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    rossi snub 357

    Can anyone give me a true report on this gun? I don't shoot alot and think the revolver is better for me. I like the fact it has 6 shots. Someone said it was made similar to the colt snub but I don't think so because it turns and looks more like a smith. How durable are these guns and would you use it for EDC?

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    They are or at least were made on old Smith and Wesson tooling. They are OK wheelies for the money but often have some issues right out of the box and need a lot of shooting to smooth them out. I carry one as my EDC without hesitation, I've shot it enough to trust it, but it's still a crappy gun.

    I'd suggest you buy a Ruger SP101, or a Smith J frame instead but a Rossi is better than no gun at all by far.
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    I've got a Rossi 461, blued, 6 shot, snub nosed .357. It was the first handgun I ever bought. It got carried for a short amount of time. It is heavy for a snub nosed, being of all steel construction. And the cylinder is pretty wide, making it more difficult to conceal, but you can do it. But it has been accurate, and gone bang every time. It's pretty controllable, even with .357 rounds.

    They are made on old Smith and Wesson K-frame tooling, so they are more like that than Colts, for sure. The fit and finish isn't bad, but isn't as good as most other manufacturers. Rossi is now owned by Taurus, and falls under their lifetime warranty program. If it was all I could afford I'd carry mine, but there are much better options for not too much more money.
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    I had a Rossi .357. It to was my first handgun. Like the others have said it was OK. I sold it and now have S&W revolvers and a Ruger SP101. They just feel better in my hand and are smoother IMO. I would save a little extra money and get the Smith or Ruger. If your set on six shots look at the SP101 in .327
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    I've only shot one in .357. I didn't enjoy the trigger much at all :/.

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    I've got a 462, 6 shot .357. Right I don't have it, it is in for warranty repair. Timing got off. I'm not too freaked out about it going back for repair since I paid a lot more for a Kimber Ultra Carry II that also had issues. The trigger is a bear...but after a while it starts to smooth out a bit.
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    Rossi has been around a long time. They have been in the gun business for 115 years. Since 1997 they have been manufactured by Taurus.

    http://www.rossiusa.com/history.cfm
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    I had a stainless Rossi .357 as my first real pistol. Reliable and went bang every time I pulled the trigger. Pretty heavy for a carry wheel gun, but I consider Rossi's kind of like Buicks. Not necessarily pretty, but reliable.
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    I have owned 25-30 wheel guns in the last 40 years. A Rossi is the ONLY one that was less than flawless. My S&W's, Taurus, and Charter Arms are perfect. May have just been a lemon gun but I won't buy another. Get a Taurus. Same price.

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    I don't have a 357, but do have a .38 4". Goes bang every tine I squeeze the triger and has well over 200 rounds through it. No problems at all.

    On edit I missed a zero, should read 2000 rounds.
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    My daughter has a 461 that, as far as I'm concerned, is a piece of junk. It is less than 6 months old with less than 300 rounds through it and it's already been back to Rossi for timing problems. I'll admit their CS is GREAT and the turnaround time was short. It's heavy, the finish is crappy, and the trigger is about 20 pounds and feels like it has sand in it. I bought it for her and I'll NEVER buy another. Will probably never buy another Rossi AT ALL! For the money I paid, I coulda had a Taurus or a used S&W.

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    For shooting IPSC revolver, I use a Rossi 971 4" and it's been flawless and accurate, with thousands of .38spl and .357 downrange. It's virtually identical to my 686. It's about 10 years old now, so I can't speak to NIB models, but I have zero complaints about the Rossi. It's one of the bedside guns, if that tells you anything.
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    A friend of mine has a Rossi. He's had several people look at the gun because it's basically a one-shot gun. The cylinder won't advance. He was told to melt it down and sell the metal for scrap.
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    I have a 462. It's an all stainless 357 six shot 2" barrel snubbie.

    I had a failure with mine but it was my fault. I had disassembled the gun for cleaning and didn't get a small spring back in correctly. The spring was able to work loose and eventually interfered with the hammer action. I was able to easily repair the gun myself once I discovered the problem.

    It's not my concealed carry gun but I would not be afraid to use it for concealed carry. Personally, I like mine. I like the heft and IMO the gun is beautiful. The trigger on mine is plenty smooth and I cut a few coils off the trigger spring to lighten the trigger pull. I wouldn't recommend running a bunch of hot 357 magnums through it but then I wouldn't recommend doing that with any revolver. Thirty eight specials are fine for the range and the Rossi looks like it could go through several thousand of those. For someone who wants a new gun at one of the lowest prices available it's a buy IMO. I know my wife's Ruger SP101 was way more expensive.

    I've had the Rossi, my Taurus and my Smith Wesson 686 completely apart for cleaning and lube. The Taurus design and components are a little better than the Rossi. The Smith design and components are way better than either the Rossi or Taurus.
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