Taurus 38 Special, Model 85 question

Taurus 38 Special, Model 85 question

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    Taurus 38 Special, Model 85 question

    I picked up a used Taurus 85 in 38 Spcl. I'm trying to determine if it's rated for +P ammo. I checked the SN against Taurus' website, but it didn't return any reulsts. There's four numbers above the 85- 7443. The barrel is stamped ".38SPECIAL".

    How does Taurus distinguish between regular and +P ratings? Should the barrel be marked ".38SPECIAL+P"?

    ETA: I don't think mine is the ultralight version.
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    Well I dont have an "85" but I do have a .38 special "ultra light". The manual said +p NOT recommended. Having said that I've shot 30 rounds of +p through it and never a problem. +p were the first rounds I shot in the pistol, many rounds later and it's fine......
    Now, don't come after me if you have problems though.
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    Funny you say that. My ultra-lite is rated for +p ammo.
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    I picked one up last week used at a gun show, and the website said all ultra-lite's are +P rated. I was confused also, as my old Smith had the markings defined. According to their website you're good.
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    I agree......

    My M85 Ultra-Lite is rated for +P's according to their website. I have shot about 15 +P's in it to test function and it is fine.

    I would not recommend giving it a full diet of +P's though........
    Best to practice with Regular .38 Special's and just load up +P's for carry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AEA View Post
    I agree......

    I would not recommend giving it a full diet of +P's though........
    Best to practice with Regular .38 Special's and just load up +P's for carry.
    I was going to suggest the same thing, but feared a thunderous sermon about how that would be an unrealistic practice strategy because it wouldn't match a real world situation.
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    carry +p in the gun, shoot some to get the feel of the +p. practice with wad cutters.
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    mines rated +p

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    Good advise.

    Quote Originally Posted by AEA View Post
    I agree......

    My M85 Ultra-Lite is rated for +P's according to their website. I have shot about 15 +P's in it to test function and it is fine.

    I would not recommend giving it a full diet of +P's though........
    Best to practice with Regular .38 Special's and just load up +P's for carry.

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    I re-read my manual tonight and will check the website when I get a chance, but per the manual the only revolvers rated for +p are the titanium models...Note 3 page 11. One step further it's +p jacketed ammo, not +p lead bullets. I know the company is prob just covering butt, and there's a "safety factor" in there but still.
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    The manual for my ultralight with alloy frame & SS cylinder says it's +P rated, but those rounds will accelerate wear. The gun was purchased in early 2007. My 12 year old steel 85 states not to use +P.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ws76133 View Post
    The manual for my ultralight with alloy frame & SS cylinder says it's +P rated, but those rounds will accelerate wear. The gun was purchased in early 2007. My 12 year old steel 85 states not to use +P.
    all said make sense, but I wonder if the new steel revolvers will handle +P loads ? Guess I'll contact Taurus to ask that one. Still a good lil' snubby.
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    Quote Originally Posted by artz View Post
    Funny you say that. My ultra-lite is rated for +p ammo.
    Mine too.
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    My understanding is all current Tauri are +P rated.

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