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Hello. Just found this site. Didnt really know where else to go for this info..

I just came across a brand new condition Taurus 431 .44 Special. This one is in perfect shape!
Its 4" barrel, blued with wood grips.

What kinda reputation do these have?
How old are these?
Anything special I should know, or look out for?
Lastly, what would you expect to pay for this?
 

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Boy, she sure is pretty. I'm aching to get my hands on a .44 Special with a 3-4 inch barrel.
 

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If you don't want to buy it, please let me know who has the gun and I will purchase it.

TB C45

These revolvers were usually made in the 1990s, sometime have cylinder throats that are a bit large like around .433 to .434 diameter. Those oversized throats can cause some accuracy problems unless you make adjustment to the cast bullet size you are using.

I'm presently using .431 to mostly .432 diameter cast bullets, this is workable with the guns .429 barrel rifling.

If you are not into reloading it may be difficult for you if the cylinder throats are as big as I mentioned...have the throats checked if you can.


My model 441 with different grips.

 

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That is very nice!! Thanks for answering some of my questions. This is a beautiful gun!

I do have the 431 already. What are these worth nowadays? I cant seem to find many to see what they run?
 

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Market value is around $300.00 for the model 431, but that is not chiseled in stone.

That's about what mine cost me a year ago, by the time it got shipped here and registered with the state of Wisconsin.

However, the one in the picture I posted of a 441 with the Hogue grips is a different story...the Hogue custom wood grips sell for about $140 by the time you get them.



Guess I should have bid more on that auction item I lost by being outbid with $431...

TB C45
 

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Im sorry but I missed what the actual gun might be worth? (431)
I cant seem to find a market to see what they are infact going for..

Oh and heres a couple more pics for fun! Its sat in a safe for probly 10 years now.


 

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Your gun is mighty fine and looks like new.

Price wise, about $300.00 for yours. That is about the going price I've personally seen them going for a model 431. That's the best I can come up with...some better fancy grips could boost the price.

I have those same grips on my gun as yours, when I bought it...see picture.

However, found the slightly fuller square butt grips on ebay for a mere $15.00 and they are like new.

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ebay grips...
 

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I've got a 441 and a 431 in stainless both with a 3 inch barrel. I got the 431 a couple of weeks ago and the 441 about a year ago and paid $275 each. They also both shoot high with the 240 grain bullet and about 7 grains of unique. Maybe I'll try a lighter bullet. At gun fight distances I just use a 6 o'clock hold. Neither of mine have been shot much as the action is smooth but stiff. I'm a big bore revolver fan and I got both of the Tauruses and the Rossi 720 for less than a 44 spl Smith.
 

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Wilson133, how high is high with the 240 grain bullets? 5 tp 6 inches?

You should notice how much lower the front sight blade is on the model 431 as compared to the higher sight blade on the model 441.

My 200 grain RFN cast bulets are hitting right on POA...more or less.

This spring I'm going to try some 175, 185...as well, also some 225, and 245 grain cast bullets.

TB C45
 

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gripnTAURUS, Those .44 Specials are very desirable & If I were you & could afford it, I'd buy it. If it's shooting high with a 240gr bullet you can go to the 200gr. That will usually lower the point of impact considerable, usually 3" or so. If you handload all the bullets for the .44-40 will work, that cartridge was originally loaded with 200-214gr bullets. If you cast there are a number of 200gr .44 moulds tahat will work. I'd get the gun if I were you. Good shooting. Frank
 

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I love my 441 with 4" barrel and it hits right where I aim, whether thats at 7 yrds or 15. I shoot mostly Cor-Bon 165gr JHP or Win 200gr Silvertips. I will be buying some of that HSM stuff as soon as I hear back from them or www.georgia-arms.com ammo.
 

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A dozen years ago I had a choice between a blued Model 431 with a 3" barrel, and a Model 85. I went with the M85, and it has served me well. I still think about the 431, though. It's a great looking gun in a fine old caliber.
 

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Dave85: If you are opn line, there is a Taurus 441 in 44 Special on gunborker.com right now that is over in 3 hours. The top bid is at $280. Good luck!
 

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Very nice gentlemen, thank you for taking the time to share with the rest of us. :)
 

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Gunnar44,
Thanks for the tip, but I'm glad I missed it. Too tempting and too close to tax time!
 

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Don't forget your Special Payment that's coming in May.... :D The eagle is going drop a load on us all.

I'm going to blow mine on guns I don't need...$1,200 ought to be good for a couple of them.

TB C45
 

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Tracker Backer C45 said:
I'm going to blow mine on guns I don't need...$1,200 ought to be good for a couple of them.

TB C45
I've never heard of such a thing. "Guns you don't need" :D :D :D
 
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