I obtained a Rossi Rio Grand 45-70 in a trade a couple of years ago. Less than a week later I loaned the gun to a friend of a very good friend to hunt the 2012 Missouri whitetail season. I don't know if he thought that I was going to forget about the gun or what but when loaning a gun for a week turns into 2 years it kinda ruffled my feathers.
I got the gun back and it is still unfired. I cleaned it and there was a piece of styrofoam in the bore. That had me wondering where the guy went the week that he told his wife he was going deer hunting? He told me that he hunted hard the whole week and saw nothing but does. Hmmm I went out to shoot the gun last night and you can't even load the gun through the loading gate. It's like the loading gate is too thick or the spring behind the gate is to thick or something. With the loading gate bottomed out I am still the thickness of a dime away from getting the rim of the round to fit. If this dude hunted in Missouri for a week with this gun then he did so with 1 round in the chamber and never fired the thing.
I have always had a high opinion of the Rossi 92s, but am wondering how this thing got through any kind of quality control at the factory? I haven't taken the gun apart or even taken the time to read any Rio Grande reviews but figure there are more 45-70's in Alaska than anywhere?
Are any of you guys familiar with this gun?