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My M85UL only has one thing about it that I do not like......my Safariland or HKS speedloaders do NOT work with it. IT is the grips....which are standard factory....at the top....they are a bit too fat to allow the speed loader to drop cartridges into the cylinder at a straight angle. What type of grips will allow me enough room to use the speedloaders? I have Speedstrips, which I carry and don't mind using.....but I would really like to use the speedloaders. Any suggestions as to brand name and model of grip that will allow me to do this?
 

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I have used both the Hogue MonoGrip and the Pachmayr Presentation grips with no problems. Both have cutouts on the top of the grips to clear a speedloader. If you like rosewood, there is a guy on eBay and Gunbroker that makes custom grips for the 85. Just search Taurus grips and you should find him. He does beautiful work.
 

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Dennis is correct - the rubber grips made by Hogue and Pachmayr usually give enough clearance for using a speedloader. Downside is that they are usually much larger than your wood grips, and most likely more difficult to conceal. It's a trade-off as to what is more important to you.
 

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Taking what TTG said, IMO I would go with concealability. Gunfights don't last long and after those first 5 shots you may not need anymore. However you know you're going to be carrying that weapon everyday. You may never need to use it though.
 

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I actually purchased the current standard factory grips to put on my older Model 85 and have not had an issue with my HKS speedloaders. Maybe the Ultra Lite grips are thicker at the top? I do have some Uncle Mike's three-finger grips that are very comfortable shooting, and are very thin at the top. The thinnest I've seen. I had those on when I ordered the factory boot grips for better concealability. Unfortunately, Uncle Mike's discontinued their grip line.
 

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I had the exact same problem with my 85ULCH and was lucky enough to replace them with a set of Uncle Mike's boot grips for a Taurus. It's quite the conundrum because the Taurus factory grips are extremely nice and soak up recoil better than any other out there, however they don't work with speed loaders at all. Perhaps Taurus could make them differently and shave the sides down a bit to accommodate them.
 

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they would only need to shave a bit off the LEFT side - not the right. I don't know why it would be all that difficult.......
 

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me either and the UM's I bought off of e-bay when they were were a crap (and had pistol parts) but otherwise was not aware they were even ever made.
 

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don't rule out barami hip grip's i have a set on my colt agent. i love em....i am about to order a 85UL as soon as i sell my sks and i plan to put a set of them on the new pistol when i get it.

http://www.baramihipgrip.com/

i can send a pic of mine if you are interested
 

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We're ALWAYS interested in some gun porn..... ;)
 

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I don't have any problems using a speed loader with mine 85UL,.. but then again I don't try to do speed reloads either.

YMMV
 

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I had problems with speedloaders and my 605, until I changed to Hogue Monogrips. Speedloaders now work well. I also have much better control of the weapon, and I can't see where concealability has been compromised. I usually carry in a pocket holster, or a slide holster, and it disappears under my clothing choice.
 

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I've had some grips that were just too fat, but I could manage to get the tips of the bullets into the cylinders - and that was good enough. See if this might be the case for you.

Speed Strips are a great alternative as well.
 

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I've always liked those grips, they strike me as very practical. How do they handle with hot loads?
 

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just like a set of factory grips would....the old colt isn't +p rated but i have pushed a few thru it and it seemed like normal recoil from a lightweight revolver. the lip the grips your pocket doesn't bite the hand at all. one of the best investments thus far.
 

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I guess I am in the minority, I tried the hip grips on one of my j-frames and they were just not for me; I even tried to add a Tyler T-grip but it didn't make much difference.
 

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I liked the Tyler T grip on my J frames. They gave me the best combination of control and concealablity.
On my Colt Cobra and Detective Special, I preferred the Pachmayr Compac grips.
 

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I just said I liked the concept - I'm not sure hey would work for me....I have larger hands, and quite frankly they look a bit narrow - but the clip offers some interesting possibilities.
 
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