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Old 02-17-2006, 12:38 PM
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Question Taurus Model 66 .357 Mag. Revolver?


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I';m looking into getting an affordable revolver in .357 Magnum. And the Taurus Model 66 .357 Mag. Revolver looks like what I'm looking for. Is it a good revolver? Do any of you guys own one and do you have any advice about Taurus Firearms?


SPECIFICATIONS
Model: 66SS4
Caliber: .357 MAG
Capacity: 7
Barrel Length: 4"
Porting: No
Action: DA/SA
Finish: Stainless Steel
Grips: Rubber
Weight: 38 oz
Construction: Steel
Frame: Medium
Front Sight: Fixed
Rear Sight: Adjustable
Trigger Type: Smooth
Length: 10-1/2"
Width: 1.496"
Height: 5.68"
Rate of Twist: 1:16"
Grooves: 5
Safety: Transfer Bar
UPC: 7-25327-20015-4
Order #: 2-660049
MSRP: $469.00

http://www.taurususa.com/products/pr...egory=Revolver
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Old 02-17-2006, 01:22 PM
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All I know is that Taurus is built using Smith & Wesson specs. Thats what I have heard... maybe wrong, but I do know that most parts are interchangable with Smiths. I think they are a well built gun.
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I bought one of the first Titanium Trackers and the cylinder rubbed the forcing cone. It took three tries for them to get it right. I was not happy.

I've heard very good things about their guns from others, so mine may have been an anomaly, but I was not impressed with their customer service.

I had to order my gun sight unseen, so if you are buying one that you can check over for defects, you probably will never have to deal with their customer service people.
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Old 02-17-2006, 07:34 PM
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I have a Stainless tracker in 41 mag and am impressed with it. Function is excellent and the porting works well. It is a four inch bbl. As far as it being like Smith and Wesson It does share a lot of the same design, though there are differences inside and I doubt that any of the parts would interchange.

This is a coil spring gun much like the J frame rather than the K frame which is almost the same size. I don't know if the ribber grips will fit the 66 but they work well for me on the 41 mag.

Like a Smith it can benifit from some polishing inside, and clipping a coil off the mainspring helps the double action a bunch. The trigger return system/spring is totally different than the Smith, at least in the Tracker.

Anyway I am pleased with mine and shoot it often. I reload and use a 210 Lee tumble lube bullet. With getting the lead free I can shoot this for not much more than shooting a 22 and it's much more fun.
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Old 02-17-2006, 10:16 PM
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All I know is that Taurus is built using Smith & Wesson specs. Thats what I have heard... maybe wrong, but I do know that most parts are interchangable with Smiths. I think they are a well built gun.
About the only thing S&W about a Taurus is the external looks. Other than that, they are a cheap, low quality copy. Nothing interchanges between the two.

Someone mentioned above about the poor customer service Taurus offers. I couldn't agree more. If you want an inexpensive .357mag, look for a used S&W M65 or 686. They can be found in good finish and perfect mechanical condition for less than you will pay for the far inferior product Taurus offers. And, in the small chance that you actually need to use it, S&W's customer service is TOPS in the industry. All you need to do is call them and they even send you a shipping label. You don't even have to pay for shipping TO them. There is NO COST to you to have your S&W repaired!

If you are interested, here's my experience with Taurus. IMO, they should stay down in S. America where they belong. There's no place for a cheap product from a company who offers a "Lifetime Warranty" and does not honor it.

Here's the story:

The cylinder on a Taurus M85 UltraLite I owned locked up after EVERY shot. The factory wouldn't even pay for shipping back to them for warranty work (like S&W does), so $35 and a month later, I got it back, with no paperwork telling me what they did and it was still just as clean as when I sent it to them.

This time, I got two shots off before it jammed up on me. So, I called them, and they had no record of any repairs being done in their computer. And, above that, they wanted ME to pay for shipping back to them, AGAIN, even though they were the incompetant ones who didn't fix it the first time.

