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Taurus vs. Smith & Wesson

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by DD, Jan 18, 2004.

  1. DD

    DD Member

    Hi Guys:

    This subject has probably been addressed more times than one can count. However, I'm new here The High Road and would appreciate a few moments of your time and your opinions.

    Thinking about a 44 Mag. What is your opinion of either the S&W 629 or the Taurus Raging Bull in 44 Mag? There's about a $165 difference between the two at retail.

    Thanks in advance for your comments.

  2. LoneWulf

    LoneWulf member

    If you get a good one, Taurus us just fine.
    If you have my luck and get the ones that light strike and require work, then they suck.
    Smiths are generally more reliable.

    I know that didn't help a bit, sorry. ;)
  3. Shootcraps

    Shootcraps Well-Known Member

    The Taurus is a great deal for the dollar. And with a lifetime warranty no matter who owns it, that sweetens the deal. I've owned a couple of them and always enjoyed them.

    If money isn't a problem, go with the S&W. The model 29 is a great gun.
  4. stiletto raggio

    stiletto raggio Well-Known Member

    I know you didn't ask, but Ruger. I prefer the Redhawk for aesthetic reasons, and the 7.5" version has integral scope mounts. They are the toughest double actions out there, good triggers, good sights. I ahve a 5.5" Redhawk in .45 Colt that is a blast to shoot.
  5. JDSlack

    JDSlack Well-Known Member

    I have never owned a Taurus, but have fired several owned by friends. I found them to be good serviceable revolvers (have no experience with their semis). They are priced great too. I have always been a Smith revolver fan, and still am, but if there was a caliber revolver I wanted and taurus made it, I might go for it...especilly since it don't got that stoopid lock!
  6. liliysdad

    liliysdad member

    Smith and Wesson, hands down. I like Taurus stuff, but it doesnt compare quality wise.

    You can get a slicker than greased owl ???? used 29/629 for less than a new Taurus.....thats what Id do.
  7. cxm

    cxm Well-Known Member


    ONly owned one... which was given to me... it was pretty bad... got rid of it muy pronto.


  8. stans

    stans Well-Known Member

    When I was shopping for my first 44 Magnum, I looked at the Taurus offerings, S&W, and Ruger. I settled on the Ruger Super Redhawk. It was $100 less than the S&W and seemed to be of higher quality than the Taurus revolvers I saw. I have only one Taurus revolver, a model 96 which is very similar to a S&W K-22. But the trigger and accuracy are certainly not up to a K-22.
  9. DD

    DD Member

    Thanks Guys:

    I didn't think of the Redhawk. Your comments confirm my thoughts about the Taurus; kind of in that maybe maybe not category. I own a Smith and a Ruger, so don't have any misgivings about their quality. I am concerned about Taurus though.

    Thanks again for your thoughts. I appreciate your time.

  10. Arub

    Arub Well-Known Member

    Taurus and Rossi are both owned by Braztech. Same customer service organization. Braztech's customer service, based on personal experience, leaves a great deal to be desired. I sent a Rossi revolver back to Braztech 3 times for a timing issue. Three times they sent it back to me 'fixed'. Never timed out in DA rapid fire mode. I finally destroyed the revolver rather than put more money into it for more frustration out of them.

    If you get a Taurus that functions well, no problem. If you get one that needs work, look out!.

    I also had to return a Smith model 60 for a leading problem. From drop off at FEDEX to perfectly functioning revolver at my front door was less than a week. No problems with it to this day.

    Anyone can turn out a lemon once in a while. You should deal with a company with very good to excellent service - Smith and/or Ruger (personal experience with Ruger, also - they were great also).
  11. SnWnMe

    SnWnMe Well-Known Member

    Tauri have locks too.
  12. HSMITH

    HSMITH Well-Known Member

    If you are a single action shooter 98% of the time, plinker or want to shoot he-man loads all the time get the Ruger, no doubt about it.

    If you want a nice double action 44 magnum handgun the S&W and the Taurus both are good. The Taurus has pathetic resale value, most of it because of internet discussion groups in my opinion but I digress. The S&W has good resale value. The Taurus Raging Bull is stronger and will hold up to heavy loads longer than the S&W will, but still not like the Redhawk. Each has strong points and weak points.

    What do you plan to do with it? Makes a difference on which one will fit best.
  13. Flipper

    Flipper Active Member

    Get a Ruger Redhawk or Blackhawk, That's the kind of delivery system you want for the 44 Mag.
  14. mustang45

    mustang45 member

    100 bucks = 300 rounds of .44 magnum rounds.

    If SW is better, go for it. The price different will be forgotten after 3 range trip. I have the Ranging Bull in .44 magnum and it is more reliable than me. That gun should last 134 years. I have shot 13k rounds through it and it still look brand new.

    I now want a Ruger. I don't have a clue which is better between Redhawk, Blackhawk, and Vaquero. Can anyone help me out here. Which one is more durable and better?
  15. Taurus is decent

    I too am considering a .44 magnum. S&W is the best in my opinion, but I also would be just as comfortable with a Taurus or Ruger.

    IMHO, people who say they ONLY will have an S&W, especially when it comes to the .44 is because they want to have that "Dirty Harry" gun. S&W is great, and you can't go wrong, but Taurus is under-rated, IMHO.

    I have owned a taurus .38 snub 5 shot (got it for $280 new), and currently own a Taurus .357 magnum 7 shot (Got it for $350 new) model 66. It is very similar to my dad's police service revolver, a S&W Model 64 .38 special. In my opinion, is just as accurate, and quality is just as good.

    I don't think anyone has mentioned this, but my understanding is that many Taurus guns are actually older S&W dies Taurus purchased from them.

    When I get a .44, I will definitely look at Taurus, if I can't afford a model 629.
  16. tinygnat219

    tinygnat219 Well-Known Member


    Get the Smith if the price difference is that small. You will save at least that much in shipping costs over buying the Taurus.
  17. machinisttx

    machinisttx Well-Known Member

    Taurus is not now, and probably never will be the equal of a S&W. They turn out way too many lemons and their customer service, by many accounts, is unsatisfactory.

    IMO, if you intend on using the gun a lot with heavy loads, buy a Ruger. If not, buy the 629.
  18. MikeWSC

    MikeWSC Well-Known Member

    Hey DD

    Are you gonna hunting with the .44? Have a 629 in 6" and its a great gun, but you can really load the Ruger Super Redhawks/Blackhawks with some ground pounder loads. I've shot more deer with my Ruger SB than any other.

    If you can find a used Dan Wesson .44 mag in the same price range, another nice shooter.

    The S & W have a bit lighter frame..... Just something to keep in mind.

    Best....... Mike
  19. lanternlad1

    lanternlad1 Well-Known Member

    Taurus and Smith were both owned by the same company at the same time, hence the great similarities in the weapons they make. That said, I have seen better quality in Smiths than Taurus, and Smith's service is top-notch. If you get a good Taurus, great. If you don't, be prepared for a long wait for them to fix it.
  20. Norstrog

    Norstrog Member

    If your concerned about money buy the Taurus they are solid reliable weapons with a good warranty. If you can spare the extra bucks buy the Smith.

    However, I have to ask. What are you shooting with a 44 magnum? Maybe it's because my .357 experience is with my SP101 with a 2.25" barrel but I flat ass don't enjoy shooting .357's out of it. I tried to like it and definitely see the advantages over the .38 special but I've decided it's just not worth it! Maybe I'm just wussy who knows.

    Oh yeah, I agree with the others buy a Ruger. Smith guys well argue all day long but you can't beat 'em!

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