Stay in the hunt for one. I'm really impressed with the 608 I recently bought. I also own a Ruger and a Smith in .357. The trigger on the Taurus is decidedly the best (although all three are fine triggers), and I really can't tell a dimes worth of difference between the Ruger and Smith triggers. Accuracy is better than I am and having 8 shots is nearly as good as a semi-auto in a large caliber. Plus having the option of shooting .38 special for practice (little felt recoil) makes me think this is one of my best purchases in a while.
You'll find one if you keep looking. I had a LGS order one, they don't require any money down or any commitment so I had them order it, and that would give me some time to get the funds together. In the meantime, I started having second thoughts about the ported barrel and using it for a carry weapon - in reality, there is nothing wrong with this, I just don't have any guns with ported barrels that I use for carry purposes. So, I changed horses and bought a model 66 that I absolutely love, with 7 shots of course instead of 8. Well, after about a month and a half, they called and told me that the 608 had come in....I told them thanks but I went in another direction, so I'm sure somebody else got to enjoy that 8 shot beauty.
To an extent, yes. But with the ports it tends to shoot the flash more upward and more direct in your line of vision. I had, notice I said had a Springfield V-10 Ultra Compact .45acp 1911 that was a blast to fire. It was a real eye catcher from those around you at the range, that upward flame was impressive. For giggles and grins I fired it in the dark only to experience the flash going from impressive to a blinding glow.
Of course, what you plan to do with yours would certainly have a bearing on any vision concerns. It's not like you can't have a day carry and then another for night carry purposes. Kind of like having a EDC and a BBQ carry piece.
If it is what you are in the mood for, don't let us talk you out of it. Just give us a shot at buying it should you change your mind..LOL!!!
Good thoughts. I would probably carry the 357 open during the day. I keep da Judge by the bed at night. I really like the idea of the 000 buck probably not going to penetrate much in the way of walls, but would make short work of a BG made of flesh and bone at anything closer than 5 yrds.
I like my 608 4", the trigger is comparable to my older big-frame S&Ws. I purchased it used on Gunbroker a few years ago. Not too many revolvers in bigger calibers made that chamber 8 rounds (S&W's higher-priced 627 being the other current choice). There's normally a some used 608s online, but finding a 4" 608 locally is harder as they've never been a high-volume seller.
Per Gunbroker's completed auctions, nice 4" versions are selling used in the $400+ range plus S&H, about the same price as 2 years ago.
And I keep my Judge Magnum (with CT laser) next to the bed for strange bumps in the nights.
Tell me about it. The LGS guy keeps trying to talk me into this 9mm-compatible 7 shot revolver. I dont know who makes it, but it requires the moon clips. I asked what else it shoots, he said "nothing. its a 9mm". He tells me its almost the same thing as the 608, except it holds 7 instead of 8. Not to mention that it doesn't shoot 357 or 38, either, and its not a magnum. Besides being completely different from what I want, its practically the same thing.
I had a bright/polished stainless 3" barreled 608 a few years ago - traded it with a friend for an AR. I've been trying to get it back ever since. My latest offer to him was a 3" Ruger GP100, plus a BEAUTIFUL stainless Marlin 60 with a laminated stock that has a Nikon ProStaff scope on it, plus a brick of 22lr. No dice so far, but I keep at it.