When I asked them about a replacement if they couldn't fix it this time, they told me they would "consider" replacing it after they had "attempted" to fix it 4 or 5 times. When I asked about shipping for these "4 to 5" times if they had trouble fixing it, they said that would be my responsibility!

So, I would have between $140-$175 into shipping alone to get a replacement revolver for a gun I paid $180 brand new!

I just traded it online, completely disclosing the problems I had with it, and never looked back.

The only thing "Lifetime" about their Lifetime Warranty is the amount of time it will take them to finally fix a problem, if they ever actually do.

If you take the money you would spend on a new Taurus, you can find a good, used S&W or Ruger and you will be WAY ahead.


If you want to check out more experiences with Taurus revolvers, here's a link to a thread on the Sig Forum. Some people have decent luck with them, but as you can see, problems with them seem to be much more common than with other brands:

http://sigforum.com/groupee/forums?a...1363#255101363
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Old 02-18-2006, 09:04 AM
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I bought two Taurus M669 357s in 2002 for less than that.
They're older models but were new in box. paid 430.00 for the two of them. The one I kept will be traded in for a S&W or Ruger later this year. I would recommend saving up a little longer and buy a S&W or Ruger.
The gun shop I shop at dropped Taurus a few years ago when they refused to honor their warranties. If I can get 100-150 for trade in I will be happy.
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Old 02-19-2006, 08:09 AM
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I couldn't agree more. If you want an inexpensive .357mag, look for a used S&W M65 or 686. They can be found in good finish and perfect mechanical condition for less than you will pay for the far inferior product Taurus offers.
I couldn't disagree more. I currently own the one you are looking at and love it. I currently own 4 Taurus guns, 2 revolvers and two semi's All work perfectly. I have had more problems with berretas than any other. I own a few smiths, a few rugers, and quite a few others. I personnally would recoomend a nice new tuarus to anyone looking for a low cost gun.
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Old 02-19-2006, 04:14 PM
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I've owned 2 Taurus revolvers. 1st one was a M85. I shot it alot and had no problems. I traded it off for a Beretta .380 about 6-7 yrs ago. It is the only firearm I've ever traded. I often regretted trading it. It was a nice little gun.

The other was a M669. Firing pin spring broke after about 300 rds. No problems with Taurus customer service. It was repaired and turned around promptly. I've had no problems with it since. I don't shoot it much any more but I've no real complaints with it.

IMO, Smith's have a certain "something" that suggests higher quality. My Taurus does not inspire loyalty but in all reality, it has given me no reason to dislike it.

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Old 02-19-2006, 04:21 PM
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IMO, Smith's have a certain "something" that suggests higher quality. My Taurus does not inspire loyalty but in all reality, it has given me no reason to dislike it.
I agree, I tend to buy a taurus when I'm going to shot it a lot. I will buy a smith or ruger when it will get shot a fews times (or not at all) and then be put away for future value.
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Old 02-20-2006, 05:58 AM
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I've owned Taurus revolvers in several calibers -- .22, .357 (3 of them), .44 Spec. (two of them) -- and two Taurus autos, a .22 and a 9mm.

They are not as finely fitted or finished as a Smith & Wesson -- at least the older S&Ws -- but for the money they represent a solid value. I've used their repair service twice, once when a friend broke the firing pin of my PT22 after my repeated admonitions NOT to dryfire it and once when a squib load of old ammo lodged a bullet in the barrel of one of my .44 Specials during rapid fire and was followed by a full-power load, bulging the barrel. Both times the service was friendly, prompt, and properly done for free under their lifetime warranty, no questions asked.
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Old 02-22-2006, 02:41 AM
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Hawgleg,I think your vitriol is dripping on the floor

Between my wife and I, we have about a dozen Taurus'. Some are better than others, but I have yet to get a real lemon. So I've had to stone a few parts and hone a chamber or two; the blueing isn't the gteatest or most even........big deal! I've had to stone quite a number of my S&W gun parts as well. The blueing is much better though.......but then it should be, considering the price difference!

