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    I've had a S&W 686. I have a Taurus 608 and a Ruger SRH. They are all fine revolvers. The Ruger is a tank and rough and over sprung out of the box. Drop lighter springs and a bit of filing and polishing and the thing becomes butter...butter!

    The S&W is a damn fine gun but honestly the Taurus is so comparable that I really would not buy another S&W given their higher prices...unless you are going to sell it. My 608 has the best action out-of-the-box I have ever felt on any other revolvers and the amount of polishing and filing needed was minimal and the springs are almost dead-on. The 608 has a smoother action than my former 686.

    The Ruger SRW is my favorite large revolver and the 608 my favorite .375 followed by the Ruger GP. I'm not a huge fan of the Raging Bulls.

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    I like old S&W's. I don't care for the quality of the new ones I've seen lately. I don't like Taurus at all. I had one that malfunctioned right out of the box. I sent it back and they never did get it to work right. I've found Rugers to be of very high quality and very strong. Ruger has greatly improved the action on their GP models to the point I think they are better than the new S&Ws.

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    Neither, I prefer Ruger or Colt. Exclude the Colt since they dont make em anymore. I only own one S&W, no issues with it as of yet, but its pretty new. I never have owned a Taurus, but I have never heard anything good about them either.

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    My CCW is a S&W Mod. 19 Combat Magnum in 357. I never ran the s# but it I think built in the late 60's or early 70's. It's rode hard and put up oiled and works 100% (it's a 2") I like Tauras' autos, but don't care for their revolver.

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    Get a Ruger and be happy.

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    I'm sorry to say, Taurus has been a bit iffy lately. I had a timing problem with mine, NIB. 7 to 10 week waiting period. The one gun shop I deal with stopped selling Taurus all together. He said it's a 50/50 chance if they work, and his customers got mad at him because of such a long wait. I had a Taurus five shot .45 LC that worked perfectly; there's my 50/50. From now on Smith or Ruger for me.

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    I really liked my Taurus revolver

    Actually going to try and trade my Mil Pro PT140 for one.

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    I'd buy a used smith and wesson over a new taurus anyday.Taurus is just
    not my brand.Not to say they don't make good stuff,I am not going to spend my hard earned cash on their stuff because I like other brands better !

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    I don't own a revolver (yet) but I have fired a Taurus and S&W in .357 and noticed in that brief experience that the trigger pull in double action was smoother on the S&W. As far as reputation goes I would prefer the S&W but from a financial perspective I could live with a Taurus although I'll probably spend the extra cash and get a S&W.

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    I have SW M13-3" and M66-2 1/2" and a M651 Taurus. Had 3 Rugers. Only reason I have Taurus is it's an all steel "version" of my M38 Bodyguard & it was only $240 at the time. It's held up fine for several years but has mostly shot 38s and mid range 357s. Shoots Rem 158 LHP+p extremely accurate. Rather have SW but the Taurus has been ok.

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    Quote Originally Posted by unpecador View Post
    I don't own a revolver (yet) but I have fired a Taurus and S&W in .357 and noticed in that brief experience that the trigger pull in double action was smoother on the S&W. As far as reputation goes I would prefer the S&W but from a financial perspective I could live with a Taurus although I'll probably spend the extra cash and get a S&W.

    un: JMOFartO:

    Do yourself a favor.. Buy the S&W. If you have to save a bit more before you buy, consider that the price of getting the better weapon..

    I'm NOT saying Taurus can't or doesn't make a good firearm, but if you care to Google Taurus Customer Service I think you will find many, many negative posts.. Taurus has a lifetime warranty, but apparently their customer service is crappy at best.

    Smith & Wesson on the other hand has an excellent CS reputation. The S&W also will come with a Lifetime warranty, but one backed by a company with a good reputation.

    I don't know what frame revolver you are considering, but in a snubby I have found in my experience (I bought a new S&W 640 years ago) that the 357mag. round in a small frame is simply too much drama and recoil.. With the new dedicated self defense rounds in 38 cal. you CAN get an excellent round, and I think most folks will find it easier to shoot accurately, and will still get the "job" done..

    I love the 357mag. round, and in fact my wife prefers an old Ruger Security Six as her "nightstand" firearm.

