Taurus 85

Discussion in 'Revolver Handguns' started by bikerlbf406, Nov 17, 2013.

  1. bikerlbf406

    bikerlbf406 New Member

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    Well I'm supposed to be trading in my Ruger LCP .380 with a guy this afternoon for his unfired Taurus 85 .38 special 2" in stainless steel. can't hardly contain my excitement. Finally getting me a .38 special. As soon as I get it home, I'll post pictures of it.
     
  2. hardluk1

    hardluk1 Active Member

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    If its a older 85 its can have the best trigger you will ever touch in a snubby but pay close attention as some newer 85's have some rough triggers and not so smooth an actions in general. Mine was pocket carried for 20 years and still looks great but is a pre +P model so no factory good stuff or at least not often? I would never trade or sell. A live long buddy bought a new one after using mine for his cc class and it has taken a trip back home soon after getting it for some tlc. Still has a rough trigger a year and a half later. I have a hogue grip on mine.
    Good luck with your trade
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  3. Rick1967

    Rick1967 Well-Known Member

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    I had an M-85 Ultra-lite. It was out of time and shaving lead when it was brand new right out of the box. I returned it to where I bought it from.
     
  4. bikerlbf406

    bikerlbf406 New Member

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    Well I did make the trade, here is the pictures. The drive ended up taking right about 5 hours thanks to a delay on way there where traffic was at a stand still on the interstate and not moving at all for about 45 minutes.
     

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  5. p35bhp55

    p35bhp55 New Member

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    I have a Rossi 352 that says Made by Taurus on the frame. Looks like a very shiny version of yours. Really think you are gonna like it. Dunno if there is real logic behind this but I'm much more comfortable with a .38 than a .380
     
  6. JW357

    JW357 New Member

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    Congrats on your new wheel gun. I've never owned a Taurus revolver but if it isn't perfect for you, just keep sending it back until they return it pristine. They offer a good warranty.
     
  7. bikerlbf406

    bikerlbf406 New Member

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    Thanks, and yeah I know they offer the best warranty any manufacture can offer, so I have no fears about it about it not shooting right. Hopefully it's a blast to shoot like my other wheel gun. I hope to make it to the range soon.
     
  8. bikerlbf406

    bikerlbf406 New Member

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    Well I made it to the range yesterday and shot not only this revolver, but my two .25's, my .380 & my 12 gauge as well. This 85 is a sweet shooter, like the trigger on it and it is a blast to shoot. My aim is off on it, so I have some serious improvements to make on my shot placement before I decide if I want to use it for CCW or not. Out of about 20-30 rounds only about half a dozen actually hit it's mark and that was at approx. 10 yards out.
     
  9. JW357

    JW357 New Member

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    Were you shooting it in double action? It takes a lot of practice to become proficient with a double action revolver.
     
  10. bikerlbf406

    bikerlbf406 New Member

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    Yes I was shooting double action. I shoot my other revolver in double action too & am fairly proficient at it with no problem, so I'm not quite sure why I sucked so badly with this particular gun.
     
  11. JW357

    JW357 New Member

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    Dunno man. Prolly just practice some more. Every trigger is slightly different. Some are more broken in than others. Your Taurus might have a slightly longer trigger pull than the Smith. Could be anything. Just practice with it!
     
  12. bikerlbf406

    bikerlbf406 New Member

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    Yeah I plan to practice with it as much as possible. Probably won't get much more practice in until Spring through.
     
  13. JTJ

    JTJ Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Get some snap caps and practice dry firing. A laser really helps here but you need to get smooth. There should be no bounce when the hammer drops. I practice dry firing frequently and snap caps will protect the guns mechanism.
     
  14. bikerlbf406

    bikerlbf406 New Member

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    yeah I plan on getting some snap caps, I just don't get how i can vary between two revolvers so much, although I didn't get to fire my other revolver yesterday, I'm fairly proficient with it, yet on this one here I done pure awful.
     
  15. JW357

    JW357 New Member

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    Maybe the sights are off. Are they adjustable?

    Also your revolvers are different calibers. Remember different barrel lengths do better with heavier or lighter grain bullets. Try a different weight of bullets next time if you can.
     
  16. bikerlbf406

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    no the sights are not adjustable. The ammo I used was what the pevious owner gave me, I plan to try different ammo the next time I get to the range, so see if that makes a different. I know the two revolvers are different calibers but I mean I've shot a variety of guns before and never had a problem like this, not real sure what the deal is. Ammo could be the problem, I dunno.
     
  17. SSGN_Doc

    SSGN_Doc Well-Known Member

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    Grip shapes, angles, trigger shape, travel and pull weight can vary enough to make a second revolver shoot differently for you compared to another. Short sight radius on a snubby doesn't help with precision either.
     
  18. JW357

    JW357 New Member

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    Who knows. Its hard to say for sure over the internet. So I say:

    - try various bullet weights. Preferably in the same range session. If they're all unsatisfactory, its not the ammo.
    - Shoot the other revolver in the sane range session. If you're shooting both unsatisfactoryly, you're just having a bad day. If one is better than the other:
    - practice the fundamentals with the troublesome gun via snap caps. A lot. Don't just pull the trigger a lot. Really focus on every fundamental 100%, every trigger pull. When you feel confident with the gun after a lot or dry firing, go back to the range again with both guns.
    - If there's still problems, see if you can shoot from a rest. If the gun doesn't shoot pretty close to point of aim, send it in for warranty work.

    Hope this helps. Thats what I would do in your situation.

    Good luck.
     
  19. bikerlbf406

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    Thanks guys. Chances are I won't be getting much range time in until Spring, however I will surely try both guns on the same trip as well as several differrent ammo of .38 to see what happens. Not much I can do for now though other then maybe get some snap caps and practice firing at home, since I won't have the cash to buy more ammo or and it will be too cold for range trips. It already is too cold for range trips, other than an occasional decent day.
     
  20. DrFootball

    DrFootball disappointed & disgusted, But DETERMINED... Lifetime Supporter

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    Biker, to add to what JW just laid on you: bring the target closer, and try again with 20 rds. Or less. I regularly shoot CQ guns at 4, & 7 yards(12 & 21ft.) as well as out to 10(30ft). If this is a 2" or shorter, 7 yards might be a better start. If the sight is not hi vis, try replacing it with one. As good a shot as my better half is, when we made that change there was an improvement, esp. At greater distance. Also, lots of folks do better targets when shooting a heavier bullet or Wadcutters/Semi wadcutters for practice. With the cost of SD ammo, I shoot very little of it for practice, except for the testing we were doing. I'd also like to know how this works out as my wife is down to a Charter Arms, a Cobra, or the 85 for her next purse gun.
     
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