[5 of 5 Stars!]If you’ve found this listing, congratulations. Bud’s has done their best to keep it hidden. I couldn’t find in under the Rossi listing and it doesn’t show up when you search for .22 revolvers.
Ordering and shipping from Bud’s to my FFL was quick with no issues.
I was looking for an affordable .22 DA revolver. As I cannot afford a S&W and don’t like the reviews that the Taurus revolvers are getting, I decided to try this Rossi R98 as a different option.
What we have here is an all steel frame 8-shot .22 caliber Double Action revolver. It comes with Taurus style grooved rubber grips, a vented ribbed barrel, and adjustable sites. Fit and finish of the gun is very good, the action is smooth and the lockup is tight. Out of the box, the double action trigger pull is reasonable and single action is excellent, crisp with a clean break.
At my first range session, I fired 200 rounds and am very happy with the performance of this gun. I had no problems producing nice tight shot groups and found the sites were spot on at 15 yards.
My bottom line: If you have unlimited $$, by a S&W. For the rest of us, give this Rossi a try. I’m very satisfied with this handgun.
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[4 of 5 Stars!]If I could give 4.5 stars I would have. This gun feels and shoots fine and is a good bargain.
The finish is good (not great). The cylinder had noticeable burs on the back out of the box. This did not affect operation but it speaks for the workmanship. The elevation was off pretty far when I got it but easily adjusted in. I wish they hadn't decided to stamp the word "plinker" in gold on the side but that was in the photos. The fiber optic sight is nice.
I've put a good amount (400 or so) of rounds through it with pretty good success. CCI Blazer, CCI MiniMag, Tula, Eley all worked fine but Amscor fouls the gun quickly making the brass hard to eject. At one point after shooting the dirty ammo it quit locking up so I had to do a total tear down and clean. (I blame the ammo)
The grip is too small for my big hands. No one makes a grip for this gun that I could find. (the Pachmayr made for small frame Rossi's does not fit.)
The Taurus safety key serves no purpose for me.
Summary: This is not a Smith or Ruger, but it's not priced that way. It's a good value and solid, pretty well built gun.
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