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Hey fellas,

New to TaurusArmed and new to revolvers! I decided to go with a Taurus M85 because, one, there were lots of good things said about them, and two, they are so affordable new! (Paid $225 on Gunbroker.com, blued, new, not an UL)

First things first, how do I know if this thing will handle +P ammo? It doesn't say it is rated for it, but I hear all Taurus's are rated for +P, so I thought I better ask.

Secondly, these grips have to go. I'm looking at the Hogue Pau Ferro w/checkering but at $95 a piece that is fairly steep, is there anywhere to get them cheaper?

And finally, the sights are pretty tough to see. Someone told me that you could put a layer of white modeling paint down on the front sight and then a layer of green or orange and that really helps. Has anyone done that or are there any examples/horror stories?

Appreciate your help fellas,

-Matt
 

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First, welcome from the Republic of Texas !!

When you get a grip, so to speak, maybe you'll be so kind as to put some pics up....?

Enjoy yourself, there are some good guys here.
 

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Hi Matt, Welcome from Minnesota. Head over to the new member intro section if you haven't already. I've always been told the same. The Taurus 85 will handle +P. Someone more knowledgeable will either confirm or deny that. Steelheart will know for sure.
Mine has the little wood grips. I had an UL with nice stock rubber grips.
 

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Thanks for the nice replies fellas, I'm coming to you from Virginia, but I'm an Indiana transplant (work in DC).

Thought I'd attach some "stock" photos!

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nice - are those the stocks? Those aren't bad at all.....
 

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I'm sure you'll enjoy your 85. I've owned several over the years and still own a 9 or 10 year old 85 Multi-Alloy (aluminum frame, titanium cylinder and barrel shroud. Just recently picked up a titanium 851 (same as the 85, but has a shrouded DA/SA hammer). I carry both of these revolvers (not at the same time though).
Since my old gun is rated for +P ammo, I am sure yours is too (especially since it's a steel gun). However, a steady diet isn't going to extend the life of any .38 revolver.


Check out the Taurus website (www.taurususa.com) for a manual and more info on your 85.
 

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I enjoy my 85....carry it all the time....and yes....they are +P rated.....but as some have said.....don't give them a steady diet of them.....use your plus P for your carry ammo and shoot SWC or FMJ's all ya want for practice.
 

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Very nice! Thank you for sharing and welcome to the forum, glad to have you join us. :)
 

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I have used the model paint on a number of front sites. Bright orange or yellow works for me. On a short barreled gun with no rear sight its always a bit of a challenge. But given that your snub was designed for close protection, the lack of a target pistol sites is not a big deal.

Out West
 
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