April 27, 2007, 03:30 PM
:cuss: I know that this is touchy subject to some, but I have to ask. Which, in your opinion, would be a better snubnose revolver for the money? A Rossi or a Taurus? I know, I know Smiths and Rugers top the list, but I am only concerned with Rossi and Taurus. :D
Has anyone had both at one time? Was there a preference? I am looking into concealed carry and have pretty well decided that it will be a snubnose revolver. Now, I just need to find the best value for my dollar. And in my area there aren't alot of gunshops/pawnshops with used ones. But I will consider used for the money. All suggestions welcome, :banghead: but please, stick to opinions for Rossi vs. Taurus.

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April 27, 2007, 04:09 PM
I would rate Taurus much better than the Rossi to my experience. I have seen Rossi revolvers in need of timing work after moderate use with +P ammo. I'm not a big proponent of +P in any small frame revolver but Taurus seems to hold up much better.

April 27, 2007, 04:19 PM
I'm not a revolver man, but from what I've seen and the guns I've shot at the range, I would not hesitate to buy the Taurus!

April 27, 2007, 04:20 PM
Quality wise they are probably the same. I give the edge to the taurus for holster/grip availability.

April 27, 2007, 04:30 PM
I have both.
A .357 Rossi 462 Stainless 2 in. It is a six shot K frame size.

And, a blue all steel Taurus 85 (5 shot)

They are both accurate and well built. They both have great triggers. They are both made by Taurus. The one thing about the Rossi is that no one seems to make wood grips for it. So you have to be satisfied with the finger grooved rubber ones.

All in all I am very satified with both of them.

1 old 0311
April 27, 2007, 05:08 PM
For someone on a budget, either will serve you well for a moderate amount of shooting.

April 27, 2007, 05:58 PM
Thanks for the replies, I do appreciate them and I think that I see a Bull in my future! No, not Schlitz the blue bull, but a nice silver one loaded with .38s. I am looking a pocket carry. What are your ideas on holsters? How do the pocker holsters work? ie. keep from being pulled out with the revolver? Problems with reholstering? Lastly can/is anything else be kept in that pocket? Where do you put your change and keys? I am right handed so keys and change are in right pocket, billfold and pocket knife in left (to avoid pick-pockets). What about carry in the rear pocket? That way it might look like you are reaching for a wallet? Suggestions, welcome. Thanks again!

April 27, 2007, 06:08 PM
Are S&W and Ruger that much more expensive?

April 27, 2007, 10:59 PM
First, I pocket carry a Taurus M605, .357mag. I don't mess with the grand old special round!!

Second, effective pocket carry is going to eat up two pockets: one for the revolver and one for speedloaders. Nothing else can be placed in the pocket with these items!! With that in mind, I use what is commonly refered to as "cargo" shorts or pants. The gun (revolver or auto) and extra ammo goes in the two front pockets with the rest of the "stuff" in the thigh pockets. Works for me!!

As touching holsters. I found this on e-bay!!

It was only about $10 and it works great!!!!

April 27, 2007, 11:00 PM

I have not noticed that the Ruger SP101 was that much, if any, more expensive than the Taurus.

If I had to pick between Rossi & Taurus, I would get the Taurus, but I would not get one with a ported barrel. The snubby gives up too much velocity as it is. Why reduce it further with porting?

johnny blaze
April 27, 2007, 11:08 PM
Another thing to consider, the Rossi has a limited warranty. If you buy the Taurus, and it is new enough, it has a lifetime warranty.
You mentioned the pocket carry method, that is fine as stated above if you are not going to carry anything else in that pocket.
Most of the time I am using the IWB (in the waist band holster). Works for me.:D

April 28, 2007, 10:19 AM
I have a Rossi 461(2" 357)but it's a tad too heavy for pocket carry.Taurus has some airweight models.A buddy just got a Taurus 851(shrouded hammer,all steel)he pocket carries.As others have said Taurus has a lot more "extra" available(holsters and grips)...I've had a few Taurus's(rev. and autos)and have been pleased.....I use a Desantis Nemesis pocket holster for my smith stays put when I draw,but I do have to take it out to reholster.
Of course around here the Taurus snubbies cost about the same as a Smith.Of course I did have to sendmy smith back for timing issues after 400 rounds,and never had to return any Taurus I've had...the Rossi did go back for a really bad trigger,but that was me just not being happy w/ it,not really a problem.
As always,use the revolver check=out at the top of this page and you're good to go.

April 28, 2007, 09:10 PM
I thought Taurus bought Rossi a few years ago. If so, I wouldn't really turn around for the difference.

BTW, Colt, Smith, Ruger for that order. I realize you have to look hard for Colts these days; time well spent.


April 29, 2007, 09:59 AM
I have a six inch model 66 taurus, I know its not a snubby but its been a good gun never had any trouble with it. I think you couldnt go wrong with a taurus, I might get s snubby now too.

April 29, 2007, 12:49 PM
Sistema1927 & Imaginos,
I believe the Rugers list for a little over $500 and are for sell just under $500 around here. The Taurus on the other hand I can get for around $350 or so. As you can see there is a significant price difference. Man! I long for the prices of the 1980s, when I got my RedHawk for $357.11 TOTAL NIB! You see I live in a rather rural area. My gun range is my backyard. My gunshops are 3 local pawnshops each one about 12 miles from the other. So, they charge what they like. They don't do alot of used gun business either. I might could travel to Columbia, SC which is almost 2 hours away, if I knew of some gunshops and knew that they had the weapon of choice. But that's just alittle to far to travel (4 hours total) just to see IF they might have it. Everyone now a days want to order it instead of already having it.
And no thanks, I don't need any cheese with my whine. I am all done! Thanks for all of the thoughts and suggestions though. I may just have to keep looking.

Ala Dan
April 29, 2007, 04:07 PM
After the Rossi-Taurus merger, I guess it only makes sense too save a few
bucks; so my vote goes to the Rossi~!

April 29, 2007, 04:27 PM
Of the two as much as I hate to say it Taurus is the lesser of two evils.
Make sure you buy it new and fill in the warranty card there is a bigger chance you may one day need it if you it shoot allot.
Seen to many Taurus products break to want another myself.:fire:
Warranties do not transfer over when it used.
A point to consider a used Mercedes more often than not will outlast a brand new Kia
IMO check into a used Colt Cobra Agent or Detective special or Smith and Wesson J frame 36 37 38 60 638 649 442 etc.
If the pistol is to be used for defence what did you save if it fails?
JMO but I vote with my dollars and as I have aged I grew tired of "cheap" firearms.
Used police trade ins many seldom fired come up at places such as or pick up a copy of Gun List and Shotgun News
Best of luck

April 29, 2007, 06:04 PM
I'm pretty sure the Taurus warentee is life time for the gun....I bought a used pt945,and the mags were a little beat,but worked..I called Taurus and they replaced them for free.On the web site it says unlimited,for the gun,not the buyer....Rossi is owned by Taurus,so it may be the same.

Old 112
April 30, 2007, 12:52 AM
My ss85ch Taurus is a spurless model, and it fits comfortably in my front bluejeans pocket. Not much outline printing either. With lighter weight slacks, I wear in on my belt. It is from the mid 90s and has wood stocks. The wood stocks help in slipping it in my jeans pocket. Also, it is problem free to date. Old 112

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