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Old 09-29-2002, 09:16 AM   #21
Join Date: Sep 2002
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I have a Raging Bull in .454 Casull, I have no complaint's about it.A big heavy revolver, functions great and is accurate with the right loads in it. Though I haven't shot them I have picked up both the Freedom Arms and the Ruger RedHawk in the same caliber, I feel that the Tauras is just as good if not better in it's construction as they are.
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Old 11-04-2002, 06:02 PM   #22
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I've never had the chance to handle a taurus, as due to our gun laws dealers are not allowed to keep handguns at the shop anymore (it's stupid i know), and knowone at the range has brought one.

However I was looking at getting a Tracker 970 for awhile, untill I spoke to the local gunsmith, who basically said that he would be very reluctant to import a taurus, as they are just really a cheap, disposable plinker.

So don't get one, unless you are just looking to run around shooting cans, with a cheapie.
Old 11-09-2002, 06:11 PM   #23
Join Date: Aug 2002
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New Taurus CIA .38spl with "used" barrel?

My newly purchased CIA model gun arrived with a slightly pitted bore and with what appeared to be a few spots of lead deposit inside the throat end of the bore. Taurus picked it up ,Fed. Express and one month later it arrived at my home. It was cleaned up but the problem areas were still visible with my Hoppe's bore light. Now,in addition ,a cosmetic defect appeared on the bullet ends of the cylinder. On the outside surface there were three areas, each centered around the thinnest part of a chamber, where the blueing had disappeared (burned off?) I have planned to buy atleast a couple more revolvers in the not to distance future. Would you say the above case is one of acceptable new gun and service quality? It was my first handgun purchase and I think it stunk.
Old 11-09-2002, 09:47 PM   #24
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I think that's shocking mate. You would not expect that on a new gun. I would have sent it back, demanding a refund.
Old 11-09-2002, 11:27 PM   #25
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I currently have a 4" SS Model 44, its a beautiful piece and functions flawlessly. In the past, I owed a total titanium Model 85. It was very light, very accurate, and had a fine finish. I also owned a PT-22 for a while. I had a lot of FTF and FTE issues with it at the range (like most 22 autos).
Old 11-30-2002, 09:45 PM   #26
Join Date: Nov 2002
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raging bull problems

i have a raging bull in 454. it's a cannon . I love it. Brothers in law warned me not ot get it but my gosh it's a big gun! Could'nt resist. Unfortunately it developed a problem where i could'nt cock it without applying pressure to the trigger. bummer of a problem when everyone at the range wants to try it. explanations are tough with ear protection. anyway was advised to take it to local gun shop and let them deal with taurus warranty guys.
Old 12-07-2002, 09:11 AM   #27
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Location: Arkansas
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I have a Titanium .38 snubby. Cylinder locked up after 4 rounds of +P. Dealer sent it in for warranty. 6 weeks later it returned. Go to range fire one cylinder of standard pressure 158 lead and it locks up again. Problem wasn't fixed.Back to dealer. Back to Taurus. 8 weeks later, new cylinder and gun functions perfectly. My dealer offered to return my purchase price after the second trip to the range. Excellent dealer service. I wish I felt the same about the factory. I feel that they didn't test fire the revolver or read the detailed report on the problem before retrurnig it to the dealer.
However, I like the gun. Now that it's fixed it does everthing that it was designed to do and does it well. It's 2 inch accurate at 7 yards as fast as I can aquire the sites. Very light and concealable with an Uncle Mike's kydex paddle holster for an S&W.
Would I buy another Taurus? Yes, but I would probably want to shoot it first.
Old 12-12-2002, 03:54 PM   #28
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Taurus quality, is it there?

Well, to add my 2 cents worth: living outside the US and not having the luxury of being -much- able to choose otherwise, I own several Taurus guns ranging from a deluxe vintage six-shot .22 LR to a modern 608 eight-shooter w/ a 6,5" compensated bbl in .357 Magnum. Throw in a couple of .38 Spls, a pair of .380 ACP PT-58 pistols and a 9mm stainless PT-99 AFS to boot, and that's it - all of seven pieces from Taurus to my name.

In spite of all those bovines I've corraled, I can't honestly say I'm a Taurus fan, only that I acquired what I could whenever I had a chance. But I won't go out on a limb and say that they are all useless either. My own pieces have all performed well whenever I asked them to, and one once allowed me to preserve my physical well-being against serious opposition; enough said. Taken as a whole, they are not the prettiest, nor the sexiest, much less the smoothest, but they work.

Interestingly enough, I've found that a touch of TLC every now and then goes a very long way insofar function and reliability is concerned. The one notable exception has been the vintage .22, and that only because its firing pin has carved a nice little recess on every chamber due to a steady diet -several years worth!- of dry firing on the part of the first owner, with the net result being a manifest preference for new ammo with not-so-soft rims. Its cylinder is also quite finicky in regard to ammo dimensions as well, occasionally causing a failure to extract and sometimes a bit of a bind.

As for the other oxen, well, they work as expected. The two .38s are tack-drivers and the 608 is a powerhouse - btw, that compensator DOES work! The autopistols are not different. I do have to be alert though when shooting the PT-99, due to its tendency to let the rear sight fly away from my whereabouts. A touch of peening and a drop of loc-tite have solved that problem for the last six months.

OTOH, there are plenty of horror stories floating around, some of which even may be true. I have seen Taurus' customer service blunder their way into a g-damn mess more than once and they have been known to refuse guns sent to them for service under the most absurd arguments. All in all, a mixed bag that works well most of the time, with a few minor hiccups down the way. Keep in mind that I live south of the border, and Taurus has long adopted a policy of sending their best guns elsewhere. Draw your own conclusions!

I hope it helps!

Old 04-11-2004, 05:07 PM   #29
Join Date: Apr 2004
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I've had 6 Taurus revolvers: 2 SS Model 85's, 1 Multi-Alloy 85; a 607 .357 Magnum; a 669 .357 Magnum and a Model 627 Tracker (.357 magnum in SS).

The SS 85's were dependable little guns (one of them was a gun for my mom). the multi-alloy 85 went back to the factory due to light strike within the first hundred od so rounds. It's been reliable ever since and is my primary carry piece.

The 669 had a cylinder lock up problem (cylinder rotated freely) which was handled by the factory. I sold that one to buy the Tracker.

The 608 hasn't been shot much..cannot attest to the reliability of that gun.

However, the multi-alloy 85 (after the warranty fix) and Tracker have both been fine guns.

One thing I will say about Taurus...if you buy one, put two or three hundred rounds through it as soon as possible. If you got one with a factory defect, it should show up within three hundred rounds or less.

Never owned any Taurus semi-auto's. But I do think their revolvers are a great deal...and, so far, the warranty work has been quite good.
Old 04-18-2004, 03:44 PM   #30
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My 4in 608 shaved jackets when I first got it. Taurus paid to have it shipped to Miami and it came back 2 weeks later in perfect condition with a very smooth double action. The gun shoots very well and I actually prefer shooting it double action vs single action. Its a great gun.

I would buy another Taurus, especially if I can get one that needs to be sent back to the factory again for a free tune up and action job

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