Q: How do you rate the Rio Grande? Is it reliable and accurate?
My local gun shop has a secondhand Rossi Rio Grande in .30-30 for sale at a very reasonable price, probably because most shooters in my area are addicted to bolt actions.
A: The Rossi Rio Grande lever-gun is a Marlin 336 clone. It features side ejection, and a removable Weaver-style base makes it easy to mount a scope.
Removing a screw located at the front of the lever allows it to be removed from the receiver. The bolt can then be slid out of the action to allow the bore to be cleaned from the rear end.
The rifle weighs 3.2kg, has a 20-inch barrel and six-groove right-hand twist rifling. It is stocked in walnut-stained hardwood, and has a rubber buttpad.
The trigger breaks cleanly at 2kg and the unit I tested punched three-shot groups at 100 yards (91m) measuring 2½ inches (6.5cm).
It’s not only a good looking rifle, but an accurate and reliable one.