Taurus .44s?


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Nightcrawler
December 17, 2006, 03:22 AM
Anybody have any experience with the Taurus Model 44 (http://www.taurususa.com/products/product-details.cfm?id=223&category=Revolver) revolver? I'm specifically thinking about the 4" model.

http://www.taurususa.com/images/imagesMain/44SS4.jpg

I have my 5" 629 Classic, and I'm happy with it. But, I may want to get into a 4" .44 too, but I'm not sure. (I may skip the 4" and just get a 3" Trail boss.)

Either way, the Taurus would be a more economical alternative, but you never hear anything about this gun. John Taffin gave it a good review in his book, Big Bore Sixguns, but that was published some years ago.

I thought that Taurus lockwork was very nearly identical to S&W, but Taurus (I believe) uses a coil mainspring. Any advantages to this (Ruger uses them too)? I understand they're less prone to breakage.

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mnrivrat
December 17, 2006, 07:31 AM
I can't speak to this particular model - I do have a Taurus Tracker in .44 magnum with a 4 inch barrel.

The tracker has a smaller medium size frame. About the same size as a L frame S&W and the .44 Mag. holds 5 rounds in this gun. The barrel is ported on the tracker.

So far this gun has treated me very well , having a smooth action with very acceptable DA & SA trigger pulls. Timing and lock up are as they should be, and accuracy is top notch.

If you want a 4" trail gun you may want to consider the tracker as a lighter gun.

If your going to shoot a steady diet of heavy .44 magnum loads then maybe the larger frame .44 will be a better choice for you. I see no reason to shy away from the Taurus guns. I have three of their revolvers and have been happy with them. They have been a good value for the money spent.

Taurus does use a coil main spring and its internals are unique to Taurus although with some simularity to S&W . I particularly like the method used to retain the cylinder to the yoke . The internal parts fit can be less precise than the S&W , but I have had no problems.

rallyhound
December 17, 2006, 02:16 PM
I have 2 model 44's that both date back 8-10 years old.
The first is a DAO 3 incher, it has the best DAO trigger i have ever felt.
The other is an 8 inch. The longer one is very accurate and shoots 1.5 inches at 25 yards with a scope .
Neither have many rounds through them as i just dont shoot 44 much because of the cost.
I also have a new 608, same gun but an 8 shot 357. I must say that the fit and finish on the new one is excellent compared with the older models. The new one has a single action trigger that i have not measured but is probably about 3 pounds--too light in my opinion.

Any gunsmiths that can increase a trigger pull and roughen up the action for me?.
best deal going for less than $400.00.

hornsmoker
December 17, 2006, 09:44 PM
Anybody have any experience with the Taurus Model 44 revolver? I'm specifically thinking about the 4" model.

I have one, 4" Blued, but it's new and hasn't been out to the range yet. They are nice guns - big, tough, heavy duty and well worth what you can get them for. They are built much like S&W N frames. This one is mine:

http://www.thehighroad.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=47664&d=1163218045

Nightcrawler
December 17, 2006, 10:22 PM
I wonder...will the Taurus .44 fit in holsters designed for the 4" S&W N-Frame with a full underlug (625, 610, etc.)?

hornsmoker
December 18, 2006, 08:38 PM
I wonder...will the Taurus .44 fit in holsters designed for the 4" S&W N-Frame with a full underlug (625, 610, etc.)?

I assume they do. Houge grips are the same if that tells you anything.

weregunner
December 19, 2006, 12:18 PM
Just passing through and thought to drop off another source of info for those who care to use these as such. www.unitedforums.com and click on the Taurus Forum.com setting. Also, www.msn.communities.com/Taurustalk/settings . This is where the Taurus owners are. So feel free to peruse or do a archive search. Beats going through Taurus Ford Land on regular searches of the Net. Own a few Taurus revolvers and pistols.Unfortunately not the big bore versions yet. Could change with time.

BigRed
December 19, 2006, 08:00 PM
I have a blued .44 in 6"...

I know that due to the fact that barrel is so much thicker the Taurus' usually DONT fit into the more common holsters. (My experience only)

I love this gun to death. Heavy duty, nice finish, super smooth cylinders,.....
But, After about 250 rounds the cylinder has developed a (VERY) little 'front-to-back' play although not enough to effect accuracy or velocities yet. After another 200 it has not worsened.

Overall my 6" is one of my favorites in my entire collection. Accurate as heck ands since its heavy as sin (:p) the recoil of the hotter loads is very tolerable.

Also, mine was manufactured in '96.

jimmyraythomason
December 19, 2006, 09:03 PM
I have an M44 with 6'' magnaported and ribbed barrel. I love it. Smooth and accurate. Jimmy

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