocks should be available to cover demand.
  • AS to their website only showing R92s in 45 colt, Rossi is also redoing their R92 website to update both the models and versions they will carry and give it a newer look and feel. That means that the current website is more of a placeholder rather than an indication of the calibers they are producing.
Steve, thanks for the update on Rossi. I've been considering a new .357 Rossi and was wondering why they had suddenly become unicorns. Getting one would give me companion rifle for my JM stamped Marlin .357 1894CS. The 1894 fulfilled my requirement for a side loading/side ejecting, pistol caliber lever action on which I would install a scope. Since the Rossi is a side loading/top ejecting rifle, I could then have some iron sights fun without dismounting/remounting the scope on the Marlin.



BTW, getting the Marlin took me down another rabbit hole - a .357 revolver, my first, a Ruger GP100 Master Champion.

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I got tired of searching for that missing out Rossi 92 in 357 so picked up a Remlin 45 Colt last spring for 440 bucks new so can't complain about it like some do. I getting 1.5" 5 shot groups at 50 yards shooting 300gr XTP's. Frankly my 1894 Remlin shoots great with exception of hard trigger which I will remedy with WWG trigger kit when I get caught up on my bills.

Steve.....Thank You for the news cause now I know I be able to get that 357Mag after all!

My only wish is they bring a 357 Maximum caliber version!
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[QUOTE=Phish;1430610]I got tired of searching for that missing out Rossi 92 in 357 so picked up a Remlin 45 Colt last spring for 440 bucks new so can't complain about it like some do. I getting 1.5" 5 shot groups at 50 yards shooting 300gr XTP's. Frankly my 1894 Remlin shoots great with exception of hard trigger which I will remedy with WWG trigger kit when I get caught up on my bills.

Steve.....Thank You for the news cause now I know I be able to get that 357Mag after all!

My only wish is they bring a 357 Maximum caliber version![/QUOTE]

Then you should consider a JM 336 in 35 Rem. Cal. If you roll your own, you can use .357 Bullets for it. Personally, I wouldn't go less than 180 grs. with it.
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I got tired of searching for that missing out Rossi 92 in 357 so picked up a Remlin 45 Colt last spring for 440 bucks new so can't complain about it like some do. I getting 1.5" 5 shot groups at 50 yards shooting 300gr XTP's. Frankly my 1894 Remlin shoots great with exception of hard trigger which I will remedy with WWG trigger kit when I get caught up on my bills.

Steve.....Thank You for the news cause now I know I be able to get that 357Mag after all!

My only wish is they bring a 357 Maximum caliber version![/QUOTE]

Then you should consider a JM 336 in 35 Rem. Cal. If you roll your own, you can use .357 Bullets for it. Personally, I wouldn't go less than 180 grs. with it.
If I did that then it's not considered a pistol caliber nor a straight walled caliber and can not be used legally for deer in this suckhole state Ohio.
The 35 Rem would be much more expensive to shoot no matter how you look at it.

Another thing is if Rossi can make the 454 Casull in their 92's then it just easily done with 357 Max.
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While I can appreciate the 357. The 45 Colt is the cats meow. Got a Rossi, Marlin, Uberti, and a Roller all in 45 Colt. Got my eyes on a Henry Brass Frame just to add another. Have 1k plus brass and 3K 255's RNFP's.

Hopefully there will be 357's from Rossi into customer hands shortly. Just don't forget about the mighty 45 Colt.
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Originally Posted by dh1633pm View Post
While I can appreciate the 357. The 45 Colt is the cats meow. Got a Rossi, Marlin, Uberti, and a Roller all in 45 Colt. Got my eyes on a Henry Brass Frame just to add another. Have 1k plus brass and 3K 255's RNFP's.

Hopefully there will be 357's from Rossi into customer hands shortly. Just don't forget about the mighty 45 Colt.
To each his own. I have 2ea 357mag Rossis and 2ea 45 Colt Ubertis and I find the 357mag a much more versatile caliber. The 45 Colt, even with a puff load, will make a mess out of a small critter while I've seen a squirrel hit by a puff load 90grn 357mag (lighter than a 38spl) and while it did the job, it didn't tear up the squirrel bad at all.

