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I'm thinking of adding a full Rossi 92 in 45 Colt to my collection. I used to have a Uberti 1875 that had a 20" barrel, but that was some time ago.

What I'm reading during my research is the 16" barrel is handy, yet the stock is shorter and then the 20" is still pretty handy, but not as much as the 16" and it has a longer stock.

I'm 6' 3" so a longer stock is ideal, but I like the smaller barrel for portability. This wouldn't be for CAS or HD, although the latter is a possibility as well as a rifle that might be carried for long periods of time. What are the weight differences between the 16" and 20" rifles and how much shorter is the carbine's stock? Kind of wish they made a 16" barrel with a full stock on it. :-\
 

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Full rifle??
As opposed to your Ranch Hand ?

"What I'm reading during my research "---Nakanokalronin

Your research should have answered all you have asked.
What would you like to know now...?
Which one WE think you should get?

"I'm having a hard time deciding on what full rifle to get in 45 Colt.."---Nakanokalronin

How much you want to spend ?
I will offer a fine suggestion or two around $1500
and guaranteed to be a full rifle.
 

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I mean full rifle as apposed to my pistol version of the rifle/A.K.A Ranch Hand. I'm mainly looking to see if anyone has the weight and stock length differences between the carbine 16" and rifle 20" length. I'll add that I'm also wondering about the loops and if anyone has used gloved hands in the standard loop over the larger type. Personal preferences and experiences in different scenarios with one or both types are welcome as well.
 

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I don't like the large loop lever.
A normal gloved hand fits in the standard lever.
I think the large loop is nostalgic...and affords too much
'play' for normal function.
Normal gloves [not snowmobile gloves] work fine
in all my lever guns under all favored conditions.

Depending on the rifle you choose and the specs
of that mfg......and length of barrel.....and shape...
determines the weight.

LOP is normally around 15" or so.....unless you get a youth stock.
That too varies with any mfg.

In a high-end, cheek piece, LOP, weight from available materials used,
type/length of barrel[octagon,round,carbon,etc] can be customized to your wants/needs.
 

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Thanks for the reply. I posted that I was looking for a Rossi 92 and although I used to have a Uberti 1875 a long time ago (I no longer own it), I use my firearms and the Uberti was to pricey and pretty.

I guess to be more specific, a Rossi 92, round, 45 Colt, blued
 

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I had a Marlin Cowboy Rifle in 45 Colt. It always worked great and was a very fine rifle. I eventually decided to drop my 45 colt nostalgia project after I got educated about some drawbacks with the 45 colt case when using modern smokeless powder. If I was going to load only black powder or clean equivalent, that would be my choice. Some people report problems with 45 colt cartridges working in lever action guns because of the size and shape of the case rim. It mostly doesn't have a big sharp rim that feeds and ejects easily. The thing that scared me the most was the number of 45 colt firearms which exploded. The available volume of a 45 colt case is big enough to hold a double charge without filling up the case. I know the remedy to this is not to double charge. There have also been theories that because the case is so big and the powder is so spread out, that it could detonate instead of giving a nice even burn. If I had it to do again, I would opt for the 44 mag for power, firearms designed for higher pressures and a nice big rim.
 

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Are you planning on shooting any heavy hot rounds. That might make a difference. The 20" I have is a .454 so the comparison is not apples to apples because of the mounted pad. I do like the agile little 16"better, it's what I pick up most often, but then I'm 5'10". The carbine balances better for me.
 
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