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    Funny, my 92 feeds both .38 and even .38 light 105 grain loads smoothly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NativeTexan View Post
    Funny, my 92 feeds both .38 and even .38 light 105 grain loads smoothly.
    Ever try it at match speed? Cranking and yanking as fast as you can move the front sight onto the next plate is different than normal range shooting.
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    The OP didn't mention shooting it in a CAS match so hopefully he should be fine with the Rossi, if that's the gun he chooses.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BigBlue View Post
    The OP didn't mention shooting it in a CAS match so hopefully he should be fine with the Rossi, if that's the gun he chooses.
    I do like to keep options open...maybe I'll touch base with my CAS gunsmith to get his input ..and see what he charges for going over a gun...if there's any difference in cost between the two.
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    I have an all stainless 16" Rossi R92 in .44 Mag. I took it completely apart and rebuilt it right after I bought it. There were some issues I didn't like. The stock wood stain comes off when wet. Mine has the metal butt plate and with the .44 Mag it kicks like a SOB. They may put them together better now, but mine had some of the fitted parts jammed into place and was the main reason I rebuilt it. It needed a lot of clearancing to get the barrel not to pinch in a number of spots. On the good side there is a lot of information on improving the R92 on the internet, using that information my R92 feeds and operates like butter now. Also NOE makes a Picatinny rail that takes the place of the rear sights. It has a grove down the middle that lets you use the open sights in a pinch but mine carries a Vortex Venom pistol red dot now.

    The Rossi will be cheaper, but may also require a good bit of "adjusting" to get it operating right. Don't know why you want the longer barrels, but 16" in a pistol caliber is plenty long enough to get top velocity, IMO, and a lot handier to handle in the woods.

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    My thinking of the longer barrel is for the additional capacity. Factory and/or highly charged 44 Magnum loads are a bear in my Marlin and the rubber butt pad is appreciated there.
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    Did you know that the .44 Special has a longer COAL than the .44 Mag? I didn't either until I started messing with my R92. Long bullets, like Hornady's FTX, can be seated further out if you load them in .44 SPL cases. Both .44 Special and Magnums feed well in my R92.

    I don't know if it is the same with the .38SPL and the .357 Mag.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GreenWolf70 View Post
    Did you know that the .44 Special has a longer COAL than the .44 Mag? I didn't either until I started messing with my R92. Long bullets, like Hornady's FTX, can be seated further out if you load them in .44 SPL cases. Both .44 Special and Magnums feed well in my R92.

    I don't know if it is the same with the .38SPL and the .357 Mag.
    Depends on the bullet design. There are 125gr .358 cast bullets designed to be seated further out to bring the COAL out for guns that don't feed short rounds well.

    Personally, I don't see the need for them as a reloader. You can duplicate a reasonable CAS .38Special load in a .357 case with a little research into powder selection if there's feeding issies with shorter .38's.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BigBlue View Post
    Given the choice, during the initial Marlin/Remington changeover, I chose the Rossi with a 16" barrel. I had experienced how bad the Marlins originally being made by Remington were in the 1895GBL that I had bought. It was traded in less than a month later. The manufacturing of Marlin rifles has gone through a massive tooling upgrade since then. The Marlin 1894 in .44 mag. that I recently bought is easily up to the old Marlin JM standard. After buying my Rossi R92 I took it apart, polished the action and added a peep sight which replaced the inane safety. With those improvements it's very slick and accurate. I have never had a problem with it since and it even feeds 160gr. SWC handloads. Taking the R92 apart and getting it back together is nothing to sneeze at. Working on the Marlin, on the other hand, is very simple. The Marlin feels more solid, but the Rossi feels more handy. As you already have the Marlin 1894 I would suggest you get the Rossi simply to have something different. The 1894 in .357 mag. would be very similar to shooting your .44 mag. version. I have been debating on getting a 1894 in .45 Colt, but no matter how hard I try I can't seem to find a reason, purpose or justification other than I'd like to have it.
    Older brother has an 1894 in .45 Colt, and he has bagged three deer with it...loves it.
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    I own both in 357. And a rossi in 45lc. Love the rossi but the Marlins are a well made rifle if I was buying one just for hunting it would be the marlin. Another reason is if you want to put optics on Marlins are a lot easier.

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