Taurus model 66 OWNERS


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Thaddeus Jones
December 28, 2009, 12:18 PM
Hi, if you actually own a Taurus model 66 revolver.....or a Taurus 357 revolver with a 4" barrel, please opine and advise. IF, however, you simply wish to tell me a story you heard from your brothers mother in laws cousin about how crappy Taurus is, please go start your own thread, thanks!

I'm a revolver fan. I have not, up to this point in time, owned a Taurus revolver.

Yes, I've read online how "crappy" Taurus is, and yes, I've read that their customer service is worse than Kimber. But I've also read that "locks are not an issue" and "38's and 9mm's won't stop a determined adversary". :rolleyes: ;)

So, owners of the Taurus model 66, what are your impressions?

Accuracy? Durability? Do you have the blue or stainless? Six or seven shot?

TJ

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indie
December 28, 2009, 12:33 PM
I had a taurus 66 (my first handgun) which I sold and regret. I really had no qualms with it. It was a seven shot, blued, and very accurate. I pretty much exclusively put +p 38 special and 357 magnum gold dots through it. I'd buy another for a house gun for my wife if i run into a good deal.

Jonah71
December 28, 2009, 12:41 PM
I have a Taurus Mod. 65 .357 mag Rev. 4" barrel. The difference is, I believe (I've shot the 66,it's just been awhile) the 66 holds 7 rnds I believe and has adjustable rear site. I did have problems with the key/mammer lock malfunctioning and it took a couple of months to get it back, but since then, my 6 shot mod. 65 .357 mag SS with the 4" barrel has been dependable and accurate. A good no frills handgun at a decent price. I got mine new in the box at about $370 (unusually low imo). It's well worth the money. I spent a little more later for Hogue grips. (like the feel & balence better) I too have heard all the "junk rumors" and they may have been true a few years ago, but I really believe Taurus is putting out some pretty decent handguns lately. And at a lower price. I have 2 others. The .22 mag ultra lite 2" barrel 8 shot revolver (wouldn't recommend it in UL) and the 9mm PT Pro Comp. SD (extremely dependable). But you're only interested in revolvers. If you can get the Mod. 66 .357 mag at a good price, I wouldn't have a problem reccomending one. I much prefer the SS. (just a personal preference.)

Jonah71
December 28, 2009, 12:44 PM
One more thing......for some reason I'm much more accurate with the .38 spec +P's.

greenlion
December 28, 2009, 01:06 PM
You really have to look at the pistol in question with Taurus revolvers. Their quality has waxed and waned over the years. My wife has a SS model 85 that is very roughly made and has obvious machining defects in it, although it works fine. My father has the same model from a few years later, and I would trade my S&W j-frame for it. It has the best trigger pull I have ever seen from the factory, and has no flaws inside or out. I certainly wouldn't hesitate to buy and use one if the price was right. I don't think S&W makes that frame size any more either.

7.62 Nato
December 28, 2009, 01:21 PM
I had a Taurus m66 4" blued (no lock). I never had any trouble from it. It was more accurate than me. I would still have it today if it had not got stolen about 20yrs. ago. I finally replaced it this past year with a S$W m66 (no dash) 4" stainless (no lock). I'm very happy to be shooting a .357 again. I had forgotten how much fun they are.

weregunner
December 28, 2009, 02:58 PM
I have both a model 66 new and old.

The old model is blued and over 20 years old. It's still going strong. No problems and the trigger smoothed out so well that no action job was necessary. Granted, a large proportion of the thousands of rounds sent down range were .38 Specials, but a large number of various bullet weight .357 magnum rounds also went down range over the years and no problems.

I've got a Taurus 65, 2.5 barrel model in nickel, and it has had the same history.

Bought the new 7 shot model 66 couple years back and it is giving as good a service as the older models. Have to get used to the 7 shots versus 6 of the old one. Had to buy new HKS speedloaders of the 7 shot variety, but other than that there's been only good things to say.

Here's a link that might prove useful.
Taurus .357 magnum model 66:
http://www.taurusarmed.net/forums/index.php?topic=19433.0
More of the same:
http://www.taurusarmed.net/forums/index.php?topic=22079.0
http://www.taurusarmed.net/forums/index.php?topic=7052.0
http://www.taurusarmed.net/forums/index.php?topic=8478.0

Within these links are more links about the model 66 written by the owners of the 66.

jad0110
December 28, 2009, 11:15 PM
I used to own a 6" stainless 7 shot M66 a few years ago. I traded it on a 686, which I like even more (no regrets). Lately, I've been keeping my eyes open for a blued 66 with a 2.5" or 3" barrel.

