What bullets are you loading with? I'm casting with a Ranch Dog 165gr mold, sizing them to .310, dipping them in alox cut with JPW, and they are amazing. Only tried them at a hundred yard range so far as I'm trying to see if H335 or BLC2 is better and in what volume.
I like the look of the Rio Grande and I love the Marlin design so I figure I would like the Rossi copy with their own flavoring added. Not sure about the loading gate. I know some of them are way too stiff. Every Win 94 I have ever picked up including my own feels like it will deform the case neck if you don't hold your finger on the side of the bullet as you press them inside. I have thought about seeing if something could be done to the spring to lighten it some but just haven't bothered.
How is the fit and finish on the Rio Grande? Do they polish them well enough or do they leave machine marks behind? Is the fit of the wood to the steel decent? How smooth is the action? Do they still have a half cock (I would hope so but these days you never know)? Cross bolt safety or tang? Is the trigger pretty rough out of the box or do they at least attempt to smooth it out? Do they add decent sights or is it another bend sheet metal tab?
I only ask so many questions because that is one sharp looking rifle. I'm glad to see a surge in lever rifles making a come back.
Oh, and welcome aboard!!!