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Those of you who have 605's and have shot them a reasonable amount tell me about them. Accuracy , further than 7 yardfs? Sights correlation with various 357 and 38spl +P loads .
How durable are they ?
I read two reviews on line and one said it was great and a bargin and one said don't buy it because it quit working in a short peroid of time. The second also said to NOT fire 357's in it because it would damage the barrel?
If I get one it will be fed 38spl +P loads 125XTPs probably with a healthy cnarge od Unique or Blue Dot.
Any and all comments would be welcome.
 

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OK, where to start.

Those of you who have 605's and have shot them a reasonable amount tell me about them. Accuracy , further than 7 yardfs?
As accurate as you can shoot. I have a Crimson Trace laser on mine now, let's me make good hits quite a bit further than iron sights.

I have a Sights correlation with various 357 and 38spl +P loads .
Don't worry about it. Honestly, I doubt you'll end up running much .357 through it. Try it once and see why.

How durable are they ?
10 years, many many hundreds of rounds. Still works well.

I read two reviews on line and one said it was great and a bargin and one said don't buy it because it quit working in a short peroid of time.
I see enough of the second type review to say that any given example should be examined closely. Check side plate screws. Check that stuff is straight. Check function. Check cylinder gap for either too much or too little. See Jim March's revolver checkout document.

The second also said to NOT fire 357's in it because it would damage the barrel?
Nonsense. .357 won't be any fun, (in my experience), but won't damage the barrel.

If I get one it will be fed 38spl +P loads 125XTPs probably with a healthy cnarge od Unique or Blue Dot.
Any and all comments would be welcome.
3.8 grains of Bullseye behind 157 grain LSWC. works great, shoots to point of aim.
 

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I think that the 605 is a lot like the S&W 640. It feels similar. The trigger feels great, in double action.

I have been dry firing It quite a bit, which is what I do before I go live. I plan to shoot 357 Magnum in it, only. At least that is the plan. I bought mine from someone who never shot it, for pretty cheap. $225 cash.


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Lee, loved your answer ! you addresed each point that reviewers had commented on. I have a SP101 3" 357 and it is heavy for concealed carry. I shoot some 357 in it and everything shoots low so i will have to get out the file and carefully take a little off the front sight. I am encouraged by the accuracy that I have seen in some of the reviews. I had a SP101 9MM and accuracy was abysmal !! So I will see how my bidding turns out and may be the new owner of a NIB 605. Thanks for the comments !!
 

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The shorter the barrel, the harder it is to keep it on POA. A smaller, even tiny variance off the sight mark translates into bigger misses off the short sight radius. The farther out that the target is, the bigger the miss. I received mine some 6-8 weeks ago and had it out three times so far as I want to try and make certain that it is a solid performer before I've had it for too long. This is something I suggest for anyone with a new gun..Taurus or other. For new purchases, Taurus has a time period for free shipping on warranty claims. If someone takes a new gun, sequesters it in a safe for six months before firing it to find it's defective, they may be very disappointed when they have to pay return freight. Taurus has no idea if 10 rounds or a thousand have been sent down the pipe.

The 605 accuracy is the same for me as any other short barreled handgun. I can place all shots within an 8" paper plate at 15 yards with no difficulty and that fits my definition of a good SD gun. The last time out I had some plus P rounds that were accurate and stout. There have been no malfunctions so far with perhaps 250 rounds...maybe 50 have been 357 Magnum.
 

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The 605 is a great revolver. I've had mine for a little over a year, and have been carrying it and regularly training with it most of that time. The range I belong to has mandatory 50 foot lanes. At 50 feet, I have no problems hitting my target with it in either SA or DA. Snubbies are as accurate as the person shooting them. Practice with it and you'll be able to hit whatever you need to with it.

At 22 oz, I don't feel any real recoil from 38spl and just a bit from 38spl +P. I haven't shot 357 with it, I generally carry Remington Golden Saber +P in it.
 

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I have owned a 605 now for a little while, and have shot various other 357 Magnum snubbies, and will give you my opinions and answers on your questions regarding the 605.

Accuracy/sights: Accuracy is as good or beter than the shooter is. I may not be able to cork a ferret's flatulence problem at 100 yards, but I can certainly do what I need out to 25 yards with ease and accuracy. If you have not done this, I suggest searching "Claude Werner Sights" on the internet. His sight upgrades are fantastic for any snubby, and are well worth the time and effort.

Durability: The jury is still out on that, as I have not owned the 605 for a long time. So far, it seems durable, but I am not punishing it with Federal C357B loads, or any Buffalo Bore hot loads. I would suggest keeping an eye on the ejector rod and it possibly backing out, causing problems. A little Lock-Tite on the threads works wonders on keeping the ejector rod from backing out.

