Taurus Tracker .45 ACP report.


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Master Blaster
October 5, 2005, 10:53 AM
Last week I subcumbed to the revolver bug yet again. For some time I have had a hankering for a .45 acp revolver, but I considered the Smith & Wesson n-frames to be a bit too large for the relatively weak .45 acp round, especiallly if the revolver might fill a role as a carry gun. The 625 while a nice range gun is huge, I can justify that size in .44 magnum but not .45 acp.
so while I was at the range about a month ago, a gentlemen was shooting the .45 ACP tracker in the stall next to me. He admired my, then new to me, 629 Hunter, and offered to let me shoot his Tracker. Well I was impressed, excellent trigger, accuracy, and ergonomics. The porting did not seem to make the gun any louder in the enclosed firing position than any of my 1911 .45s. The double action trigger was at least a couple of pounds lighter than my circa 1987 629, the single action had a tiny bit of overtravel but not bad at all. He reported that he had put about 1,000 rounds through it in the year he had owned it with no problems.

The Taurus trackers are the size of a Smith K frame. The 2 Inch makes an excellent ccw revolver. The 4" inch, a good compact trail gun, all with 5 rounds of .45 acp. I'm not sure where you will find a more compact .45 acp revolver since no one else makes one. So last week I called my favorite shop and asked them to order one 4" tracker in .45 acp. It arrived from Davidsons the next day. I put 150 rounds throught it Sunday and it shoots great. The double action trigger pull is very very smooth and lighter by a couple of pounds than my smith & wesson 629 right out of the box.

It fired and extracted reliably even at 150 rounds. I had to raise the sights slightly to compensate for my 200 SWC loads but it was right the money. I shot some good targets offhand.

The fitting of the gun is excellent carry up perfect, and it full lockup there is absolutely no play in the cylinder at all. The lockup is tighter than on my Brand new 2005 S&W 686. The Taurus also has an actual finish on it a very attractve and even matte stainless (Beadblast???). New stainless Smiths are lacking a finish and sort of have an uneven polish on them.

Drawbacks to the Taurus are the lack of Hogue wood grips to fit the Tracker frame, nobody else makes the 5 shot stellar clips, and the fact that the .45 acp model is discontinued due to an apparent lack of sales. The headspace is tight so any handloads that dont drop to the bottom of a case gauge will not chamber, I found this to be the case with my LSWC handloads (too much crimp, adjusting the crip die for less crimp fixed the problem). But my plated 200 SWC loads worked perfectly, as did federal hydrashok, and speer lawman factory ammo. The gun will also not chamber .45 autorim so I have heard (I dont have any anyway)

The advantages are a K frame sized gun in stainless steel, thats a whole pound lighter than a smith N-frame, and shoots .45 acp whats not to like?????

If smith made a K-frame sized 5 shot .45 acp I would have bought that instead but they dont.

PLUS they are about $230 less expensive than an N-frame smith.

I would highly recommend this gun, and also suggest the .44 magnum version they are still making to someone looking for a .44 magnum carry gun.

If you want one in .45 acp Davidsons still has plenty in stock and the .44 magnum version is still being made.

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JoeHatley
October 5, 2005, 12:30 PM
whats not to like?

For me... Just the ports. Otherwise it seems to be a pretty nice package. Too bad sales were slow. I had though about buying a 4" and having the barrel cut back, but decided to go with a 325PD instead.

Glad your's is working well for you. Enjoy...

Joe

trickyasafox
October 5, 2005, 12:54 PM
mind if i ask how much it ran you? i want one, and my permit should be here any week now. if they are to be discontinued i'll move it up the priority list.

Master Blaster
October 5, 2005, 01:42 PM
$375 which was a bout $25 higher than it should have been because Davidsons insists on fed ex overnight (they do get a rate). But with the lifetime replacement warranty from them its worth the extra cost. Other distributers were $10 more without overnight shipping or did not have any.

Crosshair
October 6, 2005, 01:48 AM
I'd get one, but I am waiting for the Hi-Point .45 ACP carbine to be released.

LoadedDrum
October 6, 2005, 10:44 AM
Did you notice any tooling marks on yours? I recently ordered another model stainless taurus revolver and it has some obvious tooling marks.

