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Thread: Rossi 92 44 magnun or 357

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    Iíd choose .44, big bore, heavy grain slug.
    At distance a lighter .357 bullet would probably perform better, but if thatís what you want, seems 30-30 is your best bet.
    I think last time I priced both over the counter there was $6 difference between a box of Magtec .357 and .44.

    If you plan to buy a .357 lever make sure it will also run .38spl, Iíve read a few reports of Rossiís choking on some .38 spl. loads.
    Last edited by wanderson; 06-17-20 at 20:06.

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    I'm a .357 fan in carbine length barrels. My Puma is 16" and IIRC a hot 158gr load (like Underwood) is pushing almost 1800fps out of a 16" barrel. The 125's supposedly hit 2000fps. Increase to an 18" barrel and those velocities improve a good deal.
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    Personally, I would rather have the .357 version, over the .44 Magnum version. Ammo availability/cost is a factor, and recoil will be slightly less.
    Good night Chesty...wherever you are.

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    Any thot' to .45 Colt? Again, what do you actually want to do with it, and do you reload?
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    I have lever guns in .32-20, .44-40, .357mag, .44mag and .45 Colt (.45-70 and .35 Rem also). Of these, the .357 offers the best combination of flexibility, power and cost. I can shoot .38SPL loads that don't feel much different from a .22LR or step up to my .357Mag loads pushing a 158gr bullet to 1850fps (using Lil gun - not recommended for revolvers).

    As for feeding with .38s, no different from what I've experienced while shooting .44SPL in the .44Mag lever gun. Just takes a firm hand on the lever.

    The .357 isn't quite as much fun to shoot as my .32-20, but that caliber can be a little tricky to reload (and factory ammo is crazy expensive) . The straight walled cartridges are much easier to reload. Of these, the .38/.357 are pretty much the cheapest to reload.

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