It shot itself to pieces!!!

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by denfoote, Mar 28, 2004.

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  1. denfoote

    denfoote Member

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    I went to the range today.
    I took my new Taurus 605 out for it's third outing.
    I had with me:
    • 150 rounds 130gr UMC standard pressure .38spl
      20 rounds 110gr Winchester 357MAG
    After I had fired the magnum rounds and 70 of the .38spl, I went to load 5 more rounds and the cylinder came off in my hand!!! :what:
    Here is a pic!!!

    Taurus_M605.gif

    I guess it has to go back to the womb for rebirthing!!! :banghead:
     
  2. Jim Watson

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    The good news: Taurus has a lifetime guarantee.
    The bad news: Your gun's lifetime is obviously over.
     
  3. Ala Dan

    Ala Dan Member in memoriam

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    :( What can I say? Sorry, for the collaspe of another Tauri! :uhoh:

    Best Wishes,
    Ala Dan, N.R.A. Life Member
     
  4. Josey

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    I haven't seen that model much. I guess the crane locking screw backed out. Do you have the parts? I have had other revolvers to do that.
     
  5. denfoote

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    That Ruger SP-101 is looking good right now!!! :D
     
  6. Crownvicman

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    I had a brand new S&W 64 shoot it's barrel down range after 100 rounds. Every company lets out a stinker every now and then.
     
  7. Majic

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    Is it just that the retention screw loosened? If so then that's a maintenance problem as the screws should be checked by the operator. I see nothing broken showing where the revolver failed or am I missing something.
     
  8. Black Majik

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    Wow... sorry to hear!

    *Hands shovel* :D
     
  9. patentnonsense

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    I'm sorry to hear about your Taurus - I hate it when a new treasure shows its tarnish. Still I think your story was topped by the guy who said

    Making the ultimate snubbie!

    Well that's ONE way to avoid forcing cone misalignment!!

    Gee, I thought it was DAN Wesson that had the removable barrels!!!
     
  10. BigG

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    Hey I keep hearing their quality is at an all time high. :rolleyes:
     
  11. Tamara

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    It looks to me as though the owner did not check his firearm for proper tension on all the screws, and now wishes to blame it on the gun. ;)
     
  12. gvass

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    "It looks to me as though the owner did not check his firearm for proper tension on all the screws, and now wishes to blame it on the gun. "

    Yes.
    Push back that yoke and screw back the holding screw. Than shoot more, than check the screw.

    Nothing is broken.
     
  13. TBeck

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    Nothing looks broken and I had mine taken apart just yesterday for cleaning. Be careful with that little spring-loaded pointy thing that goes inside the crane retention screw. It's easy to lose and doesn't always seat just right. The head of the crane retention screw should be just below the frame of the gun when fully screwed down.

    One of my few gripes with Taurus revolvers is the number of small springs and whatnot that constitute the cylinder and crane assembly. Compared to a S&W it's practically a Rube Goldberg machine!
     
  14. Old Fuff

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    Denfoote:

    Go get some fingernail polish (I won't suggest from where). Then when you reassemble your revolver put 1 small drop on the side of the screw before you screw it back. This should solve the backing-out problem, but you'll still be able to remove the screw when you need to.

    Be glad you don't have an old Single Action - they shed screws all of the time.
     
  15. Ukraine Train

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    Fuff,

    There's a "manly" version of nail polish for that purpose, it's called Loc-Tite. Just make sure you get the medium strength stuff so you can take the screw out later.
     
  16. Jim March

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    Yup - BLUE loktite. The red-label "gorilla snot" makes it a serious pain to UNscrew later.

    You should also get a good set of gunsmith's screwdrivers from Brownell's, or at a minimum a set of high-end concave-ground hex-drive screwdriver bits from an American source in a LOT of sizes from a high-end hardware shop. What you use to drive those bits matters less than the bit quality, although do NOT drive them with power tools under any circumstances.

    Boogered-up screws drop the value of your gun.

    Once you have the screwdrivers, consider blue-loktiting *every* screw on the gun :). 'Cept for the grip screw.
     
  17. goon

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    I had a S&W M-18 that the ejector would screw itself loose on. One day I went to open the gun and it wouldn't open. I was mad until I figured out that it was just a small matter. I have also seen single actions that the screws work loose on and need to be tightened up.
    Still though, I would hope that a new gun would hold together a little better than that.
    But if you can just put it back together and tighten a couple screws, you are good to go.
     
  18. Old Fuff

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    Yup, I know all about Loc-Tite (Red and Blue). Use the stuff all the time. But if there was a lady in the house with some nail polish it could let denfoote get his revolver back together in quick order and save a trip to the hardware store. What was needed here was one drop - not a tube of the stuff. Anyway denfoote now knows about Loc-Tite, and he can pick up a tube if he wants.

    Covering all of the bases doesn't hurt ...
     
  19. Old Fuff

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    Goon:

    Given that his Taurus is a little gun, and that denfoote is putting .357 Magnums through it, I can see how some screws might back out if they weren't threaded in and tightened while using a light sealent. This is sometimes a problem with Colt and Ruger single action revolvers, and they aren't so little ...
     
  20. Quartus

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    Nail polish = quick fix 'cause I need it NOW.

    Loc-Tite = Pick it up next trip to the hardware store 'cause it's the right stuff for the job and I should have some for when the nail polish fails.


    Fair enough? Okay, Goon and Fuff, kiss and make up. :D



    Say, is it just me? I don't think it's asking too much for a new revolver to come from the factory with all it's screws properly tightened. I sorta think I shouldn't need to check screw torque for a few more times than 3 outings...
     
  21. Grump

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    Hear, Hear! I second that sentiment and assemble that remark into my quote bag.

    Then I'd still apply blue Loc-Tite wherever reasonable to do so.
     
  22. 4v50 Gary

    4v50 Gary Moderator Staff Member

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    The only revolver that doesn't need to be checked for loose screws is the Ruger SS & GP & SP series of guns. OK, the ones with adjustable sights have up to four screws on them - two for the sights, one for the grip and a third one for the cylinder release. Being that they're solid frame though, they won't rattle apart like Taurus, S&W and Colts. All of these should be checked occasionally.
     
  23. denfoote

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    Did I happen to mention that this is my first revolver??
    If all the parts are here and I think they are, I'll try to get it back together myself. Now that I'm relatively certain that nothing is actually broken!!
    Some clear concise directions from someone who has put one of these babies together would be nice!! :D
     
  24. Quartus

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    Occasionally I can buy. But what's occasionally? Every other trip to the range???
     
  25. Brian Williams

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    Reassembly
    Pull the crane out about 3/4 of the way out from within the cylinder and hold the cylinder up to the frame and then slide the crane back in to both the cylinder and the frame. The cylinder has to be within the window of the frame. Put your screw back in.
     
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