Rossi R92 357 Magnum Review
A decent rifle all things considered. For the price point, I dont think you can do better. There are nicer versions of a 357 magnum lever action rifle out there of course, but you will be reaching the 1000 dollar territory very quickly while this one remains at the 500-800 range depending on where and how you get one.
That being said, when it comes to lever guns, you get what you pay for and this is no exception. The R92s are not perfect by any stretch of the imagination, but they do work, and they work well. I am overall satisfied with my rifle, but I understand it has a lot of potential to be so much more if I bother to sink the time and money into it. But then I ask myself, why do that when nicer Henrys (especially the X models) exist?
If you don’t care to upgrade or put a suppressor or red dot or optic on your 92 pattern rifle, this one will work for you. If you want to modernize your lever gun, I would argue save your money until you can buy the nicer variants.
I just picked the exact one up last Saturday. Took it out on Sunday and it shoots great out to 100 yards I was staying within a 6” plate. I know this is unconventional for a lever but you can get a picatinny rail and red dot for it to upgrade the sight or just get some different iron for the rear.
winchester is best
Turn the sight step elevator around.
Thanks for sharing
Amazing the difference in the wood they use. This one looks walnut and mine looks like rosewood.
Great looking rifle 👍
How do you clean it without breaking it all the way down I am not very handy
Skinner and a few other companies make replacement sights. I put Skinner aperture sights on my Marlin. Big improvement. the 357 really comes alive out of a carbine length barrel. Inside 100 yards it’s great on small to medium sized game. Bullet drop starts being a problem past about 125 yards. Hope you have a lot of fun with it.
I have a blued 45 Colt 20" carbine. It’s quality is superb. Fit and finish is about as good as you can get. I just got it and paid $700 so that should make you feel good. .357 Mag is a great caliber in these – very versatile. If you stick with .357 Mag loads, you will have no feeding probs. It is plenty enough for deer with standard 158 Grain loads with good bullets – out to 100 yards IMHO. Put an aperture sight on it and you will be surprised at the accuracy. And leverguns never went away – you are proof of it lol.
Weird question but could you turn that riser part around? .. or have a machine shop make a similar part with notches for the sight to sit down in?
When we were not in central America, the Army guys showed me a snail drum mag mounted on a 357 (they took it from a fella that didn’t need it any more).. So years later I bought my self a 357 16 inch I can hit the steel at 130 yards with 38 specials.
That darn safety is because it was imported into the country from Brazil and all imported firearms have to have a safety now or they can’t come into the US.
Take a pencil and push the loading gate down while working those edges with a small file. Don’t be fooled the 357 will take deer and hogs out beyond 100 yards. If you look under that rear sight there are 4 holes tapped for optic mounts.
Thank you for a good review. I just preordered the same R92 in stainless w/ 20" bbl 38/357
For left handed shooters, lever guns are perfect, they are ambidextrous asf
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I hate buckhorn sights. Replaced it with a Marble’s bullseye sight. Replaced front bead with a square partridge filed to appear like a spike. I can hit torso targets at 200 yards all day. The fix only costs $30.
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On the bottom of the rear side if you’ll put a piece of friction tape on it it will help stop it from sliding I’ve done it a few times it works
I bought one about the same time. I love it, but you are right. It is NOT what I would call a tack driver.
Do all R92’s come with a bead on the front site? Or do some come with just a post?
Rossi still makes a version of this model in .454 Casull,that is pretty much close to the limit of pressure this kind of action can take safely.
You are foolish, push that turd to 200 yards. It will.