This thread is a bit well idiotic
The problem I see here is a bias one because on Taurus guns you read "Made in Brazil" instead of "Made in the USA". I'm fine with that, but at least just say it the way it is.
I bought a 608 with the 8 3/8" as my first Taurus. I'm a competitive shooter and this was the only gun that fit my needs; no other manufacturer makes a .357 double action with a 8" barrel other than custom shop guns which I cannot use in competition (only stock).
The gun is well built and at first looks you will mistaken it for a .44 or larger. I did a trigger job myself and the amount of polishing and filing needed was much less than my Super Redhawk (MADE IN USA). Virtually all I had to do was some minor polishing and replace the main and trigger return spring. Now the trigger in single pulls at 3.X LBS..(figure out why the X)! Don't get me wrong I love my Ruger as I loved my S&W, but this 608 is one damn fine gun, made in Brazil or not.
Overall I'm impressed with this gun. Oh, what about a 3" rose, with no scope at 50'?