If there is anything more American and more enjoyable for shooters than a lever-action .22 rimfire rifle, I haven’t seen it!
The .22 rifle is useful for training shooters, small-game hunting and just plain and simple enjoyment.
They now offer a neat, fast-handling rifle in .22 rimfire. The Rossi features a blue finish and German beechwood furniture.
The rifle is supplied with the classic buckhorn rear sight and post front sight.
If you understand the buckhorn sight, they are plenty accurate at normal hunting range.
For plinking at dirt clods and tin cans at the 100-yard berm, they are useful if you understand how to move the front sight up into the upper rear sight.
Features and Specifications
An addition to the traditional rifle is a cross-bolt safety. Either use it or don’t, some wont like it, but it is a feature that some will appreciate.
The rifle weighs but 5.5 pounds, making carrying in the field easy. The rifle should not tax the strength of a pre-teen learning to fire a .22 rifle.
The finish is nice and evenly applied, and the fit of the wood to the metal is well done.
Another version is available with synthetic stocks and a fiber-optic sight setup. That should be a good shooter.
I obtained the first Rossi rifle available and I like the traditional look. Below are the specifications for my gun.
Rio Bravo Specs:
|Barrel Length:||18 Inches|
|Overall Length:||36 Inches|
Accuracy and Function
To make the rifle ready to fire, unscrew the magazine tube and move it toward the muzzle until the loading port in the magazine is exposed.
(Be certain you begin with a triple-checked unloaded firearm!)
Drop a cartridge at a time into the magazine, then plug the inner magazine tube back into place. The rifle is now loaded.
To load the chamber for firing, work the lever action forward. Don’t press downward, but forward as you operate the action.
You are then ready to fire with a press of the trigger. Fire, work the action, fire again.
If desired, you may carefully lower the hammer on a loaded chamber.
Control the hammer with your thumb and press the trigger. The hammer is lowered to the ready position.
Next, bring the hammer back just slightly until it clicks in the safety notch.
After lowering the hammer to fire the rifle, simply cock the hammer to fire.
When firing the rifle, the action proved smooth and reliable.
I fired the rifle primarily at small targets at 25 yards with some 50-yard work at larger targets.
I used primarily a mix of Fiocchi loads, including their high-speed hollowpoint.
I have a cache of carefully hoarded loads I use for small-game hunting.
The Fiocchi load is often match-grade accurate and provides excellent results.
A Good Scope Option
I added a TRUGLO .22 rimfire rifle scope toward the end of the test. Things got a little more interesting.
The Fiocchi high-speed load put three rounds into 2.5 inches at a long 50 yards. This is an accurate combination well worth its price!
TRUGLO Rimfire Scope Specs:
|Tube Diameter:||1 Inch|
|Reticle Focal Plane:||Second Focal Plane (SFP)|
|Adjustment Click Value:||0.25 MOA|
|Included Accessories:||3/8″ Rings|
Conclusion: Rossi Rio Bravo Review
After using the Rossi Rio Bravo for several weeks, I find a versatile, accurate and useful firearm.
The fit and finish are good, accurate excellent, and reliability beyond any question. The modest price, in the $300 range, doesn’t hurt a thing!
What do you think of the Rossi Rio Bravo? Let us know in the comments section below!