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squee116
09-24-2011, 10:27 PM
http://www.taurususa.com/product-details.cfm?id=300&category=Revolver
http://www.taurususa.com/product-details.cfm?id=247&category=Revolver&breadcrumbseries=&search=model%20605
http://www.taurususa.com/product-details.cfm?id=301&category=Revolver&breadcrumbseries=&search=model%2085

Turners has these three revolvers on sale, and was curious about two things:
1)If I wanted to get a carry gun, would any of these be dependable enough?
2)For the following sales, are the prices good?
851 = 259.98 + tax + dros
605 = 299.98 + tax + dros
85 = 279.98 +tax + dros

bombadillo
09-24-2011, 10:38 PM
My only responses honestly are spend a few bucks more, and get a smith J frame. Better reliability, better service, and great prices from budsgunshop.com

http://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/product_info.php/cPath/21_39_922/products_id/26311
http://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/images/D11/26/26311.jpg
Smith Bodyguard stainless with the knurled hammer to use single action for $361 shipped

Or this guy if you really want a hammerless:
http://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/product_info.php/cPath/49_76/products_id/69296

http://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/images/D11/69/69296.jpg

Ruger LCR .357mag hammerless. Triggerweight is phenomenal, superlight, and a great gun all around.

The taurus guns I wouldn't trust with my life anymore due to issues with many people saying about the 85 locking up on them, cylinder lock-ups, hot loads jamming things, and just lots of other problems. Sure you're going to spend about 75-100 bucks more but you're going to get a gun that will basically hold most if not all its retail value all its life. I'd go smith J-frame myself if I didn't just want an auto. I just picked up a Ruger LC9 myself 7+1 DAO from buds and transaction was flawless. I spent $329 for a gun, holster, 2 mags, pouch, fired shell, lock, and original papers and box. Great little gun for the money. I'd shy away from Taurus though as a carry piece as they just have too many potential issues that other people have brought up.


As a disclaimer, the ones I've fired have been flawless but they've mainly been 4-8" tracker models, .44mag, .17hmr, and a few .22lr's. I can't complain from what I've shot, but there are countless issues with timing problems, cylinder lockup, and more from tons of sources.

squee116
09-24-2011, 10:55 PM
Yeah, that's the sense I've been getting. It'd be just better to hold out until I happen upon a S&W. I'd actually prefer a hammer-ed model. But for a good price, I'll jump on any type of pocket revolver type.

bombadillo
09-24-2011, 11:06 PM
Smith 637 is $350 I believe at budsgunshop and it comes with a full hammer. The bodyguard is the one I showed above and has a "hammer" that you can shoot single action but still virtually a hammerless. That is one of my favorite handguns.

sdfire
09-24-2011, 11:27 PM
I think people just like bagging on the Taurus. I have shot shot over 1000+ rounds through my 85 and not a single issue. I have used all different types of rounds, even +p and aluminum shells. No problems. And as far ad accuracy, when you get a gun with a 2" barrel, it's meant for close range shooting. I ended up selling my smith and wesson to get a ruger vaquero in 45. If you take care of your revolver and find the ammo that works best in it, it will do what it's designed to do regardless of the name it says on the frame.
Just my thoughts.

jessegpresley
09-25-2011, 12:25 AM
No point buying a Taurus when a Smith & Wesson is just a little bit more.

And Jetguns.com is usually cheaper than Bud's. I got my 642 for $337 delivered.

bombadillo
09-25-2011, 8:09 AM
Interesting there jesse. I haven't heard of the site but at least if its reputable, I can check it out before shopping only at buds. Their rifles are cheaper on buds but some handguns are cheaper on jetguns.

m1a1driver
09-25-2011, 11:12 AM
I have a taurus 605 and it is an amazing gun. Accurate, reliable. I like the heavy steel frame since it tames the .357mag recoil well. That being said..taurus is hit or miss.. I had a raging bull .44 that was a total piece of crap. 3 trips back to taurus and it finally got fixed. I would only buy a taurus if I could physically inspect the same one you are buying before you buy it. Dont buy sight unseen from "the factory". I have an LCR in .38 and its a great gun too.

stormvet
09-25-2011, 1:48 PM
I have a Taurus 85, its been a good gun and I carry it as a back up sometimes. But if I were in the market for a snub I would go for the Smith.

jessegpresley
09-26-2011, 1:20 AM
Interesting there jesse. I haven't heard of the site but at least if its reputable, I can check it out before shopping only at buds. Their rifles are cheaper on buds but some handguns are cheaper on jetguns.

I like the fact that Jet Guns doesn't list a "cash discount" price like Bud's. Their price is the same whether cash or charge.

jermedic
09-26-2011, 10:04 PM
I have a taurus 605 and it is an amazing gun. Accurate, reliable. I like the heavy steel frame since it tames the .357mag recoil well. That being said..taurus is hit or miss...

I would have to agree with this. I picked up a new 605 about a year ago. For me it was as accurate as my S&W model 37, had a great trigger and the bluing on it was great quality. I didn't shoot it much and it has about 100 rounds of 38 and less than 20 rounds of 357 thru it. Last trip to the range it locked up on me and the cylinder wouldn't rotate and I could not get the cylinder open either. I ended up having to take it apart to get the 2 live rounds out of it and plan to send it back for repair this week. I think I will keep it, but it is going to be a range toy since I cant trust it. Now my 37 on the other hand is 28 years old and I bought it used last year. I have never had a single issue with it and it is well used. Whoever owned it before me obviously carried it since it had a good amount of holster wear on it. Even tho the gun is almost as old as me, I trust it 100% and sometimes carry it as a primary gun or as a backup to my Glock 36.