I don't have the 971, but I do own the 462 (2" 357) and 851 (4" 38spec). They are both very dependable. I couldn't be happier with either of them. It's true the resale value is not all that high, but I don't buy a gun planning to get rid of it later. I have found Rossi revolvers to be solid and reliable. And I bought both of them at Academy Sports!!!
It really is true with firearms that you get what you pay for. I have not heard anything really negative about the Rossi, but they are owned by Taurus, and I have heard plenty of negative feedback on their quality control and customer service these days. The Rossi may actually be better than the Taurus today.
If you were looking at a Ruger GP100 and like it, for heaven sakes save up a few more bucks and get it. You will NEVER regret getting a Ruger over a South American gun. Smith & Wesson and Ruger make the best double action revolvers, and their customer service is excellent. Like Southcross1 suggested, I'd even go with Charter Arms before the south of the border stuff. Buy American, you won't be sorry. Neither will your grandchildren when they inherit your guns.
well guys i got it i brought it and went to shiloh on saturday and i love it it is easy to shoot and love the flame that come out of the gun the only thing i do not like or the finger prints this gun is hard to kept clean in a few week i might buy there snub nose 357