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Really? I used to shoot different types of .38’s through my old R92 - even handloaded wadcutters fed with no issue and those are probably the shortest length rounds there are in the caliber. Maybe it was that example due to fit and finish for you?
It's a very common issue in the Cowboy Action shooting world...some lever guns won't feed .38 Special reliably, and specifically with the Rossi. Basically the .38 Spl round is short enough that the base of a second cartridge moves far enough to the rear that it locks up the action. It's common enough that the problem has a term of art "letting two in." When I handloaded for my son's Rossi '92, I used flat-tip bullets that made up for the C.O.L difference between .38 Spl and .357 Magnum. IIRC, they were 147 grain. Those would always feed with no issues.

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Really? I used to shoot different types of .38’s through my old R92 - even handloaded wadcutters fed with no issue and those are probably the shortest length rounds there are in the caliber. Maybe it was that example due to fit and finish for you?
Seems like the bullet guides are a little inconsistent, I had to go in and shim mine slightly and they feed .38 and .357 fine. Still trying to get my .454/.45 dialed in.
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Seems like the bullet guides are a little inconsistent, I had to go in and shim mine slightly and they feed .38 and .357 fine. Still trying to get my .454/.45 dialed in.
I agree on that- the build quality in the past was inconsistent in many respects. One of the reasons I got rid of the old 16” stainless carbine was the wood fit and finish, and the sharp edges in the feed gate (I know I could have deburred), and the action was almost what I would describe as loose. This new one is light years ahead in quality, maybe they’ve gotten better. Feels much more substantial too with the octagon barrel and 8 more inches. I’ll take it out next weekend- picked up couple of boxes of .38 and .357 rounds at Gettysburg today for a decent price, definitely will be handloading those calibers again going forward.
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And will have to take the Golden Boy out as well- almost forgot I had it still, bought it 10 or 11 years ago and shot it once I think.
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And will have to take the Golden Boy out as well- almost forgot I had it still, bought it 10 or 11 years ago and shot it once I think.
Its Rossi they are highly variable, I have a couple fo them and they shoot really well once you get them dialed in. Once polished up they are not bad. I sort of view them as tools, am I going to take a JM stamped Marlin camping or other field use when I can get a Rossi that will be 100% functional once tweaked. Never abuse any gun but not going to shed a tear if I scratch a Rossi.
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It's a very common issue in the Cowboy Action shooting world...some lever guns won't feed .38 Special reliably, and specifically with the Rossi. Basically the .38 Spl round is short enough that the base of a second cartridge moves far enough to the rear that it locks up the action. It's common enough that the problem has a term of art "letting two in." When I handloaded for my son's Rossi '92, I used flat-tip bullets that made up for the C.O.L difference between .38 Spl and .357 Magnum. IIRC, they were 147 grain. Those would always feed with no issues.

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Steve Young ("Nate Kiowa Jones") is a SASS gunsmith. I've often thought of getting a Rossi and sending it to him. He's known for his work on them...

https://store.stevesgunz.com/index.p...51d3mbir13gri6
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