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I just bought my first Taurus. Model 85. Paid 265.00 at the local gunshow. Went to the indoor range in Raleigh with 100 rounds of very well made reloads from a local vendor here in Eastern NC. Gun shoots great and I am in love with revolvers now. Anybody have any tips or advice for a snubbie newbie. Best ammo? Did I pay too much? Tips and suggestions?
 

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For your first Taurus, you did real well Grasshopper. All of the Taurus line in .38 special or .357 have an excellent record and are very accurate. My first Taurus was also a model 85, and that was about 1983 and I still like that little feller.
 

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Great purchase, great price. Try different loads until you find one you are comfortable with. For myself, I use Federal Hydrashok non-+p 110 gr hollow points because they give +p type performance without the extra recoil, etc (see factory tables below). By the way, a +p is a slightly hotter loading, and your 85 is rated to shoot them. However, there is increased wear, recoil, etc., so that's why I suggest using the non-+p Hydrashoks....


Load No​
Caliber​
Bullet Weight
Grains​
Bullet Style​
Brand​
Use​
PD38HS3H
38 Special​
110​
Hydra-Shok® JHP​
Premium® Personal Defense®​

Velocity in Feet per Second
Load No​
Caliber​
Muzzle​
25 Y​
50 Y​
75 Y​
100 Y​
PD38HS3H
38 Special​
980​
943​
911​
882​
855​

Energy in Foot Pounds
Load No​
Caliber​
Muzzle​
25 Y​
50 Y​
75 Y​
100 Y​
PD38HS3H
38 Special​
235​
217​
203​
190​
179​



Load No​
Caliber​
Bullet Weight
Grains​
Bullet Style​
Brand​
Use​
P38HS1
38 Special +P​
129​
Hydra-Shok® JHP​
Premium® Personal Defense®​

Velocity in Feet per Second
Load No​
Caliber​
Muzzle​
25 Y​
50 Y​
75 Y​
100 Y​
P38HS1
38 Special +P​
950​
926​
904​
884​
865​
Energy in Foot Pounds
Load No​
Caliber​
Muzzle​
25 Y​
50 Y​
75 Y​
100 Y​
P38HS1
38 Special +P​
258​
246​
234​
224​
214​
 

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I congratulate you on an excellent choice of a revolver!

My first Taurus, a model 85 .38 Special, was purchased in 1991 (twenty years ago). Last year, I passed the gun on to my 87-year-old father, who wanted a good solid .38 to carry concealed.

 

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Thats a great first Taurus you have there. Treat her nice.
 

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You already got the best tips, buy lots of ammo and shoot as much as you can. If it were mine, I'd change the grips to Hogue monogrips, and buy a Don Hume JIT holster to carry it in. Oh and, you got a real good deal!
 

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I would say that's a very good price and I think you did well for yourself. Ammo wise it's very hard to be steered wrong now with all the quality fodder available for purchase. For protection a jacketed hollow point load in the 125 gr. range would be hard to beat.
 

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Stick to the Taurus "mainstay" revolvers like what you got and you should do well. If you got it new for that price you di fine. Stick to standard pressure 38 special, limited +p. Shoot it allot, keep it reasonably clean and you'll catch the "revolver bug".
 

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Welcome aboard from Florida the "GunShine" state. ;)

Yep, you got a good deal, and yep, revolvers are great!

For the time being, I'd stick with copious amounts of your quality reloads and practce till your skill level gets to the level you desire.

And for goodness sake, don't waste your precious time in a quest for the magic bullet; it doesn't exist.
 

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Great purchase, great price. Try different loads until you find one you are comfortable with. For myself, I use Federal Hydrashok non-+p 110 gr hollow points because they give +p type performance without the extra recoil, etc (see factory tables below). By the way, a +p is a slightly hotter loading, and your 85 is rated to shoot them. However, there is increased wear, recoil, etc., so that's why I suggest using the non-+p Hydrashoks....


Load No​
Caliber​
Bullet Weight
Grains​
Bullet Style​
Brand​
Use​
PD38HS3H
38 Special​
110​
Hydra-Shok® JHP​
Premium® Personal Defense®​



Velocity in Feet per Second
Load No​
Caliber​
Muzzle​
25 Y​
50 Y​
75 Y​
100 Y​
PD38HS3H
38 Special​
980​
943​
911​
882​
855​


Energy in Foot Pounds
Load No​
Caliber​
Muzzle​
25 Y​
50 Y​
75 Y​
100 Y​
PD38HS3H
38 Special​
235​
217​
203​
190​
179​




Load No​
Caliber​
Bullet Weight
Grains​
Bullet Style​
Brand​
Use​
P38HS1
38 Special +P​
129​
Hydra-Shok® JHP​
Premium® Personal Defense®​



Velocity in Feet per Second
Load No​
Caliber​
Muzzle​
25 Y​
50 Y​
75 Y​
100 Y​
P38HS1
38 Special +P​
950​
926​
904​
884​
865​

Energy in Foot Pounds
Load No​
Caliber​
Muzzle​
25 Y​
50 Y​
75 Y​
100 Y​
P38HS1
38 Special +P​
258​
246​
234​
224​
214​
Look at the velocity vs energy figures; same velocity what gives here?
 

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Every range visit includes a session with my Model 85 SS. Sometimes I use it as my cc, giving my Pt111 MilPro a well-deserved rest.
 

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Nice buy.
I inhereted a M85 .38Sp, nice little gun. Enjoy!
 
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