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    Model 66 Frame Size

    In terms of frame size and durability with hot loads is the Taurus Model 66 closest to a Smith K, L, or N frame? I've owned a Taurus 85CH since 1992. What a great little gun and I would like to consider another Taurus to compliment my Smiths and Rugers.

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    The 85 and 66 are some of the most respected Taurus revolvers and have been in production for decades. I have a 65 (fixed sights) and a 66 (adjustable sights), and they are durable, reliable, and will continually handle hot loads. My 66 has one of the finest out of the box triggers I have ever encountered. I consider it a large medium frame revolver although others deem it a small large frame.
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    I believe the Taurus 66 is comparable to the Smith K frame
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    I have one of the older, 6-shot 66's, and all my S&W K-frame (Model 19) holsters are a perfect fit.
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    I would say that the Taurus 66, at least the newer 7-shot version are like the S&W L-frames. I have a S&W model 686+ and the Taurus 66 7-shot versions that I have rented and shot feel very similar in weight and size to my 686+ which is a L-frame.

    By the way, I found the Taurus model 66 7-shot versions to be very very accurate shooters - about equal to my S&W 686+ revolver. They are great shooters!

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    I was a handgun hunter about 30 years ago in NY. I had to sell off most of my guns when I moved to NC. Hunting is different here where most shots are over 100 yards or at buckshot range with dogs. I bought a used Taurus 66 in 6 inch. I found a good location for handgun distances and happily took 2 deer with it. I had to stop hunting due to health reasons, but would own one again if I can ever get back in the field.
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    The logic of the above posts is right on, Id say that the 66 is somewhere between the K and L frames. I have K frame holsters that the 66 fits in perfectly, though.
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    The new ones are definitely L frame, will not fit K frame holsters at all. They beefed up the 66 when Smith came out with the L frame and Ruger offered the GP100. I much prefer carrying the older which I have in a 3" gun. They are both very accurate. My newer model gun slightly pre-dates the 7 shooters.
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    From another forum:

    Frame Thickness at Thumb Latch
    Mnfr Model#: Inch
    Taurus 605: 0.532
    Taurus 85UL: 0.541
    S&W J AirWgt: 0.541
    S&W J: 0.544
    Taurus 66: 0.632 (6rd), ~1980's style
    Taurus 66: 0.632 (6rd), ~1990's style
    Taurus 66: 0.632 (7rd)
    S&W K: 0.656
    S&W L: 0.658
    S&W N: 0.664

    Cylinder Diameter
    Mnfr Model#: Inch
    S&W J: 1.306
    Taurus 85UL: 1.346
    Taurus 605: 1.373
    Taurus 66: 1.445 (6rd), ~1980's style
    S&W K: 1.446
    Taurus 66: 1.501 (6rd), ~1990's style
    Taurus 66: 1.53 (7rd)
    S&W L: 1.559
    S&W N: 1.710

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    The 66 like the S&W L frame my 817 Taurus is more to the K frame design. all said and done I`ll still stick it out with my Taurus
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