Overall, I say that Taurus is one of the better bangs for the buck around.
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Old 02-22-2006, 02:52 AM
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My son has several revolvers in the Taurus line. I am personally very fond of the GP100 and colt Python. That being said my sons revolvers shoot fine with no problems, just feel diff and shoot diff......

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Old 02-22-2006, 06:00 PM
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That 66 Taurus looks almost as good as the used-like-new 686 Smith & Wesson that I recently bought for $250
I also got a used-like-new Ruger Security-Six for $200, a few weeks earlier
You might want to shop around, there are some real bargains out there!
BTW, both guns were bought across the counter in local gunshops.
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Old 02-24-2006, 03:51 PM
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5 different Taurus revolvers and three semis and the only one with a problem was the Millenium series 145 semi auto pistol. They shoot well, are reliable and lighter than a Ruger. They digest the heavy stuff like a Smith so don't treat them like a Ruger. Good guns for the price.
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Old 08-17-2008, 02:30 PM
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Taurus 66

I have shot about 1200 rounds out of my Taurus and have never had a problem. I clean after every 200 rounds and brush out the barrel every time I leave the range. I have shot both .38 rounds and .357 rounds and have had a lot of fun with the pistol. It is my bedside piece and too heavy to use as a CCW.

I have a Colt Defend for CCW and a Glock 19 for my car.
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Old 08-18-2008, 06:00 AM
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Over the years I've owned four Taurus double action revolvers and all but one tended to misfire in rapid double action firing. The one which didn't misfire was terribly inaccurate. I think you'd hear more about this except for the fact that few people actually do much double action shooting. I won't own another Taurus revolver.
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Old 08-18-2008, 04:58 PM
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The only real issue with Taurus revolvers that I am aware of is that S&W fans all seem to hate them. I have picked up a brand new Smith 686 and a brand new Smith 629, in the gun store on two different occassions, and they both locked up upon trying to cock them. I am sure Smith fixed them fine, but don't tell me Smith never had a problem. I have heard Taurus' customer service could be better, but I am also not aware of any problem they did not make right. I had an older 6 shot Taurus 66 and it was a very nice revolver in all respects.
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I've always liked Taurus, but bought a SS Mod 66 last year and I have had problems.
I will mention that I own several firearms and shoot a good deal.

When I got my 66 I liked the feel, weight, action and fit/finish.
The first time I took it to the range, it was off, but I wanted to run a good deal of rounds through it before being concerned. After several months of periodic shooting, I realized that it had a problem.

I had to adjust my 66's rear site to the max on the right side in order to get it to even come close to the bull.
I sent it in and after 4 months, they sent it back stating that they had to "adjust" the barrel. That's all they said.

Upon checking it out, I noticed that when closing the cylinder, there was something hard hitting somewhere.
I tracked it down to the front, top edge of the cylinder hitting the back of the barrel as it closed. Once closed, it was fine. This was causing wear marks on the cylinder's leading edge and the barrel was very rough...........like it had been hammered.....(???).
So, it goes back. I will call first and find out how long it will take this time and ask why this happened.

I hate to jump to any conclusions, but I now have a bad taste regarding Taurus's quality control.
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Old 04-09-2010, 04:14 PM
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I had been a taurus fan up until about a month ago. I bought a NIB 605 and took it home cleaned it up. Went to range and put 7 rounds through it and it locked up. Would not fire single action or double action. Upon closer inspection there was what appeared to be pieces missing off the face of the cylinder. Ammo used was 158 grn. pmc 357 mag nothin exotic. Took gun back to dealer and he said he had never seen anything like it. He gave me a like new model 60 S&W 357 so it turned out good for me anyhow. I don't know if I will ever purchase another taurus.
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I have a M85 Titanium in 38sp. I have had it many years. It works well, is super light, it is not a Smith or a Ruger but it gets the job done.
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