A nice review, oldbanker! I have one chambered in .45 Colt. These things really are a hoot to shoot!
Oh yeah, welcome to TA!
A couple of weeks ago I bought a new M92 in .357mag/.38sp with 20" barrel for $400 at a local gun show. Took it to the range a few days ago to see what it would do with a variety of ammo in both calibers. After over 200 rounds of everything from light reloads to Buffalo Bore Heavy 180gr hard cast bullets, I am very pleased with this rifle. Although the action is still stiff and the factory sights not something I will use for long, everything I put in the gun fired and ejected as expected. This was aided by the optional tube magazine-loading feature that saved my fingers from becoming sore. All shooting was at either 50 or 100 yards from a bench with the open sights and my 69 year old eyes that are used to a scope.
In summary, most of the .38 sp ammo would group at 2" or less at 50 yards but without a scope, I would not try a head shot on a squirrel. Using a large variety of .357 mag ammo, the best results came from Buffalo Bore 180 gr and Hornady 140 gr LeveRevolution ammo. Both would keep all shots in a 6" bull at 100 yards and at 50 yards would group at about 2". Next trip to range will be to see how this rifle and I perform at the above distances using sitting, kneeling and offhand shooting and usingonly the type of rests found while hunting.
I am very satisfied with this rifle and recommend it to anyone interested.
Welcome to Taurus Armed, oldbanker!
I envy your selection in pistol caliber carbines. Congrats on your purchase.
Could you tell me what the "optional tube magazine-loading feature" is and how it is put in action?
Welcome from West Texas!
Welcome from NW Ohio. Good range report.
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All M92's are loaded into the magazine tube via the loading gate on the right side of the receiver. On some models, one can load directly into the magazine tube through an opening exactly like your old .22 rifles by twisting the top of the magazine tube and pulling out the mag tube follower. Rossi advertises that this optional feature is available on their .454 Casull models but I did not know it was also available on a standard model like mine. Much easier for fingers that are always sore from arthritis and the magazine can be emptied by removing the mag tube follower instead of ejecting live rounds through the action.
Really? Just like my Marlin 39, that is interesting! I haven't seen a photo of that set up, yet.
My buddy just shot a nice hog with his 454, took two steps and piles up!
Welcome from North Texas.
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Around here, we really get a kick out of seeing pics of the gun which is the subject of a gun review or range report. (hint, hint!)
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