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    Rossi 68

    Well, I am about to join the ranks of you Rossi owners. I just won a pair of Rossi 68s from Auction Arms. Now I'm looking for more information about them. I can't quite read the serial numbers from the web picture, so I'll wait till next week when I should get them. I do know that they are 5-shot, J-frame sized that use the same speed loader as S&W 36, et al. These have the shroud for the ejector, so they are the second generation series. (#68S)
    Please don't ask for pictures because although I know how to get the pictures into the computer, I have yet to figure how to get them out. The best I know to do is to click /drag the web page from A.A. I believe that is against forum rules. If not, I'd be happy to show them to you.
    Do guys know of any little idiosyncrasies of the line? I read that Rossi service has been very good. What about that hammer-mounted firing pin? Do they tend to break? How about replacement grips? You know, this kind of stuff.
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    Can't help you, but I have a question also, and that is, 'is the 68 +p capable'?

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    I have a Rossi Model 677. It's a few years old. It's a .357 Snubby 2" which I usually have .38Spec. in.
    I use it often as a CCW.
    Have used it quite a bit at the range. Yes, it has the hammer mounted firing pin which today folks find
    odd but to us greybeards--it is normal--lol.
    Never had a problem. The quality has impressed me. I like it very much.

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    I've owned the Rossi line since the mid 80's and have had no problems with them.

    As to the frame mounted firing pins, no problem.

    In the last few years S&W went to frame mounted firing pins on all it's models, so that should set your mind at ease on their durability.
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    I have had a 351 for two years and it has had no problems at all. From past topics, the firing pin is either fitted properly or it's not. It either aligns or doesn't. It looked like the incidence of firing pins breaking was in the 1 out of a hundred.

    Rossi will take care of getting a proper alignment if the firing pin breaks due to alignment, fitting or a defect in the firing pin. Many folks have had a gunsmith fit a S & W firing pin to their Rossi's.
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    We have a Model 68 in the house, bought new in '88. Has hammer mounted firing pin. The little revolver is every bit as good a revolver as my Smiff M36 or my Smiff M37. +P has never been fired in the 68, just no call for it. Nice little gun and am proud to own it.

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    The 68 is not +P rated. There are several ways to deal with it.

    Fire some +Ps in it anyway because several members in the past have, but keep the amount fired to bare minimum.

    Use Buffalo Bore standard pressure rounds

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    Standard Pressure Short Barrel Low Flash Heavy .38 Special Ammo - 158 gr. Soft Lead SWC-HC (850fps/M.E. 253 ft. lbs.) - 20 Round Box

    Due to customer demand, we've developed this defensive 38SPL ammo. Our customers wanted some devastating 38SPL loads that would fill the following criteria.

    1. It won't hurt older/fragile/alloy revolvers. (Non +P)
    2. Is effective as a "fight stopper" through the use of proper bullets.
    3. Is more powerful than typical/standard, weak 38SPL ammo.
    4. Generate much less recoil than our +P 38SPL ammo.


    or BB"s 125 JHP version which is also a standard pressure round. These have +P velocities, but without the +P pressure.

    Going in second place is the Hornady Critical Defense round at 110 grains. That seems light but it is built to penetrate deeply without the bullet cavity filling up with debris of any kind,cloth or otherwise.

    Third choice goes to the Federal 125 round nosed hollowpoint Nyclad which has a proven record that is excellent and documented well. The Nyclad also makes a good practice round as well and keeps lead exposure way down.

    I use the Nyclads in my Taurus 856 Magnesium Lyte,6 shot , snub revolver.

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    Yeah, What Quiks says. The Rossi line did not become +P rated until the current series of lines. The 68 and 88 production was stopped in 1998. No .38 specials produced before that time were +P rated.
    Starting in 1999, Rossi began to produce the model 351, imported now by BrazTec, not Interarms. This begins the +P capable .38 specials for them.
    As for ammo, there are a few loads that are higher energy than most standard loads. I'm still sorting through them. I must have 158 grain loads, though, even if it costs me 30 ft. lbs M.E. The 130 gr loads shot noticeably low even at close range, 10 -15 feet. Not good in a "down-n-dirty" situation.
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    I agree with drummin_man627.

    He just brough a couple other ideas to mind from another Rossi thread.

    There is the non +P version of the Hornady FTX ammo in the 110 gr. guise. This round gets plenty of pentetration, the JHP will not clog, and the round expands dynamically.

    The same goes for the Fedeeral 110 gr. Hydra-shok ammo.

    Another person came up with Fiocchi 125 gr XTP version as well.

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    congrats on the twin 68's i have one that is been used and pretty much abused that was given to me the finish is beat up but the function is perfect

 

 
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