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Taurus Quality

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by newman, Sep 12, 2007.

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  1. newman

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    I'm looking for opinions on the quality of Taurus revolvers these days. In asking around at local shops they tell me that its about the same quality as a Ruger. Specifically, I am looking at the 617 with 2 inch barrell. I havent yet decided on blue or stainless.

    I shot a firend's 22 cal Taurus(10 years old but not fired much) this weekend and it was sometimes difficult to get it to release the shells once fired(remmington ammo). Also, sometimes the hammer would stick when trying to pull it back. Is this common in a Taurus or is it just an older design that they have since improved.

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  2. Majic

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    Taurus are quite good. In today's world it's a decent bargain. Your friend's revolver may just need a good cleaning.
     
  3. Ala Dan

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    All I will say is that I sell a lot of 'em; whether or not they are are up to
    industry standards is very subjective~! :eek::uhoh::rolleyes:
     
  4. Cougfan2

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    Many years ago I worked for a firearms disti in KS. When the Taurus revolvers first started being imported they were junk. Really rough and a lot of tooling marks.

    Several years hence, Taurus made a significant investment in CNC maching and manufacturing equipment. I would say the quality of their revolvers today is on a par with Ruger. I'll admit I don't own one, but some of my friends do and they seem very happy with them.
     
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    I have two,a mod 85 and a 85CH,both about I think 15+ years old,lots of factory and hand loads thru them,along with my carry loads of WCC 125gr +P+ ammo.neither one has missed a lick since I bought them.they go BANG every time I pull the trigger. jwr
     
  7. newman

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    Thanks for the replies. Keep them coming.
     
  8. glockman19

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    I would spend the extra couple of dollars and get a Ruger or S&W.
     
  9. Jim March

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    Just monitoring the complaints around here...I'd say they're the worst of the top three.

    It *appears* that your odds of getting a good S&W right from the start are better than Ruger by a tiny margin, better than Taurus by a bigger margin.

    Once "successfully in operation", it's Ruger that takes the lead in reliability, followed pretty closely by S&W, and then Taurus deep in 3rd place.

    If a Ruger passes "the checkout" right at the get-go, odds are excellent you've got a good gun for life, and for a lot less than S&W. If Ruger makes what I need, that's generally where I go (in wheelguns, which is all I'm interested in).

    The Taurus wheelguns that seem to give the most trouble are the ultra-lights and the Gaucho. I personally would not buy either. If you need a "cheap ultralight" of some sort, there are no good options period. S&W will charge through the nose, and most of the older designs (Colt Agent, S&W 12, etc) don't hold up and are still pricey. On a budget? Get a real steel gun and a fanny pack...and once you go to fanny pack-type carry or a real holster under a jacket, the SP101 or even GP100 comes into their own.
     
  10. ZeSpectre

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    The "cliff notes" version of my history with Taurus firearms.

    Taurus Gaucho SAA #1 - Light hammer strikes at random, Sold to buyer who knew the history.

    Taurus Gaucho SAA #2 - Reliable as clockwork under the stress of cowboy action shooting.

    Taurus Gaucho SAA #3 - Initially had in internal burr that caused slight issues. Deburred and it has been the same as SAA #2 ever since

    Millennium Pro PT-140 - Has always functioned perfectly

    PT-1911 - New gun, did a complete disassembly after purchase and found a boatload of metal filings and crap all over the internals. Cleaned it out and did a small deburring job on the grip safety and it has run like clockwork so far.


    OTHERS I HAVE WORKED WITH BUT WEREN'T MY GUNS

    Millennium Pro PT-145 - Friend's gun. Recoil spring somehow worked out the front of the slide. Taurus took FOREVER to return it. Gun functioned poorly thereafter

    Tracker pistol - smooth as silk right out of the box, no issues.

    Judge pistol - see above

    PT-745 - also smooth as silk, no issues

    Gaucho SAA - Reliable but developed trigger slap. Don't know if the owner sent it in for repairs or not.

    The Fact - Taurus has QC issues and severe turnaround time issues on repairs
    My Opinion - I still like Taurus guns and when you get good ones they are GREAT for the price.
    My disclaimer - I can't recommend that you buy a Taurus as your only gun.
     
  11. tinygnat219

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    I am Zespectre's friend with the Tauri problems.

    I wouldn't trust their semi-automatics, but their revolvers seem pretty nice. Still, get a Ruger if you are going to carry a revolver. This is coming from a guy that has 4 Taurus and one Ruger and those that the Ze mentions above are mine (Gauchos). I also have a 94 (.22 Revolver) and the 905 (in 9MM).

    Taurus has come a long way, but recently their customer service has gone WAY down hill.
     
