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Not a mistake. I wanted some answers from folks who own both Taurus and Rossi.

How good is the quality and the customer service. I know Taurus owns Rossi, but wondering about quality and strength. I currentnly have 3 Taurus wheel guns: 605 and 851 in 2", and Mod 66 in 6". As things become available, I'd like to have a 4" 357 ---- primarily for range work, truck gun, and back-up to my HD weapon.

But, I've never owned a Rossi. Usually the price is less that Taurus, but does that mean the quality is any less? Over years, I've owned 4 different Taurus's and never had a problem.

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I have owned several Taurus M85's and currently own a M405 and a Rossi R44102 44mag. I can say that the Rossi is as tight and performs as well as any of the Taurus models.
 

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A couple of the Rossi models are a little hokey, but the 351, 461 and 441 are every bit equal in build and quality as any Taurus. The bluing, fit and finish is excellent.
 

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I've never needed any work on three Rossis or three Tauri...well, I did have to get a new recoil spring assembly, but that was a quick easy fix.

About the only real concern on the Rossi is the firing pin mounted to the hammer like the S & W's. Improper alignment of the firing pin is the main problem I ever hear about with a Rossi, and that is possibly a 1% issue. If you inspect the revolver well, you should have no problems.
 

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I had had a 351 and currently have the R98 .22 revolver. No problems and they seem to have nice fit and finish. They only negative I can think of with Rossi is after market grips just are not out there.
 

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I have both a Rossi 462 snub,6 shot revolver and too many Tauri revolvers to count. Yes, it is a .357 magnum, but I do shoot standard and +P rounds for the .38 Special for it more than .357 magnum rounds. Usually I am indoors somewhere and do not want the significant muzzle blast and recoil associated with small snub revolvers.

The 462 is a fine gun,lock up is solid,and is one of my CCW battery carry pieces. Theis makes a nifty and solid IWB holster for it.
 

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In 1996 I had a an LEO in one of my FDLE CJSTC Firearm's instructor courses who showed up with a 4" barreled stainless steel .38 special Rossi M-851.

The other "student instructors" where shooting semiauto's from Beretta, SIG, Glock etc. The Academy would provide Beretta's or Glocks to any student for free, but he stuck with his Rossi M-851.

During the 44 hour course we fired over 600 rounds per student. He did not use a speed loader and came in dead last (time wise) during each course of fire.

However, his scores were in the 90% or higher mark required to pass the course, which he did.

His Rossi did not let him down.
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He still owns it to this day, and still refuses to sell it to me despite my many offers.
 

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Recently bought a Rossi 357 with the 3 inch Barrell from academy. Thought I would make it a truck gun. Only had a few hundred rounds thru it and it was great, wife really like it as well. Then while on vacation the SIL wanted to go shooting. She is not a shooter except when we visit. She just absolutely feel in love with that Rossi. So the wife made her a deal!!!!!! there went my truck gun.. Now academy is flat out of the 3 inch. The gun was very well balanced and was well mannered with 38 spl JHP, 158 gr
After just a about 300 rds the trigger action cleaned up and smoothed out.
Now I will tell you that I went thru 3 guns in the store before I picked one. I laid my license and credit card on the counter and asked for a gun in the safe, didn't like the action or lock up so asked for another. The clerk was like what the heck. But the manager just nodded his head.
I will look for another. Not that I am a snob but I would rather that $300 Rossi in the truck than one of my model 66 smiths..
 
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All points agreed on.... Rossi I hear is a Quality firearm since they have joined with Taurus they have basiclly pulled each other out of the mud....To improve their reputations which is working Quite well
 

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since 1997, Rossi .38 caliber revolvers and 357 caliber revolver have all been produced by Taurus in the Taurus plant in San Paulo (sp?) Brazil.

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I have the Rossi 46103 (.357 . 3") and i love it . It's tight shoots well and have not had a problem with it yet . It has Taurus key lock on the hammer same as Taurus and works exactly the same way . I also have the Taurus 24/7 9mm . It also shoots well and works great without flaws Out of 100 rounds i had 2 FTF and after that no more . I would like to compare the Taurus .357 against my Rossi and actually that is what i was out to buy but Academy was out and this was the only Taurus .357 they had . I liked it , bought it and don't regret it !
 

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I have an older Rossi revolver and rifle. Both work just fine and finish is nice. No problems just like my Tauri.
 

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THANKS!

I appreciate the advice. With everything, and all models, in short supply or way back-ordered -- and with me wanting/needing a 4" truck gun -- the Rossi was sounding pretty good, and maybe just a tad more available.

I appreciate the advice from all, and didn't read anything that made me think it was sub-standard. I was surprised to find out that they had a S&W-style firing pin set up. But I've never heard of my major difficulties with that design, and S&W sure sells some expensive pieces with it.

I'll report again, with pics, WHEN I can get my hands on one.
 
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