Firearm History

Rossi’s Fast Handling Model 92 Lever Action Rifle

Rossi Model 1892 lever-action rifle and .357 Magnum stainless revolver

I grew up in a rural area where many hunters used lever-action rifles. There were a few .30-06 bolt-action rifles, and the occasional Browning Automatic. The lever-action rifles were mostly Winchester 94s and Marlin 336 rifles. Almost all were .30-30 caliber. Some were in .35 Remington.

I never saw a Winchester 92 until I was well into my twenties. I am very much at home with the lever-action rifle in calibers from .22 to .45-70. The light and fast handling ’92 impressed me as a go-anywhere do-anything type of rifle. It is well suited to personal defense and taking game at modest range.

Rossi 92 lever-action rifle in .357 Magnum, right profile
The Rossi carbine is well made and performs with reliability.

The problem with the ’92 was its obsolete and difficult to find cartridges. The .32-20, .44-40, and .38-40 cartridges were loaded down to ensure safety in older revolvers. The Colt Single Action Army was also chambered for these cartridges, making for a neat pair — rifle and handgun — which began with the Winchester 1873 rifle.

At one time, hotter loads were offered for the carbines. The rifle-only loads were a thing of the past by the time I became interested in the ’92. When I saw the first Rossi Model 92 lever-action rifle, I was favorably impressed.

Rossi Model 92 Features

The rifle is well fitted and finished with a smooth action. Best of all, the Rossi Model 92 is offered in .357 Magnum. It was love at first sight. I have owned several including a stainless-steel version in .44 Magnum. However, the humble, blue steel, plain walnut-stocked .357 is my favorite.

The Rossi Model 92 is offered in .45 Colt and even a .454 Casull version. The rifles are not as powerful as the .30-30 Winchester 94 at long range, but leverage is better with the short pistol cartridges that the ’92 chambers. This makes for a crackerjack defensive carbine.

While any quality centerfire lever-action rifle may be used for hunting or emergency duty, the majority of the rounds fired are in recreational shooting. Fun shooting, cowboy-action shooting, and just pride of ownership is a valid reason for owning the rifle.

Rossi 92 lever-action rifle in stainless steel with wood furniture
A stainless-steel version of the Rossi Model 92 is available.

Rossi offers several barrel lengths from 16 to 20 inches, different finishes, and several calibers. My rifle weighs six pounds and features a 16-inch barrel. The Rossi holds eight rounds of .357 Magnum in a tubular under the barrel magazine. Cartridges are loaded into the magazine via a loading gate on the right side of the receiver. Fit and finish, and especially stock inletting, are very good quality.

The 1892 action is a strong action. The rifle locks up with dual locking bolts. The 1892 action is safe to carry with the chamber loaded and the hammer on half cock. The half-cock notch keeps the hammer off the firing pin.

For home ready, I would keep the chamber empty. You may rack the lever quickly and load the rifle in an instant when needed. When hunting and on the stalk, chamber loaded, and half-cock is the proper ready mode.

dual locking lugs and modern thumb safety of the Rossi model 1892 lever-action rifle
Note the characteristic 1892 rifle twin locking lugs. The manual safety is a modern addition that may be used or ignored.

There is a manual safety on the bolt between the locking lugs that may be used or ignored. I have seen the lever mishandled as often as handled properly. Three fingers go into the lever and the action lever is pressed forward, not down.

Don’t grasp the lever from the outside. Instead, place the fingers in the lever. You do not have to lower the rifle to operate the action. Keep the rifle on the shoulder and operate the action for fast repeat shots. The Rossi feeds well and the action is positive. Load, fire, work the bolt quickly, and ejection is pretty smart. The trigger is decent for a lever-action rifle breaking at a clean 4.0 pounds.

Rossi 1892 lever-action rifle with the lever and action open
The Rossi 1892 rifle features a short lever throw with plenty of leverage.

