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lobo9er
November 18, 2012, 09:17 PM
Hows the Taurus 608's holding up. Anyone put one through some heavy paces? Out hunting, probably not many would take them hiking but maybe 4 wheeling and what not. Just wondering. Had a bad 'bout with a taurus 380 left me doubting them a bit.

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skidder
November 18, 2012, 09:30 PM
I don't know about their autos, but I've had a couple bad bouts with their revolvers.

Jaymo
November 18, 2012, 10:10 PM
Guess I'm lucky. I've never had a bad Taurus auto or revolver.
Is the 608 built on the large frame, like the 44 mag? I have had the 44 mag since 1994 and haven't had any problems, so far.

lobo9er
November 19, 2012, 05:55 PM
skidder please elaborate? what happened with your taurus wheel guns?

jaymo what type of use has yours gotten range, light loads or has it been fed hot hunting stuff?

thanks again for the responses

lobo9er
November 19, 2012, 06:03 PM
well it looks like all 608's are ported and thats a deal breaker for me anyhow so... but thanks again for the replies.

MedWheeler
November 19, 2012, 10:37 PM
I've had a M66 for about 25 years now, and it has held up quite well. During almost three years of that time, it roamed the streets changing hands from one thug to another after being stolen in a vehicle burglary. After I got it back, I noticed an issue with the ejector rod sleeve working loose with repeated cycling, locking the cylinder shut. Easy fix with Loc-Tite on the sleeve threads.

I had a M94 I used to teach my then-wife to shoot with. Owned it for about seven years (1989-1996), then let her take it with her when we split up. That was a good little shooter, too.

My recently-acquired PT-22 (new to me, but made in 1998) has been great so far, but admittedly has only had a couple hundred rounds through it since I've had it.

I'd buy another Taurus without hesitation. But, that's just me..

Onward Allusion
November 19, 2012, 11:20 PM
lobo9er
Taurus 608
Hows the Taurus 608's holding up. Anyone put one through some heavy paces? Out hunting, probably not many would take them hiking but maybe 4 wheeling and what not. Just wondering. Had a bad 'bout with a taurus 380 left me doubting them a bit.

Except for the PT92, I don't trust Taurus semi-autos. Probably not logical just based on a handful of pistols that I'd experienced. I do trust their revolvers and I have the 608. I actually took mine hiking. Man, was it heavy. The thing is 50-something ounces! As for accuracy, it is scary accurate. About 1" at 50 feet off hand. That is really good for me and better than I can do with most handguns at that range. It might have something to do with the long sight radius and neon orange front sight insert.

weregunner
November 20, 2012, 04:32 AM
The OP has made up his mind and what does a lot of this have to do with 608s if the data is about another model?

This was about the 608 and nothing else.

MedWheeler
November 20, 2012, 07:40 AM
Weregunner writes:
The OP has made up his mind

Other people often peruse these threads with similar questions, which is part of the reason why comments keep coming in. After all, if everyone started a new thread instead of perusing older ones, several members here (possibly including Weregunner?) would probably be chastising them for not doing a search first.

Then he adds:

This was about the 608 and nothing else.

The OP's post states his own hesitation about the 608 was largely based on his negative experience with a completely different model, inviting commentary about Taurus products in general.
I don't see where the OP had or has a problem with how the thread progressed.

Remllez
November 20, 2012, 11:14 AM
^^^^^^True Dat^^^^^^

lobo9er
November 20, 2012, 07:03 PM
I have made up my mind but its still a good conversation. I had a ported charter arms 357, loud, louder than the sp101 that took its place. 357 is loud enough for me, no need to enhance its blast.

wundudnee
November 20, 2012, 08:48 PM
I am a S&W lover, so I have a hard time being unbiased. However I picked this one up in a pawn shop parking lot for $200.00. The guy I bought it from told me it had only fired about a half box of .357s. It is so heavy I can't imagine it wouldn't hold up. It's not as tight as a Smith, with a little end shake. It did shoot well, but I didn't keep it long enough to really test it. I gave it to my son in Alabama and he keeps it loaded every other cylinder with snake shot. I can't remember it being any louder than any other .357'

http://www.fototime.com/%7B0FD0FAC8-A66F-4E98-8E58-A22554043843%7D/origpict/608blk.jpg

MedWheeler
November 20, 2012, 09:36 PM
^^ $200!? Sweet... I would have taken it, too.

weregunner
November 21, 2012, 06:09 PM
This is a thread about a particular model. That has nothing to do with other models.

I had a run in with the Ruger SR-9 a few years back, but that did not make the SR-9 a horrible gun. It made one that was recalled but did not make Ruger somehow a rotten company. Or all Rugers getting made out as a poor manufacture. I could have taken that way out, but it would not have been honest.

One gun does not make a whole brand,make or model does make or break a whole company.

Nor do I expect a person to do their own reserch in the archives here. It's not a bad idea but does not tell the whole story.

I own 41 Tauri. Unfortunately the 608 was not one of them.

I could bring page after page of actual 608 owners who get good use out of their 608s.

If the person follows these, If the checklists are followed in what to look for prior to buying one cannot get into trouble.
Revolver Checkout Procedure (http://thefiringline.com/Misc/library/Revolver-check.html)
How to check the condition of a used revolver - YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WMOGVWB-QHw)
Buying a Used Handgun (http://www.chuckhawks.com/used_handgun.htm)
Buying A Handgun (http://www.craigcentral.com/handguns.asp)
cheaperthandirt.com/blog/?p=1180
and actually handles
the gun in question then they can make an educated decision for themselves.

If the talks about 1 model he had trouble with and decides the whol brand is bad that is his opinion, but not factual as to the whole company, much less the whole line or model.

Blanket statements are not true and that is the case with this.

Should he choose to buy or not to buy that is his right.

MedWheeler
November 21, 2012, 11:37 PM
If the talks about 1 model he had trouble with and decides the whol brand is bad that is his opinion, but not factual as to the whole company, much less the whole line or model.

Nice to see you sticking up for Taurus when too many people with limited (or no) experience bad-mouth the brand. However, I don't see where the thread was headed in the direction that "Taurus is junk" (or even that "Taurus is the best.")

You own 41 Taurus firearms? Do tell, please. I'm impressed (maybe in a new thread about "Of which manufacturer do you own the most firearms?" or something.)

Jaymo
November 22, 2012, 01:11 AM
I've lost count of how many rounds I've put through it. I've shot some .44 Spl and a box of mild .44 mag through it, but most of my shooting with it has been full power hunting loads.
I've run a bunch of loads from the Vihtavuorri manual though it. It's about 28 grains of N110 powder with a 180 grain XTP. It's as much powder as I can cram in it and still seat a bullet.
It's about 3,000 psi below max pressure and runs around 1850 fps from my 7.5" Redhawk.
Haven't chrono'd it out of the 4" Taurus barrel.
At an indoor range, it vibrates the bones in your face. It's a very loud load, even out of the 7.5" barrel.

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