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Hi all! I am new to the forum picked up my first Taurus last week it is a Model 85 stainless. I bought it used with box and papers after reading the manual it says no plus p ammo. But when I looked at the Taurus web site it says plus p ammo is safe. So my question is can I shoot my Winchester 125 +P in this gun with out damaging it? The gun was manufactured in 2003 and seems to be built very strong. I just can't see +p ammo hurting this little gun. Anyway I am sure this horse has been beaten to death but a little info would be great.
 

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I own a model 85 UltraLite, and it is rated for +P.

When in doubt, call Taurus.

Phone: (305) 624-1115
Fax: (305) 624-1126

Mailing Address:

16175 NW 49 Ave.
Miami, FL 33014
 

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Yes you can use +Ps in the 85. Though there are reasons to practice with standard pressure loads for the most part,practice with the +P(20-30 rounds) to stay current, and then fill the cylinder with your carry load and feel confident in that load.

These links will provide you with what you seek though there may be a lot to go through. It's worth the trouble. Ammo questions are one of the most asked ones. Trying to repeat it all causes carpal tunnel syndrome. ;D
Here goes.
http://www.taurusarmed.net/forums/index.php?topic=722.0
http://www.taurusarmed.net/forums/index.php?topic=2132.0
http://www.taurusarmed.net/forums/index.php?topic=2349.0
http://www.taurusarmed.net/forums/index.php?topic=2453.0
http://www.taurusarmed.net/forums/index.php?topic=2689.0
http://www.taurusarmed.net/forums/index.php?topic=2647.0

While the manual says no to +P for the most part, the Taurus catalog has contradicted the manual for some time now.
 

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I do believe the Taurus catalog and website are more up to date than the manuals---some of which look around 15 years old. ??? So, yes, ALL Taurus revolvers are +P rated.
 

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I have an early (1st gen) M85SSUL.
Some time ago I called Taurus inquiring about the same thing.
The very kind lady on the other end of the phone told me that all current production Tauri were +P rated. In addition, older models could be checked by looking at the serial number.
If it was prefixed by a "Q", then it was +P rated.
Such as this:

 

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Truth be told +P has been used in many Taurus 85s,S&W 36,40s, and Rossi 68,88s, and other 5 shot snubbies despite exhortations not to. Steady diets of +P haven't hurt most, but then gunsmiths did a booming business putting things right on those revolvers who had a steady diet of +P.

Moderation of +P use is called for. Since standard pressure rounds of the 158 gr. weight can usually have the same POI as the +P at 10 yards or so, there's not always a lot of reason to use +P for practice. This is also an expensive practice if +P is used exclusively.
With other bullet weights this may obviously not work for.
 

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My first post. Not to beat a dead horse but, ...I just picked up an almost new Stainless 85UL. Is there a way I can definitively tell if I can shoot +p? I know from the serial number it was produced in 2000.
 

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The main thing that attracted me to the M85UL about 1996 was that it was the first alloy framed gun I'd seen that was +P rated. :D
 

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The last I heard any revolver from Taurus manufactured 2005 and later was good to go, for +p. Many others have reported using it in earlier models, so I guess the decision would be up to the owner on that. I personally have some +p rds for my 905, and PT111, but do not fire a bunch thru them, my practice rd is a standard 115 JHP.
 

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So how can I tell how old my 85UL is? My serial number starts with ZE4****.

It is in a factory cardboard box, and there is a shipping label, that looks like it went from a distributor to the retailer in October of '06. I do not see anything indicating a date of manufacture.
 

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FHBrumb said:
So how can I tell how old my 85UL is? My serial number starts with ZE4****.

It is in a factory cardboard box, and there is a shipping label, that looks like it went from a distributor to the retailer in October of '06. I do not see anything indicating a date of manufacture.
If you cannot check it on the Taurus Web site, http://www.taurususa.com/products/findmodel.cfm, then call CS Taurus Customer Service number at 1-800-327-3776. ...
They should be able to get you a made date.
 

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FHBrumb said:
So how can I tell how old my 85UL is? My serial number starts with ZE4****.

It is in a factory cardboard box, and there is a shipping label, that looks like it went from a distributor to the retailer in October of '06. I do not see anything indicating a date of manufacture.
I called this morning. My pistol serial # ZE4**** was manufactured May of 2006. I'm off to shoot a few +p rounds.
 
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