Holy Moly! I like this gun!


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old_ironsights
December 21, 2006, 05:45 PM
Sweeeeeeeeeet! 20ozs of .45 LC +p hog killer. Dang near the effectiveness of a .44 Mag with much less recoil...did I mention 20 ozs?

In my part of rural Oklahoma, ferrel pigs are a PITA, and they're damned sneaky and dangerous. I've considered carrying a heavy, large caliber revolver or a rifle with my fishing tackle a must 'til I found this Taurus. It bucks and snorts, but it'll put down a 110# boar...and did I mention 20ozs?


http://www.taurususa.com/images/imagesMain/450SS2ULC.jpg

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Spot77
December 21, 2006, 06:20 PM
That sure is a pretty revolver.

I just picked up a new Taurus 651 (2" .357 5 shot) and I love shooting it.

But the fit and finish on mine is "adequate" at best and the DA trigger is functional.


Still a great value though.

MCgunner
December 21, 2006, 06:34 PM
Don't get too carried away with the +P. It won't handle the really hot Ruger/TC only loads. I push a mild 255 grain flat point load out a 4 5/8" barrel at 900 fps. That would be thoroughly appropriate for the Taurus and would do a danged sight better job on a hog than a +P .38 or even the normal .45ACP load. But, it's no .44 magnum.

Where's Biker for the input? He carries one.

The Real Hawkeye
December 21, 2006, 07:36 PM
Got to love a snubbie .45. Is it five or six shot?

Jim March
December 21, 2006, 07:39 PM
Some of the Cor-Bon 45LCs in the "hunting series" are hot but NOT up to Buffalo Bore/Grizzly/etc. standards. Cor-Bon is not saying the resulting loads are strictly limited to Ruger large-frames. Some of those may be reasonable in that Taurus but I sure as hell wouldn't shoot a lot of them.

http://www.dakotaammo.net/products/corbon/hunter.htm

They have a "Bonded Core Hollow Point" (danged if I know what it is...XTP?) of 265gr @ 1,200fps that I would suspect is as hot as you'd want to go in that 20oz snubbie - and it'll border on insane. I personally would not go hotter due to both recoil and accellerated gun wear, and *maybe* a k'boom (doubtful but not impossible).

Buffalo Bore is selling a softcast gas-checked 255gr 45LC standard pressure load doing about 1,000fps from a 4.75" barrel Colt SAA 2nd/3rd gen, designed to maximize the "hunting uses" of that class of gun. The Taurus mentioned could easily handle these, and I'd bet they'd be plenty for the piggies.

http://www.buffalobore.com/ammunition/default.htm#low45

MCgunner
December 21, 2006, 08:24 PM
Bare in mind the gun is an alloy framed gun. I wouldn't stress it too much. That 265 grain load at something over 1200 is getting pretty hot! I'm not sure I'd wanna mess with that one. I load a 300 XTP to about 1150 in my Ruger 4 5/8" a little over 1200 in my TC's 7 inch. I'm not comfortable going much higher in the Ruger than that, frankly, though it might take more. Maybe I'm just paranoid, but I see no need anyway. It's up there with .44 mag stuff as is and using a bigger bullet to do it. I think that 255 grain, 1000 fps bullet is about as far as I'd wanna push it.

Got to love a snubbie .45. Is it five or six shot?


5 shooter.

Old Fuff
December 21, 2006, 08:29 PM
It's a nice little gun, but the frame is made of aluminum so I wouldn't get carried away using hot loads.

The double action can be considerably improved by bying a set of snap-caps and dry firing it about 1000 times. During that time the internal parts will burnish in, and you won't void your warrantee. :)

It's a matter of opinion, but I think that a modest load through a 4" Tracker will do more to a pig then a hotter load through a 2" one, and be easier on the gun - maybe the shooter too. ;)

Pumpkinheaver
December 21, 2006, 09:37 PM
They make one in .41 mag too. That's the one I've been eyeballing!!!!

Jim March
December 21, 2006, 10:07 PM
Wait, is this thing aluminum or titanium framed?!

If aluminum, DO NOT shoot +P in it. M'kay?

I was assuming it was a titanium frame, steel cylinder. If that's not the case, then for God's sake stick with loads that a Colt SAA can cope with, such as the moderate-power Buffalo Bores above.

Look...the 45LC is an oddball in the world of "+P" as it means WAY more pressure over normal as compared to, say, 38Spl+P. The 45LC+P developed when Ruger (and later the Colt Anaconda) produced 45LC guns that were as strong as a 44Magnum.

That 20oz thing is NOT as strong as a 44Mag, is it? If not...look out!

Sisco
December 22, 2006, 10:59 AM
They make one in .41 mag too. That's the one I've been eyeballing!!!!
I want one too but according to the Taurus website the snubby has been discontinued. :( They still make the Tracker 4" barrel in .41

MCgunner
December 22, 2006, 02:50 PM
They make one in .41 mag too. That's the one I've been eyeballing!!!!

The Tracker was (discontinued, sadly, before I could afford one) titanium. This .45 is aluminum alloy. There is a big difference in the power level the Ultralite will handle compared to a titanium tracker. That tracker was only 24 ounces, too! I really wanted one and by the time I'd saved up enough, it'd been discontinued, so I moved on. :banghead: Could have bought a .357 Tracker, but just got a used 3" M66 and spent the extra I had on other stuff. :banghead: It's Christmas, guess I needed the money. Shouldn't be so danged selfish. :D The M66 isn't as light, but it's easy to carry and sure is a good shooter! Saved a bunch, too. If I coulda found that .41, though and perhaps the 4" wouldn't have been too bad, but I really like a 3" for IWB.

BoneDigger
December 22, 2006, 04:39 PM
Very, very, nice! Is hot .45 LC easy to get where you are? I can mostly only find the cowboy stuff around here.

Todd

nelson133
December 23, 2006, 05:20 AM
I've got one of those in titanium and use it as a carry gun. If you fire hot loads in that thing it will beat you up, just the standard factory loads can be be pretty unpleasant. I load the old Webley .455 equivalent load for practice.
That 255 grain load with 8 grains of unique is the old standby and will shot through any hog you will ever see.

kansas45
December 23, 2006, 11:23 AM
I bought a Taurus Tracker in 45ACP last week. It has a 6 1/2" barrell & a 5 shot cylinder. This is my first revolver & I am supprised at how easy it is to shoot. I bought it to use in the big-bore league that I belong to in Wichita. I don't know why I didn't buy one of these before now.

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