...and I'm not sure which way I want to go, so I thought I'd post in here and see what you guys think about the models on the market today.
Haven't bought a gun of any kind since my daughter was born 5 years ago so I think I'm due ( ), but finances are kinda tight so I'm not too keen on buying new. I'd love to get a true Winchester, model 92, but even used they're pretty pricey; I see used ones going for 600-800+ in some cases. Same story with Marlins; prices are a little lower but still seem to be in that 500-600+ ballpark. Meanwhile, Rossis look to be fetchin' 400+ new, but I've seen a WIDE variety of customer reviews on those ranging from lever-gun perfection to absolute garbage and everywhere in between. Been looking around, doing my homework, and checking out what folks on many other sites are saying about these various makes, but this is the only site I belong to so I'd rather hear what my fellow Gunboarders have to say on the subject. A lot of the gripes with Rossis seem to be about internal fit & finish, with many folks not at all happy with the feel of the trigger or the smoothness of the loading-gate; many mentions of FTFs & FTEs too. I'm not afraid of doing some home 'smithing, been doing so a long time...but I do wonder if the hassle is worth the potential savings? I'd rather only buy once so if I had to bite the bullet and fork over another 400 bucks over the price of a Rossi for a good Winchester, then so be it but I also have to wonder if the Winchester (or even the Marlin) are that much better than a properly-functioning Rossi to justify the extra money? Any thoughts would be appreciated.