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Hi all, long time lurker. First post.

I bought a stainless tracker in 44 mag a year or so ago, and it' been nothing but problems. Right out of the box it stacked 5 rounds up in the same hole at 10 yards, the next 5 opened up to about 2", the next 5 to about 10". (Still at 10 yds).

A quick inspection showed the rear sight to be broken, and would flop around a bit. I waited nearly 3 months for Taurus to get me a new sight. Installed the sight, shot 5 rounds at 15 yds in a small little group, and was happy with the performance.

Fast forward 2 weeks later while at best camp, I was letting a buddy shoot it. He couldn' hit a soda can at 10ish yards, after some friendly jabbing I took the firearm to "show him how it' done".... was pretty embarrassd when I couldn' hit it either. Not even close. Sight was tight this time. So I knew something else was going on.

Cleaning the barrel thoroughly would make the gun shoot between 5-15 shots accurately, then the accuracy would fall off, and fall off hard.

Gun went back to Taurus, on my dime. They told me if it was an accuracy issue, the coat of shipping would be refunded.

Firearm gets back from Taurus with a new barrel. First 15 or so shots were money, thought it was fixed for sure! Next range day, it is throwing a pattern again, 10 yrs, 10" group. Everything I could do to keep it on paper.

I haven' cleaned it yet, I'm going to scrub the barrel and take it out tomorrow. Does anyone have any idea what mag be going on?

I'e been shooting federal fusion, 240g. And some cowboy action 44 specials. Ive had a few other competent shooters shoot it with the same results.
Can these guns not handle 240g loads? Tauus sent me a test target, but it was federal gameshock 180g ammo. Should I try to find some 180s to test?

Any help would be appreciated. Haven't talked to Taurus since I got the firerm back, will probably call them early next week.

Thanks in advance, I really want this gun to work out!
 

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Is this all with the same brand of ammo? If so that could be the problem, Residue could be gumming up the works and throwing revolver timing off just enough to cause problems at the cone. Take a good look at that. The fact that it seems to be okay after a good cleaning indicates to me that there is an issue with something other than the gun.
 

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Sounds very strange. The barrel is not loose on the frame of the gun? How is the cylinder rotation and alignment? Something sounds off.

Is there someone more experienced with shooting that kind of revolver who can test it also?

Try different brands of ammo, and see if that helps, also.

The world of Magnums are awesome.... so just stick with it. Otherwise, you may have to cut your losses.

 
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What CJS said. If your gun, any gun, is unhappy, the first thing to try is a change of ammo.
 

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So I took the pistol with me to the range today, with a box of Remington 180g bullets, only things I could find at sportsmans that weren't 240's.
Gun was clean at the start. Ran 5 shots into a nice group at 10 yards.

Reloaded, and shot 5 more, which led to a pie plate size group.

Set the pistol aside for 20-25 min, and shot my final group. Tighter then a pie plate, but not as tight as the first 5.

Was out to test some new 9mm loads, and give my sister some lessons, and ran out of time to shoot it any more.

Everything appears tight on the firearm, I went through 6-7 different trackers through a few different store to find one with a good tight lockup on the cylinder, forcing cone doesn't show anything unusual.

It appears as though it gets wild when it warms up? I've never tried shooting, and letting completely cool. I've also never seen a pistol get this wild, not liking ammo could lead to poor groups sure, but this seems extreme lol.

First group was tight, I pulled the 2nd to last shot and sent it low,
2nd group is large
3rd group was after it cooled down and I shot for the 3rd and final time.

Sorry about all the .22 holes, I was using my sister's target when she was done!

Anyone have any ideas what I should be looking for or trying?!


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Don't miss the first five times?

More seriously, I would continue the ammo quest. It is pretty clear that the gun is capable of good accuracy. I would continue to search for a load it likes.
One thing to help in your search would be target analysis. There is a free program that not only computes group size, but lots of other statistics. It's name is escaping me at the time. Guys… a hand here please.
 

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Welcome to the forum!Sorry you are having problems.At this point if it were mine I would likely be asking Taurus to replace it or I would be selling it.It shouldn't be that hard for it to maintain accuracy.

I hope my 4" Tracker in .41 magnum fares better as I haven't shot it yet.
 

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I've got it actually, never thought to use it in this case lol
Maybe I'll go grab some dies and start working up a load for it this week.

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Welcome to the forum!Sorry you are having problems.At this point if it were mine I would likely be asking Taurus to replace it or I would be selling it.It shouldn't be that hard for it to maintain accuracy.
It's been back to them already one time. I am torn, cause I love a relatively lightweight big bore like this for woods carry, but at this point I don't trust carrying it.

I may just take the loss and sell it, I may keep it and play with loads to see if I can't make it work, and pick up a different pistol to replace it's intended use... disheartening that it shoots the way it does regardless

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