Mine was a very good gun. The SA was okay, with more overtravel than a S&W, but not objectionable. DA was very smooth, with mild stacking. The finish on the gun was very nice, though there were numerous tool marks in various places, particularly on either side of the front site base and on the frame just above the trigger, IIRC. Accuracy was good, but not as good as my S&Ws ... but that was probably just the stocks not fitting my hands correctly. I traded it before I replaced them.

I'd definitely buy one, if it were the right price. Problem is some gun and pawn shops seem to think that since it is a "Model 66", they can price it the same as the S&W Model 66. Errr, no thanks. But I'd buy a mechanically solid 2.5" or 3" blued example if I find one for $225 or less.

Onward Allusion
December 28, 2009, 11:32 PM
Got an older six shot 66 with 6" half lug barrel. I recently picked it up used for a very low price. I've owned and shot many Tauri over the years - all revolvers with the exception of my POS PT1911, but I digress...

My expectations of the 66 was that it would be a decent shooter with an "ok" trigger but not much more. Boy, was I wrong! The revolver has one of the smoothest triggers I've come across. It rivals Smiths & Colts - smooth as cutting butter in double action (as it was meant to be shot). Single action was extremely crisp and light. I would never do SA if I had to use it in a defensive situation, however. As for accuracy, OMG - I couldn't believe I was doing less than 1" at 30 feet. I don't normally shoot any further than 50, so 30 is my typical distance. It is one solid feeling gun. Locks up as tight as my Colt!

I really think that Taurus revolvers are some of the best values in the marketplace.


Thaddeus Jones (http://www.thehighroad.org/member.php?u=41774)
<SNIP>So, owners of the Taurus model 66, what are your impressions?
<SNIP>

TheNev
December 29, 2009, 07:40 PM
I have a 6" 7 shot stainless 66, full underlug.

Pros: It looks fantastic, it feels great in my hand, the trigger is pretty damn good (SA and DA), it's accurate as hell.

Cons: Mine has timing issues. I need to send it back to Taurus. It will stutter on me sometimes, and not lock up when firing DA.

Jeff H
December 29, 2009, 10:01 PM
My Taurus revolver is a model 81 or 82 (can't remember at the moment) I inherited it from my father and it has been flawless from the mid 1980s until now. My much newer PT1911 has been flawless as well but that is OT.

gmh1013
December 29, 2009, 10:04 PM
I bought one way back in 1988? and sold it 5 years or so later and should have kept it
paid 175 at a gun show new back then for a blue 6 inch...one of best shooting revolvers I ever had.....not as good as my colt 4 inch diamondback but better than some Smiths I owned....like a model 10 with timing issues that i sent back twice and after that I sold it at a gun show.

MCgunner
December 29, 2009, 10:42 PM
I have two of 'em, 6 shot models, bought used and BOTH were KILLER deals and I very much like both revolvers. Now, I've been shooting revolvers for quite a while. Got into buying 'em after college when I got a good job (1976). Bought my first, a Ruger Security Six, in 1978. In 1981, I added a Smith M19. I traded the Security Six and sold the Smith some years later. I had a Rossi 971 for a while, neat little revolver in its own right, though a ways from Smith and Ruger in fit and finish. It functioned fine, though. I traded it off and there was a hole in my collection again that I needed to fill, the 4" medium frame .357 magnum which no collection is complete without.

So, I went to a gun show and picked up a nickel M66 4" Taurus, perfect timing, tight as a drum, great gun, super DA and SA trigger. It's got the newer transfer bar action, but is pre-lock. Of all my 4" medium frame revolvers, this is the most accurate revolver I've owned. It is stronger in the forcing cone area than the 19 was, beefier, and no flat on the bottom. It shoots 1" at 25 yards with its favorite .38 OR .357. It's got as good a trigger as my current 60s vintage model 10 Smith. What's not to love? I got it for $197 plus tax at the gun show.

Then, a few years later, I got to wanting a 2.5-3" K frame. Smiths are out of sight on price, completely FORGET about a 3" even if you find one, not on my budget. I found a 3" Taurus 66 at a gun show. I checked it out as always and it had a timing issue on one cylinder and a lot of crane slop. Guy wanted 200 for it. It had been fired enough to flatten the checkering on the back side of the Pachmayr it wore, had a lot of holster wear, so I figured it was either a armed security guard gun or someones CCW. More likely someones CCW.

