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View Poll Results: Which gun to make the "perfect" winter carry revolver?
Taurus 65, cut to 3" 3 16.67%
Taurus 66, cut to 3" 2 11.11%
Taurus Tracker/627, cut to 3" 2 11.11%
4" Taurus 65, live with the extra inch 4 22.22%
4" Taurus 66, live with the extra inch 5 27.78%
4' Tracker/627, live w/ the inch and porting 2 11.11%
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Old October 11, 2012, 07:55 AM   #51
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mavracer - What kind of front sight do you have your Speed Six? I have 2 of them that I'm looking to put better sights on.
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Old October 11, 2012, 11:25 AM   #52
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It's a XS big dot for a SP101. I had to thin it up just a smidge the SP has a .125" slot and Six's have a .120".
rather be judged by 12 than carried by 6
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Old October 11, 2012, 12:09 PM   #53
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Chaim, I sometimes carry my 4" 64 in the cold weather however if I was looking to get a different winter revolver I'd look for a 2 1/2" 66 and call it a day. Good luck in your quest. tom.
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Old October 11, 2012, 08:22 PM   #54
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This poll has received over 1,800 views and 13 people have voted in the poll because they believe one of the guns in the Taurus lineup is the perfect winter carry gun
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Old October 12, 2012, 01:42 AM   #55
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no matter the gun maker, IMHO the min. bbl. lenth would be 4", has the least exceptable velocity for punching through heavy winter clothes.
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Old October 19, 2012, 03:01 AM   #56
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I've got a Taurus 65 with the 2.5 inch barrel and a 66 with the 4 inch barrel.

I do have a Bianchi IWB holster for belt carry. The 7 shots is a bonus instead of six shots that a 65 carries.

The 66 hits to point of aim with .357 magnum or .38 Special with 158gr. bullets. With the 140gr. and slightly heavier bullets these all hit close to point of aim. All of this is at 25 yards.

The longer barrel gives one the benefit of boosted muzzle velocity with the 4 inch barrel versus the 3 inch.

I do like the 2.5" barrel on the 65 for summer carry.

Just make sure that with winter gloves the revolver will work. Make sure the trigger will cycle and reset all the way through without the glove material causing function problems.

One other thing. If the gun is carried in a holster so the gun is exposed to the cold the pressures and muzzle velocity will be lower. It may not be a big thing. Just something to be aware of.

I like the Ruger revolvers, that is the GP-100 ,for carry. But as already said the weight is a bit much.

It seems that Ruger has or is making the SP-101 in a 4" barreled version.
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Old October 19, 2012, 03:57 PM   #57
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I am not a Taurus fan. I can say that knowing that I have 2 Tauruses in my home. The first is a Judge (3 inch chamber and barrel) and the other is a 380 pocket gun. They both belong to the wife. The Judge had to go back to the factory 3 times to get it to work in single action (the hammer would not lock back and when you pulled it back by hand it would set off the round because it did not lock in the cocked position.

the 380 was not as bad. It works ok but occasionally fails to ignite the rounds. My wife still owns it but she up graded to a sig P238.
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Old October 20, 2012, 08:00 AM   #58
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If I were looking for a project gun I would be very tempted to go with the tracker and cut it down. In fact, I'm mulling over your idea as a fun winter project to do myself! If you could find a used one, even better.

If you don't want a project gun I would suggest a model 60 with adjustable sights.
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Old October 20, 2012, 12:41 PM   #59
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I voted for the model 65... Taurus is ok, if you've established its reliability. I've had a few of them, and only one of them had a few ignition issues. Replaced the spring, and it's been 100% since then.

I voted more for the concept. K frame size, half underlug, 6 shots, fixed sights with the front being a smooth ramp, not a patridge type, stainless steel, 4" barrel. Very simple mechanics, smooth to draw from under a coat, you'll never knock the rear sight out of alignment, and with the right load, dead-on accurate.
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