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Old February 29, 2008, 04:20 PM   #1
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Which wheelgun should I buy?

I'd like some opinions. I have two options:

1. A new Taurus 85, 2" barrel, blued for $325.00 with all components.

2. A used Taurus 85, 2" barrel, matte stainless steel, made in 2003 for $275, No box, no manual, no security keys. It comes with an Uncle Mike's nylon holster. It is in like new condition (I thought it was new) and I doubt if it was ever fired. If it was, not much. According to the Taurus website, the gun has a lifetime warranty so I don't see any warranty issues.

Your advice?
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Old February 29, 2008, 05:45 PM   #2
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I would get the new one for the $50 more.
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Old February 29, 2008, 09:45 PM   #3
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I don't see how you could go wrong with either one. My own personal preference though is for stainless. Being that that particular one is either NIB or LNIB, and comes with a holster and is $50 less than the blued model to boot is the icing on the cake.
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Old February 29, 2008, 10:15 PM   #4
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Old March 1, 2008, 07:19 PM   #5
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According to the Taurus website, the gun has a lifetime warranty so I don't see any warranty issues.
Careful, Taurus' warranty is not in the same league as S&W... Slower than a snail and not nearly as comprehensive IMO.

That said I would buy the "used" Stainless personally.

I am still waiting for my New from my LGS, as of yet unfired 605 to return from the factory and it has been almost 8 weeks...

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Old March 1, 2008, 11:04 PM   #6
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Get a new Taurus so you can get the life time warranty
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Old March 1, 2008, 11:15 PM   #7
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Old March 2, 2008, 02:39 AM   #8
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The new one comes with instructions and the keys which all seem indespensible and are good to have.
New means less chance with issues versus the older one.

The below is from another thread at this forum and at this board.

Model 85, huh? Have one of those that is a 20 year old 85CH model and is still going strong. Dureability and longevity have been the bywords for this revolver.
Links that have to do with the 85. Gotta go to the source.

This is just a small sample of the 85 info available.

It is amazing that through the last few decades that in police/tactical journals and gun instructors who write for the magazines (Mas Ayoob,Chuck Taylor,Dave Spaulding and Chuck Karwan among others) have written that Taurus 85s and their brethren are what are recommended for those having to buy their own personal protection, backup gun, or main armament. Yet there are detractors that say otherwise. Don't think Taurus would be recommended as highly as it is by the police and shooting instructors if one could not depend on 85s.

If a revolver were having light strike problems then cleaning out the firing pin channel or replacing the firing pin or pin spring would be in order before doing anything else. Other springs may need to changed out as well.

That can be a do it yourself or have a local certified gunsmith take a look at it if need be. Staff and members at have done spring changes when needed.

Never have had a relibility issue in the 20+ years that I've had my 85CH.
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Old March 2, 2008, 07:23 AM   #9
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According to the Taurus website, the gun has a lifetime warranty so I don't see any warranty issues.
Buyer Beware.... Some lifetimes are shorter than others.

With that said, stainless is a better option, but if you buy used, make sure the revolver functions as it should. People have been known to dump problem Taurus revolvers.

Check this link out on the subject before you buy.

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