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post #1 of 33 (permalink) Old 01-03-2019, 09:44 AM Thread Starter
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Taurus revolvers

I'd like your opinions on Taurus revolvers. I'm looking mainly at Rugers in .357 but the Taurus is about a $100 cheaper. I'm not a big shooter but I'd like something with more stopping power than my 9mm. I also 70 years old and not looking to carry a small cannon.

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I have had a couple. They are quality made firearms.
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the Ruger is a better gun than the Taurus............my 2 cents
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I've never had a problem with either Taurus or Ruger.
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I'm 71. I own a Taurus Ultra Lite .38, Ruger LCR .38 and Ruger 9mm that I carry. The Rugers have a MUCH smoother trigger IMHO which make them worth the extra money to me. I would go to a gun shop that has several models and handle them personally to see what you think.

As far as a .357, I have hunted with and taken deer with a Dan Wesson .357. If I were hunting I'd still go .357, but for protection the 9mm to me has plenty of power with some of the great ammo options available. I say this because with the lower recoil of the 9 mm I can get off 2-3 accurate shots more quickly with the 9 mm Ruger than the .357 and have less worry about pass-thru in a home defense situation. That said, my experience is only at the range and, thank God, not in a real home defense situation.
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I have never owned a Taurus and cannot comment on their quality. I have owned Rugers and I never had one that was not well built.

I can say that Rugers hold their value and I would favor a Ruger because they tend to appreciate rather than loose value.

Then there is customer service. I have always been impressed with Ruger's customer service. I had to return guns a few times or needed parts and they have never charged me a dime for repairs or parts.
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for protection the 9mm to me has plenty of power with some of the great ammo options available.
Couldn't agree more about the 9mm.
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I don't know what Taurus revolvers are like now but back when I was a firearms instructor many deputies bought them because they were a little less expensive than a S&W or Ruger. It was very rare when they did not malfunction and eventually most traded them in on a Smith or Ruger. They seemed to function if someone was just plinking but when they warmed up from shooting a string of fire they would seize up. I always recommended against buying them but some looked at price only. I wanted the gun I carried to function when I needed it, not when it wanted to. Perhaps they are improved now.
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I've got two, one being in .357. Neither get shot a lot, but I've had no issues. The triggers aren't fantastic, but I've shot much worse. Accuracy is good and the sights are decent. Having handled both Taurus and Ruger, I do concur that the Ruger is of higher quality and generally have nicer triggers, but unless you're a 1000-round-per-month shooter, or picky about your triggers, I wouldn't hesitate to shoot the Taurus.
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