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Old March 18, 2010, 06:57 PM   #1
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taurus 85

just got a stainless 85 with gold trigger,hammer also has trapper spring kit in it,what do you think of these...post pics later..i belive it shoot plus p ammo ..seems well made,has rosewood grips..plus rubber ones that came with it..had to give 3 bills..plus got box winchester plus p ammo
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Old March 18, 2010, 07:52 PM   #2
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Not a fan of the bling, but otherwise a solid reliable revolver. It is rated for +p's. Take it to your range and dispose of that box of ammo. You'll need to purchase a lot more though.
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Old March 18, 2010, 11:09 PM   #3
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I have a Taurus 85 UL. It is rated for +p. It makes a nice little carry piece. I installed a set of Wolff lightweight springs and some Paccy 3-finger rubber grips and I can shoot it all day. Good quality at a reasonable price.
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Old March 18, 2010, 11:15 PM   #4
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I hate to sound like a gun snob, but I carried a Taurus 85 just long enough to afford a S&W...
After tearing into both Taurus and S&W revolvers, its not even close. Open up the side-plates and the difference in quality is painfully obvious. My Taurus performed okay, but I was hesitant to shoot it as much as my S&W or Ruger small frame revolvers...
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Old March 19, 2010, 12:32 AM   #5
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Check the manual, I think the M85s have been rated for +P for "duty use," which implies not a steady diet of +P at the range, though 20 or so during a session might not be too bad. Maybe they've been upgraded since they said that, and maybe the steel ones are rated for +P most or all the time.
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Old March 19, 2010, 04:39 AM   #6
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The 85s have been +P for some time now. The owner manual might not say it is +P rated. The catalog has been way ahead of the manual for some time now and states that all the 85s that have been made in the 1990s are +P rated.

If not sure call the toll free Service number at 1-800-327-3776.
Talk to CS and ask them to verify that your model is +P rated.

I own a older 20+year old 85 CH that is still going strong. It has had some +P rounds through it, but with Federal Nyclad 125gr. rounds and Buffalo Bore's standard pressure 3 different defense loads there is no reason for me to use +P in that old gun.

There are plenty of 85 owners at www.taurusarmed.net that have and are getting excellent service out of their 85s. Those are their carry guns daily. There are a goodly number of credentialed gun writers who use them or have and not found them wanting in any way.

I can bring the overwhelming evidence of that if need be.

I can bring the overwhelming evidence that the Taurus 85 is as good as some of the S&W products or better than and that fir and finish are very good.

http://www.taurusarmed.net/forums/in...p?topic=8478.0
http://www.taurusarmed.net/forums/in...p?topic=4786.0

If you like "bling" on your revolver go for it. No reason not to. There are all kinds of specialist guns from revolvers, to pistols, and rifles, for competition or otherwise that are colorful artworks in their own right.

While I choose to go with standard stainless or blued guns there is no reason for not gussying up the firearm if one wants to.

I can check the archives "from that other gun forum" and bring the pictures of personalized 85s as well if anyone cares for that.

I do own other snubs as well. A Rossi 462, Ruger SP101, and a Taurus .327 Federal magnum snub. All give excellent service.
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Old March 19, 2010, 06:36 AM   #7
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Good solid revolver
At least it does'nt have pearl grips
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Old March 19, 2010, 06:53 AM   #8
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I hate to sound like a gun snob, but I carried a Taurus 85 just long enough to afford a S&W...
+1 to that. My conversion to S&W was by force rather than choice. My NIB M85 seized up solid after 250 rounds. Could never trust it again after that and went with a S&W 637.

When it worked, it was a good shooting gun however. Trigger was good and the action was smooth. Hope you have better luck with yours than I did.
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Old March 19, 2010, 07:06 AM   #9
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Like any gun intended for cc, shoot it extensively. If it goes bang everytime and you can hit what you aim/point at, it's good. I've had mine for a good 9 yrs. No issues. Looking to replace it as my main ccw and leave it for outdoors use since in my neck of the woods man is the predator to watch out for.
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Old March 19, 2010, 12:51 PM   #10
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I've got the 85 UL with the shaved hammer.
Great little pocket gun.
I would like to have a S&W snubbie though.
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Old March 19, 2010, 01:26 PM   #11
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Glad you like it! $300 ain't a bad price either. Lately, the Taurus revolvers have gotten so expensive, they're hard to justify buying .
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Old March 19, 2010, 03:20 PM   #12
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I had/have several of them and they are ok shooters, CCW...etc The action will smooth out over use. With the rosewood grips, +P loads will STING. Might want to consider the rubber ones. Use +P's sparingly in this little guy - even though Taurus rates it as +P.


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just got a stainless 85 with gold trigger,hammer also has trapper spring kit in it,what do you think of these...post pics later..i belive it shoot plus p ammo ..seems well made,has rosewood grips..plus rubber ones that came with it..had to give 3 bills..plus got box winchester plus p ammo
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Old March 19, 2010, 04:22 PM   #13
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taurus

going to put pink grips on..give it to wife,decided she didnt want lcp..now got get rid of it...
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Old March 20, 2010, 10:23 PM   #14
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I have two 85s from the mid nineties.
One is the CH and the other a 3". Both stainless.

They have preformed very well.
But, I have only run a total of about 6 or 7 hundred
rounds through them. Too many S&Ws and Rugers
to shoot.
I have used some +p, but mostly
standard presure reloads.

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Old March 20, 2010, 11:37 PM   #15
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Installed a Crimson Trace grip on my stainless Taurus 85. Good little shooter with the laser sighted in at 10 yards. Beyond that the parallax offset is too much and open sights are used. Do not recommend it as a range gun. After 30 rounds or so the little gun becomes a bit uncomfortable in the hand even with the slightly larger than original CT grips. On the other hand, my S&W 36 with original grips has a comfort limit of about 20 rounds.

The Taurus 85 has a sideplate retention screw at the top of the sideplate (in front of the hammer). I checked Taurus' website for a manufacture date but the serial number EC4XXXX is not listed. Does anyone have any information regarding the manufacture date?
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Old March 26, 2010, 01:08 PM   #16
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I have the same gun. 4 years and no problems(Knock on wood)
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Old March 27, 2010, 10:40 PM   #17
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Model 85Ti -- Taurus Total Titanium in "Bright Spectrum Blue"

I have a Model 85Ti -- Taurus Total Titanium in "Bright Spectrum Blue" -- purchased in 2005, and still working quite well for me.
It is definitely rated for .38 special, +P. 2" barrel, 3.8" sight radius, weighs just 15.4 oz. A very nice carry gun.

They don't make these with the bright spectrum blue finish any more. Too bad, I think.

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Old April 3, 2010, 09:55 PM   #18
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Pic's

TAZZ - was it NEW?

Got any pics of it yet? It sounds nice.
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Old April 4, 2010, 12:40 AM   #19
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I have the Ultra Light. Runs +P with no problem. I had a problem with some lower velocity reloads.
Overall I love it! Just put on a Hogue grip, even better!!
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Old April 5, 2010, 09:32 PM   #20
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My 1st generation M85SSUL has been going strong since before the turn of the century.

I load it with Buffalo Bore 158gr +P lead semi wadcutter hard cast hollow point.

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Old April 6, 2010, 08:02 AM   #21
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Guess I better post a picture of 'ol trusty.
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