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speedloader for Taurus 85

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by another okie, Jun 24, 2008.

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  1. another okie

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    One IDPA club is planning on a BUG match in August. I sometimes carry a Taurus 85 ti.

    Anyway, when I actually carry the little guy I carry spare ammo in an MTM ammo wallet, which I could no more reload with under fire than I could fly. The spare ammo in the MTM is for reloading while listening for sirens.

    So I'm considering some speedloaders. A search of the revolver forum revealed that most prefer the HKS or Safariland. Well, the Safariland doesn't seem to be made for Taurus, and the HKS has a reputation as requiring some grinding on the cylinder release lever.

    Any other options, or should I just bite the bullet on the HKS?
     
  2. lee n. field

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    A quick Google search bring up this chart, which seems to indicate that Taurus uses the same speedloader as the the SP-101 and S&W J-frame.

    Ditto this chart, from another vendor.

    So I'm guessing anything for a 5 shot J-frame Smith will work.
     
  3. bestseller92

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    Any speedloader that'll fit a Ruger SP101 or Smith J frame will fit a Taurus 85.
     
  4. another okie

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    Thanks. I have used HKS for my big Ruger. Does anyone have any experience with these Maxfire rubber speedloaders? How you release the cartridges into the cylinder?
     
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    HKS 36 speed loader fits my; S&W 36 and Taurus model 85UL and Taurus model 605.
     
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    Apparently the model numbers are HKS 3075; Safariland J-c7; and Maxfire M4K. I found two online reports of bent cranes using the maxfire and one using the HKS.
     
  7. Virginian

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    I just got a Taurus 605. I got the 5 shot Safariland speedloaders for the S&W 60 about 2 weeks ago. Guess what? They don't fit. I got my daughter the HKS for hers, and they work (like HKSs are supposed to), but I preferred the Safariland style of function. Safariland holds the rounds much tighter, and that's the issue.
    Anybody want to buy 2 Safariland speedloaders ? :(
     
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    Is the 605 bigger than the 85? Is that why they didn't work? Or would they not work in any small Taurus?
     
  9. lee n. field

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    Didn't care for them, myself. Basically you tear the speedloader off the cartridges.
     
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    I used HKS speedloaders with the Taurus 85 I had, and they worked just fine. I'm still using the same ones with my SP101.
     
  11. ktd

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    How do you bend cranes using speedloaders? A lot of people flick revolvers closed which bends stuff, but that is not something you need to do when speedloading.

    I use the J-frame Safariland speedloaders in my Taurus M85 and it seems to work fine. In my general thinking though, if I am worried about reloading I do not carry a snubbie.
     
  12. The_Shootist

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    Nod

    I use the same HKS and Safariland Comp II's on my M85 that I use on my SP 101. Prefer the safariland. Just get the 5 shot model for a J Frame S&W and you're in business.
     
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    Why don't my Safarilands fit my Taurus? I gotta believe the 605s and 85s have the same dimensions.
     
  14. Futuristic

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    ktd wrote:
    I'm not sure how someone bent a crane with an HKS speedloader, but I'm not surprised at all about Maxfire speedloaders causing bent cranes. The Maxfire is basically a big rubber chunk with channels for the cartridge bases. You stick the cases down as far as you can into the cylinder, then you RIP the speedloader SIDEWAYS off the cartridges, leaving them in the cylinder. Guess what, all of that stress PULLS out on the cylinder and the CRANE. I'm surprised the design ever made it off the drawing boards.

    As far as I can see, you can't readily use the Maxfire speedloaders without putting sideload on your Crane. Weaker guns will obviously be more susceptible to damage in this manner, but it can't be good for any of them.

    Futuristic
     
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    Speed loaders

    :banghead::banghead:I use HKS speed loaders in my Taurus 85 Ti - they work great - the little bit of wiggle is built in to the design to ease line up of the bullet noses with the cylinder bores - I like the twist lock/un-lock feature - I've tried Safariland and prefer the HKS - also tried the Bianchi speed strips - they're comfortable in the pocket but slow to reload.
     
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