Just when I think I've found the perfect SD revolver...


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dodging230grainers
January 17, 2006, 09:04 PM
Its ported.

http://www.taurususa.com/products/product-details.cfm?model=454SS5M&category=Revolver

Looks like a fantastic weapon, awesome grips, chambered in a deadly cartridge, and then I see the ported holes on the side of the barrel. Is there any way to get this gun non-ported? If not, would the small ports it come with really be horrible for SD? I'm running out of double action .45LC options, and this one looks really good.

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IDriveB5
January 17, 2006, 09:43 PM
S&W 325PD?? (http://www.smith-wesson.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?catalogId=10001&storeId=10001&productId=35901&langId=-1&isFirearm=Y)
seems like a good gun. doesnt look ported

dodging230grainers
January 17, 2006, 10:51 PM
That one's a .45acp :)

FullMetalJacket
January 17, 2006, 11:13 PM
I work for a P.D. in one of the 40 largest cities in the country. We have about 1000 officers. All uniformed officers are issued compensated Glocks. Having shot hundreds of rounds from "Close Combat Hold", and hundreds more in no and low light conditions, just in the last year or so, I have never been adversely affected by the porting. Never heard any other officers complain either.

Yes, first post. I've been lurking for a while. Now........gotta go join that 642 club.

bevis
January 18, 2006, 12:06 AM
i am looking at that same gun. if you get it , please let me know what you think of it.

gazpacho
January 18, 2006, 01:29 AM
Ruger Alaskan (http://www.ruger-firearms.com/Firearms/FAProdView?model=5301&return=Y)

Ruger used to also make a Redhawk in 45LC with a 5 1/2" barrel.

Smith & Wesson 625 (http://www.smith-wesson.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?catalogId=10001&storeId=10001&productId=43901&langId=-1&isFirearm=Y)

bevis
January 18, 2006, 01:40 AM
if muzzel flip and recoil is not a problem, go with a ruger. they are indestructible. but from what i have read online and tests in the gun rags, the ruger and taurus are a lot different in felt recoil and muzzel flip. im sure that the porting on the taurus has a lot to do with it as it would most certainly reduce felt recoil and muzzel flip.

wheelgunslinger
January 18, 2006, 09:51 AM
Taurus is pretty disappointing in that aspect.
However, you could always buy the 6.5 inch barrel and have it cut to 4.0 inches, move the front sight back and there ya go. 5 rounds of .45LC in a 4" package without the porting.
Also, with higher powered Colt rounds, you get a good bit of fire leaping out of the barrel in low light conditions. So, maybe porting isn't the worst thing in the world on a 4 incher for SD.

MCgunner
January 18, 2006, 10:01 AM
Its ported.

http://www.taurususa.com/products/product-details.cfm?model=454SS5M&category=Revolver

Looks like a fantastic weapon, awesome grips, chambered in a deadly cartridge, and then I see the ported holes on the side of the barrel. Is there any way to get this gun non-ported? If not, would the small ports it come with really be horrible for SD? I'm running out of double action .45LC options, and this one looks really good.

51 ounces??!! I know I'd never carry it. I might if I was hunting with it, but for self defense it'd hang in my gun safe.

ChristopherG
January 18, 2006, 10:35 AM
I hafta agree, that's a whompin' big handgun for carry; but I don't know if that's your purpose. I see from your last thread you're interested in shooting 45LC, but I'm not sure,

(a) why you've settled on 45LC in particular; or

(b) how you envision using this gun (e.g., for field carry, or home defense, or concealed carry [regular or occasional?], or what?).

Care to elaborate?

Standing Wolf
January 18, 2006, 07:48 PM
...would the small ports it come with really be horrible for SD?

Virtually all my revolvers are ported. All my carry revolvers have been sent to the good folks at http://www.magnaport.com because porting makes it somewhat easier for me to shoot accurately.

dodging230grainers
January 18, 2006, 09:02 PM
I've decided I probably won't use this or any other 45LC for home defense, but perhaps as a good woods backup or in a bad shtf scenario, where reliability rules. I'm thinking of just going to a 4" GP-100 in 357MAG to cover all my bases though.

ChristopherG
January 18, 2006, 09:27 PM
Is this your first revolver? If so, I'd say the 4" 357 is a better place to start--and really, will do almost anything a non-handgun-hunter is ever likely to need a handgun to do. And the second revolver should be a reloading press.

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