45+
October 6, 2005, 01:20 PM
Excellent review, Master Blaster! Your analysis coincides with my experience with the 45 Tracker. I am delighted with mine and wifey shoots it admirably. Using John Taffin's definition of a "Perfect Packin' Pistol," this one is verrrrrry close. But as he also said, "the search for the Perfect Packin' Pistol is a journey, not a destination."

Good shootin'....

CAS700850
October 6, 2005, 02:32 PM
Ia had one of these pistols in my hand, with money in my wallet, and stopped for two reasons.

1. It's discontinued, so getting clips could be a problem.
2. I hated the "ribber" grips.

Love the idea of the 5 shot .45 revolver, though.

hnm201
October 7, 2005, 06:22 AM
You could send your cylinder to TK Custom and have it machined to use their full moonclips. Here is the link. (https://www.moonclips.com/cart/shopdisplayproducts.asp?id=90)

Master Blaster
October 7, 2005, 09:13 AM
Dominic, Thanks for the link, but its already machined to use full moon clips, Taurus calls theirs stellar clips. I guess I could get some form the site you linked but I ordered 15 of them for $28.00 from Taurus, and that gent wants $30 for 10 clips :confused:

I think the previous poster is concerned that Taurus will no longer be making the 5 shot clips, and no one else makes a 5 shot full moon clip, of course half moon clips would work but that would mean one shell not in a clip.

hnm201
October 7, 2005, 09:44 AM
Yeah, I think that machining offer is intended for the .45 colt Tauri. I don't know if the TK custom clips are identical in shape to the Taurus clips. I've never seen the Taurus .45 acp moonclips but I have seen and used the Taurus 9mm (model 905) clips. They were made of cheese and quite inferior to other moonclips that I've used with S&W revolvers. I like Taurus revolvers (I own three keepers) and I've been looking hard at their five shot .45s....

Dollar An Hour
October 7, 2005, 09:25 PM
CDNN's catalog shows a 4" titanium .45ACP for $299, can't tell if it is ported or not.

There's also a fixed-sight 2" stainless model for $269. That's quite a CCW. I'd think in either of these guns you'd have less recoil and noise than a .357 of the same barrel length. Ammo just costs a bit more.

Maxinquaye
October 7, 2005, 11:18 PM
I've got 4" stainless one that's a safe queen I'd let go for $275 plus $15 shipping. Great gun! Nothing wrong with mine, just with my limted range time I end up grabbing the .454 or .500 if I wanna blast a revolver :D Plus need to free up funds for a .50 Beowulf upper...PM me if interested!

RON in PA
October 8, 2005, 03:13 AM
Liked mine, I'd give it a B, but never liked the DA as much as a Smith DA and the trigger was too wide for DA shooting. Used mine as a trade on a Smith 625. The fit and finish on the Taurus was very good and the Stellar clips are much better than Smith moon clips for ease of insertion and removal. A major complaint for me was the Tracker's inability to use auto rim cartridges.

45+
October 8, 2005, 10:02 AM
I was thinking I wanted to be able use Autorim for the Tracker, but the rim is too thick. One day I took some 45 Colt brass and trimmed it to 45ACP length and sized it in an ACP die using the 45 Colt shell holder. It works in the speedloader for the 44 Special/45 Colt Trackers, and it ejects cleanly without the "Stellar Clips". I plan to "work up" some loads using 45ACP data and I will have some rounds I can carry in loops, or I might use them for some "special" load just so I can easily distinguish them from regular 45ACP. YMMV.

Good shootin'....

Master Blaster
October 8, 2005, 11:36 AM
Yesterday I tried the hogue rubber grips ordered from Natchez
I fired another 75 rounds at my club. The Hogues feel much better in my hand than the ribbers that came with the firearm.
The main thing about the hogues is that they fill in the space behind the trigger guard, where as the Ribber grips did not.

My first shot went right through the bullseye at 50 feet, my second shot turned it into a clover leaf, sort of, ;)
Then on my third shot I flinched it into the four ring, this is on a 50 foot NRA bullseye target.

The revolver likes the following load: 5.3 grains of titegroup under a 200gr. Ranier plated semiwaddcutter. I have to try it with a slower powder like Unique, so I can see if that increases the effectiveness of the ports.

The hogue grips are a good addition and worth $17.

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