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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 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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I have a Taurus 65 and a Smith 66. The 66 seems a little bigger, but that could be the grips, the 66 having adj sights and barrel length differences throwing me off. Very close in size though.
 

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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!
While the Taurus 66 (7-shot cylinder) may not be a "true" L-frame revolver, IMHO, it is clearly larger than a K-frame! When looking for a holster for my 66 (7-shot), I found that most holsters made for K-frame revolvers were too small for my 66. Part of that may be due to my desire for the trigger and guard to be covered by the holster. Holsters made for L-frame revolvers met my needs.
To confuse matters some, I will say that my S&W 66-1 has nearly the same silhouette as my Taurus 66. The S&W 66-1 IS designated as a K-frame revolver:confused:.
As far as handling "hot loads", I'm pretty sure that the Taurus 66 (old and new) is up to the task:cool:. That, of course, is just my opinion ;)!
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