Accuracy and Handling

The sights are a simple ‘buckhorn’ type. The front sight is a post with a brass bead insert. The rear sight is an adjustable leaf. Either may be drift adjusted for windage. Elevation is handled by sliding the leaf under the rear sight. These sights are named for the big ‘ears’ on each of the rear sight, like buck antlers.

The old timers used a six o’clock hold. With the six o’clock hold you may get on target quickly and take a fast aim, as you would on a running deer, coyote, or bandit. If you use the dead-on hold, the rifle will fire low in relation to the point of aim.

I fired the rifle a good bit with .38 Special hard cast bullet handloads. Recoil was light and accuracy excellent to at least 50 yards. In some .357 Magnum lever-action rifles, the shorter .38 Special cartridge will occasionally misfeed.

This Rossi handles the shorter cartridge well. I think that problem is mostly related to the 1873-type rifles. Be careful of the crimp in handloads and crimp lead bullets just ahead of the driving band. Don’t make the mistake of hot rodding the cartridge for a rifle. Rifles are strong, but so are modern magnum revolvers.

Stick with modern load data. Let the powder burn do the rest. As an example, a favorite handload using the Hornady 125-grain XTP in .38 Special cases clocks 890 fps in a four-inch revolver barrel and 1,120 fps in a six-inch barrel, but 1,350 fps in the Rossi. That is all you need for home defense.

scratched loading gate on a lever-action rifle
It is inevitable after long use, the loading gate gets marked up.

The .357 Magnum cartridge is a great choice for pistol-caliber carbines. Most pistol calibers get a modest boost in velocity in a 16-inch barrel carbine. This is due to a more complete powder burn. The gain in velocity with the .45 ACP and .45 Colt is modest, the 9mm more noticeable in a rifle.

The .357 Magnum may enjoy a 500 fps velocity boost. This is due to the full powder burn of the relatively slow-burning powder used in the .357 Magnum cartridge. As an example, the Federal 125-grain JHP breaks about 1,430 fps in a four-inch barrel revolver and well over 1,500 fps in a six-inch barrel revolver.

In the Rossi carbine, velocity is a startling 2,115 fps. I also used one of my favorite handloads in testing the rifle. A Hornady 140-grain XTP over 18.0 grains of H110 breaks 1,750 fps in the rifle.

.357 Magnum cartridge left. .38 Special cartridge right
.357 Magnum, left, .38 Special, right. Either may be used in the Rossi rifle.

You must be careful in hunting with the .357 Magnum rifle. Bullets designed to expand at 1,500 fps in a handgun may break up and fragment in the rifle at increased velocity resulting in under-penetration. I recommend the Hornady XTP for hunting use beginning with the 140-grain and progressing to the 180-grain XTP.

The Hornady XTP stands alone in this role. Another sure bet in factory ammunition would be the Federal 158-grain Hydra-Shok. As for accuracy at 50 yards with iron sights, the rifle will put three rounds into two to four inches depending on the load and the shooter.

The rifle has proven completely reliable with a wide range of magnum handloads and factory ammunition as well. The Rossi 92 would make a great home defender. Light, fast handling, and easy to operate, but flat, easily stored, and snag-free, the rifle has a lot going for it. Compared to the shotgun the Rossi must be aimed more carefully, but it offers excellent hit potential.

The Rossi handles quickly and makes an excellent all-around home defender. It is also a good game getter within range and energy limitations.

The key to any overpenetration concern is hitting the target. A .357 Magnum 125-grain JHP will stay in the threat — if delivered properly. For outdoors use, the rifle is effective at close range, and unlike the shotgun, is instantly ready for a 50–100-yard shot.

Conclusion

I like the affordable and friendly Rossi Model 92 .357 Magnum — a great deal. This is a rifle sure to see a lot of use. If you don’t own a .357 revolver, the Rossi carbine is still a fine choice — more so if you do!

