Rossi Rio Grande .410 Bore


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With its traditional looks, Rossi’s Rio Grande has been transformed into a lever-action .410 shotgun suitable for small game hunting and hand thrown clays as well as chook pen marauders.

The Rossi company was founded in Brazil as long ago as 1889 by a gun fancier called Amadeo Rossi. In modern times, it has become famous worldwide as a manufacturer of affordable revolvers, auto-pistols, rifles and shotguns. In the latter part of the 19th Century and the first of the 20th, the handy little Winchester Model 1892 Carbine in .44-40 enjoyed a great reputation for jaguar hunting in Brazil and earned the title “El Tigre”.

The slim, trim levergun’s popularity inspired the Rossi company to begin making a copy of the Winchester Model 1892 called the Saddle Ring Carbine. Over the years it has been offered in several different configurations and in calibres ranging from .38 Special/.357 Magnum to .45 Colt/.454 Casull.

Until fairly recently, the Rossi line-up lacked a levergun with an action long enough to handle that perennial favourite, the .30-30 Winchester. In 2010 Rossi filled the gap when he introduced the Rio Grande, which copied the form and function of the popular Marlin 336. The two guns not only looked alike, but they shared the same features – side ejection from a solid top receiver, which made it easy to mount a scope centrally and low over the bore.


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Nick Harvey is one of the world's most experienced and knowledgeable gun writers, a true legend of the business. He has been writing about firearms and hunting for more than 65 years, has published many books and uncounted articles, and has travelled the world to hunt and shoot. His reloading manuals are highly sought after, and his knowledge of the subject is unmatched. He has been Sporting Shooter's Gun Editor for longer than anyone can remember. Nick lives in rural NSW, Australia.

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