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Taurus model 66 OWNERS

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by Thaddeus Jones, Dec 28, 2009.

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  1. Thaddeus Jones

    Thaddeus Jones Member

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    Hi, if you actually own a Taurus model 66 revolver.....or a Taurus 357 revolver with a 4" barrel, please opine and advise. IF, however, you simply wish to tell me a story you heard from your brothers mother in laws cousin about how crappy Taurus is, please go start your own thread, thanks!

    I'm a revolver fan. I have not, up to this point in time, owned a Taurus revolver.

    Yes, I've read online how "crappy" Taurus is, and yes, I've read that their customer service is worse than Kimber. But I've also read that "locks are not an issue" and "38's and 9mm's won't stop a determined adversary". :rolleyes: ;)

    So, owners of the Taurus model 66, what are your impressions?

    Accuracy? Durability? Do you have the blue or stainless? Six or seven shot?

    TJ
     
  2. indie

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    I had a taurus 66 (my first handgun) which I sold and regret. I really had no qualms with it. It was a seven shot, blued, and very accurate. I pretty much exclusively put +p 38 special and 357 magnum gold dots through it. I'd buy another for a house gun for my wife if i run into a good deal.
     
  3. Jonah71

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    I have a Taurus Mod. 65 .357 mag Rev. 4" barrel. The difference is, I believe (I've shot the 66,it's just been awhile) the 66 holds 7 rnds I believe and has adjustable rear site. I did have problems with the key/mammer lock malfunctioning and it took a couple of months to get it back, but since then, my 6 shot mod. 65 .357 mag SS with the 4" barrel has been dependable and accurate. A good no frills handgun at a decent price. I got mine new in the box at about $370 (unusually low imo). It's well worth the money. I spent a little more later for Hogue grips. (like the feel & balence better) I too have heard all the "junk rumors" and they may have been true a few years ago, but I really believe Taurus is putting out some pretty decent handguns lately. And at a lower price. I have 2 others. The .22 mag ultra lite 2" barrel 8 shot revolver (wouldn't recommend it in UL) and the 9mm PT Pro Comp. SD (extremely dependable). But you're only interested in revolvers. If you can get the Mod. 66 .357 mag at a good price, I wouldn't have a problem reccomending one. I much prefer the SS. (just a personal preference.)
     
  4. Jonah71

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    One more thing......for some reason I'm much more accurate with the .38 spec +P's.
     
  5. greenlion

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    You really have to look at the pistol in question with Taurus revolvers. Their quality has waxed and waned over the years. My wife has a SS model 85 that is very roughly made and has obvious machining defects in it, although it works fine. My father has the same model from a few years later, and I would trade my S&W j-frame for it. It has the best trigger pull I have ever seen from the factory, and has no flaws inside or out. I certainly wouldn't hesitate to buy and use one if the price was right. I don't think S&W makes that frame size any more either.
     
  6. 7.62 Nato

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    I had a Taurus m66 4" blued (no lock). I never had any trouble from it. It was more accurate than me. I would still have it today if it had not got stolen about 20yrs. ago. I finally replaced it this past year with a S$W m66 (no dash) 4" stainless (no lock). I'm very happy to be shooting a .357 again. I had forgotten how much fun they are.
     
  7. weregunner

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    I have both a model 66 new and old.

    The old model is blued and over 20 years old. It's still going strong. No problems and the trigger smoothed out so well that no action job was necessary. Granted, a large proportion of the thousands of rounds sent down range were .38 Specials, but a large number of various bullet weight .357 magnum rounds also went down range over the years and no problems.

    I've got a Taurus 65, 2.5 barrel model in nickel, and it has had the same history.

    Bought the new 7 shot model 66 couple years back and it is giving as good a service as the older models. Have to get used to the 7 shots versus 6 of the old one. Had to buy new HKS speedloaders of the 7 shot variety, but other than that there's been only good things to say.

