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Old 07-24-2003, 07:26 PM   #1
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Rossi Model 720/3" 44 Spl.

Just picked up a NIB with adj.rear sight. Feels tight enough,no endplay,
times-up well even dragging the cylinder. Barrel has full underlug,
Python/S&W L frame style, with some comfortable grips too.
Anyone have any experience with this model (720)?? I know some of their
357's were spotty in quality control, but this particular one seemed a
bargain at $175, I could not pass up. Frankly I'm hoping it shoots as well
as it looks !!. Thanks and good shooting, Chuck Hunt
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Old 07-28-2003, 08:11 PM   #2
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I've played with two in gun shops and they seemed to have very smooth actions. I also agree with you on the feel of the grip. I didn't buy them, but they were very reasonably priced.
Let me know how it shoots.
Old 07-29-2003, 10:49 PM   #3
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I've owned one in the past and loved it. Unfortunately, I got the auto bug at the time and sold mine off. I'm also in SA so it you got it from a source that has more than one, I'd sure like to know where so I could pick up another one.
The only downside seems to be that if you don't reload, you are limited in ammo. I am seriously courting one of these pistols and just put up a post about their strenth over on . I am waiting to see what folk tell me about them.
My old one put 5 into a ragged hole at 15 yards with a two hand grip. Really had fun with some young Bexar Co Sherrifs Deputies who were sure that their .40 service pistols would outshoot a little wheelgun. :P
Damn I miss my Rossi. Let me know if you decide to sell yours.
BTW. If you are interested in meeting up for the gunshow this weekend at the airport, I'll probably be grabbing breakfast or at least some coffee at the Jim's on Broadway and 410 prior.
Drop me an email.
Doc Bretz
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Old 09-17-2003, 06:37 PM   #4
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I have one and use it as my bedroom gun. My wife likes the small grip and big bullet. I reload and we usually practice with 240gn lead bullets and 7 grains of Bullseye powder. For bedroom duty I load it with CCI Speer Gold Dot "flying ashtray" hollowpoints.

Great gun and can't beat the price.

John from MD
Old 09-21-2004, 12:37 AM   #5
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Rossi 44spl. 3in.

I just bought a used Rossi 44spl. I was just wondering where i could purchase accessories for it. I like the original grip but it need a new one sooner or later. If you know of any other revolver that has the same dimensioins please let me know, any info appreciated.
Old 09-28-2005, 05:44 AM   #6
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I've had the 720 for a while now. It has been very accurate and has a pretty fair single action pull, though the DA leave much to be desired.

I had only shot it with cowboy loads since I don't load for the .44 special yet. When I tried it with some Cor-Bons it spit jacket pieces like mad so I stopped shooting it all together until I can figure out what's up. It has no end shake, but a bit more cylinder play that I'm comfy with. Comparing the forcing cone to my .44 Redhawk, I notice it looks like it has almost no forcing cone.

Any ideas if cutting a similar forcing cone might solve the problem? Is there a measurable safe limit to cylinder play? I really like the gun and would like to put it back into use. I'm also curious about any accessories for it. It looks very similar to a S&W in design. I wonder if it's close enough that I could substitute parts.

In all fairness to Rossi, I bought this just as they were closing their doors a few years back and it appears to have been rushed out without some of the final fitting being finished. I had to mill the ejector star to proper headspace to keep the cylinder from binding when I first got it. The .38 Special that my mom uses for her CHL is flawless. She got it about a year earlier than I got mine. In fact, I liked hers so much is why I bought one. I'm not terribly happy with my purchase, but I dont mind working on it if it's not a terribly involved fix.
Old 01-30-2012, 06:26 AM   #7
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I own a 720. I love it. I carry it daily as my CCW. I have the spurless fixed sight version. I didn't like not having a hammer on mine, so I changed it out. It is very smooth. I can put 5 large holes in my target at 10 yrds and use a 50cent piece and cover all the holes up.
I do my job, the gun and ammo will do theirs.

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