I talked the guy down to $180 and figured if I had to send it to Taurus, at least it's got a lifetime warranty. Far as I can tell, the thing is late 80s. It has the hammer block trigger system, still a floating firing pin, though. The DA isn't as smooth as the 4"'s DA and the SA has a perceptible amount of creep in it that you can feel when dry firing and feeling for it, but that you don't really notice in live fire. The DA isn't that bad, manageable, just not as slick as my Smith and my other Taurus 66.

So, I get this 3" gun home, go to messing with it, take the side plate off and discover who ever moron owned this thing put the wrong screws in the wrong holes on the side plate and the long screw that holds the crane in wasn't where it does the good. I fixed that, loctited the screw in, BAMMMM, the thing is perfectly timed and tight! No more crane slop. There is a tiny amount of end shake on this gun, no doubt a pretty high round count of heavy loads just judging by the grip that was on it. It shoots nearly as good as the 4" gun and one thing really neat, .38 groups nearly to the same point of aim as .357 loads in the gun. I can keep either under 2" AT 25 yards from sandbags. The 3" barrel gives me a little more concealment from a belt slide holster and the gun is a bit lighter than the 4" to boot, makes a great all day carry OWB and isn't to bad IWB, though I have to admit my Ruger SP101 was a little better, mainly due to the grip profile. I had a Hogue on it and put a Hogue on the Taurus, but the Taurus is a square butt.

All in all these two Taurus 66s are a couple of the best deals I've ever made on a firearm. I got a medium frame gun in both cases more accurate than any of my previous guns and the 3" is quite a good carry. I like 'em both a LOT. :D

3" gun in a JIT Slide...

http://i50.tinypic.com/20k2b0z.jpg

3" and 4" 66s together....

http://i47.tinypic.com/2liiv60.jpg

The 4" 66....

http://i50.tinypic.com/igc6ld.jpg

powwowell
December 29, 2009, 10:43 PM
I have a Taurus 66, bought in January, 1988, for $200 OTD. It has to have a manufacture date of 1987, or earlier. Six inch, .357. The blue finish is so smooth and dark, that it looks like you could dive in it.

As far as I'm concerned, it's irreplaceable. It has seen more .38 Specials than .357. It's a great revolver.

Weedy
December 29, 2009, 10:49 PM
I have an older (no lock) satin stainless Taurus 65 given to me by my dad, who bought it from some other guy who needed the money...anyway, it seems to be built very well, and after I put Hogue monogrips on it its very comfortable. It has the very low profile non-adjustable sights. It is more accurate with .357 loads than with .38's. I wouldn't sell it in a million years. Man, now I want to go shoot it...

oldfool
December 30, 2009, 06:02 AM
I own one of the older Taurus 66 (blue 6") and two of the S&W model 66 (6" SS), all three 80's vintage revolvers, all six shooter k-frames
the Taurus (a clone of the S&W blued model 19 k-frame, same as S&W 66 in SS) is the only revolver I have ever owned I consider fully the equal of my S&Ws
very accurate, trigger at least as good if not better

some say the Taurus' steel is not as good or 'softer', I wouldn't know (nor really care)
these all being k-frames, I shoot lots and lots of 38sp through them all, but load 38+P JHP for "serious social situations".. (and save my 357 loads for the 357 mag carbines)

PS
I do suspect Taurus quality is both vintage and make/model specific; cannot speak to subject of newer vintages as I do not own any
do own the Taurus 96 (K-17 clone) 80's vintage 22LR rimfire, same frame/size/weight etc as all above, and it likewise compares well with my K-17s and K-48

JR47
December 30, 2009, 08:42 AM
My Taurus is the 3", stainless, version. Bought in the early 1990's. I use it as a training gun, and have used full-power .357 Magnum ammo in it for about 80% of the firing. The revolver still looks new, and is tight, accurate, and comes with a great trigger.

My Model 19, given to my wife, is developing timing issues with a lower round count, and less percentage of .357 Mag. fired through it.

CajunBass
December 30, 2009, 08:54 AM
I had one a few years ago. It was blue, full length underlug 4" barrel, seven shots. I must admit that I didn't shoot it a lot. At the time I was living in an apartment and didn't have a place to shoot, but the times I did, it shot just fine with 38's. Never fired a .357 in it. The trigger was fine, as was the finish, and the gun felt well made.