For plinking, I find the 357mag's 158grn full power load has a much flatter trajectory with a decently light recoil. The larger, heavier 45 Colt loads must be pushed hard to give anything close to the flatter trajectory the 357 enjoys and that makes for an awful stout recoil in a light levergun. OTOH, if you're hunting medium and larger game up close, the 45 Colt's big slug will put them down hard.

So, like most things shooting related, it depends upon deciding what you intend to do with the firearm before you can say with any assurity what the best one for the job is.
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Steve, everything you said was dead on. Hey next year I am due for another work trip to Colorado Springs. I always enjoy it.
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I prefer the Marlin 1894C (pre- Remlin) in .357. Also have a pair of 1894S's in .41 Mag that I'll be clutching on my deathbed.
I had a Marlin 1894C in .357 Mag back in high school... more years ago than I care to admit. I wish I still had it. I ended up selling it, but made up for it by purchasing a brand new Rossi M92 20-inch barrel in 357 Mag about 1995 before they added the button safety. I like the Rossi a bit better, but still kicking myself for parting with the Marlin all those years ago in my youth. I'd just as soon have both. They're both great lever guns.

I did the 12-round mod for the under-barrel tube mag on the Rossi and it's the cat's meow. I have it paired with the old Taurus M66 (6-shot) revolver in 357 Mag. I took a cue from the old west practice of having long gun and handgun in same caliber.
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A Ruger Vaquero would really make a great companionship with Rossi 92.
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I have the .357 /.38 spl Winchester 1873 Short Rifle combo'd with a 5.5" Stainless Taylors Uberti El'Patron' Competition model Peacemaker clone.

Both are great to shoot
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A Ruger Vaquero would really make a great companionship with Rossi 92.
Indeed, the Rossi 92 and Ruger Vaquero would be a sweet match up.

Back in high school when I had the Marlin 1894 I also had a 1960s vintage Ruger Blackhawk in 357 Mag, which I sold sometime in the '80s.

That was the first Ruger of any kind I owned. Come to think of it, the guy I sold the Blackhawk to is still in the area. I may look him up and make an offer he can't refuse to buy the Blackhawk back. Hopefully he still has it.
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You can't go wrong with the Blackhawk either. I picked up a 4 5/8" NM Vacquero 357 for paltry 400 bucks last year. A fun shooter. Although I could never be able afford the Uberti short rifle but waiting for Rossi to ramp up production for the 16" 357 carbine.
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I was able to get the Winchester (New) for less than a Uberti because it had a good dust layer on it in the LGS rack and i'm not shy about haggling price.
That particular LGS started a "no haggling" policy about 6 months later and within 2 years its doors were shuttered because everyone stopped buying there.............
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I guess I lucked out when this NIB Marlin 1894c .357 gold trigger made in 1981 came up on gunbroker two years ago.
Probably could have bought two Rossis for what I paid for it but all the planets were inline being the right caliber, brand, early eighties pre-safety production and NIB-couldn't pass it up.

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my best friends' little brother had a Rossi Puma .357 in the copper/bronze metal finish......great rifle
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Steve, thanks for the update on Rossi. I've been considering a new .357 Rossi and was wondering why they had suddenly become unicorns. Getting one would give me companion rifle for my JM stamped Marlin .357 1894CS. The 1894 fulfilled my requirement for a side loading/side ejecting, pistol caliber lever action on which I would install a scope. Since the Rossi is a side loading/top ejecting rifle, I could then have some iron sights fun without dismounting/remounting the scope on the Marlin.




BTW, getting the Marlin took me down another rabbit hole - a .357 revolver, my first, a Ruger GP100 Master Champion.

Finding an excuse to buy another firearm, is like having to decide whether or not i should have a chocolate milkshake.
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Steve, you should be happy with me. Just found a pre safety Rossi .357 sitting on the lgs rack for $375. I immediately put her in PRK jail! Downside, the carbine ( 92 SRC - 20 inch barrel with curved butt) is pimped out with bright nickel or chrome plating on the reciever and butt plate. Also looks like some good custom scroll work. Looks like it was a Cowboy action shooting gun, that was carried much, but shoot little. Her name is Evie.
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Unfortunately, it's now almost July and still no new Rossi 357mags anywhere to be seen. Me thinks that the company may have been a bit overoptimistic on ramping up their production.
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