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Old 10-25-2011, 08:37 PM   #11
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My nephew has been very happy with his Taurus Tracker in .357.

I found a GP100 for $400 & picked it up. It has a small blemish from oil beside the hammer.

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With Taurus, stay away from:
The ones built on Friday afternoon & the ones built first thing Monday.
The ones built during Carnival.
The ones built immediately before or after any major holiday or celebration.
The ones built on the days the Quality Assurance guy was hung over.
Aside for those, you should be fine.

In all seriousness:
The quality can be hit or miss. Be careful.

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Old 10-26-2011, 01:23 AM   #13
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Thanks to all of you for your replys. The Ruger GP100 is going for around 500 to 525 in my area however, the reason I'm set on the Taurus is due to the Muzzle break which really reduces muzzle flip. If any one has a suggestion of another make with this feature in the same price range feel free to let me know.

As I will be shooting my reloads with some being hot ,I just wondering about the trackers durabilty.

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dave88, I can find you a used GP100 for $400 or less and I'm only a couple of hours from you.

If you are set on the tracker....good luck. I would not trust them to eat a steady diet of hot reloads unlike the GP or even a 686.

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While I agree that taurus quality can be spotty, I have seen with my own eyes a tracker that can handle hotter reloads than my S&W, and myself, can.

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While I agree that taurus quality can be spotty, I have seen with my own eyes a tracker that can handle hotter reloads than my S&W, and myself, can.
So you were present when someone blew up a comparable S&W first, during head to head testing?
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While I agree that taurus quality can be spotty, I have seen with my own eyes a tracker that can handle hotter reloads than my S&W, and myself, can.
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So you were present when someone blew up a comparable S&W first, during head to head testing?
I was present when my S&W was beaten so hard that oil splattered out of my gun, the sideplate warped, my hand, wrist, and neck began to hurt. That happened after just 2 rounds.

The 8" Tracker kept booming right along, and has been for a few years/k's of rounds.
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i have the Tracker in 44 magnum, and i really like mine. i do shoot some full magnum loads in mine and with the ported barrel, makes a lot of difference. i can even shoot magnum rounds one handed with it, i can't do that with an unported barreled pistol. IMO, the Taurus Tracker is a good pistol, but the Smith & Wesson and the Ruger are much better and cost more, plus the resale on comparable condition pistols, will be higher for the Smith and the Ruger. sometimes you can find a good Smith or Ruger used for the same price as a new Taurus. just keep your eyes open. i have owned several Taurus pistols in the past and several Smith's, i have had no problems with either.

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I was present when my S&W was beaten so hard that oil splattered out of my gun, the sideplate warped, my hand, wrist, and neck began to hurt. That happened after just 2 rounds.

The 8" Tracker kept booming right along, and has been for a few years/k's of rounds.
Warped the sideplate! Ouch. Sounds like those loads were on the far side of irresponsible. Was the gun forced into paperweight duty, or was it repairable?
J, K L, or N frame?
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Warped the sideplate! Ouch. Sounds like those loads were on the far side of irresponsible. Was the gun forced into paperweight duty, or was it repairable?
J, K L, or N frame?
It was this one, a model 65-2. I took it to a smith, who checked the rest of the frame, (the plate had more of a bulge right in the center), checked all the internals, and declared it good to go after he slapped on a new (used) plate that he had lying around. Total cost: $40. Most expensive reloads my buddy has made, he offered to pay for it on his own accord.
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