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Rossi Rio Grande


Rossi Rio Grande

The lever-action is America’s rifle. Sure, we’re living in the time of the AR, which might even be slowly usurping the lever gun. But the AR will never have the storied history or carry the romance of the lever-action rifle. In that vein Marlin’s Model 336 could be considered the dean of lever-actions. Rossi’s Rio Grande could be considered a clone of this classic American hunting arm.

Why would a company set out to copy another manufacture’s rifle? Why didn’t Marlin throw a temper tantrum? There are several reasons, actually.

For starters, the patent on the Marlin 336 design has expired. Secondly, there exist enough cosmetic differences to protect Rossi from any trade dress infringement claims by Marlin. None of this is intended as a slight toward Rossi or Marlin. Imitation is a grand form of flattery: consider the 1911 and AR-15 clones currently available.



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  • fliteking

    Looks like a great lever action rifle.

    This is an interesting take on the lever action.

  • foxxybey

    I used to have one but, was a 22cal. Wish I had one of these.

  • $6981164

    I never got into lever action rifles. I prefer my FNFL. But, that is what is great about this country there is a fire arm for every one. Even Feinstein has one. Hypocrite.

  • 9Spoon9

    It might be an affordable alternative to a 336. Time will tell if function matches looks.

  • Doc

    I love my .357 lever action. Looking forward to getting one in .44 or .45 caliber. It also produces better ballistics than a SAA due to less power loss from gas leakage around the cylinder.

  • Doc

    Does anyone know if they are making one based on the .50AE ?

  • Reb Biker

    Do not discount the trusty lever action. I sold a Marlin 1894S .44 Magnum back in the ’80’s, and missed it immediately. Bought a new one 12 years ago. 10+1 rounds of .44 Mag coming out of a 20″ rifle barrel with no energy-robbing gaps or holes is A LOT of firepower. The rifle is very accurate, with little felt recoil; and the action very dependable and slick as glass. I’ll never be without another one in my collection. It really is a poor man’s assault rifle, and would make an excellent home defense weapon if you can live with a little over-penetration.

  • FedupandReadytofight

    I’m only, just now, buying A/R’s. I’m a lever lover. I have several; Winchester .22mag, Marlin 30-30, Browning .45-70….

  • Flatliner04

    I had the .44 and wish I had kept it..Mine even had the gold trigger

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