Do you have a favorite lever-action rifle model? What is your preferred caliber for lever actions? How does the Rossi Model 92 compare to your favorites? Share your answers in the comment section.

  • Front bead sight on a rifle barrel
  • scratched loading gate on a lever-action rifle
  • Rossi 92 lever-action rifle in .357 Magnum, right profile
  • Rossi Model 1892 lever-action rifle and .357 Magnum stainless revolver
  • .357 Magnum cartridge left. .38 Special cartridge right
  • Rossi 92 lever-action rifle in stainless steel with wood furniture
  • dual locking lugs and modern thumb safety of the Rossi model 1892 lever-action rifle
  • Rossi 1892 lever-action rifle with the lever and action open

About the Author:

Bob Campbell

Bob Campbell’s primary qualification is a lifelong love of firearms, writing, and scholarship. He holds a degree in Criminal Justice but is an autodidact in matters important to his readers. Campbell considers unarmed skills the first line of defense and the handgun the last resort. (He gets it honest- his uncle Jerry Campbell is in the Boxer’s Hall of Fame.)

Campbell has authored well over 6,000 articles columns and reviews and fourteen books for major publishers including Gun Digest, Skyhorse and Paladin Press. Campbell served as a peace officer and security professional and has made hundreds of arrests and been injured on the job more than once.

He has written curriculum on the university level, served as a lead missionary, and is desperately in love with Joyce. He is training his grandchildren not to be snowflakes. At an age when many are thinking of retirement, Bob is working a 60-hour week and awaits being taken up in a whirlwind many years in the future.


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Comments (63)

  1. To Peter Prince. Look into a Henry Long Ranger. .308 lever gun, 4 round magazine. I’ve never had one but they look fine to me.

  2. I really like the fast handling characteristics of a light weight lever gun. Its a good match for the sub 100 yard, heavily forested area I hunt. While I own a Glenfield 30A chambered in 30-30 Win I feel it is a bit low energy for Elk. To increase the energy on target I am seeking a box feed lever gun, chambered in 308 Win, preferably a BLR stainless steel take-down model. Its a pity they are no longer in production!

  3. I am looking for a Rossi Circuit Judge in 45 Colt/ 410 gauge in stainless or standard blue. (2.5 in. & 3in.)
    Please email me when available.

  4. My first lever rifle was a Win. 94 in 44mag. I got it second hand, this was in ’68-’69. It was OK but I wanted something else & sold it. In 1970 I got an old 94 in 30WCF it was a 500k serial number. About ’71 I got a Marlin ’93 in 38/40. Took me some time to get a box of Remington cases for reloading. It also took time to find an old gentleman that had the dies and bullet mold for it. Shortening it up, I’ve had many years of fun shooting that same box of cases. Still have it.

  5. I have a Rossi .45. It’s a great rifle that I really enjoy.
    They used to produce an expanded loop lever.They wouldn’t sell one to me unless I sent the rifle to them for installation. This borders on the CRAZY!
    Why? How do you do a deep clean or access the bolt WITHOUT REMOVING THE LEVER???
    I failed to ask if they’d return the original lever (I assume they would) which makes this even CRAZIER. (I could then change them at will…)

    NO GUNSMITHING REQUIRED.

  6. I have a Rossi .45. It’s a great rifle that I really enjoy.
    They used to produce an expanded loop lever.They wouldn’t sell one to me unless I sent the rifle to them for installation. This borders on the CRAZY!
    Why? How do you do a deep clean or access the bolt WITHOUT REMOVING THE LEVER???
    I failed to ask if they’d return the original lever (I assume they would) which makes this even CRAZIER. (I could then change them at will…)

    NO GUNSMITHING REQUIRED.

  7. I have a Rossi .45. It’s a great rifle that I really enjoy.
    They used to produce an expanded loop lever.They wouldn’t sell one to me unless I sent the rifle to them for installation. This borders on the CRAZY!
    Why? How do you do a deep clean or access the bolt WITHOUT REMOVING THE LEVER???
    I failed to ask if they’d return the original lever (I assume they would) which makes this even CRAZIER. (I could then change them at will…)

    NO GUNSMITHING REQUIRED.

