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Raging Bull Experience Thread

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by AXI, Jan 16, 2011.

  1. AXI

    AXI New Member

    Jan 12, 2011
    This gun has a lot of character, it practically has its own poetry and a profile on some music site the way its so unique. I'll bet it shops at hot topic.

    This gun is strong, and modern. The flat color says "I don't have to be shiny", the raging bull logo says "why is this here? can i be buffed from the surface plz?" and the flat surface says "I am broader than the side of what i'm hitting, lol".

    This gun appeals to me in every possible aesthetic way (save the logo), I can not stand shinny chrome or blued steel, so its flat gray is right on target. I also am not a fan of police/cowboy guns, so its boxy sort of modern (looks like Duke Nukem's gun) profile boosts the appeal most of all.

    What is your (people who have handled the raging bull of whatever caliber) opinion of this fine advancement in the style of revolvers, and hopefully inspiration for other companies to try bold new designs at affordable prices.

    Did it fire well? Did the weight of a 4-8,3/4" barrel provide discomfort? How was cleaning? Did it jam? Hammer fall off? Babes break down the wall to see the person holding it, causing the firing range to charge you with the damage?
    Post your experience

    I know there are lots of people that hate Taurus -and if you start a thread it will be quite popular; only post here if you have hands on experience with this gun and if you do not like it explain why explicitly people can benefit.
  2. 8emem

    8emem New Member

    Nov 20, 2009
    I have one in .45 colt (only), 8 3/8" blue. It is large and very heavy. The grips are comfortable and the backstrap is covered, which causes a rather long reach to the trigger. My hands are average size, so it is no problem. Due to the weight I shoot most rounds from a seated position behind a benchrest. The front lockup latch does not hold the crane tight against the frame, there is some play, but not bad. The trigger is smooth, timing is good, overall I would say an acceptable action, but nothing special. The barrel is bored out into a non-rifled chamber underneath the 4 ports on either side of the front sight, so the rifling ends before the ports. Interestingly, the last 1/8 inch of the chamber at the muzzle is reduced back down to near .45 diameter. I don't reload .45 colt very strong, so recoil reduction is a non-factor for me. The larger diameter ported chamber is a pain in the rear to clean, lead collects fast and thick here. I've resolved to shoot only jacketed bullets in the future, it's that bad. Accuracy is average, about 2" 5-shot groups off the bench at 25 yards. Overall, I'm middle-of-the-road about it, but I don't intend to get rid of the one I have.
  3. ljnowell

    ljnowell Mentor

    Jun 21, 2008
    The Peoples Republic of IL
    Porting is a deal breaker for me. Taurus is the other deal breaker.

    MMCSRET Senior Member

    Feb 18, 2008
    North Central Montana, across the Wide Missouri
    Have put many thousands of rounds thru an early model 6", blue Raging bull 454. Most of it was heavy 45 Colt hand loads along with a percentage of 454 hand loads using 360 gr. Cast Performance bullets, similar amount of 45 Colt plinkers, all hand loads. Never a fault, never a malfunction, never any kind of problem of any kind. Beautiful, well made revolver that got traded away for a collector grade Colt 70 years older. I'd buy another Raging Bull if I was still hunting like I did then.

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