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Taurus 38spcl Ultra-Light

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    Taurus 38spcl Ultra-Light

    My S&W 500 decided it was lonely being my only wheel gun over the weekend so I brought home a Taurus Ultra-Light 38 Special to join it. I haven't gotten around to trying to carry it, but was wondering if anyone had comments on it. I picked it up mainly for a range toy, but I guess on some occasions it could replace my 3PAT as a BUG.
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    I got one for Christmas and have been happy with it. It is as accurate as I am, actually more accurate. I changed out the grips for some small thin ones akin to the old j-frame grips on the chief's specials. That was a mistake as the trigger guard now digs into my fingers, guess I should of got a tyler t grip. Going to replace it with the standard Taurus boot grip and call it good.

    I'd say you'll like the little revolver, I like mine allot.

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    That's what I carry. I guess I've shot 3 or 4 hundred rounds through it & I have no complaints... no problems.
    It's got a pretty good kick to it being so light, but I like it!

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    Some are great guns some have some issues. Several we sold to customers have locked up (cylinder). Seems to have been fixed and corrected by a thorough cleaning (including removing grips and cleaning inside the action) and particularly a good cleaning of the back of the cylinder where the index notches are.
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    I expect it has a kick being so light. Have you used +P ammo on it? The dealer seemed to not be 100% sure on that fact. A number of the Taurus's said, "DO NOT USE +P" others specifically said, "38 spcl +P", but this one said neither.
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    if it's not stamped +p, then it's probably not rated for +p.

    most quality revos can handle a limited amount of +p, even if not stamped, but I don't know about Taurus

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    I had one (Taurus .38 UltraLite) with bobbed hammer. Great little shooter. So easy to just carry in pocket.

    Loaned to my daughter and someone broke into her car - stole it.

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    Taurus quality control is a maybe yes/maybe no proposition. That said, its a solid design and if you get a good one it won't give you any problems and will be a fine shooter.

    I have a friend who carries one all the time. He carries +P and has shot some through it without issue. He generally practices with standard pressure ammunition.

    We recently shot a IDPA BUG match. His 85UL preformed flawlessly, just as well as any other revolver there. I loaded up some light .38 Specials for us to use to avoid excessive wear on the lightweight alloy guns.
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    Is that the model 85? I had one a few years ago, until my wife discovered she would rather carry it. Great little gun, and ours is rated +P. We have three snubbys, two .38's and one .357. We carry them with Speer Gold Dot Short Barrel ammo in each caliber.

    I would recommend you call Taurus if you have a question about +P rating. I've run across too many gun shop workers who know little about guns, but do know how to run a cash register and run a NICS check.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pioneer View Post
    Is that the model 85? I had one a few years ago, until my wife discovered she would rather carry it. Great little gun, and ours is rated +P. We have three snubbys, two .38's and one .357. We carry them with Speer Gold Dot Short Barrel ammo in each caliber.

    I would recommend you call Taurus if you have a question about +P rating. I've run across too many gun shop workers who know little about guns, but do know how to run a cash register and run a NICS check.
    I'll have to check if it was an 85. The place I went to usually knows how to run both a gun shop and a cash register; though the discount register works very often too. I guess I'll check out Taurus and see what they say about the +P for it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by doobie View Post
    My S&W 500 decided it was lonely being my only wheel gun over the weekend so I brought home a Taurus Ultra-Light 38 Special to join it. I haven't gotten around to trying to carry it, but was wondering if anyone had comments on it. I picked it up mainly for a range toy, but I guess on some occasions it could replace my 3PAT as a BUG.
    Well what I have found in almost four decades of shooting the 38 Special is.............

    +P, and +P+ ammunition offer no real advantage in snub nose (1⅞-2˝" barrel) guns. W/+P ammunition you get a 50% (or more) increase in muzzle blast and recoil W/O any substantial increase in energy into the target/perp. W/+P ammunition in a snubby you have a far longer "Return to Battery"; that is recovery from recoil, sights back on target, hammer back to point of "break" on the sear. The sole exception to this would be the Speer® Short Barrel™ 135gr Gold Dot™ Hollow Point; a load SPECIFICALLY DEVELOPED for snub nose guns. (That doesn't mean you should use it in a standard pressure gun however!) ALL 38 Special revolvers are sighted to POA w/158gr bullets. Considering that fact, and, that you have a standard pressure gun, I would recommend THIS. That is the load I carry and use in by 38 Special snubby. Another alternative, previously mentioned, is THIS ALSO. My wife uses this load in her 38 Special.

    I realize that what I've stated DOES NOT MATCH CONVENTIONAL WISDOM. If you will try these two loads however, I am confident you will be VERY PLEASED!

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    I really like my or my wife likes her Taurus Ultra-Light 38 Special 19 oz in weight, the sheet that came with ours stated that you can shoot +P but full metal jacket ...
    For target shooting we use Winchester 130 gr full metal jacket Target/Range paper punchers (Cheap) and for home on my wife side of bed of we keep Hornady 125 gr XTP in it ... my side of the bed I keep my 1911 45 and the CZ 82 is in my car ...

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