Reviews: You have to ask the question of if the reviewer is paid to be biased on their reviews. Remember, it is advertising dollars that pay to publish magazines, and money talks. Knew a former magazine writer and editor who basically told me, "If an advertiser wants a great review, they pay for it. If they want us to trash their competition, we are their to please. It is all about the money. Honest reviews are hard to come by."

Ammunition: Here is where I can give you some great advice for snubby revolvers, especially in 357 Magnum.

In 38 Special +p, I mostly use Remington's L38S2 125 grain JHP +p load. It is inexpensive, accurate, and does what I want it to do on the intended target. I tend to keep in the 125 grain +p range for 38 Special ammunition, and rarely take a look at the "boutique" ammo sold now by many manufacturers. Also, there seems to be something about 1000 fps velocity needed to make most newer hollow point bullets expand, and that is hardly done in 38 Special loading. However, the "older style" hollow point bullets do not seem to have this problem. You will see the difference when you see some L38S2 rounds next to some American Gunner rounds with XTP bullets

In 357 Magnum, I only use two rounds in snub nosed revolvers. One is the Remington Golden Saber GS357MAB 125 grain BJHP load, and the other is Hornady American Gunner 125 grain XTP. Both of these are more "357 Medium" or "38 Special +p+" type loads than the 357 Magnum loads, and work well, with practice, in a snub nosed 357 Magnum. They do have a little more recoil than the +p 38 rounds will, but not near as bad as a Federal C357B does. They will do the job of personal defense admirably.

As far as reloading for a snub nose 357, I usually load a 357 Magnum case with a medium powder like W231, HP38, or similar pushing either a 125 grain or 140 grain bullet. I'll leave you to find the right loading for your gun yourself, as everybody has their pet load that works great for them. I generally don't load 38 Special self defense rounds any more, I usually load them as target loads.

Now don't get me wrong about the Federal C357B round. It is the round that gave us the 99% one shot stop capability, but in a 4" barrel gun. In a snub nose, it is more than a handful. And, IIRC in the same Marshall and Sanow information, it showed the Remington Golden Saber 357 Magnum round at 84% one shot stops, so it is no slouch in stopping power.

Hope this helps. Sorry if it seems long.
 

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Good well informed answer ! Just what I asked for. I load 357 and in my SP101 2.25 I ran a Speer 3/4 jacket 146 HP 1250 and it was more than up to the job. I have a good supply of the Remington 140 SJHP's and will do some work with them and blue dot and see how the gun prints with this load. I want a load accurate enough for a head shot since many bad guys are wearing body armor. I have been up to that standard with everything I owned , except a SP101 9MM which shot terrible !
 

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The second also said to NOT fire 357's in it because it would damage the barrel?
Reviewers and similar writers need to keep in mind that their credibility matters. Say something stupid enough, and I'm going to stop reading. My favorite recent example was a writer talking about cleaning and lubricating guns, who said she avoids products that talk about how the lubricants stick to the metal. She said "you know what sticks to metal? Glue. I'm not putting glue in my gun."

Saying "don't shoot .357 in this .357 because it will damage the barrel" is about that level of stupid. IMHO.

Enjoy your 605. Taurus' Model 85/856 are in my opinion some of the surest bets in the firearms industry. The 605 is their bigger, powerlifting brother. I'd expect the extreme stuff (Buffalo Bore, CorBon...) to accelerate wear on any revolver if used regularly, but if you aren't doing that, I'd expect it to give good service for decades.
 

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Those of you who have 605's and have shot them a reasonable amount tell me about them. Accuracy , further than 7 yardfs? Sights correlation with various 357 and 38spl +P loads .
How durable are they ?
I read two reviews on line and one said it was great and a bargin and one said don't buy it because it quit working in a short peroid of time. The second also said to NOT fire 357's in it because it would damage the barrel?
If I get one it will be fed 38spl +P loads 125XTPs probably with a healthy cnarge od Unique or Blue Dot.
Any and all comments would be welcome.
I just got back from the range. The 605 holds its own. I was ringing steel at 25 yards. If I work at it, I’ll be able to hit 50 yards with it, no problem.

The grips are perfect. Very comfortable. The trigger is awesome. I only shoot in double action so I cannot tell you that part about single action shooting.

It has rudimentary channel sights but that is not an issue with this gun. You do your part and hitting something 25 yards and on is achievable.

The gun weight is a happy medium between heavier guns and the Ruger LCR/S&W Scandium variety.

I was even shooting 158 gr 357 Magnum which is a bit spicier than 125 gr.


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Well odd twist of fate ! My FFL dealer I always use tried multiple places to find me a 605 SS with hammer spur . Reply was there will not be any avaliable until Taurus releases another run of them. Current stock has all been sold , response from 5 wholesalers he usually uses . I picked up a SP101 2.25 357 instead, yes cost more but will fit my needs fine . I have had a 101 2.25" 357 before and it
was a good gun , sorry I traded it off. Thanks for all the input on the 605 !
 
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