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    Taurus 63

    How close is the Taurus 63 to the Winchester 63? This would include quality, functioning, and so forth.

    Given the rather large price difference, unless the Taurus is a pure piece of junk, it seems that it would be good enough to relieve the itch to own a WIN 63.
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    The Taurus 63 certainly works. 1957Shep made video reviews about both the Taurus 63 and the Winchester 63 that was made in Japan by Miroku.
    He did like the Winchester better.

    Taurus:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vpoCoP1V-zI

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=orUVSqZ51a0 (7 second shooting video)

    Winchester:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fazHcEvqSeU

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    Somewhat rough inside and the barrels are variable, some good some bad. I have had 3 in the shop and two were just fine albeit not real smooth and the third wouldn't shoot a 4" group at 40 yards. Barrel off center and a bad crown. I wouldn't buy one again unless I could test fire it first.

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    For the most part, you get what you pay for.
    But a person can pay $2000 for a brand new gun by a reputable maker and still get a lemon.
    Sometimes it's the luck of the draw.

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    Quote Originally Posted by arcticap View Post

    Sometimes it's the luck of the draw.


    Yeah, but IME the odds are stacked against you if you choose a Taurus.


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    I know what you mean, some companies and models will statistically have more defects per every 100 guns that they make.
    And yet another popular [un-named] US gun maker has had more than its fair share of recalls.
    But that doesn't sour me on all of a company's guns.
    Most all companies have their ups & downs and history of product failures and successes.

    I'm not a big Taurus fan either.
    But I do have a late model Taurus 9 shot .22 revolver that was nearly new when I bought it and I have no complaints.
    I wish that I could say the same about every .22 that I've owned.

    One of my sons has an old Rossi .22 DA 6 shot revolver and the trigger is slicker than grease.

    I know about at least one Taurus semi-auto model that's an inexpensive Beretta clone that is well known for being an accurate & reliable shooter.

    Every model is different, and I agree that it's best to do as much research as possible before buying.
    If a person doesn't like a company for whatever reason then I support them staying away from that company's guns and not buying them.
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    I was fortunate enough to score a real, early 1950's 63 last year, and it is in fact a peach. It's kind of staggering to think that we had a time in this country when a major gun company would put that level of workmanship into an open-sighted plinker that had no provision to mount optics. No foolin' - they put MILLED magazine tubes in those things. They were NOT screwing around!

    I've not shot the Taurus, but have handled a couple. I've got to say I'm a little conflicted on how I feel about it. The original 63 is such an excellent gun that it SHOULD be copied, but the reality is that the level of quality Winchester was pouring into the old 70, the 52, the Model 12, and the 63 cost them dearly in the market and was the Genesis for all the "Post 1964? YUCK!" discussions we have today. As you'd expect of a copy of an old flagship Winchester at a 10/22 price point, the exterior fit, finish, polish, etc... is nowhere close, so if that "pretty" is a major aspect of why you're chasing a 63, the itch is not likely to be fully scratched.

    A concern I have with Taurus as the maker is that they have (or at least had) a reputation for not being real great on customer support. Coupling that with the reality that they do seem to have a slightly higher dud percentage would have me a bit tentative.

    On the other hand, how many can say they're making an all-steel, autoloading .22, and are selling it for the price of a 10/22?

    Then again, I can't honestly say that other than that awesome fit and finish of the original, the gun is miles beyond a 10/22 in terms of actual performance. Without that fit and finish, the 10/22 is probably more of a sure thing for the same price.

    Like I said, I'm conflicted on it. Probably best if you can set up a test drive.
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    I got a Taurus model 94 in the early 90's. It was part of a trade. A 9shot version of a S&W 63. It had the roughest chambers of any gun I've owned or even fired. I did everything I could to clean & polish the chambers. To no avail, turned it over to a gunsmith that polished it so well the cases all split when fired. I was lucky enough to palm it off on to a unscrupulous gundealer.
    Never bought another taurus anything.

    Saw a friend fight with a 92 & a .357MAG of some sort. I think it was called a model 66. He wasn't much of a shot but even I couldn't keep 6 shots inside 4"at 50ft. And the 92 jammed at least once per magazine.
    Rod was a sweetheart of a guy, but a lousy reloader and a worse shot. Thank the Good Lord he always loaded light.
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    I realize that you're not sure about the model numbers, but a quick look at Bud's user reviews shows that the 66 [4 inch] has a 4.8 star rating and the 94 [4 inch] has a 4.3 star rating.
    Yes, their quality is spotty and some reviews are more in-depth than others.
    Yet some folks are very satisified.

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