they might work. rossi's can have real issues with functioning out of the box with both 38 and 357. they often need some love from a smith that knows the platform. once they get running they tend to run ok.
i do cowboy action shooting and rossis are used a lot. the folks using rossis tend to have knowledgable people work on them to get em running and they still have real issues. marlins also have trouble running 38/357 and are prone to jamming up like the rossi 92.
a bit back i was looking for a lever gun for CAS and seriously considered a rossi marlin or uberti pretty much whichever i lucked into first. i ended up with a uberti 1873. after doing the CAS thing for a while the folks i see having problems are always the rossi marlin guys/gals.
my take on it is its a crapshoot it might work out of the box without problems it might not. if it doesnt getting work done to make it run will quickly outstrip the cost of getting an uberti.
anyway just my take on it.
whichever way you go running 38's in a 357 lever gun can have serious problems due to how a lever gun loads the lifter from the magazine. the shorter 38 can hang one up. if you get it running 38's and then switch to 357 it can have issues. number one is case seperation when after firing a lot of 38's then start using 357's the longer case gets stuck on the fouling left behind by the 38's and case head seperation can easily happen at that point or a chronic stuck cases and ripped rims situation can occur.
if you go that way be sure to thoroughly clean the chamber before switching ammo types.
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Last edited by JonM; 07-24-2013 at 02:59 PM.