  8. I bought an R-92 in 22LR last year. Love it for rabbits, ground squirrels. Smooth operation everytime. Finding a Rossi is not easy. No one out here seems to stock them. I asked about a .375 mag unit to match my revolver but they couldn’t find any. Said they would call if there order ever came in. I also own a Henry .375 mag rifle. No comparison, the Rossi is like a bare bones gun compared to the Henry. Still, i’m not trading nor selling either.

  9. I have an earlier model Rossi 92 it has interarms alexandria Va.stamped on the reciever and the front sight is on the barrel band. It is .44 mag. and i was shooting same out of it and the screw that holds the barrel band came out and got lost. Well i got a new screw from Interarms, now only shoot ,44 specials. What i would like to do is have a new front sight dovetaled into the barrel like the newer
    rifles. Haven’t checked into the cost of the project.Hopefully cheaper than trying to find a later rifle.

  10. My favorite lever action is my first lever action, an American built Marlin in 35 Remington. A great deer gun for use in brush with the ability to hit hard at over 100 yards, This hunting rifle is also suitable for larger game than deer especially with modern ammunition like Hornady’s Lever Evolution. Though this rifle is capable of stopping most North American game at 200 yards plus with the ammunition available from most manufactures.

  11. I hunt PA whitetails with two 20 inch R92’s, a .357 and .45 Colt, and have taken a doe and 8 point buck respectively at 50 and 90 yards the past two seasons. Even with 73 year old eyes the sights are easy to align on target and they are a joy to still hunt, with them perfectly balanced in my hand. Mr. Stick

  12. Guns go in an out of stock especially very popular ones.
    Keep watching, Taurus is turning out thousands!
    The 92 is for pistol caliber cartridges.
    Larger lever guns chamber the .30-30

    John
    Never under any circumstance remove a safety from a firearm! Never! If you dont like the Rossi safety ignore it. A tremendous legal implication if a shooting were to occur with a modified rifle.

  13. for a bit of more stopping power for larger game, moose, elk, bear, I read an article where many owners got the 454 Casull version and rechambered it for the 460 S&W Magnum. this allows for much versatility from popping cans all day with a 45 Shcoefield, cowboy action with the 45 LC, Short range deer with the 454 Casull, or 460 S&W for larger game or deer at longer ranges.

  14. One lever rifle I cannot live without is my Dad’s old Marlin 336 30-30. Made in the late 60s it is my preferred all purpose do everything gun. Open sights. Beat all to hell. I put it up against any rifle I own for varmints or game and have used it once for self defense. I’ll never part with it.

  15. I currently own a Rossi 92 chambered in .45 colt, it will shoot 1 inch groups @ 100 yards all day long though I have changed the sights.

  16. In 2007 I purchased a stainless Rossi 92 carbine in 357 Magnum (one of the 2000 series).

    I reload everything I shoot. 38 Special reloads worked just fine in the Rossi. But never could get my 357 Magnum reloads to work smoothly, flat nose 158 gn cast (these days copper plated TC) used with my 686 S&W, to feed smoothly. My reloads worked fine in my Winchester 92, so I never seriously considered changing bullet profiles.

    Recently discovered the Rossi worked fine when I reduced the the OAL of my Mag reloads from 1.61 inch to 1.56 inch. Meant using a taper crimp with cast bullets rather than taper crimp.

    Comparing the Winchester with the Rossi receiver, the fixed guide rail pair that control the case rim movement up the lifter differ slightly.

    My take on this is that for the Winchester 92 these two rails are set up for use with typical 357 Magnum cartridges. The Winchester I have is marked 357 Mag (only).

