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Old February 15, 2013, 12:10 PM   #1
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1991 Taurus Model 66

Hello i'm currently at work and cant contact Taurus. From what I remember reading about Smith's K frames (and this is suppossed to be a copy I believe) that they can't handle a steady diet of 357 mags. Does anyone know if a Taurus 66 from 1991 or around that time period has been reinforced enough to handle 357's?
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Old February 15, 2013, 03:55 PM   #2
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It should be able to handle .357.

One issue with the K-frame .357s is potential cracking of the forcing cone due to being thinner on the bottom. There's a flat spot there. Do a google image search on "model 19 forcing cone" for a pic.

This is not the case with the Taurus 66. I had one of roughly that vintage.
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Old February 16, 2013, 02:26 AM   #3
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Thanks a lot buddy
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Old February 16, 2013, 04:54 AM   #4
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I hope this isn't received poorly, but it's the truth -- and I hope you find it helpful.

I've got a much newer Taurus Model 66 and there's nothing it won't handle...so far. That's because there's nothing I won't feed it. Because it's a Taurus, I use it as my "feed 'er anything" .357 Magnum and, well, let's just call it a running experimental test platform.

I wouldn't subject my prized S&W 686 or my Model 19 a boatload of the hot 125's I build, but I'll feed a zillion of them to the Taurus.
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Old February 16, 2013, 05:01 AM   #5
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I wouldn't subject my prized S&W 686 or my Model 19 a boatload of the hot 125's I build, but I'll feed a zillion of them to the Taurus.
That 686 will stand anything and in any amount, that the Taurus will.
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Old February 16, 2013, 05:11 AM   #6
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You are missing -my- point.
Things I simply don't wish to feed my 686... I will happily stuff in to the Taurus.

If you are insinuating that I can't build (in spec!) handloads that won't put a whuppin' on my 686, I think you mistaken.
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Old February 16, 2013, 10:42 PM   #7
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If you are insinuating that I can't build (in spec!) handloads that won't put a whuppin' on my 686, I think you mistaken.
I was insinuating just what I said, the 686 will take whatever the Taurus will take and still be a fit weapon. I imagine that I have run as many hot rounds through a 686 in the last 26yrs as anyone...and it is still tight and top strap intact.

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Old February 18, 2013, 10:21 AM   #8
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I agree with Lee.

The weakness of the S&W K Frame .357 forcing cone is probably overstated, as long as you feed it .38s or heavier grain .357s (preferably 158s), and you don't shoot a bazillion magnums a year, they'll hold up fine.

That said, the Taurus 66 does have a sturdier forcing cone as it isn't cut off at the bottom. More proof that the Taurus 66 isn't an exact clone of the S&W. They are actually very nice guns, some of the more highly regarded models that Taurus makes (oddly, Taurus quality seems to vary a LOT by model, like they have expert gunsmiths on one line and retarded, ADHD monkeys on another ). Granted, the finish quality isn't quite as good as S&W and the quality of the trigger varies more from gun-to-gun. I had a Taurus 66 6" 7 shot for a while, it was truly a wonderful gun. Held up fine to magnum ammo and it was dead nuts accurate. The trigger stacked a little, but it was smooth. I was an idiot for selling it, gonna have to do something about that one day.
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