Taurus 431 .44 Special Experience?
A local dealer has a used Taurus 431 .44 Special he just took in trade. Its blued with a 3" barrel (and fixed sights obviously). I checked it out today, and the lockup was good, timing seems fine, trigger wasn't anything to write home about, but it is serviceable, bore looks good, and the finish is pristine. He had $300 on it, but said he would sell it to me for $250. I had him put it aside for me and told him I'd let him know tomorrow if I want it for sure or not. Seems like a great deal for the shape the gun is in, but I wanted to get some input on the 431 in general. I know its out of production, and its from the days before the Taurus hammer lock, so that makes it more attractive to me. I just don't like or want any sort of lock on my firearms.
Anyway, some input on the 431 would be great. I'm not concerned about ammo costs. I handload and already have the dies and such necessary to load .44 Special. It will cost me the same to shoot as .45ACP and I won't have to pickup brass.