Zastava M70 8x57
Last week I bought Rossi 92 in .357 Mag/.38 Spc with a 20" barrel, but it was a difficult decision. A few weeks ago Croatian Hunting Association got to their store hundreds of rifles, mainly from police seizure and for a very good price.
Among other guns, there was a dozen of Rossi 92, a dozen of Winchester 94 and half a dozen Marlin 336.
The Winchester 94 and Marlin were all in 30-30 cal. except one Winchester in .44 Magnum.
All Rossi 92 were .38 Spc/.357 Mag.
I was there in their store a few days in a row, compared, studied... like a kid in a candy store
They were all in very good condition, and the price was the same for all, about $370.
I know the Winchester is better made and more expensive, but I already have 357/38 reloading kit, and here the cheapest round of 30-30 Winchester is about $1.50, and I'm not a hunter.
So I finally decided to take Rossi 92. The rifle is in very good condition, a little bit stiff, but it shoot well.
I slicked it up with the help of some YouTube videos, and now it's a sweet little carbine
By the way, I also bought Zastava M70 in 8x57. It was cheap, about $150.
Zastava M70 8x57
Nice find on the Rossi...I would love to find one in 357 for a reasonable price like yours! I think the .357 is a good combination of power, versatility and cost per round. Let us know how it runs at the range!
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Bought my 92 .357 30 years ago. It's a straight shooter and I've killed a deer with it in the past, though I normally don't hunt with it. Got a Remington M7 in .308 (7.62x51) for hunting among others.
I have several 8x57s. They're all old military guns. One's an old 1888 commission rifle that had been converted/rebarreled for the German Volkssturm from the pre-century 8x57J to 8x57S My Hakim rifle in 8x57 is a 1950s era 8x57 semi-auto fed by a 10 round box magazine. It's fun, very little recoil. My fave, though, is my K98K yugoslav refurbished carbine because of the accuracy. The history on that one is that the Yugoslavs needed weapons after the war and refurbished captured German K98Ks for service.
You don't find 8x57s in hunting rifles in the states. Our go to is the .30-06, but I've always admired the old 8x57 as well as the 7x57.
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There are plenty of M48 and K98 Mausers here, because Croatia has been part of ex Yugoslavia. I'm planing to obtain one if I find example in pristine condition.
Once upon a time there was a company called Interams that was a U.S. firearms importer. One of the things they imported was a Zastava action, which Interarms called the "Interarms Mark X". They imported actions, barreled actions, and complete rifles. In the 70's the barreled actions were very popular as a basis for custom rifles, usually with a Fajen stock. Which Fajen marketed as drop-in. They weren't really. But it didn't take much work. They made fantastic rifles at a reasonable price.
At the gun store I worked at we sold a truck load of barreled actions. Mostly in .30-06 (7.62 x 63) but others in 7 x
57. The 8 x 57 was never very popular over here outside of surplus Mausers. At the time they were considered quite top of the line. They had really beautiful bluing. I find your Zastava more interesting than the Rossi.
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Zastava is pretty popular here for hunting, particulary cal. 8x57. I'ts good rifle, nicely made and accurate.
Nice looking Rossi model 92; thanks for sharing!
Nice buy, if you have a lever action rifle in a 38/357 you are never underarmed. The 8x57 can reach farther out to 'touch something' but for real world defense and just fun shooting, the lever action in a large caliber pistol cartridge like a 38/357 cannot be beat. You have done well for yourself.
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I have one of the old Pumas just like the one the OP posted. Love it. A very versatile little carbine. The 20" is my favorite length too. Long enough to almost maximize the performance of the 357, but still short enough to handle well. And the proportions look about perfect too!
I also have a little newer one in 44mag, for when the 357 just isn't quite enough...