  12. MCgunner

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    I've got three excellent taurus revolvers, a M85 Ultra Lite that is accurate and has the slickest DA trigger I've felt out of the box on any revolver including my Smiths. And, I have two M66s, one older 3 inch and one newer 4". They are among the most accurate DA revolvers I've owned. I prefer Ruger's design strength, but Rugers I've owned, do own, don't shoot any better.

    I don't know about the Gaucho. I'm not a cowboy type and prefer the strength and adjustable sights of my Blackhawks for field uses. That one M66 4" nickeled gun, though, I will NOT be selling that one. It's unreal accurate, fine DA and SA triggers, awesome 4" mid size .357 DA revolver. I like it a lot better than the old Security Six I had, softer shooting, just as light, and more accurate. It's a little more accurate than my old M19 with .38 wadcutter and just as slick. Plus, it has a ROUND forcing cone, no flat spot on the bottom. I've had a Smith crack there on that flat spot before.

    I would check the gun over for timing, tightness, end play, etc before buying, but I do that with ANY revolver. I don't order guns. I wanna handle the weapon before any purchase and I don't care who the manufacturer is.
     
  13. Don Lu

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    Own 2 Tauri. One semi auto and one revolver. Both have been flawless and the revolver has a better trigger than my Smith revolver. My not be typical but it is my truth.
     
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    I have owned many types and brands of revolvers in the recent years. Taurus puts out a great quality product and at an unbeatable price. I highly recommend a Taurus revolver.
     
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    My Taurus Gaucho in .357 has been completely without problems. It has the best SA hammer and trigger pull of any gun I have ever shot. Anyone else that I have let shoot it likes it too. It is accurate too. I use it as my fun gun and is one of home SD weapons(the other is the 12 ga). I have read the Taurus horror stories but I personally have not experienced one.
     
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    Titanium tracker 357 has been back 3 times for the same problem. $35 shipping each time.Average return time from taurus was 9 weeks. I won't be buying any more of Taurus' products. I'll stick with Ruger or S&W, in that order.
     
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    I own a 627. A few years old. Fit and finish excellent. A couple of 1000 rounds though it. Mostly hot 357 and a few hundred 38s. Not a problem.

    It is my bed side gun.

    I also have a MilPro PT145 auto. Never had a problem with that one either.
     
  18. Mantua

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    I've got a Taurus 85 that I love. It's 10+ years old, about 10k rounds through it. The only problem I've had is the cylinder release coming off after a long range session. All parts are original, and she's never seen a 'smith.
    I believe that Taurus puts out more lemons than the others, but a good gun is a good gun. If you can't afford a $700 NIB revolver, go with a Taurus. Just don't be surprised if you have to return it for repairs.
     
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    I have two Taurus Trackers that are outstanding. I use them in handgun classes and they normally have between 500 to a 1000 rounds fired each class. Easy to clean, no problems in past two years.
     
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    I have two Taurus 669's - zero problems. And I have a 851 ( concealed hammer version of 85 ) - WOW! Great double and single action trigger pull, accurate and reliable!!
     
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    Had a Taurus 431 (stainless .44 snub); fast double-action work would result in cylinder lock-up after 2-3 rounds (by "fast," I mean a quick, smooth stroke, allowing good hits at 20-25 yards, NOT a slap-the-trigger noisemaking style :D). Traded it to a dealer, after warning him of the matter.

    Still have a m94 (4 " stainless 9-shot .22 LR); no complaints; decent (but heavy) trigger; decent plinking/varmint accuracy; 100% reliability.

    For a "serious purpose" revolver, I'd go with Ruger. I've owned 5 (still own 4, and never shoulda traded off the ol' Single Six :(), and have never had a single issue with any of them.

    Or, get a good used S&W. I've lost track of the pre-lock S&Ws I've owned, been issued, borrowed, etc., and they all worked flawlessly.
     
  22. Jim March

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    Look at the pattern right in this thread: owners of Taurus ultralights are complaining more often than owners of blue or stainless Taurii.

    I've been watching that happen for years.
     
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    My statistical sample of 1 85UL has been flawless. But you may be right about the light-weight being a factor.
     
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    I've have 3 little wheel taurus's 2 Titanium 38's and one Steel 9mm and have had to send all three back to the factory for repair.:mad: Now I am waiting for the last two to arrive back (one 38 and one 9mm) from taurus and then I an going to sell them and get a good Ruger or Smith. The last Episode was when my wife,brother in law and I were at the range and after about 20 rounds my wife flipped the cylinder out to do a reload and the cylinder and crane fell on the bench. This was her home protection gun with c/t lazer grips and now I don't trust it and never will again! I was a fan of their guns but now after all this I will not own another.:cuss:
     
  25. JLStorm

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    I had a number of issues with them and will never buy them again. If it was for a gun that was just a range toy, it wouldnt be a big deal, but every gun I own I either carry or hunt with and from my own personal experience Taurus isnt worth the risk of failure.
     
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