1892 Let's Talk ...

NoeetticaNoeettica New MemberPosts: 21 New Member
I have a Rossi 1892

I like the mods available but there are no gunsmiths in the Tampa bay area that can do them :-(

anyone have one of these ?

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  • bullsi1911bullsi1911 Moderator Posts: 9,757 Senior Member
    I have the Rossi Mare's Leg- the shortened "Pistol" version of the 1892:

    ranchhand2.jpg
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  • AntonioAntonio Senior Member Posts: 2,341 Senior Member
    Got an old model 77 in .38 Special only; never imported here and apparently only available in Brazil where .357 Magnum is banned, so it must have "walked" past the border.

    Gun was in pieces with some missing small parts (Including a wasted mainspring) and stock & handguard in poor condition, last being used -literally- as door lock bar. Took it to a local "gunsmith" who completed it with Winchester '92 parts (Little fitting was required here & there but otherwise almost perfect fit), made a new mainspring and "transplanted" the front sight base from the barrel band to the barrel for a correct '92 look; then sandblasted and matte-finished. A carpenter took care of the wood repairing cracks, holes & missing chunks with a pretty decent result, and finally got an original '92 flip-up rear sight that needed some mods before properly fitting the Rossi's odd dovetail cut.

    Took it to the range, loaded it with assorted .38 Special rounds (Cast lead "hot" reloads, Remington RNL 158gr., Winchester 125gr. FMJs and -gasp- American Ammunition RNLs) and got
    bored of hitting an A4-sized steel plate @ 110 yards.....amazing! So far declined half a dozen purchase offers, and unlike my Marlin 1894c that runs OK only with 158gr. loads, it works accurately with every round I've used.
  • tennmiketennmike Senior Member Posts: 26,180 Senior Member
    I have one of the carbines in .357 Magnum. I've had it around 10 years, and shot it like I stole it with .38 Special and .357 Mag. handloads. It's a fun shooter, and has never given any problems. Only real problem is it takes too long to reload it! Fun to shoot for sure!
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  • centermass556centermass556 Senior Member Posts: 3,509 Senior Member
    I don't have the Rossi, but I have winchester 94 in .357...I love that gun. Back home it is my "truck gun".

    What are you looking to do to it?

    I had a Rossi .22 pump when I was younger....I traded it for a Marlin 25Mn becasue I wanted a WMR. I regret that trade. That Rossi was a real fun gun to shoot.

    BTW Bullsi...Nice!!!
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  • JasonMPDJasonMPD Senior Member Posts: 6,122 Senior Member
    I have one in .44mag. Not an 1892 caliber, but it's a riot to shoot and pretty accurate, too.
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  • NoeetticaNoeettica New Member Posts: 21 New Member
    I don't have the Rossi, but I have winchester 94 in .357...I love that gun. Back home it is my "truck gun".

    What are you looking to do to it?

    I had a Rossi .22 pump when I was younger....I traded it for a Marlin 25Mn becasue I wanted a WMR. I regret that trade. That Rossi was a real fun gun to shoot.

    BTW Bullsi...Nice!!!

    This ...

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  • JasonMPDJasonMPD Senior Member Posts: 6,122 Senior Member
    Wambli Ska wrote: »
    I have a .45 Colt in Stainless with the octagon barrel. Beautiful rifle!

    Hate you. :tooth:
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  • 10 AC10 AC Member Posts: 309 Member
    I have a model '92 SS in 357 with an 24" octagon, its a hoot. Shoots a little high at 50 yds. but pretty much dead on at 100 with most of the 158 gn bullets I've put through it.
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  • Gene LGene L Senior Member Posts: 10,305 Senior Member
    I had an original 92 in 38-40. Nice rifle. Plain walnut, octagonal barrel. I gave it to my nephew.
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  • NoeetticaNoeettica New Member Posts: 21 New Member
    Thinking about distressing the wood a bit ...Rounding the sharp edges stripping the varnish and going to an Oil finish right now the gun is too "Pretty"
  • bullsi1911bullsi1911 Moderator Posts: 9,757 Senior Member
    Do it yourself with a scotchbrite pad and some elbow grease. I did it on an SAA clone not long ago

    http://forums.gunsandammo.com/showthread.php?13860-New-Leather-and-Antiqueing-a-Pietta-SAA-clone-(Gun-Porn!)&highlight=Antiquing
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  • DoctorWhoDoctorWho Senior Member Posts: 9,496 Senior Member
    bullsi1911 wrote: »
    I have the Rossi Mare's Leg- the shortened "Pistol" version of the 1892:

    ranchhand2.jpg

    What is the barrel length ? that would be great medicine for bears / bear country, I would like to see a barrel length that would still be practicle and not a jot shorter than it should be, either 44 magnum or .45 Colt, and one in .45 acp
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  • shootershooter Senior Member Posts: 1,186 Senior Member
    The top one and the stainless one are Rossi's in .357 Mag. The second from the top is a model 92 Winchester that someone chambered
    to .357 mag. before it came into my stable.

    357rifles.jpg

    This octagon barreled Winchester is from 1906. It's in 32-20 and is a model 92.

    win92.jpg

    e.t.a. .....The stainless Rossi had 2000 made and mine is # 615.
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  • Big ChiefBig Chief Senior Member Posts: 32,995 Senior Member
    Hey, I've fired Bullsi's Mare's Leg at one of the TX shoots, fun indeed! :up: :up:
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  • NoeetticaNoeettica New Member Posts: 21 New Member
    I will look but My SS Rossi has no such marking ...
  • Mike WeberMike Weber Member Posts: 91 Member
    I've owned two of the Rossi made model 92 clones. Both rifles had 241/4 octagon barrels and were chambered in .45 Colt. The first rifle was marked Navy Arms and was stainless steel It was an earlier production model and was without the "Lawyer Safety" that was added to the later models. The second rifle was marked Legacy Sports International and this rifle had casehardened and blued finish it was a later model with the added safety. Both rifles were great shooters and I used them in S.A.S.S. competition, and also hunted with them. The first rifle's action was a bit rough and this rifle tended to be a bit finicky when it came to feeding some ammo through it seemed to be sensitive to Cartridge OAL. I mostly ran Lasercast 250 gr RNFP loads pushed along by 8gr of Unique through the first rifle. The second rifle digested everything from blackpowder loads which came close to duplicating original frontier era loads to some smokin hot loads pushing 300 gr. hardcast bullets at near .454 Casull velocities without a hickup. I had installed Marbles tang sites on both rifles and these do improve fast target aquisition on a levergun. The second rifle did have a much smoother action than the first. Overall I'd say the Rossi built 92's are good rifles. The OP was asking about parts and model 92 smithing. I'd highly recommend Steve Young down in Texas if you're thinking about having one of these rifles fine tuned. http://stevesgunz.com/
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