Would you trust a Taurus against dangerous game?

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  1. Terry G

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    Sure as long as it tested out good for me. I would say that about any gun I carry for self defense or defense against wild animals. The odds of needing a defensive gun for wild animals for the overwhelming numbers of us is minute. Wilderness Fishing trips in Canada for 25 years were accompanied by a pump 12 Gauge and a M-1 Garand. Handguns are not allowed so that point was moot. (I fired exactly ONE round of .30/06 in all those years in the air to scare of a big male Black Bear. It didn't work. I hit him with Bear Spray and he took off and didn't come back.)
     
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    Hate? No. Distrust? Definitely. At least on my part.
     
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  3. TarDevil

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    Just got back from my LGS looking for a FN pistol and we discussed Taurus guns. He says he's moving a lot of them and his customers seem happy.

    I dunno. I don't want one, for numerous reasons.
     
  4. whughett

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    Devils advocate: So the Taurus may fail at a critical moment but none of the other brands would.

    Personally I’d go with the S&W 49. I own two never had one not go bang and it’s double action to boot.

    But then again I’ll never put my self into a situation to prove or disprove the matter. OP if you do let us know the outcome.
     
  5. WrongHanded
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    I would not trust a Taurus, for the simple reason that I have zero experience with their revolvers. Yet there is obviously some question as to their trustworthiness.

    Honestly at this point if I wanted a .44 Magnum for bear defense (and didn't already have two), I'd buy a BFR. Shooting powerful magnums well requires practice. I prefer a solidly build revolver that can handle a steady diet of 300+ grain loads, and that also allows me to control recoil well enough that I don't get beaten up too badly during all that practice. The extra weight of the firearm is a burden, but weighing it against a bear mauling, it's not really that heavy.
     
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  6. .455_Hunter

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    I would rate the following:

    90's S&W > 90's Taurus

    90's Taurus > Current S&W (Frequently true)

    Current S&W ~ Current Taurus (???- Good question)
     
  7. ontarget

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    First, I'm a S&W fanboy. No doubt about it!
    Now, in all my shooting years, I've had exactly 1 complete failure of a revolver. It was a brand new S&W 642. Failed on shot #7 out of the box.
    A piece of metal left over from the manufacturing process interfered with the hand so the cylinder did not advance. Easy fix but gun was out of commission until I opened up the side plate.
    I have several Taurus revolvers and never a failure. It can happen to any brand, regardless of how much you paid for it.
     
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  8. savagelover

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    Who says that?
     
  9. savagelover

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    Most people go by what they hear,not true facts I have a Taurus model 44. It shoots fantastic. Never had an issue with it. Shot a few deer with it with some pretty stout 44 mag loads. With 250 grain cast bullets. Good luck.
     
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  10. savagelover

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    How dangerous are you referring to. Rhinos etc
     
  11. .38 Special

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    Is that a typo? I've never heard of anything heavier than 405 grains in the .44 Magnum.
     
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  12. savagelover

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    Typo 250 gr with gas check. Thanks
     
  13. LaneP

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    I've owned an M85 .38 Spl for 30 years and it's never failed to skip a beat, had a PT99 for some time in the 90's and it was reliable and accurate. That said, my fear in getting anything current from Taurus concerns warranty repair. I've perused numerous threads on that topic and none of them are good. Many reports center around weeks and months long waits without getting the problem solved. I'll stand by any company that puts out a reputable product and backs it up with relatively expeditious, no questions asked warranty service, but that would be a sticking point for me with that particular company in this day and age.
     
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    Maybe one of the bigger one's if it proved out, my tracked didn't fare well with heavy loads. I was pretty solidly in the I'll never buy another Taurus until I talked myself into a TX22.
     
  15. 1942bull

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    I would not trust once a rabbit hunt.
     
  16. Old Dog

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    Eh, comments seem about exactly what I expected when I clicked on the thread.

    I think what gets lost in almost every discussion about Taurus is that the company sells a lot of guns at a (usually, much) lower price point than most other handgun manufacturers, and most of the company's sales are probably to first time or less experienced gun buyers/shooters. Pretty much every single time I've been at the gun counter, someone's been filling out the paperwork for a new Taurus handgun.

    My recommendation for anyone starting a thread about Taurus should ask that respondents note whether or not they've actually -- themselves -- owned a Taurus (not refer to their brothers, buddies, uncles or some guy they talked to in a gun shop or down at the bar). Everyone who's been on this board for more'n ten minutes knows every gun that we're all supposed to hate on. Even though we're posting anonymously, few want to swim against the tide and offer forth minority opinions.

    I've owned a 1991 Taurus Model 85, exceptional revolver, better than many S&W revolvers put out during the same era. My 94, not so much, trigger was heinous, but the four-incher was accurate and reliable. I'd traded into the 66 and an 82 back in the mid-90s, both were solid, reliable, decently accurate but I traded them off when I was working toward upgrading the quality over quantity of my personal armory.

    As over-priced as other manufacturer's offerings in .44 Magnum are, I'd give a Taurus a try; while I don't like the esthetics of current Taurus revolvers, if it checked out okay and tested sufficiently well with a variety of loads, I'd probably trust my life on it. No mechanical device ever made by humans is incapable of failing at some point, and I've seen brand new revolvers from all the other major manufacturers (sold at far higher prices than the Taurus guns) fail, sometimes totally, and a couple times, spectacularly.
     
  17. lee n. field

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    Umm, no. Taurus uses a transfer bar.

    They used hammer blocks a long time ago.
     
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  18. black mamba

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    I own a Taurus Raging Bull 5" in 454 Casull. I have shot thousands of rounds of reloads, from 750 fps target loads to 1500 fps heavy bullet loads without a single failure of any kind. I did not like the original shape of the grips, they battered the web of my hand, but since I ground them to fit it is a joy to shoot.

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    Accuracy does not come as easily as with my S&W revolvers, but a little tuning of loads produces good to excellent accuracy, and I would trust my life to it.
     
  19. mcb

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    Apparently on further research you appear to be correct. Add that to the list of reasons I don't own a Taurus then, as I believe you intended in your first post.
     
  20. JeeperCreeper

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    I normally carry a 45 Super, 255gr hardcasts for reference
     
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    If I decide to get a 44, the S&W 69 is likely my choice but we'll see
     
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  22. GJeffB

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    This would be pretty obvious, but frequently not a given. I have owned ... 3. Perhaps qualifies ;) The 3 were a PT99, PT145 and an early 85. The question is whether I'd trust one or the 3 against an Anything. No, but not why as expected.

    I don't recall any mechanical failures. On that basis, they were all fine (especially liked the 99). The problem for me was, I just couldn't shoot any of them well. Each was due to a lousy trigger, goofy sight picture, or just uncomfortable ergonomics. What that meant to me is I wouldn't choose any for protection against anything breathing. As has been said, a shot that misses is a shot wasted. [shrug] Just too hard to hit with. And no, it was in each case demonstrably not the jerk behind the trigger :D

    -jb, they were fine for thee, just not for me :neener:
     
  23. entropy

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    Are two legged vermin dangerous enough? I trust 3 different Tauri (plural of Taurus) against them. My G2C, PT145, and PT1911AR.
     
  24. czhen

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    No unless the owner of the company is hunting with me and in front of a dangerous game.
     
  25. The Happy Kaboomer

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    I wouldn't trust a taurus against a paper target........Had 2 in the long past........Never again.
     
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