I picked up a 617 for my wife for the holidays. It's a 2" 7-round .357 snubbie with a short grip. It kicks like a mad mule with the .357 but is actually controllable and run with .38 (I want the 4" version of this one). It has a fixed front sight and a channel for the rear, so it's definitely nothing near accurate beyond a few yards, but it's perfect for the misses. No safeties, switches or anything to worry about under stress; just point and shoot.
I have a Taurus 85 that was purchased new. It started binding with the fist few rounds and I found pieces of the rubber grip seam under the grip. I removed the small pieces and it worked fine for a while. Now it is binding again. Clearance between the cylinder and forcing cone is adequate and the ammunition is OK. (148 grain wadcutters over 3 grains of Bullseye seated flush.) There are no high primers and I'm convinced the problem is inside the mechanism. Since Taurus has a lifetime guarantee on this gun I'm replacing it as a carry gun and returning it for repair. I am equally unhappy with my Taurus Millenium.
650 horror story
Here's my Taurus horror story:
Bought a model 650 new a few years back. Put about 500 rounds thru it. It starts misfiring and the barrel is canted.
Sent it to Taurus. That cost $75. They replaced the firing pin and straightened the barrel.
Got 13 more rounds thru it and the transfer bar breaks. (That's not 13 thousand rounds or 13 hundred rounds, just 13 rounds) I ordered that and replaced it myself for less than $10.
Got 287 more rounds thru it and the barrel is canted again. This time I'm making an action wrench insert from a blank for $40 and straightening the barrel myself.
That's about $120 in repairs (so far) for a $350 pistol with less than 1000 rounds down the pipe.
Anything else breaks, I'm cutting it in half and throwing it in the trash. I'll never buy another Taurus, that's for sure.
Well I've been holding off commenting until I got some rounds through this 608..
Last month I picked up a new 608 6½".
The only problem I had with it, was three of the eight chambers had difficulty accepting ammunition. I traced the problem to the ejector not being polished out completely and not lining up with the chamber. With the help of a Dremmel Tool and a mild abrasive wheel, problem solved.
The positive part of this gun is it shoots great! And I'm having a lot of fun with it.:)
I recently purchased a Taurus 650 CIA .357 magnum. The first trip to the range I fired 2 shots with .38 specials and the cylinder would no longer turn. I tried again and again with different ammo and experienced the same problem. I phoned Taurus and they would not send a call tag and made me pay for the shipping to have a brand new gun repaired. I sent it for repair, and it came back with the exact same problem. I took the gun to my dealer, he sent it back to Taurus for the 2nd "repair". It came back scratched on the side, and with chipped blueing where they had removed a punch pin without care. I took it to the range, loaded it, and the cylinder would not close when loaded. I tried 4 different types of ammo and none worked. It currently is on it's way back to Taurus for the 3rd time. They claim that they are going to replace it with a new gun. We'll see. So far I've spent $ 350 on the gun, $72.02 on shipping charges to have a brand new gun "not repaired", and along the way have been treated with disrespect and indifference by Taurus. I own 3 other Taurus guns that have been okay, but this one has taught me the "Taurus lesson". The lifetime warranty does not cover shipping and it is expensive to ship guns for repair. Taurus does not have good customer service or repair department. It may in fact take a lifetime until they are done with it. I'll never purchase another Taurus firearm based on this experience. So there is your reliable, close-at-hand experience with Taurus problems. Do yourself a favor and get a S&W or a Ruger. You won't be disappointed. Taurus model 650 CIA - Problems! thread http://www.predatormastersforums.com...70#Post1914670
I wish I would have read this first. Just picked up a Taurus 605, 25 rounds and cylinder will not lock, release appears to be stuck in open positon. Cleaned and cleaned- no luck. Time to ship back to the factory I guess.
Now the Glock Model 31 was a different story.....
Should have never sold my Ruger.....
Taurus Tracker .357 w/4 in. ported barrel.
Bullet debris 3-4 mm in size embedded in my face after firing. Loads of copper jacket debris around the barrel just just forward of where the cylinder lines up. I kept that gun spotless clean and didnt have a problem until around 500 rounds down range. Gunsmith told me it was now a paper-weight.
I have had no problems with several Taurus revolvers and nothing but problems
with the 2 taurus Semi Autos I was dumb enough to buy. After sending both back to
Taurus twice (with looong wait times) I traded both away for other weapons.
Both the semi autos were bought new. PT145 and a 709. Both jammed, FTF, FTE
you name it. And I don't limp wrist so that's not it. Slide jammed in the 145 and
local smiths couldn't fix. 709 hammer would lock up.
I like Taurus revolvers I have several .22 mod 94 .22mag mod941 .357 mod 608. This 608 6.5in. compensated barrel was as smooth as the best, very good trigger fine polish and blue and shot exceptionaly well with any thing I fed it My wife carries a mod 85 ul .38 spl. Very satisfied with Taurus revolvers. Will never buy another Taurus auto. thats another story.
^ will gladly buy ANY piece of crap taurus pistol for piece of crap prices, passing your garbage off on the next guy is dishonest unless you tell him its junk.
Would advise aginst buying any picece of crap taurus pistol even for a piece of crap price.
745 frequent fail to fire, not due to ammo. 909 with a bore dia of.357. that is not 9mm. had enough taurus pistols
as i am a former dealer and gunsmith and the current owner of 4 already, i will take my chances..... but thanks for the advice
Originally Posted by kerrycork
Dont do it ! Buying a Taurus is putting your life in danger. Spend the extra $100 and get any other gun. What ever you do -please dont the Taurus 357 mag gun. They blow up. Taurus guns are for people that want a gun but dont have the money to buy a real gun. I can back this up with pictures.
awesome first post and nic....
Originally Posted by taurusucks
as always i will buy your piece of crap taurus at piece of crap prices. just let me know what you got and what you want for it.
I dont know why or how taurus is still selling guns. They SUCK !! Its the price. For $400 you can get a gun. Thats all your getting. If your real lucky, it may shot without killing you. If anyone wants a gun and only has $00 to spend, get a glock.
i have $00 and i cant get a glock anywhere for that?
Originally Posted by taurusucks