Taurus 605 follow up


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Virginian
July 3, 2008, 04:17 AM
Finally got time to get to the range with the new Taurus 605, 3" bbl. to do more than make sure it went bang. Installed the Wolff springs a few days ago, and from a feel standpoint, it may be the best $7.99 ever spent. It was sooooo good I had visions of only slightly dented primers. No such problems arose. Every primer had a nice deep centered dent.
38 Spl. 115 SWC mild handloads. Very nice shooting. 3" at 25 yards. Almost as good as I can do with anything, but my Ruger Mark II anymore.
38 Spl. 158 SWC, 7.5 gr. 4756. Very easy shooting. 2.8" at 25 yards.
357 125 Gold Dots. Not at all unpleasant. 3.1" at 25 yards. About 7 yards, rapid fire DA, would have no problem killing a small dinner plate. That's good for me. This and/or the Glasers will be carry fodder. Probably won't ever shoot them again until these get old.
357 Glasers Blue. No problems. 3.5" at 25 yards. These were old ones needing turnover; the brass wasn't green... quite.
357 158 JHP 11.0 gr. Blue Dot. Not really what you would call a fun load, but not as bad as I expected. Got my middle finger on the third shot when I relaxed too much. 3.25" at 25 yards.
170 grain Sierra JHP ahead of 13 gr of 2400. Not as bad as I expected, but not good. The rubber grips separated a little at the top, reinforcing my opinion that I have never met a rubber grip I really liked. 2.75" at 25 yards. This barnburner has always done well in every 357 I have ever had. I could do 1.5" easy with my Blackhawk, back when I could shoot.
Overall impressions - very, very favorable. Really fun gun with 38s, which is probably, hopefully, all it will almost ever see. The Wolff springs probably make a bigger, better difference than on any other gun I have ever tried them on, and that covers a lot of gorund. This may turn out to be my second favorite 357 DA ever, behind a Smith 65 I sold in a moment of total stupidity many, many moons ago now. It surely won't see as many magnums as the Security Sixes, Smiths, Colts, and others did, but that's a change in me. The 44s see mostly Specials too, now.
It has been over 8 years since I owned a DA 357 or 38, and I will say I think shooting 44s makes shooting 357s much easier.

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22LongRifle
July 3, 2008, 06:11 AM
I always liked the Taurus 605. I think its a great snubbie and had very little problems with it.

I was surprised at how it grouped with the heavier bullets! If you get close enough, that sucker can take deer!

I agree with you on the rubber grips. I am lucky to be within an hour drive from a great custom stock maker. I had him put the same style walnut stocks on my four snubbies.

22lr

weregunner
July 3, 2008, 09:56 PM
Congratulations on the new purchase.

Nice to see a satisfied user.

Shorty magnum revolvers are a bit much for me so I stick with the .38 Special Taurus 85s and such.

You folks like them? Hey what's not to like?

605s have been around and a while and have an excellent track record.

jagugator
July 4, 2008, 11:06 AM
I picked up a 605 about 2 weeks ago and so far I really like it. It has only been to the range once so far and I have only put 38's through it so I am still waiting to push some 357's down range. Hold on, I just realized it has been two weeks tomorrow since I have been to the range :what:. I will need to remedy that PDQ.

I have a couple of questions: Where did you get your spring set from and was it hard to replace them. This is my first revolver so I am unfamiliar with the install procedure. Still learning.

Thanks,
Ed

Virginian
July 4, 2008, 11:20 AM
I got the springs directly from Wolff.
http://www.gunsprings.com/
It is not hard to replace the springs if you are familiar with any DA revolver disassembly. It is just like a S&W in that you definitely do not want to leverage the sideplate or you will bend the upper lip. Unless you are mechanically inclined, have the right screwdrivers/tools, and are good with small mechanisms, I would not advise tackling the first one without some help. I would check with a local gunsmith and see what he would charge to install the springs after I got them. Shouldn't be more than $15 I wouldn't think. Taurus does provide pin holes in both the hammer strut and the trigger spring strut, which is great, but you have to be very careful when changing springs that something doesn't go flying off into the infinite. I use a relatively soft block of wood to support the struts and they sink down in it and that helps prevent 'flyaways'.

jagugator
July 4, 2008, 02:09 PM
Thanks for the reply and advice. I think I will take it in to my local smith after I get the springs. I have a gun kit that needs to be assembled anyway.

Ed

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