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Taurus Tracker 44 magnum any good?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by Doggieman, Jun 10, 2006.

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  1. Doggieman

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    Hi, I'm thinking of getting a 44 mag and really like the look of the Trackers. Plus I'm in CA and we can't get everything here (the infamous "not unsafe list"), but the 4" stainless Tracker is available so that's good. I'd just be using it at the range w/ factory ammo, maybe some fondling/dry-firing at home while watching TV. Some gun p0rn pics, looking at myself holding it in various poses in the mirror, you know the drill. If bears overrun the city I could use it as a SD weapon.

    Don't really care for the look of the Smiths in .44 or the Rugers. I just think Taurus has really stylish, badass looking guns. Plus I have their single stack Mil Pro in 45 ACP and think it's excellent so I trust the brand.

    Anybody here own a Tracker? What do you think of the porting? Does it help or is it just lame? I'm looking for something with a barrel no more than 5" so that removes the Raging Bulls (6 and 8 inch only I think). I like the look of the Tracker more than the Model 44. Love to hear your opinions!

    Thx
     
  2. moph759fl

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    I'm a big fan of Taurus products, and would indeed recommend the .44MAG, mine is a ported 4" with "Gripper" grips. Its mild to shoot and the porting allows you to come back to target quickly.

    They are well made with a solid warranty, I've never had any problems with any of mine. My favorite is my Titanium .41 MAG and at 21oz. it a joy to conceal carry.

    With over 500 rounds shot my .44 MAG is as good as the day I got it. I have an IWB holster that will conceal carry the .44 MAG, what a surprise for the BG when I have to pull it out.
     
  3. MCgunner

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    I have two fantastic Taurus revolvers and that titanium .41 Mag tracker is on my want list. :D I have a M66 .357 Mag and M85UL .38 Spl at present. Fantastic triggers and quality guns IMHO and a lifetime warranty.
     
  4. Nulik

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    I've got a Tracker in 44 mag. I definately like the gun but I don't like the blueing much. Always ends up looking like the picture they have on thier website rather than what I'd expect. Aside from the blueing the only things I noticed wrong with it were some tool marks on the cylinder and the way the stock grips banged up my middle knuckle when firing magnum rounds. A set of Houge rubber grips made my knuckles happier.
     
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    I have the stainless 4 inch as well and have no complaints so far. It is a joy to shoot with .44 Spl loadings and while certainly managable with .44 Mag loadings the recoil is a bit stout.

    Remember this is a Medium K-L frame size gun so shooting stout .44 Mag ammo is going to let you know you pulled the trigger.

    The proof will be in how the gun fairs over the long haul and I only have a couple boxes through mine so far. My opinion is that if you want to shoot the heavy end of the .44 Magnum loadings you may want to think about a larger frame with a bit more weight.

    I give two thumbs up so far but will be shooting more .44 Spl than .44 Mag through mine - just because it is more pleasant to plink that way. Not because I have anything that says it won't stand up to steady magnum loads.
     
  6. bearmgc

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    I have the Taurus Tracker in 44mag with the porting and am very satisfied with it. It is not a titanium one and has the 4in? barrel. However, I recently got a S&W Mountain gun in 41mag because I can be more accurate with followup shots in a 41mag. So now the Tracker is becoming more of a safe queen. Its still a very good revolver for the money.
     
  7. Doggieman

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    sweet. I really like the look of that gun.
     
  8. Norton

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    I can't speak to that particular model, but my Model 83 (.38spl) is a first rate firearm and Spot77's .22lr (don't know the model) is a real tack driver.
     
  9. Hawken50

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    i have exactly the model you describe and i love it. the porting helps with muzzle rise but makes it LOUD, it is without a doubt the loudest gun i have ever fired. the factory ribber grips awsome. i've got probably 500rnds (pretty warm handloads) through it and had only one problem with it and that's because i spilled powder all over it and it gummed things up (long story). after 2 very through cleanings, it was good as new.

    as far as accuracy, my best group with my handloads was 1 1/4 in. off sandbags @ 25yrds. the gun is far more accurate than i am. 2in groups are normal.

    i plan on using it on whitetails this fall and black bear if one should wander across my path.

    if you get one you wont regret it. and if you do i'll take it off your hands.
     
