Taurus 65 .357 experience???


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Duckster
January 7, 2007, 05:45 PM
I saw a nice Taurus 65 in the gun shop and I'm curious if anybody has any experience with this particular revolver or Taurus in general? It is a used blued model with a nice feel with wooden grips and a nice trigger pull for about $275. Is this a good deal?

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Haywood
January 7, 2007, 06:28 PM
I have a few Taurus Revolvers. 608, 627, 617, 605, and 905. I had a 66 (same as 65 but with adjustable sights) a 94 and 2 85s. Other than the grips I don't change much and liked all the guns except the 94. I don't like 22 cal. I have only sent 2 guns for repair and one of the breakdowns was my falt. I find they all have good triggers and some are so smooth you'd think a Gunsmith tuned them. They are as accurate as I can shoot them. I have had no trouble with Taurus Repair. Turn around time was about 2 weeks. you will see some Taurus bashing if you read many of these Forums. I work at a Gunshop and have seen all diferent makes modles and prices of guns needing repair. Make sure the shop will back up there sale and go for it. I think it is a good price.

Confederate
January 7, 2007, 06:49 PM
I think you can still find a good Ruger Security-Six in that same price range. It is a far superior pistol and would make a much better investment as I expect their prices will soon skyrocket. The 65/66 Taurus, like the K-frame Smiths, isn't for continuous shooting with full magnum loads.

Click here for a stainless one at Guns America (http://www.gunsamerica.com/classifieds/none/_976730381.aspx) for $325. Blued ones should go for somewhat less.

MCgunner
January 7, 2007, 07:12 PM
Not a GREAT price, but then, it's sort of a regional thing. Around here used Smiths are outrageous and used Tauri are bargains. I picked up a blued 3" M66 (M65 with adjustable sights) that had a timing problem for $180 at a recent show. I took the side plate off and found a kinked cylinder pawl spring and fixed it and it's perfect now. :D I got a 4" M66 new lockwork with a VERY smooth DA trigger for $197 at a show about 5 years ago. That one is like new, nickel finish. Both guns are extremely accurate with either .38 or .357 magnum and I'm a sucker for accuracy. I've got through a Ruger Security Six, a Smith M19, and a Rossi M971 looking for a .357 that shot .38 half way decent. The Rossi wasn't bad, the Smith and the Security Six were worse. Maybe I got lucky, but the two Taurus M66s are tack drivers with good .357 and my .38 Wadcutters. I'm a happy camper now.

The Taurus is a medium frame gun like the Smith M19 I had. With the way I shoot, mostly .38s in my .357s, they'll last a good lifetime, anyway. I wouldn't worry about wearing the thing out. The K frames that gave the bad reputations were heavily used police training guns. I'll take the somewhat less strength of the K frame for the light weight and added comfort while carrying over the L frame or GP100. Old Ruger Security Sixes are strong guns, but the one I had was pretty severe in recoil shooting hot stuff. My Tauri, my Smith, and my Rossi all were easier on the hand, climbed less on recoil. I really never quite figured out why that Security Six was so rough to shoot. I got used to it, but the Taurus is much easier to control. You could use the Security Six for a hammer and never hurt it, though, one rugged revolver. But, I can't advise against that Taurus based on my experience with two of 'em so far, danged accurate, good shooting K frame sized guns.

Check and see if the gun is the later model lockwork with the transfer bar. My nickeled four inch has that lockwork and it's a bit smoother than my older one with the hammer block lockwork. It rivals any Smith for smooth DA trigger. I can't really say that about the older one. Ain't that it's THAT bad, just ain't as smooth. If the gun has the transfer bar lockwork, it's a decent deal I'd say. If it's the older lockwork, it's a bit overpriced IMHO even accounting for regional differences. Still a good gun, though, and wouldn't be THAT overpriced.

Confederate
January 7, 2007, 09:12 PM
I've shot plenty of Smith & Wesson 19s and 66s, but I've never seen a Taurus 66 that could outshoot them. The proof is in the proverbial pudding, however. The asking price of the Taurus is a bit much, but there's a reason. Taurus is getting better in its production guns and, as a result, their prices are rising to reflect it. The bad part about that is that their older guns don't reflect that improvement, so you have to find out whether its a recent gun or goes back a few years.

Buyers who opt for used Ruger Security- or Speed-Sixes should be aware that the first generation had a horrible grip angle that could, to some extent, be fixed by the right Pachmayr grips. I've had both Taurus 66s and Rugers and never kept any of the former because I couldn't get them to group well. I sold two of the ones that passed through my hands and gave one to my girlfriend for defense (all were stainless). I also saw some atrocious Smith & Wessons from the '80s that were so out of tolerance that I'm amazed they made it out of the factory.

Whichever gun you buy should be checked using the guidelines posted in the sticky at the top of the section, though.

http://www.thehighroad.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=48780&d=1165115690

wilson
January 7, 2007, 10:40 PM
I have ruger security six new model i got from my mother. I shot it and the cylinder locked up. I need to get it fixed. I also have a taurus 357 that i really like, but i dont know what model it is. It has a 6 inch barrel no model number that i can see. i only sht the ruger once, after it locked up im not shooting it again. Never had any trouble with the taurus it shoots good.

JLaw
January 7, 2007, 11:00 PM
Duckster,

I've had a Taurus 65 for a few years now, it was my first revolver. I shoot it more often than any other firearm I own. It keeps my family safe at home, I can't give it any higher praise than that!

JLaw

MCgunner
January 8, 2007, 11:22 AM
Wilson, just passing on the knowledge gleened from this site, but open the cylinder and look on the frame where the crane closes. There's probably a 66 there, be the model number, or 65, or whatever. It's a 66 on mine. :D

Apple a Day
January 8, 2007, 07:15 PM
Not a spectacular price but worth considering. I have a model 66 and the more I shoot it the more I like it. I bought it used, stainless steel, for $225 some years ago and it's been a good, solid gun. Do the checkout amd consider it.

dbarale
January 8, 2007, 07:22 PM
I have ruger security six new model i got from my mother. I shot it and the cylinder locked up. I need to get it fixed. I also have a taurus 357 that i really like, but i dont know what model it is. It has a 6 inch barrel no model number that i can see. i only sht the ruger once, after it locked up im not shooting it again. Never had any trouble with the taurus it shoots good.

Wilson, if you want to get rid of it I run a Security Six rescue shelter, send me a PM. ;)

wilson
January 9, 2007, 08:51 PM
Sorry im going to keep the ruger. I checked my taurus and its a 66 im going to keep it also.:neener:

gandog56
January 9, 2007, 10:01 PM
Seems like I paid about 220 clams NIB blued model 66 almost twenty years ago.

dispatch
January 12, 2007, 11:14 PM
I bought one new some time in the early 80"s and still have it, still like it. It's a fine revolver. I can't advise on the price where you are, but revolver interest and prices seem to have soared in the last couple of years and the price seems reasonable. The STICKY at the top of the forum gives good advise on how to rate a revover. If this ones meets the test and you like it- do it

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