    Here's a link that might prove useful.
    Taurus .357 magnum model 66:
    http://www.taurusarmed.net/forums/index.php?topic=19433.0
    More of the same:
    http://www.taurusarmed.net/forums/index.php?topic=22079.0
    http://www.taurusarmed.net/forums/index.php?topic=7052.0
    http://www.taurusarmed.net/forums/index.php?topic=8478.0

    Within these links are more links about the model 66 written by the owners of the 66.
     
  8. jad0110

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    I used to own a 6" stainless 7 shot M66 a few years ago. I traded it on a 686, which I like even more (no regrets). Lately, I've been keeping my eyes open for a blued 66 with a 2.5" or 3" barrel.

    Mine was a very good gun. The SA was okay, with more overtravel than a S&W, but not objectionable. DA was very smooth, with mild stacking. The finish on the gun was very nice, though there were numerous tool marks in various places, particularly on either side of the front site base and on the frame just above the trigger, IIRC. Accuracy was good, but not as good as my S&Ws ... but that was probably just the stocks not fitting my hands correctly. I traded it before I replaced them.

    I'd definitely buy one, if it were the right price. Problem is some gun and pawn shops seem to think that since it is a "Model 66", they can price it the same as the S&W Model 66. Errr, no thanks. But I'd buy a mechanically solid 2.5" or 3" blued example if I find one for $225 or less.
     
  9. Onward Allusion

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    Got an older six shot 66 with 6" half lug barrel. I recently picked it up used for a very low price. I've owned and shot many Tauri over the years - all revolvers with the exception of my POS PT1911, but I digress...

    My expectations of the 66 was that it would be a decent shooter with an "ok" trigger but not much more. Boy, was I wrong! The revolver has one of the smoothest triggers I've come across. It rivals Smiths & Colts - smooth as cutting butter in double action (as it was meant to be shot). Single action was extremely crisp and light. I would never do SA if I had to use it in a defensive situation, however. As for accuracy, OMG - I couldn't believe I was doing less than 1" at 30 feet. I don't normally shoot any further than 50, so 30 is my typical distance. It is one solid feeling gun. Locks up as tight as my Colt!

    I really think that Taurus revolvers are some of the best values in the marketplace.


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  10. TheNev

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    I have a 6" 7 shot stainless 66, full underlug.

    Pros: It looks fantastic, it feels great in my hand, the trigger is pretty damn good (SA and DA), it's accurate as hell.

    Cons: Mine has timing issues. I need to send it back to Taurus. It will stutter on me sometimes, and not lock up when firing DA.
     
  11. Jeff H

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    My Taurus revolver is a model 81 or 82 (can't remember at the moment) I inherited it from my father and it has been flawless from the mid 1980s until now. My much newer PT1911 has been flawless as well but that is OT.
     
  12. gmh1013

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    I bought one way back in 1988? and sold it 5 years or so later and should have kept it
    paid 175 at a gun show new back then for a blue 6 inch...one of best shooting revolvers I ever had.....not as good as my colt 4 inch diamondback but better than some Smiths I owned....like a model 10 with timing issues that i sent back twice and after that I sold it at a gun show.
     
  13. MCgunner

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    I have two of 'em, 6 shot models, bought used and BOTH were KILLER deals and I very much like both revolvers. Now, I've been shooting revolvers for quite a while. Got into buying 'em after college when I got a good job (1976). Bought my first, a Ruger Security Six, in 1978. In 1981, I added a Smith M19. I traded the Security Six and sold the Smith some years later. I had a Rossi 971 for a while, neat little revolver in its own right, though a ways from Smith and Ruger in fit and finish. It functioned fine, though. I traded it off and there was a hole in my collection again that I needed to fill, the 4" medium frame .357 magnum which no collection is complete without.

    So, I went to a gun show and picked up a nickel M66 4" Taurus, perfect timing, tight as a drum, great gun, super DA and SA trigger. It's got the newer transfer bar action, but is pre-lock. Of all my 4" medium frame revolvers, this is the most accurate revolver I've owned. It is stronger in the forcing cone area than the 19 was, beefier, and no flat on the bottom. It shoots 1" at 25 yards with its favorite .38 OR .357. It's got as good a trigger as my current 60s vintage model 10 Smith. What's not to love? I got it for $197 plus tax at the gun show.

