Taurus 605 - .357 Magnum

by Michael Griffin
(Fort Mill, SC, USA)

On March 25th of 2010 I purchased a Taurus 605 357 magnum stainless steel 5 shot, with a two inch barrel from my town's local dealer. It arrived within a week but it was not until May that I was presented with an opportunity to visit a range and shoot it.

When I went to eject the brass, by pressing on the extractor rod, and found that it would not extract without considerable force. I noticed that the brass was scratched and marred and I assumed that it was bad ammo. So I then I selected 5 more smooth .38 special rounds and shot them. The result was the same with the second set of .38 special rounds and the 357 mag rounds that I tried were worse. The chambers seemed to be rough machined and not polished at all. I had to practically beat the rod down to unload the firearm.

The dealer I purchased it from sent the revolver back to Taurus and it arrived for repair on July 8th. Twenty days have passed and the Taurus website still says that it is awaiting repair. I'm still waiting for it.

It was shoddy machining to begin with. The quality assurance folks, who supposedly test every firearm before shipping, obviously aren't doing their job too well if the firearm made it through their tests in this condition.

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May 15, 2015
by: Jerry

I replaced a Smith & Wesson Mod 60 with the Model 605 Taurus and made money in the process. I went to the 605 because it fit my hand so well, and after reading a LOT of reviews and listening to the 'bashers'. Bashers can tell you specific things to look at before making a choice, Either way, at my age, after five decades of serious hand gunning, I believe I can tell what works, what will last, and what will accomplish what I'm looking for. I've made some grip mods on mine, that solve a problem that is specific to me. I've fed it .38 specials, +P's, and since I live in a remote area in the mountains, my regular carry rounds are .357 JHP's. I started with a revolver 52 years ago, went through the semi-autos and the plastic stuff and still have some of them that I trust. But I recently went back to an S&W Model 19 6 inch, and the S&W model 60, then replace the 60 with the 605. I am very pleased with my final choices and find no fault with the New Era Taurus revolvers.

Aug 29, 2012
shooting 357 after shooting 38 -You must clean first NEW
by: iPackWheelgun

Your post said:
"The result was the same with the second set of .38 special rounds and the 357 mag rounds that I tried were worse."

38 special rounds are shorter than 357 rounds. When you shoot 38 special out of a revolver, you dirty the portion of the chamber beyond the end of the 38 cartridge. When you then insert a 357, after having fired 38 and without first cleaning the gun, the 357 rounds extend within the dirtied portion of the chambers. When the 357 cartridges are fired, the case expands against the already dirty chamber and becomes stuck.

Firing 357 after shooting 38 will ALWAYS cause the spent cartridges to jam, out of ANY revolver. You must clean the gun before switching to the bigger cartridge.

I have personally had good luck with Taurus revolvers, although I don't think I would buy their autos. Taurus has one of the best warranties of any firearms manufacturer. If you need a revolver on a tight budget, they are the only brand I would consider.

Sep 08, 2011
Good reliable gun
by: Rod

I recently purchased a Tauras 605 357 and have fired over 1500 rounds of both 38 special and 357 ammunition from the firearm. I must say that I have experienced none of the issues that some of the previous commentors have experienced. I am totally satisfied with the revolver.

Nov 23, 2010
Good luck with Taurus
by: Richard

That is too bad. I have always had good luck with Taurus but that does not always seem to be the case with others.

They should be ashamed to let that one out the door and then take so long to fix it. A problem like that should be a priority for them and they should get it back to you in working order quickly.

Aug 06, 2010
by: Mark

I've never had a good feeling about Taurus, nor messed with one... must be why we each have a S&W 686+ ?

Jul 30, 2010
by: CD

I'm curious to know why you chose Taurus. Was it price?

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