    Hey, Ruger makes good revolvers, and I'd buy one of those in a heartbeat over anything made by Tauri'...

    But, opinions are like buttholes, we all have one, and this is just mine.

    No offense to those with contrary opinions..

    Best Wishes,

    Jesse

    P.S. The "search" function, (especially on gun forums) can oftentimes be your best friend in a situation such as this...

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    i have owned several Taurus handguns. Love em! I currently have a PT100 and the old model 65. They are truly worth e3very penny you pay for them. Would chosse them over the Smith even if $$ was not an issue.

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    Quote Originally Posted by auburntiger1998 View Post
    i have owned several Taurus handguns. Love em! I currently have a PT100 and the old model 65. They are truly worth e3very penny you pay for them. Would chose them over the Smith even if $$ was not an issue.

    au:

    Hey, no arguments here.. That's the great thing about opinions/choices.. We all have one, or more, and based on individual experience what is best for me might not be best for you..

    Recently a friend of mine, who is now in a nursing home, gave me his two firearms to "keep" until he gets better.. (Not likely.)

    One of the two was an old H&R topbreak 22cal. pistol he bought "used" in 1948.. The other, (his "carry" pistol), is a 25cal. FIE Titan (Miami mfg). I think the jury has long be in as to the quality of the FIE Titan as being a fine representative of what a "Saturday night Special" would be, but it' worked for my friend, for decades..

    Nope he never fired it in anger (a lucky thing), but it gave him a feeling of security, and he carried it for decades thinking he was "well armed".. Turns out, for him, he was well armed.

    Perhaps, (and probably) had he needed it in a crisis he might not have been so well armed?

    Anyway, after I got the two old firearms, I cleaned them up and went out and shot them. The H&R is a neat old plinker, and in fact has adjustable front & rear sights.. Go figure?

    The Titan it turns out has been 100% reliable (for the few rounds I've shot through it), and quite accurate. So, as far as the enemic 25cal. round is concerned, perhaps he was well armed.

    All to say what is good for one is not necessarily good for another. My complaints with Taurus firearms is based on two personally owned pistols (PT92 & PT22). Both had problems, I sold them. Then I kept reading horror stories about the Customer Service/Warranty Repair division of Taurus, and I just decided I didn't need any more.

    But, as with my friends Titan.. If you are happy with your Taurus firearms, that's all that matters.. To you..

    No offense intended & Best Wishes,

    Jesse

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    Between those two choices- Smith, hands down.

    Personally, I'd take either a used (pre-lock) Smith, or a new Ruger.

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    I have 3 S&W revolvers. I also have had a Taurus 9 mm for years - never gave me a problem. Based on the 9mm experience I bought a Taurus Model 94 - what a POC. Timing bad out of the box, extractor rides over the empties, cylinder wobbles and binds. I'll keep the 9mm and am sending the 94 back for warranty work. Frankly, I'll never buy another Taurus revolver nor likely Taurus anything else.

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    I chose Taurus. While their quality was questionable in the past, it has vastly improved and their guns are built on the designs of Colt, Ruger and Smith & Wesson. For the money, Taurus is the best buy, and is what I would buy, but there is no substitute for the original.

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    While Taurus does make a much better gun now Smith still has one of the best customer service dept you can ask for. Something's wrong? Send it to them and it will get fixed fast and they will do more than you ask. They will make sure the gun is perfect when it comes back. That alone tips the scale for me

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    Quote Originally Posted by a1huntingsupply View Post
    I like them both but picked the Taurus. They are accurate, reliable and affordable

    My Taurus .... I have never had a single problem with it.
    I have one just like that. M44 right? 10 years and many hot loads later, still going strong. I have a Smith 629 Classic power port. Sweet action, but the top strap seems paper thin compared to Ruger and Taurus. My Choice for .357 is the Ruger Security Six. It is beefy looks great and has a smooth action. Mine is 30 years old and still flawless. In 44. I want a Redhawk. Best 44 around. Smiths are nice but I will never trust one with hot loads, just looks too flimsy. In fact the top strap on my Ruger 357 is thicker than the Smith 44. WTF?

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    they are both pretty reliable, the SW being a little better cosmetically.

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    cylinder yoke problem with my 686 after first use (3 days after purchase), had to repurchase a 2nd gun.
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