I eventually traded it off for something else. I wish I hadn't. It was a really nice gun.

Revolversrule
December 30, 2009, 09:48 AM
My Taurus is the large frame, Model 608 in 4" SS with a ported barrel. This one is of the 8-shot variety, and though the large frame grip takes some getting used to (especially when my everyday is a 5-shot SP101), it is a pleasure to shoot with absolutely no recoil what so ever, even with the heaviest .357 loads. My goal now is to find an 8-shot snubby to match when I am on the job (security) so that my back-up will take the same moon clips as the 608.

MCgunner
December 30, 2009, 09:57 AM
That's a good idea for duty, but any 8 shot snubby is not going to ride well in deep concealment. You're lookin' at an N frame sized gun necessarily. Might find something in titanium that might be light enough, don't know. I've seen some converted 1917 Smith .45s that were round butted and cut down that were pretty small as N frames go, but by no means a J frame.

I'm not in security, just carry concealed, but I find my 3" 66 backed up by my .38 Taurus M85SSUL in a pocket and with two speed strips full of .38 +P (will function in either gun) makes a lot of sense. Speed loaders for a 5 shot wouldn't fit the 6 shot and vice versa. Anyway, for CCW, speed strips are easier to carry than speed loaders. Probably not enough fire power to suit the guy that carries a gun on the job and expects a gun fight with well armed perps, but for CCW, it works.

weregunner
December 30, 2009, 01:45 PM
If he wants a 7 shot snub of sorts the Taurus 617 or 817UL would work.
The only 8 shot, if you can call it a snub is this:

Price: $1,153.00 *

*Suggested Retail, Dealer Sets Actual Pricing







SKU: 163422
Model: 327
Caliber: .357MAG/.38+P
Capacity: 8 Rounds
Barrel Length: 2 1/2"
Front Sight: XSŪ Sight 24/7 Standard Dot Tritium Sights
Rear Sight: Cylinder & Slide Extreme Duty Fixed
Overall Length: 7 3/4"
Weight: 27.6 oz.
Grip: PachmayrŪ Compac Custom
Material: Scandium Alloy Frame/ Stainless PVD Cylinder
Finish: Matte Black

S&W 327 Nightguard. It's pricey to boot. For some that may not matter.

Thaddeus Jones
December 30, 2009, 02:23 PM
Thanks all!!

Weregunner - Thanks for the links!

MCgunner - Very nice 3"

I'm going to seek out a blue 7-shot. I'll post when I get it! Thanks again to all! TJ

GRIZ22
December 30, 2009, 07:23 PM
I have a 669 Taurus (full underlug, 4", blue, 6 shot) I bought new in 1989 for $90. The only problem I had was the rear sight flew off while I was banging away with a few boxes of magnums when it was about 10 years old. Mostly my fault for not noticing the screw loosening up. Sent to taurus and back in 2 weeks with new sight.

I've probably shot at least 5K of magnums (all bullet weights) and at least twice that many 38s (mostly +Ps) through that gun. Mechanically the gun is fine and the bluing has stood up well. Accuracy is a little less accurate than a S&W as I find most Rugers. The trigger is not as good as I would expect a S&W to be after being broken in with 10,000+ rounds but nothing you can't work with. Considering that a S&W Model 19 would have cost about $200 at that time I think I got a bargain.

I compare the Taurus to a S&W Model 19 I bought in 1975. The Model 19 had timing issues and flamecutting after about 2500 rds of magnums. Am I saying Taurus is better than S&W? No, but the Taurus 669 I have is better than the S&W Model 19 I had.

bestseller92
January 2, 2010, 01:28 AM
I've had a 6" 669 since '97; good revolver.

Arcticfox
January 2, 2010, 03:54 AM
M44C snubby is decent. Not a Smith, but works fine. Plenty accurate, and still not broke in.

PAPACHUCK
January 2, 2010, 07:29 AM
I got a M66SS4, a 7-shot 4" SS .357 that has been nothing but impressive. I's no S&W, but it is close. A great trigger and decent sights and it's not going anywhere any time soon.
http://i60.photobucket.com/albums/h11/PAPACHUCK/IMG_0007.jpg

bestseller92
January 2, 2010, 10:50 AM
I took my 6" 669 out for a shooting session last weekend. Super dead-on accurate at 30 yards with Remington 125 grain magnum jhps. Great gun.

