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Taurus model 85 3in barrel

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by azgunner, Nov 3, 2011.

  1. azgunner

    azgunner member

    I just bought an early model 85 with a three inch barrel. It is blued with hardwood grips. It is brand spank'n new. I gave 260.00 for it. Do you think it was a good deal? And what of the three inch barrel, I have only seen them with 2 inchers.
  2. Triggernosis

    Triggernosis Well-Known Member

    Yes, that was a fair deal. Those 3"ers are hard to find. I looked for one for quite a while and finally gave up.
  3. Cougar

    Cougar Well-Known Member

    I have the earlier 3" Taurus, but mine is stainless... Love it! I don't think I'd like the newer full-lug slab-sided offering. I like the stainless because there were a few sharp edges that needed to be relieved/smoothed to make it more 'carry friendly'.

    Anyway, I prefer the 3" barrel because it stays anchored in my IWB holster better than the shorter barrel. I've found that the shorter barrels ten do shift more...

    Price-wise? Dunnknow...
  4. weregunner

    weregunner Well-Known Member

    Azgunner, you've got a good and rare one if it has the 3inch barrel. Maybe not extremely rare, but rare enough.

    I've got the old,old 85CH from 30 years ago with the 2 inch barrel.

    I do not shoot +P ammo out of mine. That's gotten around by going with either Buffalo Bore standard pressure rounds or with Federal Nyclad.

    Buffalo Bore's 2 excellent standard pressure rounds give .38 Special +P velocity and performance without the +P recoil or pressures.

    Federal standard pressure 125gr. Nyclad rounds have a real world track record for performing outstanding for use out of 2 inch-4 inch .38 Special revolvers.
  5. sixgunner455

    sixgunner455 Well-Known Member

    Yeah, that should be a good deal for you. I almost bought one like that when it was new for about 200 bucks when I was stationed in California, years back. IIRC, it was about $190.00. I got a used 4" Model 10 instead for ten bucks more. :D But I think, in some ways, I would have been better off getting the Taurus - more concealable.

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