  10. jrou111

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    I LOVE mine.

    Be warned, if you shoot this thing at an indoor range, it will drive everyone else out. (sometimes good)

    [​IMG]
     
  11. Doggieman

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    that was my next question, the loudness. I'm actually looking for something that'll make a little noise at the range. Sometimes it's just fun to pull out the big boy and watch everyone else flinch a little then look your way. :evil: :evil:
     
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    about the short cylinder-

    300grn Honrady XTP's fit fine. it's the reallllllly heavy specialty cast bullets that won't fit.
     
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    It's got about a 12" fireball that comes out the muzzle, and in smaller indoor ranges, It feels like it changes the air pressure in the room. I have to double up on ear protection and my shooting partners keep at least one stall between us.
     
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    I have several Taurus wheelguns. The .44 Tracker and the Raging Bull .454 are on my list of "gonna get" guns.
     
  16. Doggieman

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    sweeet.. I remember when I got my snub .45 everyone said the recoil would be so bad but it's not. And I'm not a big guy. And the 12-gauge everyone's like oh no the recoil the recoil, but I love it! Can't wait for a big bore mag!
     
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    one other question -- what does the "expansion chamber" do?
     
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    MY 608

    Several years ago I bought one of the then new 608 8rd 357 mags with a 4in ported barrel as a hiking "friend" After the first trip I knew it was a mistake:banghead: It was so loud to say it hurt doesn't begin to cover it. It became a range only gun...Not much good as a trail gun if you gotta ask that nasty critter to wait till you get your earplugs in. As for getting back on target faster, practice can do what porting does...At about 900 rds things started breaking or falling/sliding out. The lock-up got real sloppy but it was still accurate enough to walk a gallon can 40-50 yards away across the ole gravel pit.

    I replaced it with a GP100 w/a 6 in barrel but even in a good bench rest it was all over the place. That gave way to a S&W 629 Classic SS 5in bbl LOVELOVELOVE like the first girl to say yes:what:

    The 608 was my only experiance with Taurus and overall it was not impressive, hope they are better now. Since then I've added a Glock 30 45acp, Browning HP 2tone 9mm, a cammo Buckmark 22, SP101 38/357 snubbie and a SS Redhawk 44mag. (+ a few 1895s 1894cb FN/FAL clone a Mossberg 590...gee is this why I'm always broke?:uhoh:
     
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    Mine is a model 970. I absolutely love this gun and I know that it will last through generations of my family. I hope to live long enough to see my great grandkids learn to shoot with it.


    I've been thinking about a big cal. Taurus revolver, so I hope this thread gets nice and long. :)
     
  20. Sport Shooter

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    Tracker Problems

    Well, my take on a Taurus is not so hot right now. I had the 357 ss tracker blow apart in my hands Saturday at a public range while shooting factory PMC ammo. I only have burns and I am very lucky to have walked away from that incident. Not sure what I am going to do about it as of yet, but you can bet I'll never own or touch another Taurus.
     
  21. FLORES425

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    dang that isnt good.:confused: I want the 41 mag or a 44mag someday. Anyone want to sell??????/:evil:
     
  22. Doggieman

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    might want to contact the company about that. Have any photos of the gun?
     
  23. michiganfan

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    I have one. I love the heft and feel of the gun but I only go thorugh about 10-20 rounds a session and have to stop because it hurts too much. It is a definite fun gun.
     
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    My 2 cents

    I own a couple of Taurus revolvers - a 357 tracker and their 38 special snubby (my SD weapon). I hand load and have pushed more rounds than I can count through them. Target loads, hot loads, Oh my God loads and have never had a problem with either. Both are super accurate. The 357 has adjustable sights while the snubby is fixed, but still dead on at 7 yards. The tracker is a whole lot better than I will ever be. For the money and the enjoyment, I don't think you'll go wrong in purchasing a Taurus.

    Enjoy....
     
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