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    Rossi 92 in .45 Colt

    Took this out to mess with it after a long hiatus an like the little rifle. It's not drilled for a conventional receiver sight, so looks like I'm stuck with open sights for the foreseeable future.

    Loads today were kind of standard plinkers, Lee 255 RFN and 6.5 grains of Red Dot. I also have Lyman 255 grain SWC (452424 I think?) of my Dad's and also a very similar SAECO mold I can use. I know the standard equivalent to the traditional black powder loading is around 8.5 to 9 grains of Unique and a 250ish grain bullet, so this is kind of what I'd like to go with since it works well in my Blackhawks.

    Where I've done most of my deer hunting the past few years is from a stand in a big locust tree in the middle of a natural choke point where they move from feeding areas to bedding areas and back. I've killed quite a few from that stand and the shots are usually very close at unsuspecting deer, broadside more often than not. I'm thinking those standard level .45 Colt loads would work fine, especially since that Saeco bullet has a sizeable meplat.

    Any thoughts on this? I'm guessing alloy won't make much difference with a bullet this big at these speeds.

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    I have a Rossi 92 in 45 Colt strictly as a paper puncher, which is fitted with a Lyman No.2 Tang sight item No.3902094.

    The rear peep sight gives you a longer sight radius and helps to improve accuracy.
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    I fitted my .45 Rossi 92 with a Williams 5D-94SE receiver peepsight, meant for the angle-eject Winchester 94.

    I had to D/T one 6-48 hole atop the rear of the top of each receiver sidewall to accept it, but since it carries the aperture holder bar behind the sight base ILO atop it, it readily zeroed (within 5 shots) using the issue height Rossi front sight blade.

    Mine had the bolt top lawyer safety, which I replaced with a low-profile plug (w/o removing the bolt).





    Alternatively, the Williams Foolproof FP-94SE sight mounts the same way, but @ 2X the cost of the 5D, has micrometer w/e adjusters ILO sliding adjusters secure via grubscrews.


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    I shot aperture sights much, much better than open sights and for any serious hunting rifle that doesn't wear a scope, that's what they have.

    Problem is, I dislike tang sights on a lever rifle as they seem to be right in the way of any method I have of naturally gripping the rifle. I'd really like to have something that mounted on the side of the receiver like most lever guns are drilled for. Williams, Lyman and Redfield have all made good ones. I might just have the rifle drilled if I can figure out one that works.

    That said, in the deer spot I described, open sights would do fine unless it was really pushing dawn or dusk with low light. I'm more interested in what the terminal performance of what many today consider a pretty mild load would be.

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    45 colt would do very well in this situation . I would use a 49/49/2 COWW, PB, tin alloy but a 98/2 COWW/Tin should do well too

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    Quote Originally Posted by pietro View Post
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    I fitted my .45 Rossi 92 with a Williams 5D-94SE receiver peepsight, meant for the angle-eject Winchester 94.

    I had to D/T one 6-48 hole atop the rear of the top of each receiver sidewall to accept it, but since it carries the aperture holder bar behind the sight base ILO atop it, it readily zeroed (within 5 shots) using the issue height Rossi front sight blade.

    Mine had the bolt top lawyer safety, which I replaced with a low-profile plug (w/o removing the bolt).





    Alternatively, the Williams Foolproof FP-94SE sight mounts the same way, but @ 2X the cost of the 5D, has micrometer w/e adjusters ILO sliding adjusters secure via grubscrews.


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    Fortunately, mine was made before the safeties. I like the Williams sights, rugged and repeatable adjustments. Seems like this would be a no brainer job for a gunsmith and should make the rifle a lot more shootable.

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    I love those rossi lever guns. Hope to have a pair in 45 colt and 357 mag in the nearish future

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    Quote Originally Posted by CraigOK View Post
    I love those rossi lever guns. Hope to have a pair in 45 colt and 357 mag in the nearish future
    The trigger on this one could use some work. Other than that, I'm real impressed by the finish and workmanship. Feeds semi wadcutters very well too, which surprised me a bit. They're pretty good little rifles.

