Taurus 85 +P Rated?


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shaggy430
March 2, 2010, 07:46 PM
I bought a used stainless Taurus 85 and I am unsure whether I can shoot +P .38 loads out of it. I've read that some are rated for +P and some are not. Is there any way to tell by looking or checking serial #?

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Glockman17366
March 2, 2010, 07:52 PM
I've had several Taurus 85 revolvers. All of the stainless models were (IIRC) +P rated.
I currently own an 85 Multi-Alloy (aluminum frame, titanium cylinder barrel shroud) and an 851 (same gun, but all titanium frame and shouded hammer), both of which are rated for +P (per the manuals).
However, I don't recommend a steady diet of +P...for both the gun's longevity and your wallet.

tomwalshco
March 2, 2010, 07:53 PM
I'm pretty sure you can, but I'd head over to the Taurus forum and ask the same question -

http://www.taurusarmed.net/forums/index.php?board=4.0

dbarale
March 2, 2010, 07:55 PM
Call Taurus at (305) 624-1115 with your s/n and they will answer that for you.
As for me, I would have no problem shooting a few +p's through it. Just don't make it a steady diet and beat it up needlessly.

angel1216
March 2, 2010, 09:19 PM
go to their website. punch in your serial #, and they'll tell u all about your gun.

nicholst55
March 2, 2010, 10:16 PM
IIRC, the earlier Model 85s are NOT rated for +P ammo; unfortunately, I have one of those. Definitely check with Taurus before you shoot a lot of +P ammo through the gun. No point in needlessly abusing it.

GRIZ22
March 3, 2010, 10:08 AM
go to their website. punch in your serial #, and they'll tell u all about your gun.


They will tell you year of manufacture and model number not if it's +P rated or not.

I have a Model 85 I bought new in 1989. I have fired a few +P through it but standard pressure loads are the usual diet. It's run 100% and still running fine.

wild cat mccane
March 3, 2010, 12:23 PM
Somewhere on taurus's website you will read that any revolver manufactured past 1994 is +P rated unless said otherwise. Such as the 856 in magnesium. 13oz, 6 shot jframe. I want.

SaxonPig
March 3, 2010, 12:38 PM
+P is loaded below allowable pressure so is safe in any quality made gun.

It is a myth that +P is a powerful load.

BP Hunter
March 3, 2010, 01:22 PM
Taurus does not recommend regular use of +P amunition on their Model 85's. They did quantify how many. I have fired 10 of the Hornady Self Defense Ammo +P. They hurt the hand real good.

weregunner
March 3, 2010, 05:15 PM
Service number at 1-800-327-3776.
This is the Taurus Customer Service number without having to pay a dime of your own.

Calling them and hcecking would be a good idea.
I have an older 20+year 85CH that has had a few thousand rounds of 158gr. LSWCHP +P ammo through it and the gun has had no issues.

Same can be said for those who have the older Rossi snubs and Taurus snubs as well.

The 158gr.LSWCHP is the yardstick against which other .38 Special rounds are judged.

The first guy shot with it weighed in at 300 pounds. He dropped like a sack of rocks and there was only one shot and hit. On him!

There are better rounds out there or ones that are good, but do not have the kick of that particular load.

Buffalo Bore makes a standard pressure 158gr. LSWCHP version. It has the +P velocity, even out of snubs, without the recoil of the +P version.


Buffalo Bore. Strictly big bore. Strictly Business.
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SKU: 20C/20 Standard Pressure Short Barrel Low Flash Heavy .38 Special Pistol and Handgun Ammo
Standard Pressure Short Barrel Low Flash Heavy .38 Special Ammo - 158 gr. Soft Lead SWC-HC (850fps/M.E. 253 ft. lbs.) - 20 Round Box
$26.66


Manufacturer: Buffalo Bore

SKU: 20D/20 Standard Pressure Short Barrel Low Flash Heavy .38 Special Pistol and Handgun Ammo
Standard Pressure Short Barrel Low Flash Heavy .38 Special Ammo - 150 gr. Hard Cast Wad Cutter (850fps/M.E. 241 ft. lbs.) - 20 Round Box
$26.66


Manufacturer: Buffalo Bore

SKU: 20E/20 Standard Pressure Short Barrel Low Flash Heavy .38 Special Pistol and Handgun Ammo
Standard Pressure Short Barrel Low Flash Heavy .38 Special Ammo - 125gr. Jacketed Hollow Point (900fps/M.E. 225 ft. lbs.) - 20 Round Box
$26.66



In the same or may be better league is the Speer 135gr. +P Gold Dot. Look for the Short Barreled version.

This was designed for police deparments who had personnel who were either issued the snub revolver or for those LEO who had bought there own guns and were department approved. This is some time ago, but the round proved it's worth to the LEO agencies that have it or did.
23921 38 Special +P 135 GDHP-SB 20 0.141

Velocity(in feet per second) Energy (in foot pounds)
Muzzle 50 yards 100 yards Muzzle 50 yards 100 yards
860 818 780 222 200 182

Corbon makes a nifty set of standard, PowerBall, and DPX self defense rounds that will get the job done.

www.dakotaammo.net/

That should provide you with a good list of ammo to take into consideration.

shaggy430
March 3, 2010, 05:28 PM
Thanks everyone. I called Taurus and they were able to look up the pistol by the serial number. It was made in March of '94. They said it was NOT rated for +P ammo. This thing sure is in great shape to be made 16 years ago, though.

gym
August 9, 2010, 03:04 PM
I have one from around then that is plus p rated, but it's the titanium.

Mightee1
August 10, 2010, 08:35 PM
I bought a Taurus 856 last week that does NOT shooot +P ammo. The gun is identical to the 85 stainless, except they managed to put another round on the cylinder (hence the '6' at the end). It is also the new magnesium model (13.2 Oz. empty). It says right on the barrel that you cannot use +P ammo.

If you still have any doubts, the Taurus website has a downloadable owners manual.

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