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Hello, i'm new on the site, and I was wondering what the opinions are on the Rossi 357 revolvers.

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I have only heard good things about Rossi pistols. Good quality and not to expensive. .357 magnum is a good choice too.
Is it a used gun? Make sure the riflings are still good, much harder to change a barrel on a wheelgun than an auto. and check for sloppy indexing and "looseness".
 

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Im sure it is OK but you might want to cock the hammer and see how much play you have in the cylinder. Should be less than 1/16 of an inch.
 

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Once you get the gun I suggest taking a look at this link, it provides good info for making an initial assessment on the condition of your gun (which I assume is a revolver)

http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=1430

I own a recent model Rossi 971, since Taurus bought Rossi, and have put about 1,000 rounds thru it without a hickup. A local gun shop owner uses an older Rossi as his instore side arm and considers it 100% reliable.

Go to other forums tho and opinions on Rossi are more mixed. Some folks are just S&W snobs but not all. It seems that in the past Rossi has gone thru periods of good and less good quality control. Problems tend to be of the fit and finish variety rather than materials and design (which were often S&W knockoffs). Keep this in mind if you're getting an older gun. Recent model Rossis seem to be generally quite good. People who like their Rossi like the triggers, they point well, and are accurate out of the box.

Since the gun is free, spend a few bucks to get it checked out, and cleaned, especially if the history is uncertain. If you're wondering about the worth, Rossi have always been more of a value line so don't expect much. Just shoot it and enjoy it.
 

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NG, that is the most informative post I've ever seen on checking a revolver out. Thanks very much! I'll print that out and take it to the gun show in April. You may have just saved me a lot of money. :D
 

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Just talked to my local and he has a nearly new or new Rossi at a great price. Going to check it out! :wink:
 

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Paul F. said:
Hey... NG! Good to see you here! :D
I pretty much just started - I got into the habit of other forums for my non-shotgun reading before this and shootingworld came about. But to be fair SGW is my basic reference for things SG and I don't hesitate to reference SGW in the SG portion of those sites.

For politics I pretty much stick to SGW :wink:

Fuels - I'm glad the link helps you out and hope it saves you some dinero and heartache. I PM'd MarS, and suggested he try to get the link as a sticky for PW
 

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For me the Rossi .357 Magnum Revolver is definitely in the former category.
Like a lot of modern gun owners I take to the Internet, not to get a reviewer’s opinion on a gun — and yes I see the irony here — but to visit websites where you can purchase the guns. There I see the people that actually buy the guns and whether or not they are reporting any problems. So my due diligence done, I moved forward and bought what has become one of my favorite guns, the Rossi 4″.357 Magnum revolver.


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