Taurus Firearm Forum banner
1 - 14 of 14 Posts

·
Moderator
Joined
·
9,091 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 · (Edited)
I struggled mightily these last 3 months trying to decide what Taurus snubby I should purchase: The 856, 85 or 605. I have a buyer for my S&W j frame 60-15 3inch, and needed a replacement bed table and snake shot revolver. I hate to let the S&W go, but the price is right and the new Taurus costs half of what I am getting. My price OTD was $328 for the 605.
I chose the 605 over the other two because, first a direct replacement for my S&W would be a 357, but also I didn't want to be a guinea pig for the new 856. I did that with a Taurus PT1911 commander and had to send it in for an 11 week repair. I had previously owned an 85 and it was sweet, but not a 357. So you must be asking yourself by now, what kinda nut would want to run and train with a snubby chambered in .357. I am that kind of nut.
Firearm Gun Revolver Trigger Starting pistol
This is how the internals look like from the factory. I did my normal polish friction surfaces, and a clean and lube on it. Then tested the trigger pull. From the factory and after 200 dry fires the DA trigger measured 12lb's, the SA was 8lb's. The pull was smooth and the break predictable. But I am spoiled because the S&W had a better trigger. So I ordered the Wolff kit and installed the springs. There is a mod you have to do to either trigger spring that comes with the kit. Basically you have to cut 2-3 coils off, so the spring will compress enough to get a set pin in the shaft, to hold it for reassembly. The older 605's must have had a slightly different sized spring shaft. The instructions warn that a mod would be needed. After the mod DA pull is 8lbs and SA is 3.3 lbs. Since this won't be a carry out in public piece I am not concerned about doing a trigger job. DO NOT do this if you plan on carrying for self defense.
Revolver Games Space
Here it is after running 50 rounds of 38 and 50 rounds of 357 today. The 605 stainless weighs 25oz's loaded with 5 rounds of 158grn 38special +P. It has a 2" barrel and is 6.5" long,4&7/8" tall with the ATI [email protected] grip installed, and is 1&1/2" wide. The sites are milled into the frame, in a notched rear, blade front setup. I used a black sharpie to color in the rear notch, and a dab of white paint on the front blade.
Revolver Trigger Starting pistol Airsoft gun
Another view of it dirty after the range work today. The Taurus hard rubber boot grip was ok for 38, but would allow too much torque when shooting 357, making accuracy a real challenge. I am trying these ATI X2 Scorpion grips for awhile to see if that helps. While the X2 grips do allow for much better control and some better recoil absorption, they are not that great. I get a good rap to the knuckle in front and the extended beavertail is a bit too much, causing some pain in the web of my right hand. I wish Pachmayr made a Diamond pro for this puppy, but alas they don't. The older combat/target grips are hard to find..So I will probably do a few mods to the X2 to get by for now.
Shooting sport Shooting Recreation Sport venue
So how does it shoot. The two targets above were both run at 10 yards. I used a mix of 38 bulk and 38+P JHP for the 38 target, and used a mix of 357 bulk along with 158grn 357 JHP's for the 357 target. Like the S&W the 605 shoots 357 more accurately than 38 special for me. But I will not lie 357 is a handful with this small frame Taurus snubby. I will probably keep 38+P in it for the bed table, and CCI #4 snake shot when out on the property. This revolver is well made, lockup is very tight on all 5 cylinders, and timing is perfect. So to answer the question above, it is a workhorse. I ran 100 rounds in about 40 minutes, had no problems with stuck cases, cylinder fowling, or any issue at all. It ran just as accurate hot as it did cold. Once I get the grip modded to my liking, this could be a great all day gun. `
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
901 Posts
Outstanding and comprehensive review silverstring. And thats some impressive shooting from 10 yards with a snub.
Have always wondered about X2 grips. Sounds like once you get the mod down you'll be all set.
Congrats on the 605 acquisition.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
21,504 Posts
You guys make me proud just knowing ya's!
 

·
Moderator
Joined
·
23,197 Posts
Very nice review of a great revolver!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
4,952 Posts
Thanks for the range report, and nice shooting with the snubby.

I have (ahem -- Mrs. 230JHP has) a 605. First order of business after a thorough cleaning was a Wolff spring kit, a light polish of bearing surfaces, and about a hundred or two dry-fires with snap caps.

Great little revolver that regularly accompanies us to town.
 
  • Like
Reactions: silverstring

·
Registered
Joined
·
696 Posts
I picked up a stainless 605 a few months ago using my Cabela's gift card. It is in my regular carry rotation with my PPS .40

I really like your write up. Mirrors my experience. Thank You!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
3,543 Posts
605 and 650 are workhorses for me, shoot frequently, with no complaints 'cept my ammo supply seems to run empty rather quickly. If they would just start acting up, then I wouldn't get so many shots off during range time. <sigh> Guess I will just have to live with that.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
24,939 Posts
Congrats on your new wheel gun.
 
  • Like
Reactions: silverstring

·
Registered
Joined
·
94 Posts
Good choice in revover. I have a stainless for carry and a black for bedside. Carry in a pocket holster or Fobus paddle. Waiting for nice weather so I get some range time in.
 

·
Administrator
Joined
·
35,713 Posts
Great review. I've often thought about a 605 but a couple of years ago, I opted for a 617 and haven't really looked back. I could still see getting one for maybe an ankle carry gun, you can't beat the size it offers for 357 magnum carry.
 
  • Like
Reactions: silverstring

·
Registered
Joined
·
848 Posts
That 605 is nice silverstring.
I just traded an 85ss2 for another 605ss2 a couple weeks ago. I too am hung up on the 357 caliber revolvers.
I have a feeling the 605 is going to take over the sales since they no longer make the 85.
Just not impressed with the 856. It's an opinion which one folks like best the 357 capability or the one extra 38 cartridge.
Will not surprise me at all if the 605 does not become Taurus top seller in revolvers..
 
1 - 14 of 14 Posts
Top