The Rossi is OK, but suffers the same problem as the Winchester underlever - if you work the lever too fast the fresh round will sometimes stand up vertical and not load into the chamber. I much prefer the Marlin 1894 - particularly if you can get an earlier one. The Marlin has a solid top and ejects out the side. It is much easier to mount an optic if you want as the top strap is drilled and tapped for a rail.
A lot is in play right now. Perhaps going back to your friend so HE can look it up or guess which group he received the email from would solve the problem? One case has 5 groups working together to get rid of the scheme known as the famous Yellow Card. Other cases are filed, and NYSR&PA just got granted CERT. It's a full time job being a #2AHeavyLifter these days.