Taurus Revolver Durability

Discussion in 'Centerfire Pistols & Revolvers' started by SpaceBinks, Aug 27, 2012.

  1. Buffalochip

    Buffalochip Active Member

    Oct 22, 2008
    I have a .357 Stainless Model 669, c. 1990. Have shot hundreds of .357 roundsthrough it with no issues, action is a smooth as butter, timing is fine. Didn't realize the innards were crap. Should I take it apart and polish the innards or not fix what ain't broke?
  2. rogertc1

    rogertc1 Member

    Apr 11, 2012
    Darn I love guns...
    Last edited: Sep 10, 2012
  3. Bindernut

    Bindernut Well-Known Member

    Oct 24, 2007
    ND, USA
    If it ain't broke and you like the action, then don't mess with it.

    If you're familiar with 'smithing a coil-spring style DA revolver mech then you can improve it with a few hours spent cleaning up the contact surfaces. BUT...just like any home 'smithing job it is possible to make it into something worse or even unsafe instead of better. Hard to judge a person's experience level over the internet. :)

    For a starting point, I would look for a Wolff replacement spring kit for your 669. That's an easy improvement that won't alter the internals. You can check for problems when you're inside swapping springs and decide from there.
    Last edited: Sep 10, 2012
  4. 45nut

    45nut Active Member

    Jul 19, 2006
    Dallas, TX
    While I respect all the smiths on here like JLA, I have had no trouble out of my Rossi / Taurus revolvers. I have a 2" stainless #66 .357 mag and a blued 4" .357 mag and a blued 4" .22 941 plus a Taurus 2" stainless 38 spl. I owned a blued Rossi 2" that had a horrible trigger pull that is now in my dads hidey hole.

    I don't shoot them a lot and usually they just stay stashed and ready. Can't afford Colt revolvers and don't particularly like S&W (as a company) and I still hold a little grudge towards Ruger for Bill's acceptance of Slick Willies gun control BS.

    I had a Ruger security six back in the day, but my only Ruger is my .270 #77. No 10-22, single six or Mark I either.
  5. JLA

    JLA Well-Known Member

    Feb 26, 2007
    Heart Of Texas
    As with anything.. I fit aint broke, no need to fix it.
  6. old semperfi

    old semperfi New Member

    Aug 27, 2009
    i live in southern indiana,old country boy at hear
    in answer to your question,there is no answer.i have had a model 85 in stainless for over 20 years.i probably do not shoot anything but plus p 38s.this little stub shoots to point of aim every time and has never failed me.if i go camping,fishing,cutting wood or anything outdoors its always with me.i own probably 30-40 pistols of all types and brands.they are always clean and lubed.if they set for a few months then they get cleaned and relubed anyway.my point is that i have heard horror stories on just about everything.example,the lady who shot her own child when unloading a remington bolt gun.immediatly the gun was blamed and not the mother who did not practice common safety.always point a gun down of straight up when loading or unloading.had this happened her child would still be alive.always listen but never take any stories you hear as gospel. old semperfi
  7. Ledslnger

    Ledslnger New Member

    Dec 12, 2011
    Honestly, not a huge revolver fan. But, I am a gun fan. Been around the block a bit and my dad has a few. I have shot more than a few over the past few decades. I would rate revolvers
    1. Ruger
    2. Taurus
    3. S&W
    Didn't rank Colts because most people don't seem to shoot them, they seem to be safe queens for the most part.

    You will always find blown cylinders and backstraps with EVERY company....fewer with Ruger because they are built like TANKS!!!!!!! But, when you have lackluster reloaders you will have issues. I watched a guy at the range 2-3 months back fire double charges and squibs in his Ruger Alaskan (in .454 Casull I believe) for about an hour. In just about every cylinder he would have one or the other. I thought that hog was going to fly out of the old guys hands when the double loads went off. Then he would be hammering out a bullet next cylinder. If that wasn't a Ruger he would have blown his hand off....or the top of his skull.
    Last edited: Sep 10, 2012
  8. Jwolford128

    Jwolford128 New Member

    Feb 13, 2013
    <<Rossi's are really rough. It almost seems their policy is to sell 'em first and fix 'em when the customer complains.>>

    Yesterday I shot one .357 cartidge from my brand new Rossi revolver (6"). Cylinder locked tight. Range guy got it open and we tried .38 specials. Cylinder would not consistently set. Contacted Taurus and they're gonna fix it. I' not gonna keep it after that experience.
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