I don't shoot it as much with full bore mag loads as I do my Ruger GP100, because I want it to last and last, but it's a good revolver.

snooperman
January 2, 2010, 11:51 AM
I do not own one but have shot my brothers many times here on my farm range and am quite impressed with it. He has had this revolver for many years and is one of his favorites as he has killed several wild hogs on my land. I have other Taurus guns , the model 85 and the 65 and I can see nothing wrong with them . They function as well as any of my S&W guns for sure.

TheNev
January 3, 2010, 12:46 PM
Holy cow! A Taurus thread with no brand bashing? This must be one of the good Taurus guns.

P.S. I posted in this thread earlier, I have one too.

Taurus_9mm
January 3, 2010, 10:18 PM
I had a blued M66 a few years ago which was a very good revolver with no issues whatsoever. I now own a Tracker .357 which I got LNIB @ a steal - $260.00 - and it has been flawless as well regardless of what I choose to feed it. Generally though it has a diet consisting of 125 gr. and 158 gr. fodder.

Best wishes. :)

broken
January 4, 2010, 12:44 PM
my dad was missing his gp100 ruger he traded off years back till he got his stainless ss66 identical to the one pictured a few posts back,he likes his stainless taurus now it aint going nowhere.

INMY01TA
January 4, 2010, 10:03 PM
M66B4 7 shot here. Very accurate, love it.


http://i83.photobucket.com/albums/j311/INMY01TA/Guns/100_0232.jpg

MCgunner
January 4, 2010, 10:26 PM
I shot my blued 3" along with my 85SSUL Sunday. Every time I shoot one of my 66s, I'm impressed with the accuracy and shootability of them. I ripped 12 for 12 6" steel plates with it from 25 off hand DA. Dang, must be the cheerios I had for breakfast, LOL. I impressed myself with that. Can't do that with the 85, but heck, it's got half the sight radius. It's pretty good, though. I can usually get 3 of 5 with it when I'm shooting good. It has an excellent DA trigger, too. Little fart is an ultralite and I was shooting 158 SWCs over 5.0 grains Unique. I can only stand about 50 rounds of that pounding in a 17 ounce gun with a rubber boot grip. My lighter wad cutters are much easier on me. So, most of my shooting was with the 66. Also had my scoped Ruger Mk II along and reverted to that as the sun set and light got worse.

ted409
August 17, 2010, 05:07 PM
ive got 2 model 66 in 4inch. the first one ive had for years and its a great gun, even got compliments on what a good shooter it was when i did the shooting part of my ccw
its the six round, so time gos by i become disabled and am wanting a gun to keep in the computer room. so i order a model 66 4 inch since the older one is great
i was surprised to see theyd made it a 7 shot meaning my speedloaders probably wont work with it.
anyway the older one is great has a serrated trigger . the new one doesnt but does have a great set of grips on it.as good as any aftermarket grip youd buy to put on a gun.
anyway the new has a smooth trigger. i was doubtful abou that until i tried it out even though its smooth its still non slip.
i was surprised to find it had been produced as a 7 shot.
ive had good exeriences with the older one and expect the same from the new one
ive also got a taurus pt 99. which of course is a copy of the 9mm by beretta.
i got what was called an accurizer site that tightened the groups from 3 inchs to about 1 or 1 1.5 its shot fine too. so knockem all ya want ive had good expereiences with all of mine

s2mason
August 17, 2010, 08:20 PM
I own a 65 and 66, blued 4 inch barrels. They have had thousands of rounds through them and have been very reliable. I had the 65 back to the factory after about 200 rounds because of an advancing cylinder. The factory had it back to me in about 5 weeks, and it has been trouble free since that time. I wish my expensive guns were this reliable............

Robert Wilson
August 17, 2010, 08:31 PM
I bought a new 4" stainless 669 in the late eighties or early nineties. It did what a gun is supposed to do. Quality wasn't great (not up to S&W standards, for example) but wasn't bad either. It eventually got stolen and I didn't replace it, but by then I had all the .357 revolvers I needed anyway.

I figure if you need a .357 that goes bang when you pull the trigger, and the Taurus is what you can afford, then it's fine. Revolver loonies, however, should probably save up a bit and buy a pre-lock S&W.

<edit> FWIW, I did have to send the gun back to Taurus because I abused the daylights out of it. They repaired it at no charge without hassle, in about four weeks.

