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Old 07-02-2012, 03:06 AM   #11
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Old 07-02-2012, 03:13 AM   #12
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i can get the couger in 40 s&w for the same price
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Hey from one old fart to another ! I don't know about the current crop of Taurus, but I bought an older used one that worked just fine. I busted the rear sight, and Taurus fixed it for free under their lifetime warranty. That warranty doesn't just apply to the original purchaser. It applies to anyone who owns a Taurus. That model 65 looks nice. Wish it had adjustable sights like the model 66. You can get the model 66 in stainless steel for around $425 new.

Click here for a new one for $425.
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Beretta owns Stoeger. The Stoeger Cougar is a very well made, all steel weapon. It is also offered in ,40 S&W as well as .45acp. You could do
a lot worse than the Cougar.
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i can get the couger in 40 s&w for the same price
if you can get the Stoeger Cougar in 40 or 45, i would definately go with it over the Taurus. as i said before, i own an older Taurus revolver and if it ever gives me problems, it will be sent in for repairs and then sold when returned. i will then replace it with a Ruger or a Smith. i do shoot some "healthy" loads in it, and so far has held up very well.
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If from what you have heard you are discouraged from taurus. Then try to get the stoeger in 45. Acp. And even then i would want to empty the clip into a bear or big hog. If you could find a used ruger vaquero( sorry if spelled wrong) i have seen them for 350-400 not a blackhawk, but still a ruger and you have a revolver which is almost always more reliable imo and you can get the vaquero in 357. Mag

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Given the choices the OP actually stated, I would definitely go with the Taurus .357 Mag. I own dozens of Taurus firearms and have owned many more, and they have all been fine. I have also owned S&W's with problems, but haven't sworn off the brand. The .357 is a more versatile choice, IMO, for your stated purposes. Good luck in your selection.
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The Stoeger Cougar 9mm and .40 S&W are the same price. The
.45 acp (8045) is about $50 more. My local Academy has the
Stoeger 9mm/.40 for $399 and the .45 for $449.

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i will have a chance of seeing a bear or hog but the chances are remote. my biggest threat is a rabid coyote or pack of dogs and the 2 legged pot growing or meth labbing human. are the taurus revolvers that bad as most claim? a good 9 or 40 is better than a bad 357, and these two are i can afford if i want to be armed. thanks
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The Taurus .357 is generally ok. The quality control is hit or
miss. You might not have any problems and then again you might.
Of course this can be said of other manufacturers too. I wouldn't
trust my life to a gun unless I was certain I could depend on it.
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I have a Stoeger 8040 Cougar in .40 S&W. It is great! Accurate, dependable, and a good size/weight to carry in an environment where the likely threat is from people, or dogs, etc. But for bears, i wouldn't trust it to get enough penetration to be adequate. If the choice must be between the Stoeger or a .357, I'd choose the .357. But for bears, even that is marginal. Maybe a .44 mag would be better.
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