    The Rossi 92 I have is marked 38 Special & 357 Magnum. Maybe the Rossi was changed in later years, but my guess is that the Rossi setup paid a bit more attention to reliable use with 38 Special and commercial 357 Mag ammo, and likely paid little attention to custom 357 Mag ammo requirements (originally this rifle was setup for Brazilian users).

    I kick myself. Should have figured out this cartridge length problem years ago. Only seriously looked at this when my daughter complained about odd feed problems encountered using my 357 reloads. My stainless Rossi 92 is now her favorite rifle…

  17. Hi there, I have a 44-40,44 magnum, 45 colt and a 454 casull Rossi lever action rifles. Magnificent ,well made firearms, great for all my needs, in my opinion great value for your dollar. Regards lever lover….

  18. Robin Casper, though the 92 and 94 look almost identical, internally they are not the same. Bolt lockup is different and less of the 92 action is exposed to the elements during cycling of the lever and bolt, whereas the 94 must drop down and exposes the lower part of its linkage during cycling. This change was necessary in order to accommodate the much longer and more powerful cartridges for which the 94 was originally designed to shoot. As a result, the shorter swing of the 92 action is smoother than that of the 94. The smoothest of them all is the 73, but the toggle link lockup of this rifle is not nearly as strong as those of the 92 and 94.

  19. I own a Rossi M92, Stainless. chambered in 45 Long Colt. It’s my favorite brush gun. It is light weight and extremely accurate. I belong to SASS and do Cowboy Action Shooting. My Rossi fits in perfectly.

  20. I love Rossi! I have a rossi 22lr pump action. I also have a Henry Big Boy 22lr. ❤️22’s

  21. To John W. — I remember reading an article about the Rossi ‘92 that mentioned a gunsmith removing the manual safety and filling the hole with a brass plug. I don’t remember any more details, but it seems to be possible.
    I have a Winchester ‘94 357/38 that I love to shoot. It’s my go-to home defense rifle. Its only problem is ejection of 38 cases. 357 flies out of the action but 38 just sits in the open port or rolls halfway out, setting the gun up for a jam. Does anyone know what can be done (other than buying a Henry!)?

  22. I own a few Marlin’s & Rossi in 357mag, I started buying them decades ago to go with my collection of 357mag pistols.
    The collection of Ruger, Colts, Smith and Wilson& Truas pistols was my 1st reason for going into 357mag lever acton rifles.
    I had been shooting my Winchester in 30/30 for years before, yet carrying a 357 pistol. So when I found out about 357 rifles, it was a perfect fit.
    Because over the years of ammo shortages, the use of 38sp in these firearms makes good sense.
    I haven’t bought a 357 pistol that doesn’t also take 38sp.
    Most people don’t know that not all 357 will take 38sp.
    So when buying a 357 pistol make sure it will also chamber 38sp rounds.
    These firearms have turned out to be some of my kid’s favorite firearms. Even though we own many of modern firearms, M-16, AR 15& semi automatic rifles and pistols & shotgun’s.
    We also own a few lever action 12ga shotguns.
    That’s another story.

  23. Wanted to reply to JOHN STEVEN WOJTECKI, on his question about removing safety. I had my gunsmith remove mine & weld a plug in the hole. This is a very awkward system with no “reply” button on a post.

  24. Thanks for reading!

    Answers
    Guns go in and out of stock- keep checking.

    NEVER REMOVE ANY SAFETY DEVICE FROM A FIREARM! Many legal and liability reasons- ignore the safety dont remove it.

    The Model 92 is for pistol length cartridges. .3030 rifles are larger.
    Thanks for reading!

  25. I have a SS Rossi 92 16″ & 2 Taurus SS Taurus 6.5″ Raging Bulls all in 454 Cassull which also take 45 Long Colt all which Buffalo Bore & Underwood ammo have more energy than a hot 12 ga slugs or buckshot.