MedWheeler
August 18, 2010, 01:04 PM
Was off for a few days and didn't see this thread 'til now. I haven't read the replies, as they're not relevant to mine.
I bought my M66 4-incher in July of 1987, as a first handgun. It still retains a solid feel in the hand and on the firing line, and looked very nicely finished until it spent a couple of years on the streets changing hands from one thug to another after being stolen in a burglary. Got it back with a few nicks in the stock and the bluing, but it still shoots well. My only issue with it is that, after several hundred shots (live or dry), the ejector rod works a little loose and binds the cylinder shut. Easy to rectify, though; you just use a small screwdriver tip or knife tip to push the rod in, open the cylinder, and tighten the rod. I guess a little LocTite on the rod threads would fix it, but I haven't gotten around to it. Since it only happens after extended shooting, I don't worry about it doing so in a SHTF-moment. Besides, I check that gun, which serves bedside duty, almost daily, and have developed a habit (with all revolvers, actually) of giving the rod a twist before closing the cylinder every time.

Ala Dan
August 18, 2010, 02:17 PM
Actually, the timing of this topic is perfect; for I examined a 4" satin nickel
Taurus model 66 yesterday for a customer who was wanting too trade it in
on a Smith & Wesson Sigma .40 S&W caliber semi-auto. The Tauri was in
great condition, and had been fired less than 100 rounds. My boss took all
of this into condideration, and offered to allow the customer $175 (no box
or docs) towards the purchase of the S&W gun; but the customer refused
the trade, unless my boss up the anti to $200.

dusty14u
August 18, 2010, 06:55 PM
My first revolver was a 6" Stainless Model 66. I still have it and it has been 100% reliable and worry free. I have sent a thousand or more projectiles downrange and it looks like several more will be no problem.

http://i201.photobucket.com/albums/aa119/dusty14u/shooter/66SS6.jpg

weregunner
August 20, 2010, 03:39 AM
If you guys need more info on the Taurus 66 or 65 there is www.taurusarmed.net as a resource. Take a look at the "Judge and Other Taurus Revolvers" board. There's also this:
http://www.taurusarmed.net/forums/index.php?topic=4786.0

Those are great looking guns!

osteodoc08
September 21, 2010, 08:02 PM
Bought a Taurus M66 SS6 last year and have put it to good use. Over 1K downrange of mostly 38 special and 357 reloads. It is accurate and has a nice trigger. I'm glad i bought it and have been on the look out for a used 22 revolver to match it.

jad0110
September 21, 2010, 08:20 PM
Holy cow! A Taurus thread with no brand bashing? This must be one of the good Taurus guns.

As another poster mentioned, Taurus quality is heavily dependent on the particular model and timeframe when that model was made. The Model 66 seems to be one of their best revolvers. I hear a lot of good reports about the 82 and 608 as well. If I could locate a mechanically solid 4" or shorter 66 for under $300, I'd pick it up. But they are often priced right up their with S&W K Frames where I live.

However I did acquire a near mint 3" Taurus 431 (5 shot, blued, fixed sights, 44 Special) with the original wood stocks this past weekend at a gunshow for $268. Yeah!

There is a little bit of movement in the crane (not too bad), but I'll have to check the sideplate screws as MCGunner mentioned to see if they are simply in the wrong places.

Sniper X
September 22, 2010, 02:24 PM
I had a model 88 3in Loved it! but since I only paid 150 for it and was offered 500 I sold it.

Vlad357
September 23, 2010, 12:10 PM
A couple of years ago I picked up a NIB 6" 7 shot, stainless 66 for just under $400. I’ve put quite a few rounds down range, and used it on several varmints around the farm. It is great performer, has a very nice trigger and is accurate in SA and DA. Well worth the money.

mbt2001
September 23, 2010, 12:22 PM
So, owners of the Taurus model 66, what are your impressions?

Accuracy? Durability? Do you have the blue or stainless? Six or seven shot?

Had a blue taurus 66 7 shot. The timing was off on the cylinder, at round 100, the round slammed the forcing cone, locking the gun up. That is obviously the first I knew of the problem. I took it back to Gander Mountain, as I had bought it about 3 days before and traded it on a Ruger GP100.

The finish was nice, gun had good balance. It would have been a great gun, but for the timing problem, as it was well built and designed using good steel. I would buy another at a good price, supposing I had a contingency for the gun if it should have a timing issue.

