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    Ranch Hand - Range Report

    Fun. Fun. And more fun.

    I haven't had this much fun at the range in a long time.

    My wife described shooting the Ranch Hand as one might describe an aged Scotch Whiskey - Smooth.

    Ours is in .38SPL/.357MAG. We used WWB 125 GR JHP (Self Protection) ammo. We put about 40 rounds through it. It handled nice!

    I can't say much about accuracy. We were having too much fun to keep track of where each round went. I can say that at 15 yards rounds hit pretty much where I was aiming - give or take a few inches. The recoil was almost nil with two hands. With one hand the recoil was almost nil but one handed was awkward. Single handed it's long and a bit heavy. However with practice I would imagine single handed would become more comfortable.

    I did not try the safety. It's a little dial on top of the weapon near the hammer. Red dot=fire; Green dot=safe. I found that I had to cock the hammer back to dial the safety.

    Loading is something to get used to. The most I loaded was five rounds. The magazine should take 6. Next range time I'll find out. I found loading a bit difficult. It'll get easier with practice. I pushed a round into the loading gate and had to wiggile-waggle a bit for the round to enter the magazine tube. Several times the round "backed" and under the gate requiring that I chamber the round to make room. I'm just not used to that I guess so with practice I should get better with it.

    My wife had no trouble shooting it. She found it comfortable and had fun shooting from the hip. The grandson (12 years) thinks it great. He had no difficulties using it. Next time out I'll try some "accuracy" shooting but I won't guarantee it. The testing goes right out the window as the fun meter starts to peg.

    Now I have to spend the afternoon cleaning it, the Ruger 22/45, Heritage Rough Rider and the Taurus PT-22.
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    A good day shooting is better than any day working. Glad you had fun with your new gun. I'm headed out to shoot with my son and a few of his friends this afternoon.
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    Reduce them to shreds
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    I am so impressed with the Ranch Hand that I am seriously considering the Rossi Model 92 R92-56006 ( Rossi USA ).

    SHOOTING magazine has an article on the Marlin 1894CSBL however I didn't get past the price - $1,062.

    So I guess I'll stop by my LGS this week and put in my order. I just have to remember flat-nose bullets. I probably stay with the JHP version.

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    Glad you had fun with it, seems like a blast, hahaha!!!!

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    PICTURES!!!!! NO PICTURES???

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    Sounds good to me! Next time when you get a chance, Show some targets for accuracy.

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    I have the 92, bought 25 or so years ago. I love the thing, good for small game (.38s) up to deer/hog (magnums) and a blast to shoot. I can imagine that abreviated magazine/spring would be a might tougher to load. The Ranch Hand is a nifty gun for the old TV western buff, but I haven't figured out an actual USE yet other than fun range toy. The carbine is a very useful gun if you are an outdoorsman. I've been hunting for over 50 years, it's what i do.
    Last edited by NativeTexan; 08-20-2011 at 07:09 PM.
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    BTW, I thought about moving this to handguns since Taurus markets the thing (I'm sure for reasons of legality) as a handgun. Don't know, whadda you all think? It is a rifle action, after all. I'll just leave it here for now.

    Edit, but I just realized there's only a "rossi revolvers" and not "pistols" forum. Oh, well, thread stays here.
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    Taurus Rossi
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    M66 3" blue M68 3"
    M66 4" Nickel M92 Carbine in .357 Mag
    M605 Poly Protector
    "Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote!"---Ben Franklin

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    Well it is a pistol and very not a "rifle" (back off ATF dogs and stooges...) so I would move it to somewhere else other than here at least.
    It's a trick... Get an axe...

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    Very interesting range report. I need to check one out. I think it can find a place in my arsonal for one.
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