    Then, a few years later, I got to wanting a 2.5-3" K frame. Smiths are out of sight on price, completely FORGET about a 3" even if you find one, not on my budget. I found a 3" Taurus 66 at a gun show. I checked it out as always and it had a timing issue on one cylinder and a lot of crane slop. Guy wanted 200 for it. It had been fired enough to flatten the checkering on the back side of the Pachmayr it wore, had a lot of holster wear, so I figured it was either a armed security guard gun or someones CCW. More likely someones CCW.

    I talked the guy down to $180 and figured if I had to send it to Taurus, at least it's got a lifetime warranty. Far as I can tell, the thing is late 80s. It has the hammer block trigger system, still a floating firing pin, though. The DA isn't as smooth as the 4"'s DA and the SA has a perceptible amount of creep in it that you can feel when dry firing and feeling for it, but that you don't really notice in live fire. The DA isn't that bad, manageable, just not as slick as my Smith and my other Taurus 66.

    So, I get this 3" gun home, go to messing with it, take the side plate off and discover who ever moron owned this thing put the wrong screws in the wrong holes on the side plate and the long screw that holds the crane in wasn't where it does the good. I fixed that, loctited the screw in, BAMMMM, the thing is perfectly timed and tight! No more crane slop. There is a tiny amount of end shake on this gun, no doubt a pretty high round count of heavy loads just judging by the grip that was on it. It shoots nearly as good as the 4" gun and one thing really neat, .38 groups nearly to the same point of aim as .357 loads in the gun. I can keep either under 2" AT 25 yards from sandbags. The 3" barrel gives me a little more concealment from a belt slide holster and the gun is a bit lighter than the 4" to boot, makes a great all day carry OWB and isn't to bad IWB, though I have to admit my Ruger SP101 was a little better, mainly due to the grip profile. I had a Hogue on it and put a Hogue on the Taurus, but the Taurus is a square butt.

    All in all these two Taurus 66s are a couple of the best deals I've ever made on a firearm. I got a medium frame gun in both cases more accurate than any of my previous guns and the 3" is quite a good carry. I like 'em both a LOT. :D

    3" gun in a JIT Slide...

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    3" and 4" 66s together....

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    The 4" 66....

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  14. powwowell

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    I have a Taurus 66, bought in January, 1988, for $200 OTD. It has to have a manufacture date of 1987, or earlier. Six inch, .357. The blue finish is so smooth and dark, that it looks like you could dive in it.

    As far as I'm concerned, it's irreplaceable. It has seen more .38 Specials than .357. It's a great revolver.
     
  15. Weedy

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    I have an older (no lock) satin stainless Taurus 65 given to me by my dad, who bought it from some other guy who needed the money...anyway, it seems to be built very well, and after I put Hogue monogrips on it its very comfortable. It has the very low profile non-adjustable sights. It is more accurate with .357 loads than with .38's. I wouldn't sell it in a million years. Man, now I want to go shoot it...
     
  16. oldfool

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    I own one of the older Taurus 66 (blue 6") and two of the S&W model 66 (6" SS), all three 80's vintage revolvers, all six shooter k-frames
    the Taurus (a clone of the S&W blued model 19 k-frame, same as S&W 66 in SS) is the only revolver I have ever owned I consider fully the equal of my S&Ws
    very accurate, trigger at least as good if not better

    some say the Taurus' steel is not as good or 'softer', I wouldn't know (nor really care)
    these all being k-frames, I shoot lots and lots of 38sp through them all, but load 38+P JHP for "serious social situations".. (and save my 357 loads for the 357 mag carbines)

    PS
    I do suspect Taurus quality is both vintage and make/model specific; cannot speak to subject of newer vintages as I do not own any
    do own the Taurus 96 (K-17 clone) 80's vintage 22LR rimfire, same frame/size/weight etc as all above, and it likewise compares well with my K-17s and K-48
     
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    My Taurus is the 3", stainless, version. Bought in the early 1990's. I use it as a training gun, and have used full-power .357 Magnum ammo in it for about 80% of the firing. The revolver still looks new, and is tight, accurate, and comes with a great trigger.