The gun was spooky accurate. The most accurate gun I have ever shot, ever.

Beach Nut
September 23, 2010, 12:26 PM
I have a 4" Model 66 I picked up a couple of years ago. I saw the
$ 300.00 price tag and I couldn't resist. I have been pleasantly surprised
to say the least. It is a tack driver and is comfortable to shoot even with
the hottest .357 loads. I'm not sold yet on the quality of Taurus semiautos,
but I've had no problems with their revolvers. (I own four)

jojo200517
September 23, 2010, 12:43 PM
I have a blued 6 inch 6 shot model 66. Not sure how old it really is, I bought it used but in great shape. I have shot it a good bit and have no problems with it. I like the sights. It doesn't seem so accurate with the winchester white box 357 mag semi jacket hollow points, but ever since I started shooting independence (cci brass) semi jacketed flat point I noticed much improved accuracy. Also seems quiet accurate with hornady critical defense.

Altogether I like the firearm, it was my first revolver.

ashevillian
December 11, 2010, 03:34 PM
I have two of these similarly framed revolvers, but the 66 is by far my favorite. I shoot as an amby, so I can nail left or right handed at center mass well over 50 yards with one.

You do have to break them in, HKS speedloaders are pain and the Hogue grips that they sell for them are ridiculously hard to put on - so opt for a Safari speedloader or an SL Variant - plus find some other type of grip rather than a Hogue if you want to install without a gunsmith. (Hogue makes great grips, they just are stupid to put on for the 82, 65, 66 Models of Taurus and the HKS speedloaders work just fine with a 65 or 82)

The action eases up after around 100 shots and you need to shoot it atleast that many times. People that report they shoot better with 38's or 38 Plus P's simply need to keep in mind a .357 Magnum round is just going to be different when you shoot it due to the power, muzzle movement and aim re-acquisition. If you carry that load, shoot that load - it's important. The 66 just shoots different depending on the round, not based on specs of the gun. That said, it's important to also avoid the meme trap of shooting .38's to be cheap, and then load .357 Magnums to carry - that'll get you killed because you want be accustomed to the recoil of the shot in combination with the re-acquisition of POA. Again, shoot what you carry - atleast one or twice, put a few rounds on target with what you are packing or keeping near the bedstand.

I personally favor a Remington 125gr. .357 JHP with this particular model. They are affordable, reliable and consistent rounds to use. The user ahead of me is spot on, the 110gr. or 125gr. JHP white box Winchesters didn't seem to be what this gun wants, however, higher end Winny rounds might be a better flavor of lead.

Like their model 82, be sure you get one past 2008, usually they are good quality. You should work the trigger as often as possible if you bought one new until you can maintain the POA without the 15 pound spring pulling your aim off (too much I might add - if you want it dead on, change the hammer/trigger springs). Once again, I need to stress that dry firing seems to improve the pull if you get one new.

I bought my 66 over a ruger gp101 due to the 7 shot capacity, but may go with that Ruger model later - however, my 66 has not failed, though I was concerned about the tight action (which was more due to the fact I was short stroking the trigger, than it was due to the revolver).

My 66 kept the bears off of me when I was out remote. People who say that .357's won't work on bears never had 180gr. round worth much IMO. If you are loaded 'for bear' - go with Buffalo Bore 180 gr. .357 Magnum or a high end Winchester 180gr. Partition Gold if you can find it (my personal black bear carry) for these fun moments.

As far as defense, if you are looking for a good $350 - 400 revolver, this works fine.

However, it is a heavy piece (keep that in mind), but very much a decent .357 for starters.

jthom
January 10, 2011, 04:33 PM
I own a Taurus model 66, 6 shot stainless w/6" bbl. Just joined THR but I have had the revolver for several years and it has been more than I ever expected. I can't imagine an inferior revolver being manufactured from the same equipment used to produce mine.

sprale
July 10, 2011, 01:23 PM
I bought my wife a stainless 617 last year and wanted a 7-shot 66 to match. I got a great deal on an older blued 6" 6-shot 66 in great condition; $200! I'd still like a 7-shot 66, but will be more than happy with what I have for now. I just love wheelguns. :D

Walking Dead
July 10, 2011, 03:26 PM
I have a model 66 4" 7 shot and it is an exceptional gun. Super accurate and a blast to shoot. Don't listen to the rumors. Just find on this forum the revolver buyers check list and check your revolver over well before you buy it.

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