Taurus Gaucho


March 23, 2010, 06:29 AM
I traded for a like new .357 Gaucho recently. With my trade, I only have a little over $200 in the gun. It's a 7.5" barrel, case colored frame, and locks up tight as new.
I shot it yesterday with some .38spl. ammo. It's still really hard to find .357 around here. It was very accurate and had no problems on the range at all.
When I was cleaning it at home, I took the cylinder out to clean it and the ring(or is it a collar) that is on the front of the cylinder around the center hole, fell off. I assumed those would be welded or something, but apparently not on a Taurus. My local shop suggested Locktite Red, which I had and used on the ring.
Is that going to be enough to keep that ring on there after shooting factory .357 loads, if they ever come back on the market, or should I have a gunsmith look at it and do something stronger to hold it in?
I'm probably not going to send it back to Taurus. I did buy it used after all, and I'd rather spend the money at a trusted gunsmith's shop and get it done right.
Other then this, it was a very enjoyable, accurate gun.

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March 23, 2010, 07:59 AM
Taurus Gaucho is a good cowboy action gun that Taurus no longer makes. I think the red loctite is just fine. Give Taurus a call and see what they can do. A friend had one however using it for cowboy action he never really shot 357 out of it.

Old Fuff
March 23, 2010, 09:28 AM
I wouldn't be in a hurry to LocTite it...

The original Colt's had a removeable cylinder bushing, which was handy if the cylinder developed end-shake. It is far cheaper to correct the problem when the cylinder hub or bushing can be removed. If you glue it in a solution may be a whole new cylinder.

Do be careful not to lose it when you remove the cylinder. ;)

March 23, 2010, 09:41 AM
If you Loctite the cylinder end bushing in place, it will just shake loose again from recoil. (don't ask me how I know.)

Slight change of topic. Do yourself a favor and buy a Belt Mountain base pin *before* the gun starts developing all kinds of weird problems because the original Taurus pin is not hardened. Belt Mountain's pin for a Colt SAA will fit perfectly if you grind the end down a little to clear the transfer bar.

Congratulations. I'd buy another one if I could get it for $200-ish.

March 23, 2010, 10:13 AM
Thanks for the encouraging words guys. I feel like this is a pretty handy gun. I want to keep it and trust it. I'll look into the Belt Mountain pin.
Thanks again.

March 23, 2010, 10:44 AM
The base pin bushing is supposed to be removable like that.

Lucky Derby
June 27, 2010, 01:32 PM
What are peoples thoughts on the Gaucho? I have a chance at a NOS Gaucho .45 Colt 4 3/4" stainless for about $350. Good deal or not? I have mixed feelings on Taurus quality. I have seen numerous good ones, but more than a few bad ones.

June 27, 2010, 02:19 PM
I'd jump at one for $200. At $250, I'd have to think about it. Would not go above $300; there's just too much wrong with 'em out of the factory. (reserve some money for the gunsmithing it probably needs to make it shootable.) HTH

June 27, 2010, 07:33 PM
I got one one NIB in a trade recently seems OK. Haven't shot it a lot yet, only had it a month or so.

Found some faux stag synthetic grips made for a Gaucho on ebay real cheap, so dressed it up with a 1950's "B" western movie look. :D


June 28, 2010, 01:13 PM
I had a 7.5" Gaucho in .357. Black (or blue), case hardened frame. My cylinder bushing came out as well when taking the cylinder out. As others have stated, it's not a big deal. I shot full house .357 loads out of mine with no issue whatsoever.

Mine was really smooth, excellent trigger, tight lockup. I ended up trading it on a PT1911. I put maybe 500 rounds through it before trading it and it never failed me in any way.

June 28, 2010, 09:32 PM
I have a matched pair of .45LC's that I used in CAS shoot, well over a thousand rounds through them.

Still going strong.

June 29, 2010, 09:29 AM
Had a pair of the Stainless .357 guns. Total junk. Lots of light primer strikes, and trigger slaps. Factory never could get them right. Traded them off and there is much happiness.

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