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    I have one in 357. Regarding the sights, the factory sights on mine were about worthless. There are several options. There is a guy (Steves guns) in Texas that sells a peepsight that replaces the lawyer safety on the bolt. that worked pretty well but it wasn't compatible with longer ranges and my 60+ year old eyes. Check under the front sight. On the later models there are screw holes for a sight base. It allows for a long eye relief scope to be used that doesn't interfere with the ejection port. I used a 2x pistol scope on mine and it works well. Good fix if you don't have objections to a scope on a lever gun.
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    Mine doesn't have the safety hole, and the front sight seems to be part of the barrel band there, so not sure how to replace it.

    I'm liking the idea of the Williams '94 sight, I think that's the route I'll go if I decide to do more with it.

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    rich, sorry, I meant check under the rear sight for the scope base mounting holes.
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    I have a blued 357 Rossi (the one in my avitar) which is my go to plinking carbine. It was a cheap second hand one that has had thousands of rounds through it without a hiccup. I also have a SS 44Mag carbine which hasn't seen much use as I am not that fond of the sights.

    My mate is getting too old to shoot (he is actually a couple of years younger than me, haha) and wants / needs to get rid of some guns. I will take one off his hands and the only thing that is not a weirdo wildcat is a 45Colt 92 Rossi which I need like a hole in the head. The other rifles are things like a single shot Omark target rifle converted to 22/6mmRemington and a 20/222 and a 20/30M1Carbine.

    So it looks like I'm going to be Rossi rich and dollar poor. I have a pair of New Model Vaqueros in 45Colt, so it might work out well. Hopefully I can get a cowboy level load to work in all three (he's dreaming!).
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    I have a 45C in a Rossi 92 with standard loading for a 255 grain bullet all I have shot (animals Deer and Hogs) have fell like they were pole axed.I think the design parameter on the black powder bullet load was shoot through they horse and kill the Indian hiding on the other side.If so this wasn't a wuss load to play with.
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    Early models didn't have the extra holes but easy enough to drill and tap
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    I have both a scout scope and Marbles tang sight on mine. I take the scope off if I am hunting piney woods rooters from the ground, but put it back on for tree stand work. I load both the Lee .255 grain FP and the LBT 280 LFN-GC in Star-line brass for the Rossi/Puma. Both are very accurate at 50 yards but the LBT will reach out to 100+ yards with real authority.

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    I have a pair , one pre safety one late model .
    I have killed 110-165# hogs from 7ft to 50 yd drt . The one that did run a ways was already running and had been shot at prior to me ......

    I did work up a couple of real romper stompers for it and they would work well to 100 yd or so . They were a lot of fooling around and at the end of it all I ended up with 8.5 gr of Unique under a Lee 452-255@265gr or a 257gr 454424 being just as consistent under 75 yd .
    Alloy was 50/50 plus tin .
    These were probably as good as it gets for game . Those below were test and trial and not tried on game .

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    I'm thinking those standard level .45 Colt loads would work fine, especially since that Saeco bullet has a sizeable meplat. Any thoughts on this?
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    .............I have a couple Rossi's. One is a 38/357 short rifle, below:



    I was fooling around on Midway's clearance page one evening and they had this Uberti ladder rear sight for a friendly price.



    It feeds these Lee Micro Band WC's just fine. About 50 yards is max (use them for ground squirrels) and a hit makes a mess out of them.



    I also have a Rossi rifle (24" bbl) that is actually quite accurate with the Lee 459-340F, which is surprising as it has a 32" twist (I think it is). In fact it shoots better from the Rossi then it does from a Miroku/Win M92, in 45 Colt, and it has a 16" twist BTW, the barrel on the Rossi 45 Colt slugs at .446" x .450", so it's tight! Shallow grooves, but it seems to be not a problem. That's one of the 340gr Lee's on the lifter. OAL is 1.650".

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    So far, I'm still liking the Williams sight option best, and for the conditions I'd be hunting in, I think that 8.5 grains Unique and a 250ish grain SWC will work OK. I also might have to try Harter66's neck sizing method and see what that does for accuracy.

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