The most inexpensive Taurus revolver I have bought - model 80 review
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    Classic Taurus model 80 review

    I know the title is a bit wimpy, but the price I paid for this old Model 80 5 screw was crazy low. Gunbroker cost $149 with free shipping, add $15 transfer fee and I have a $164 revolver in like new condition.
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    This older model 80 has a thick nickel finish that is about 95% condition. A few light scratches and that is it. It came with the original wood boot grips, but I installed an old Pachmayr presentation grip to fit my hand better.
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    From the internals, I am guessing this revolver was made in the late 70's or early 80's, but if someone has a better idea, let me know. I did my normal clean/polish/lube but left the springs stock.
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    Trigger pull is short and precise, no shimming needed. DA is right at 8lbs, while the SA pull is 4 lbs. This model 80 has the standard rear tunnel sight, the front sight is a mid sized serrated ramp. The barrel is 3" long, lock up is tight, less than .002 rotational play. Cylinder gap is also .002. The forcing cone, and the rest of the frame looks new. There was no turn ring when I bought it, but with that thick nickel finish it will probably take awhile to start to show. All specs are with the pachmayr grip: 8 1/4" long, 5 1/2" tall, and 1.4" wide at the cylinder.
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    I ran 90 rounds of mixed ammo today through it. PPU 158grn SJHP, and 4 types of reloads. With the ammo it liked this mid sized wheel gun is a tack driver. No failures today whatsoever.
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    This target was shot from 12 - 15 yards, I was moving around as I shot the 4" stickies and 3" top bullseye's. As you can see this puppy is very accurate. Very easy to draw from an OWB holster and quick to target,,well as quick as an integrated sight can be. What a marvelous find at an unbelievable price. My gun store buddy wanted to buy it off me the minute he saw it, but noooo it is all mine.
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    VERY nice! Made after the switch to a frame mounted firing pin but before the switch to a transfer bar. 1974-1983.
    Great revolver, great price.
    Enjoy!
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    Good shooting and that is a fine revolver.

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    Congrats on a great deal!
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    Looks like you made out well on that deal.

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    I really like my 80. I think it is a little older than yours. It has a hammer mounted firing pin and grooves in the cylinder flutes.

    Yours is prettier though.
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    Congrats on your "all mine", nice revolver!
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    Congratulations on adopting such a fine revolver! Those venerable Taurus wheel guns sure are the bee's knees! enjoy it!
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    And I also love those Pachy grips !Congrats !
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    Nice catch.

    My mid 90s 6 shot M66 cost me $197 and my early 80s 3" cost me $180. Both are well made and great shooters.
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