Which Taurus 38 Revolver

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    Which Taurus 38 Revolver

    Hey guys-

    I recently played with the idea of picking up an SP101 in 357 mag but after some debate I decided not to because it pretty much has to be carried on the hip, I want something to carry when I cant carry my P239 in .40, so I figured a 5 shot 38 or similar sized 357 would be just the trick dropped into a pocket.

    So which leads me to ask, I am interested in Taurus revolvers, apparently their reliability and QC is coming back up, and they are cheaper than Smith's.....

    So which one? I am on a fairly tight budget (Sub $350) so which one do you guys recommend? Does Taurus offer a compact frame 357 that's reliable and somewhat shoot able? I wouldn’t feel under gunned with 5 CorBon DPX 38 +p's....I would consider a 357 but I'm not sure the extra power would justify all the negatives, what's your guys opinion?

    So which ones do you guys recommend I here a lot of folks talking about the 85UL, what else do you guys recommend with pocket carry in mind?

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    I have a Taurus 605 and carried it until my wife claimed it.

    The have both the 650 concealed hammer, and the 651 shrouded hammer.

    You can get the 605 with a bobbed hammer as well.

    They are all steel, very shootable and I really like them.
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    Save a few more pennies and buy a S&W 642. They're $397 from Bud's, including shipping. By the time you pay your state sales tax, it's probably about a wash, and you'll be getting a superior revolver.
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    I've got two Taurus mod.85's that are going on 20 years old,never had a problem with either.don't know what more you could ask for.and ,yes they do get shot a lot. jwr

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    Have several S&W snub 38s and a Taurus 651. 651 easier to shoot cause it's heavier (24oz). Been accurate and reliable for 2+ years. Little heavy for pocket carry.

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    IMO, your money would be better spent on S&W 442/642

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    my $0.02...shop around and find a pre-lock S&W. I've got a Taurus 85 ultra-lite and it's okay but I wish I'd followed the advice I've just given you
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    I bought the 617 in bright spectrum blue , great gun shoots great, with no problems and 7 shots is a plus. My wife shot it loved it and now its hers.

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    I have a Taurus 605 that I got from a friend in a trade with just 50 rounds fired through it. The fit and finish are great and the trigger pull is very smooth. I've fired .38spl., .38+P, and .357Mag. and this little gun is quite accurate. I feel it is every bit as good as a Smith and Wesson.

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    Since this thread is old I don't feel bad hijacking it...

    What's the deal with the locks? And why is a pre-lock more desirable?

    Can't you just disable the lock?

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    Plenty of info if you search "internal lock".

    IMO, it's no big deal. I actually use my lock.
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    IMO, your money would be better spent on S&W 442/642
    Yea, try getting one for under 500$ let alone 350$....
    I think the 605 is very adequate, although weight wise its not much lighter or concealable than the sp101. I'd go for a model 85.

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    I carry the 605 frequently; great gun, never a hiccup, and exceptionally accurate for the barrel length.
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    Here's the one I use. 7 shots....ported. I usually load it with 158 grain SWC from Buffalo Bore in 38 Special.

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    I pocket carry a 85UL every day, 125 GD short barrel ammo, nemeses holster, great combo IMHO.
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