25 March 2017
I am glad that my first reply here is to help you, as you have been so great in passing on your knowledge and expertise to the shooting public.
I bought a Braztech Rossi/Taurus Model 92 .44 Magnum 20” blued rifle several years ago from SlugMasters in Leavittsburg, Ohio. It was on my “List” of firearms I was interested in. Inspection revealed flawless blue-black bluing and impressive wood to metal fit, considering the $350.00 price tag. The wood is some sort of Brazilian hardwood that doesn't look too bad. I had Nancy do the paperwork and took it home with me.
Cleaning and lubrication along with dry firing helped knock off some rough edges, but I wanted a slicker feeling rifle. Steve Young has always posted on the Paco Kelly Leverguns Forum and is always helpful answering posts on the Model 92. A pleasant phone conversation later led to me ordering his gunsmithing DVD, safety delete plug, metal magazine follower and ejector spring. What a world of difference it made. My rifle is butter smooth and slick as any adjective you want to use.
I have let many people with different skill levels shoot the 92, from young kids to Police trainers and they all have the same result- targets taken out. Whether the plate rack at 50 yds. or the spinner targets, all get hit with little difficulty. Just a fun rifle to shoot and it seems to fit anyone well.
Winchester had a counter display circa 1950's that said “Get That Wonderful Winchester Feel” and that aptly applies to the Model 92. Seems to just “feel right” and instinctively come up to the shoulder.
I mainly shoot machine cast Magma 240gr LSWC from Mike at Mastercast Bullets in Enon Valley, PA with the shorter nose that feeds better. My loads with Elmer Keith's 429421 do not feed well. All jacketed bullets have fed flawlessly.
Only issue I have with it is when I "upgraded” the factory blued sights with Marbles bead front sight and semi buck horn rear the sights are “off” now and hard to zero. My fault since I didn't order the combination that works correctly. I like the rifle so much I wanted better sights to spruce it up.
You did very well Ed, the good karma that that you have spread over your years as a gun writer and experimenter have paid you back now.