    My Model 19, given to my wife, is developing timing issues with a lower round count, and less percentage of .357 Mag. fired through it.
     
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    I had one a few years ago. It was blue, full length underlug 4" barrel, seven shots. I must admit that I didn't shoot it a lot. At the time I was living in an apartment and didn't have a place to shoot, but the times I did, it shot just fine with 38's. Never fired a .357 in it. The trigger was fine, as was the finish, and the gun felt well made.

    I eventually traded it off for something else. I wish I hadn't. It was a really nice gun.
     
  19. Revolversrule

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    not a 66, but a 608...

    My Taurus is the large frame, Model 608 in 4" SS with a ported barrel. This one is of the 8-shot variety, and though the large frame grip takes some getting used to (especially when my everyday is a 5-shot SP101), it is a pleasure to shoot with absolutely no recoil what so ever, even with the heaviest .357 loads. My goal now is to find an 8-shot snubby to match when I am on the job (security) so that my back-up will take the same moon clips as the 608.
     
  20. MCgunner

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    That's a good idea for duty, but any 8 shot snubby is not going to ride well in deep concealment. You're lookin' at an N frame sized gun necessarily. Might find something in titanium that might be light enough, don't know. I've seen some converted 1917 Smith .45s that were round butted and cut down that were pretty small as N frames go, but by no means a J frame.

    I'm not in security, just carry concealed, but I find my 3" 66 backed up by my .38 Taurus M85SSUL in a pocket and with two speed strips full of .38 +P (will function in either gun) makes a lot of sense. Speed loaders for a 5 shot wouldn't fit the 6 shot and vice versa. Anyway, for CCW, speed strips are easier to carry than speed loaders. Probably not enough fire power to suit the guy that carries a gun on the job and expects a gun fight with well armed perps, but for CCW, it works.
     
  21. weregunner

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    If he wants a 7 shot snub of sorts the Taurus 617 or 817UL would work.
    The only 8 shot, if you can call it a snub is this:

    Price: $1,153.00 *

    *Suggested Retail, Dealer Sets Actual Pricing







    SKU: 163422
    Model: 327
    Caliber: .357MAG/.38+P
    Capacity: 8 Rounds
    Barrel Length: 2 1/2"
    Front Sight: XS® Sight 24/7 Standard Dot Tritium Sights
    Rear Sight: Cylinder & Slide Extreme Duty Fixed
    Overall Length: 7 3/4"
    Weight: 27.6 oz.
    Grip: Pachmayr® Compac Custom
    Material: Scandium Alloy Frame/ Stainless PVD Cylinder
    Finish: Matte Black

    S&W 327 Nightguard. It's pricey to boot. For some that may not matter.
     
  22. Thaddeus Jones

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    Thanks all!!

    Weregunner - Thanks for the links!

    MCgunner - Very nice 3"

    I'm going to seek out a blue 7-shot. I'll post when I get it! Thanks again to all! TJ
     
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    I have a 669 Taurus (full underlug, 4", blue, 6 shot) I bought new in 1989 for $90. The only problem I had was the rear sight flew off while I was banging away with a few boxes of magnums when it was about 10 years old. Mostly my fault for not noticing the screw loosening up. Sent to taurus and back in 2 weeks with new sight.

    I've probably shot at least 5K of magnums (all bullet weights) and at least twice that many 38s (mostly +Ps) through that gun. Mechanically the gun is fine and the bluing has stood up well. Accuracy is a little less accurate than a S&W as I find most Rugers. The trigger is not as good as I would expect a S&W to be after being broken in with 10,000+ rounds but nothing you can't work with. Considering that a S&W Model 19 would have cost about $200 at that time I think I got a bargain.

    I compare the Taurus to a S&W Model 19 I bought in 1975. The Model 19 had timing issues and flamecutting after about 2500 rds of magnums. Am I saying Taurus is better than S&W? No, but the Taurus 669 I have is better than the S&W Model 19 I had.
     
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    I've had a 6" 669 since '97; good revolver.
     
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    M44C snubby is decent. Not a Smith, but works fine. Plenty accurate, and still not broke in.
     
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