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Thread: Taurus 85(FS)

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    Taurus 85(FS)

    Taurus has a $40.00 rebate going on these right now. Can get one delivered for $244.00 ($204.00 after rebate).

    Been wanting to replace my Charter Arms Undercover for a while now, but they're pretty expensive.

    Anyone have one? Like it/hate it?

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    I've had one for a few years now; not the FS but the blued steel version. It's been 100%; no problems at all.

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    My input is dated--probably about 1990 I bought one for my wife and one for my daughter. Got consecutive serial numbers. I got them in stainless, because riding around in a lady's purse can be rough. We had a target practice session, and I was so impressed with the 85's construction and accuracy that I bought a third for myself. Too late, though, to get another consecutive number. Not only did I carry mine a lot, but I used it in my business as a sales sample and sold many more, some stainless, some blue, right up to about 2005. No one ever had a complaint. When I bought the three our family has they were running about $202 retail.

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    Got 3 of em. Love em.
    Colt 1860, it just feels right.

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    They are worth 200 bucks no doubt. I've had one for years and it hasn't given me any issues. Accurate enough and a good pocket gun. I had 2 605s and can't say much good, both went down the road after going back to taurus and developing the same issues. The 85 has always shot good and solid though.

    Ebner

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    Thanks, all!

    Ordered one.

    Now I've got something to do with all this 38 SPL brass!

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    I had one years ago and developed quite a relationship with that revolver. Almost like it had some character and soul!

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    Well from what ive seen in stores.... the finish has gone down hill really badly. really badly.

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    Eeek. We'll see what this one looks like when it gets here.

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    one the finish,

    in photos and in stores, the new "blue finish" is a poorly done Parkerizing type finish that looks like a 2 year old had fun with black spraypaint and doesn't know what "even application" is.

    The "stainless" is just a spray paint finish now. it USED to be an actual metal like SW or Ruger did,, but not its a Heritage type spray finish. Ones ive seen had lots of bleed through and light baseing

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    Last year I bought one of the newish ones with the bad parkerized finish and the new weird bull-looking rubber grips. Compared with the old blued or stainless 85s with the wood stocks, it looked terrible. But it functioned perfectly and was easy to shoot accurately. I couldn't stand looking at it, though, so I sold it.
    A box of premium carry ammo is too expensive at about $30, so I've spent $1,000 on molds, lead, lube, primers, and powder over the past 10 years to make some that's cheaper!

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    And in honestly I believe they may have changed dimensions on some guns around. for some reasons grips have changes and maybe even the height of the frame on the 627. Havent been able to measure a new made one, but they aren't the same size..

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    My CCW piece is one. Had it maybe five years now. It gets carried a lot more than it gets shot, which I need to start shooting it more.

    I have put maybe 1K of practice rounds through it since I got it, perhaps more. It always works, is about as accurate as a snub in my hands is going to be. Mine must have some kind of alloy frame because it is light, but says on it that it is rated for +P ammo. I don't see how you could go wrong with one for $200.

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    When the typical 28 special j frame is going to hit you 5-600 in most gun stores, the bodyguard is 550 at dunhams locally, the 200 means you can buy a lot of ammo.

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    Had one for 5 years without a single problem. It shot 6" left at 25yds but dead on at sd ranges. It was the blued Ultralight 3".

    Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G930A using Tapatalk

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    Had a Model 85 Ultralite. It sat in a bag for about 12 years because a spring failed in the firing pin return. I put a new spring in and shot the fool out of it. My Dad wanted a .38 for the house, and he and I just got done building an addition onto the house. My thanks to him was to give him the gun. He likes it a lot. It is a good accurate gun!
    You can miss fast & you can miss a lot, but only hits count.

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    Thank you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 308Jeff View Post
    Taurus has a $40.00 rebate going on these right now. Can get one delivered for $244.00 ($204.00 after rebate).

    Been wanting to replace my Charter Arms Undercover for a while now, but they're pretty expensive.

    Anyone have one? Like it/hate it?
    I have a stainless 605 (same thing as the 85, in .357). Mine's never given me any trouble.

    Can you get a 3" Model 85 for the same price? That would be nice.

    (Had an Undercover, too, for a little while. Not nearly so good an experience with that.)

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    Thanks for the feedback on yours!

    Quote Originally Posted by lee n. field View Post

    Can you get a 3" Model 85 for the same price? That would be nice.
    Not sure. I saw the offer on slickguns and jumped on it. Didn't really look to see what else is covered by the rebate.

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    I have an older blued one that is way more accurate at 25 yards than I think any snub nose could ever be.

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