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Shooting went great! The revolver fired perfectly with no problems at all. Very accurate at 21 feet (that was all we practiced at), the kick was pretty tame and my wife had no trouble with the recoil at all with the .38 special. She was accurate right from the start with putting 4 out of 5 shots in a 4” group on the first target at 21 feet!!! Taurus should win an award for making such a little gem and at only $250! Additionally, my wife did not like shooting my PT145 at all as the kick was a good step up in comparison to the .38 Special. When she fired the .45 after the .38 she yelled, “woooah, that hurt” and only fired 5 shots out of the .45 and was done with that, lol. She wanted the .38 back.

My comparison between the PT145 and 2.5" 85 UL .38 special is the .38 starts out with a decent kick but then has little follow through on the kick and the shooter quickly controls the gun after that initial instant. The .45 kicks noticeably harder to start and then has a much longer follow through with the kick so it is a harder kick and noticeably longer than the .38 Special.

The .38 Special shooting standard pressure Remington 158 grain lead round nose bullets pushes back in to the hand with only a little muzzle flip and does not hurt or feel sharp. Shooting 135 grain +P Speer Gold Dot Short Barrel only added a little additional felt recoil and did not flip the muzzle anymore and felt noticeably smoother like a high quality round. The 150 grain wad cutter hard cast Buffalo Bore had the most recoil, most muzzle flip and most sharpness to it, but not too bad. Both the .45 and .38 Special fit my hand as good as one can wish for.

 

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Thanks for the report! What kind of ammo were you using? It's cool that your wife was involved as well. I have found over time that it isn't that surprising that women shoot well, because they have better fine motor skills with their hands than men do. Now we just need to convince our wives that they need to enjoy the shooting sports as much as we do!
 

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Thanks for the report. My s-i-l is looking to buy one now.
 

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Thanks for the report! What kind of ammo were you using?
The .38 Special shooting standard pressure Remington 158 grain lead round nose bullets pushes back in to the hand with only a little muzzle flip and does not hurt or feel sharp. Shooting 135 grain +P Speer Gold Dot Short Barrel only added a little additional felt recoil and did not flip the muzzle anymore and felt noticeably smoother like a high quality round. The 150 grain wad cutter hard cast Buffalo Bore had the most recoil, most muzzle flip and most sharpness to it, but not too bad. Both the .45 and .38 Special fit my hand as good as one can wish for.
 

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That's a really fine-lookin' revolver! :thumb:

Taurus puts a great matte stainless finish on their revolvers.:rating10:

The M85 is virtually indestructible. We rarely see complaints around here on this model.
 

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Thanks for the update on your new revolver. I own the same model and shot at 30ft using Fiochi 158 gr FMJ & S&B in the same, great little shooter.

Pretty much same results as you, and felt like the S&B round had a slight bit more bite than Fiochi, Impressed with the way it handles.

BTW installed different grips cause I got big paws.
 
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