  26. I have never tried a Rossi levergun, never seen one that I know of. I have a 44mag Circuit Judge. It’s actually a Taurus Tracker with a long barrel and the stock and forend. Works well and fun to play with, but, the stock broke just behind the cylinder latch where its thin so that all six cases can fall out. I “chatted” with them and was told send it back for replacement. I did and herd nothing for months, even calling the customer service a few times. Well over a year later maybe into two years I finally got a replacement. It wasn’t the same, now it wouldn’t allow all six empty’s to come out at once. After not to many rounds it developed a crack just behind the hammer. “O gee, were sorry to hear that, send it back and we’ll replace it”. I have contacted them several times with no response. Somewhere in all of this I bought a Hogue grip, for the Tracker. It fit and worked well. I have never gotten the replacement stock from them. I did get a stock from Boyds that fits and works very well. I will never do business with rossi or taurus ever again. D.

  27. I was hoping to see a price on either the .357 mag or .44 mag on the rifles. Can you send it to me?

  28. ROSSI rifles were noted to either work, or more often not work, right out of the box. Thankfully, I tried to work the lever on the .357 ROSSI I was buying. It jammed about half way. Clerk got mad when I refused to buy it. That same ~3 month period, I tried working several other ROSSIs with no luck. After reviewing videos on how to “slick up” the ROSSI action (and swap out the Safety) I got a HENRY instead. If ROSSI has improved the quality and consistency of their rifles, I would still prefer my HENRY “X” model .357.

  29. I have the rifle version. I got it for Cowboy Action Shooting. It performed well except I couldn’t get used to the curved, concave buttplate. I covered it with a slip-on rubber pad. It worked well and they (judges) didn’t gig me for it. I really don’t like the buckhorn rear sight. I might replace it with a “U” style. I also believe it will b e an excellent home defense weapon. I consider it to be an “ace in the hole” in case the unthinkable happens: “Let’s Go Brandon” actually gets to take our ARs. FYI I wouldn’t try using that semi-wadcutter/Keith bullet shown in the picture. I think feeding problems would ensue. God bless and stay safe.

  30. Excellent article! However, one thing that should be mentioned is the Rossi’s 12.5” length of pull (LOP). I am 6’ tall with a 36” sleeve length and I find my Rossi uncomfortable to aim and shoot compared with my Henry at a 14.5” LOP. Potential purchasers should take this into consideration.

  31. I was blessed to have purchased one of these from a good friend in 357/38 special! It was the best rifle I ever had next to a great grandpa’s Savage, (which I sold having no idea of what I had) and the Rossi lost in a divorce to a woman who had no idea how to shoot it (my loss again)! I am on the lookout for another and as soon as I have the money I will be holding another one forever!

  32. I have the Rossi 92 in .357 magnum, I got it to go with my Rugar Blackhawk, they are both used as saddle guns on cattle drives, sport shooting and hunting, the Rossi has proven to be a rugged and reliable firearm, when in the field it rides in the 4 wheeler, horse scabbard or tossed in the truck, and has never failed me when it was needed, I would recommend this to anyone needing an affordable and reliable working or even a plinking gun

  33. Yes I own a Henry 22mag silver boy love this rifle I am thinking about getting another one in a 357

  34. I had a browning bl92, practically the same rifle, but in 44 mangle’em and i loved it. Had a sbr ruger to go with it,and a 94 in 44 mag; longer action, a teensiebit heavier, slightly different lever travel but you get used to the diference between them. My first rifle was a 336 marlin, 3030, but if you had it pointed right up and worked the lever, it would always jam, i traded it for a 7mm mag lh 110 savage. i miss them, sold them all off between jobs, but have a rossi on payments right now, in 45 colt’s, to go with my new
    uberti. Am chasing a 454, now i got this nice job. Say, did you know, the first automatic rifle was a ’94? J. M. Browning converted one for an experiment, on the way to the BAR…..

