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Old July 3, 2010, 01:02 AM   #1
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Taurus 990

I was looking at one of these the other day and wanted your guys opinion on it before I laid my cash down.
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Old July 5, 2010, 12:13 PM   #2
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Me to. No answers yet?
If it's any help, my online research on this forum and others has resulted in my opinion that Taurus firearms are about a 50/50 deal. If you get a good one out of the factory, it's a great gun. But the company's Quality control lets way too many bad ones out. They do have a lifetime warranty, with about a 2 month or more turn around for repairs.
Just my opinion at this time, but the bad reports still don't convince me to spend $800 for a S&W as a 22 rimfire range plinker over the $400 for the Taurus.
I have two other rimfires that a connoisseur of fine firearms will call junk. A Walther P22, and a Heritage Rough Rider, and have been very happy with both for my purpose! So, the Taurus 990SS4 is on the top of my short list for next purchase.
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Old July 5, 2010, 02:34 PM   #3
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The Taurus Tracker 990 was my first .22lr choice. I wanted a revolver instead of a semi-auto because of the relatively low power of a 22. I did not think a 22lr would cycle the slide of a semi-auto consistently.

Out of the box the 990 is a good looking, heavy gun. It shoots very accurately, and mine has bright orange sights which are adjustable. The first two hundred rounds or so went off without a hitch. Later the cylinder started to bind up, and the trigger was really difficult to pull back. (I didn't force it.) I did not clean it before I used it the first time.

I took it home and cleaned it very well, especially the star on the cylinder, it had what looked like tiny metal shavings on it. After a good clean and lube, it functions flawlessly.

Being a revolver, it'll shoot any .22lr ammo, from bulk to hyper velocity. This makes it great for inexpensive practice. You can look on this forum for a post which explains how to inspect a revolver before you buy one.

In my opinion, the Tracker 990 is a good buy.
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Old July 6, 2010, 08:19 AM   #4
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I have a 990 Tracker,,,

4" barrel, blue model.

This Taurus was good out of the box,,,
So I expect it will be a good gun for many years,,,
So far I have run more than three 550 round value packs through it.

The revolver balances well and is more accurate than I am,,,
It's a nice companion to my medium frame centerfire revolvers.

My 6" 970 Tracker was bad out of the box,,,
It went back to Taurus 2 times,,,
it functions but not well.

Always remember, with Taurus it's a crap shoot,,,
Get a good one right off and it will work well and forever,,,
It's their quality control that sucks and you never know what you will get.

I would actually feel better about buying a used Taurus,,,
At least that way I could shoot it before I lay down my hard earned money.

If the person would not let me run a box or two through it,,,
I would be suspicious that he's trying to foist off one of the bad ones.

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Old July 6, 2010, 06:47 PM   #5
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I've got a 4" 990SS. I'm probably getting close to 4000 flawless rounds through it. I shoot in a rimfire league revolver division with it. It'll hold it's own against the S&W's that cost a lot more, as long as I do my part. No complaints here!
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