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Old 03-03-2005, 01:31 AM   #1
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Rossi .45 LC Lever Action Rifle

Looking at getting a Rossi lever action in .45 LC I just saw for sale. Anyone have any experience with this rifle? How is feeding and extracting? Reliability? Accuracy? Recoil (compared to a 30-30 lever) ??

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Old 03-06-2005, 06:46 PM   #2
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I have heard they are great guns but I don't own one yet so I can't officially comment on reliability and all that. I have shot one in 45 and the recoil is nothing to be concerned about. I have nerve damage in my shoulder so heavy recoil hurts bad but had no trouble with this. FWIW my next rifle will be a Rossi levergun but I'm getting mine in 357.
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Old 03-06-2005, 07:58 PM   #3
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Well, I have a .30-30 levergun, a browning B-92 in .44 magnum, and a Uberti 1873 in .44-40, which is similar to .45 in ballistics.
The .44-40 has hardly any recoil. It's there but it just tells you "hello, I just fired off a rounbd!"
The .30-30 isn't heavy recoil at all, but certainly there.
Sometimes I swear the .44 magnum is heavier recoil than the .30-30. It's still not bad, and to tell the truth, I'm not sure it REALLY is more than the .30-30, or just my imagination...
..for what that comparison is worth.
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Old 03-06-2005, 08:34 PM   #4
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Depends on the load. I've fired some Cowboy Action loads that were total pussycats and didn't even make the muzzle jump hardly at all. Then again I've fired some that were... well... quite stout.
But not at all that bad. Stouter than a .30-30 for sure but not as bad a hot to trot .45-70 which can at times feel like a shotgun slug.
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Old 03-15-2005, 09:07 AM   #5
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Pick up a copy of the December '04 issue of Guns Magazine. I did an "Out of the Box" review of a Rossi/Legacy Sports Puma Carbine in .480.

To answer your questions...

Feeding, extracting and reliablility were perfect. I had a Rossi 92 copy on .357 many years ago and it didn't work, so I was skeptical to say the least when I did the review for Guns Magazine. I did my absolute best to get this gun to trip up and I couldn't make it bobble.

Accuracy is good and on the recoil side, obviously the .480's recoil is significant. However, in .45 Colt with standard loads, the recoil would be rather mild.

The new Rossi's are absolutely great and I wouldn't hesitate to buy one.

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Old 03-26-2005, 12:39 AM   #6
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I have a 92 rossi in 45lc 24" barrel that has been trouble free. Recoil on standard loads is less than an AR.
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Old 04-24-2005, 08:28 AM   #7
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Hey guys
The Rossi lever action, is that the same as Puma?
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Old 04-24-2005, 05:48 PM   #8
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The same. They now go by legacysports (LSI) puma.
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Old 06-06-2005, 09:28 PM   #9
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Hi guys, I happen to have a rossi lever action . But it is only chambered in .357 mag/.38 . Since the cal is different than what you want, I am not sure of how the recoil would be for that cal. As for mine, I love it. I like the small sleakness to it. It has worked great for me . The only exceptin was that I have troubles with some types of ammo[ cheap reloads from gun show].

Are these rifles a copy of the '92 winchester?
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Old 06-06-2005, 09:41 PM   #10
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The Rossis & Pumas I'e seen have been. Does the lever bring down two vertical blocks that fit in a mortice that is both in the side of the bolt and in the receiver?
John Moses Browning designed the Winchester 1886 rifle that way. It was a very strong action. Later, Winchester wanted to replace the 1873 with a rifle easier & cheaper to produce, and Browning basically took the 1886 design, downsized the reciever & made some other changes to accomadate the pistol caliber size rounds, and, viola, the 1892! Many old tv westerns used the '92. Chuck Connors & John Wayne both used a large-loop version. They are everywhere in old westerns -- even in ones set prior to 1892! 1892 rifles without the forend have been seen doubling for Henry rifles in old civil war movies. It was a very good design and stronger, in fact, than was really necessary for the .44-40 and .38-40 cartridges it usually chambered, which is why they can be made in .44 magnum & .357 Mag calibers with modern steel today.
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The Rossis are now imported by Navy Arms (walnut stocks), EMF (some South American hardwood), and Legacy (that darn bolt mounted "safety"). The EMF seem to be the best buy unless you just have to have a walnut stock. Nate Kiowa Jones aka Steve Young of Port Arthur, TX runs Steve's Gunz is an expert on these guns and provides a good deal on slicked up EMFs. He does a lot of guns for the CAS crowd.

I have one of those guns in .45 Colt. It is a fine rifle and was my choice for this years "regular" gun season. You can go from mild to wild in these guns.
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Old 01-24-2006, 06:16 AM   #12
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Rossi'92 in .45LC

I have used my Rossi' 92 for the last 5 years in Cowboy Action Shooting and have had no problems with it. It is a great gun. I also have a 92' original winchester(chambered in 38-40-mfgd 1893 )that shoot better than the rossi.

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I'll second an EMF from Steves Gunz. He just did one in .44 for me and it is sweet.
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I havent shot one of his Rossi's, but my dad had Steve Young tune up his Vaqueros, and I am able to say that the man does fine work, and he is a good old boy too.
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Old 02-23-2006, 11:48 AM   #15
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I didn't want to shell out the money for a .45 LC Marlin 1894, so I started looking for a Rossi '92 carbine ("Puma"). In the process I ran across a Rossi 1892 24"1/2 octagon / 1/2 round bbl. rifle. for about $150 less than the Marlin. It's accurate, and some shooting has slicked it up pretty well. I'm very pleased with it.
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