  35. Why would you do an article about a firearm you don’t have in stock to sell. After reading the article, I was ready to buy, but found out the Rossi model 92 in .357 caliber was out of stock. Don’t understand

  36. I enjoyed reading your review experience with the Rossi 92. I’m fascinated with the use of high powered pistol rounds in rifles. The .357 is such a versatile round that has ample power regardless of the platform used. I have a New England Firearms single shot rifle in .44 mag and it is an amazing set up with a 6X32 Weaver scope. It is pretty accurate out to 85-100 yards punching 2-3 inch groups. I have taken several Texas Whitetail does with it at 85-90 yards without losing a deer. The Hornady 225 gr FTX LEVERevolution rounds work very well and produce the best accuracy.

  37. I tinker a bit with guns and friends will often bring me firearms they are having issues with.
    One brought me a Rossi 92 that would not fire. I determined that the end of the firing pin had broken off. Reason I bring it up is that with a bit of hand fitting a Winchester 92 firing pin (Numrich Arms) allowed me to get the rifle back in working order. So Rossi copied the original at least well enough that some if not all parts are interchangeable.

  38. Does Rossi make a larger lever for this rifle similar to the ones in John Wayne films or The Rifleman to accommodate those who wear gloves?

  39. Thanks for the article on the Rossi lever action! I also have a blued one in ,357/,38 and am enamored with it ,also! It’s been a while since we got together for a range session, and you have stimulated my trigger finger! Don’t do never enough lately due to the acute shortage and high cost of ammo.
    Also like to keep a few (hundred) rounds in reserve’\cuz you just never know!I was also in the scouts so many moons ago and always remember the motto!

  40. The author’s experience matches my own, but I am puzzled by one comment. “With the six o’clock hold you may get on target quickly and take a fast aim, as you would on a running deer, coyote, or bandit. If you use the dead-on hold, the rifle will fire low in relation to the point of aim.”

    If a rifle is sighted for a “lollipop” hold, it means the bullet is expected to hit slightly above the point of aim. If I shift my sight picture to a center hold, the bullet should strike higher, not lower. Is there something missing from the original explanation?

  41. I have a stainless steel Rossi 92 El Jefe with 20 inch barrel in .44 Magnum. If I was still riding horses this would be my saddle carbine.

  42. I have 2, the 44 & 454. I like them, but the 44, with the steel but plate thumps pretty good, especially with heavy cast loads. The 454 with the excellent pad is easier. Just have not gotten around to putting a pad on the 44. The stock sights arn’t very good for me. I put on some good ghost ring rears, & large front.

    I use my Marlins more, especially the 375 & 45-70, because they can be scoped. Old eyes have a hard time with irons.

    But, as said above, it is very handy, well balanced, quick pointing & great for woods hunting & home protection. A very good deal.

  43. They have been around a long time and the combo makes sense to anyone that plans ahead. No magazines to plan for. Just carry the ammo and .357 isnt too heavy. My 16 inch feels like a bb gun to carry. My 24 inch 45 colt not so much.

  44. Marlin 1894C 38Spec/357Mag,Williams WGRS receiver sight with Twilight aperture 158gr 38Special/158gr or 180gr 357Mag

  45. I own two 94 winchesters, both in 30-30, and I love them, but my favorite levergun us my henry .44 mag. I’m considering a 357 gun now. I love the leverguns for the way they handle and for the fact that, being left handed, these guns are perfectly set up for me.

  46. Unless I missed something quickly looking over this article, it doesn’t seem to be offered in the 30/30 caliber and I’m wondering why?
    Yes, my favorite caliber in this style of gun is the 30/30.
    Thankyou

  47. You have me intrested.
    So I follow the link to CTD selection of lever guns.
    No Rossi.
    I don’t understand what Taurus is doing with the brand.
    They killed off their excellent line of revolvers, their lever guns are not in stock anywhere & they discontinued the Ranch Hand.
    I sent them a message asking them to see how much their lever actions & revolvers were selling for on the secondary market (Ranch Hands in particular).
    No response.
    I guess Taurus just doesn’t like money.

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