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Thread: Rossi Lever, which caliber? 38/357, 45LC

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    id go 38/357, it gives you the best range of ammo choices from 38 to +p to 357mag.

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    A plinker to deer, 357 is the choice. Cheaper/lighter components and with a 158-180 class projo perfectly capable of harvesting a deer.

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    Good thing the OP didn’t listen to me! I’m finding it interesting that the .357 is coming out on top and why. I’m learning new stuff all the time!
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    Quote Originally Posted by sawinredneck View Post
    Good thing the OP didn’t listen to me! I’m finding it interesting that the .357 is coming out on top and why. I’m learning new stuff all the time!

    ONLY because the OP doesn't hand load. If he did so, there would be no question that 45LC would be the better choice. And given the spotty performance of the R92 with 38/357, which many of its proponents have ignored, even then, it is not the clear winner.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RPRNY View Post
    If you don't reload, then a 38/357 is the better choice, but good luck getting it to feed 38 spl reliably. I never could with mine. It now belongs to someone else. On the other hand, have had zero problems with 45LC and several different profile bullets. There is no easier introduction to reloading than the 45LC.
    I had the exact opposite on mine. It likes .38 the best. If a bobble happens, it's going to be .357 on mine. I've worked it over per Steve's video but it still runs .38s the best.

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    Quote Originally Posted by veeman View Post
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    I have one that is the 38 only, no 357. Wish mine was 357. In any case, mine feeds flawlessly.

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    And given the spotty performance of the R92 with 38/357, which many of its proponents have ignored, even then, it is not the clear winner.
    Respectfully RPRNY, what "spotty performance" is being ignored?
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    20 inch gives you two more shots in the magazine and while 20 inch is fairly light in weight it will weigh more than a 16 inch. I have had my eye on one of those same two choices for awhile.
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    I love my 357/38 rossi 16"

    LEE 158 SWC GC ( 168gr ) at 1882 fps is pretty neat.

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    I am still waiting for the feeding problems. I bought mine 20 years ago at a auction house. it has never been apart . I use .38 spl brass because it is so cheap and easy to come by. so if I lose one in the field no big loss.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fecmech View Post
    Respectfully RPRNY, what "spotty performance" is being ignored?
    The well documented part where many people have feeding issues with either 357 or 38 cartridges and with different profile bullets. That spotty performance.

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    I did the stevezdvd tune-up DVD to mine

    it feeds most 38 and 357 very smoothly
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    So far, my 24" full-octagon .357 has fed everything I've stuffed in the magazine...RNs, RNFPs, and 2 different profile SWCs...so long as I keep OAL under 1.60. Now, I admit, I've only put about 1000 rounds through the gun but I've tried everything that I load for my handguns and all except some 180 grainers (OAL @ 1.625) that I load for my Contender has functioned without a glitch. Off the bench accuracy with factory sights is easily 'minute of quart milk jug' at 100 yds.

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    The well documented part where many people have feeding issues with either 357 or 38 cartridges and with different profile bullets. That spotty performance.
    I have not seen where that was "documented" but I suspect you would hear more about .38/.357's simply because the sale of .357 rifles in Rossi 92's is probably greater by at least a factor of 10 over .44's or .45's. I do know personally of 6 Rossi 92's in .357 that are running trouble free. Thanks for the reply.
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    The real solution is to get at least one of each caliber.

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    A 45 colt and a 38/357 resides here. The 357 would be a better choice if shooting factory ammo.
    If handloading and deer hunting the 45 colt would be my choice
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    Quote Originally Posted by ulav8r View Post
    The real solution is to get at least one of each caliber.
    This is the correct answer

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    My 92 Rossi 38/357 does not like the 357's, but gobbles up any 38 spl.

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