am not a professional gunsmith, just a shooting enthusiast and hobbyist, as
well as a tinkerer. If you are unsure about any of the following procedures,
please refer the work to a qualified gunsmith. For polishing I use wet/dry
600 grit emery paper wetted with Hoppe’s gun oil. To remove metal I use a
jeweler’s file, then polish with the emery paper. For stoning I use a hard
Arkansas stone. To polish pivot pins I use oiled 600 grit emery paper, or
oiled automotive crocus cloth. Work slowly and carefully and check
functioning frequently. It’s always easy to remove a little more metal, but
adding metal is very difficult. As we learn, we may have to replace a part
or two that we damage in our haste and inexperience. That's should be
considered part of the risk we take in order to enjoy the adventure.
Editor Note: Resist any temptation to polish either the locking bolts or the channels they rid in. These control the headspace of the rifle and should only be altered by a qualified gunsmith.
As an alternative to modifying the original springs that came with the rifle, it is common to install an aftermarket spring kit that provides the appropriate tension for a smooth operating Rossi 92. The Lee Spring kit comes with a replacement ejector spring that is much longer than the original. Here is the editor's trick for installing the bolt into the rifle with an long and weak ejector spring.
I used these directions as the basis of modifying my own Rossi 92. That gun had an action that was so bad that I could feel the grinding of the metal as I worked the action. That gun would not feed any ammunition other than copper jacketed and those often jammed with the nose of the bullet not quite moving into the chamber. After following these instructions, I ended up with a buttery smooth action and a rifle that feeds any ammunition I load.
I would like to thank Eight Bits for his contribution to this issue of the newsletter and for his support by sponsoring this article.