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Thinking about a Taurus 66...

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by ZeroCool, Sep 1, 2008.

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  1. ZeroCool

    ZeroCool Member

    Aug 23, 2006
    Hello All,

    I am seriously considering a Taurus Model 66 in .357 magnum as my first revolver. I would be buying the 4" blued model and would eventually be matching it with a Marlin lever gun in either 30-30 or .357. I have already done the AR's and plastic fantastic pistols and am now in the mood for a blued steel and wood combo.

    My question is are the Taurus revolvers quality firearms? I have done some research and it seems like people either like them or dislike them (or dislike Taurus in general). I really like the look of the Taurus in blue and they appear to be about $100 - 130 cheaper than the similar Ruger GP-100 (which I find slightly less attractive). $100+ more for the Ruger would be stretching my budget also.

    As always, thanks for any and all assistance and insight.
  2. Schmidlin

    Schmidlin Member

    Dec 26, 2007
    Archbold Ohio
    o man.....you just opened a can of worms asking that question here.

    But anyways i bought this exact gun as my first handgun. I have had nothing but great range times with it. Ive had it about a week and have put close to 600 rounds or more thru it and not a single issue. Handles the 158grain 357 so easily then shooting 38specials out of it is great.

    You really cant go wrong by getting this. Yes taurus does have a rep with its customer service. But if you know what you are looking at and buy from a good dealer you should be okay.

    I was in the same boat. The Ruger would have been nice but that extra money just wasnt there. With that extra money i was able to buy extra ammo. i bought mine for $365 bucks and i think i screwed over taurus with that price. Its really a great gun to shoot.

    My only complaint i have so far after firing that many rounds is the long DA trigger pull. But im getting a Wolff set of springs next week to fix that. Anymore questions dont hesitate to pm me.

    Get ready for the Taurus flame fest.


    o and if you want more info go join that forum....really alot of great taurus info on it.
  3. tuna

    tuna member

    Nov 8, 2004
    Western MA
    I bought a like new older model 66 6" a couple years ago for $200. At first I thought it was very rough, but once it smoothed itself in it really slicked out. Not quite as good as my 15-3, but a very nice, well made revolver; that takes the same speedloaders as my K frame.
  4. weregunner

    weregunner Member

    Aug 12, 2006
    Do own a two Taurus model 66s. One is 20+ years in age and the other is newer stainless steel 7 shooter versus the 6 rounds the older models.

    The older 66 is still going strong after many thousands of .357 magnum and .38 Special rounds through it.

    The newer one is as accurate as it's older brother.
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    Join Date: 08-12-06
    Location: Wisconsin
    Posts: 672 If you want a new revolver under lifetime warranty the Rossi and Taurus are up for grabs.
    Here's the scoop on them.

    That out of the way even the Charter Arms seems to be not a bad pick. At least from what the actual owners are saying and the printed media seem to like them and showed that they were well made.

    These were considered functional and decent guns.

    I have personal experience with the older Taurus 85CH which is know 20+ years old and still going strong.

    Aquired a Rossi 462 recently in the last few months and it's functioning and accuracy are what one would expect from a good quality snub revolver.

    The used S&Ws are not bad picks either as others have already stated.

    THE above is from another very recent thread from here.

    For other links:

    MCgunner should be along soon. He's got years of model 66 use under the belt.
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