Taurus Model 85 Quality?

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    Taurus Model 85 Quality?

    I'm looking at a used Taurus Model 85 made in 2003. 2" barrell, Matte Stainless Steel finish at a good price and in like-new condition. Does anyone have one of these? Any quality opinions?

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    I have an older one like new with the original box. for about 285?

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    Taurus is hit and miss on quality. Mostly, the revolvers are OK. I'd guess 15-20 out of 100 have issues. I'd try and shoot it first before you buy.
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    I think I can get this one for $250 and it is like brand new. I thought it was new.
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    I've carried one since 1997 and had no reliability issues. It's accurate also.

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    Gun tests had some problems with one recently. I think it was a .357 snubby.
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    I have one, no problems with reliability, $250.00 seems like a good price.

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    I bought a stainless one in 88 (new, $200) and just traded it off last year. Never had any problems with it.

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    I have had 2 M 85s ( I think they were). One a blue hammer job, the other a SS hammerless.
    No problem with the blue. However, the SS had a failure to fire problem. I sent it to Taurus at least 3 times, and then to a smith who was an expert with revolvers. Even he did not get it corrected.

    If I remember it was almost 2 years, and several letters to finally the top man in the US, before they would replace it. I got the replacement and sold it NIB to a friend and he never had a problem with it.
    I suspect I was a victim of tolerances.

    I liked the way it handled and shot even better than my J Frame Smiths. The trigger was great.

    I suspect you could buy the one in question and never have a problem. Taurus was very willing to continue to work on it, but there comes a time when it is just too much trouble.

    I might buy another Taurus, but not unless they had something I could not get from S&W or Ruger.

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    I've had one for 3 years and put around 500 rounds thru it with not a single problem. Very nice gun and resonablly accurate. Not a bad price. If you want it get it you can always sale it.

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    A buddy and I each purchased a Model 85 back in 96 or 97. Mine died after 80-90 rounds. It locked up and the cylinder would no longer open or rotate. It wasn't simply a matter of bullet pull or ammunition related as I transfered the broken gun to another guy who sent it back to Taurus and had it repaired. They detailed a number of things that were out of spec.

    My friend who bought one when I did had better luck. His gun didn't begin to develop timing problems (and intermittently lock up) until it had around 500 rounds through it. His was stolen from a job site before he was able to have it repaired.

    Other people apparently get ones that work, and they may have improved them since.

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