Monday, December 10, 2007

Taurus 608 .357 Magnum Revolver

A while back I mentioned that I had picked up a Taurus Model 608 revolver in .357 Magnum. I have been so busy I haven't even had a chance to shoot it yet. I figured I better at least get some pictures posted for you though, so you all could have a look.


Taurus Model 608 in .357 Magnum with a 6" Barrel

I really like the basic look and feel of the 608, and being stainless is a nice plus. The full under lug and the 6" barrel makes it a little "Nose heavy" but for my type of shooting that's a good thing. The less the muzzle rises, the more quickly you can get it back down for the next shot.


Eight round capacity - makes it a little closer when shooting against "Bottom Feeders"

Double action trigger pull is way too heavy the way it comes out of the box. I've got a Wolff spring set on the way from Brownells. That plus a bit of polishing should get it down closer to where it ought to be. Single action isn't bad at all, but it needs a little work, too.


The compensator ports should help to keep it down, too.

The 608 with the stock grips feels good in your hand as the grips seem to be very similar to the Hogue grips I have on my Taurus Model 66 revolver. The rear adjustable target sight seems to be a good one, but I'll have more to say on that after I've had a chance to get in some range time with the Taurus.

Does anyone know if there's a 8 shot speed loader available for this? I haven't seen one, but it sure would come in handy. I really don't want to spend the time machining my own from scratch if I can help it.

I'll get you a range report after I've had a chance to shoot it some.........

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21 Comments:

At Monday, December 10, 2007 2:29:00 PM, Anonymous Norm said...

Sorry. I am pretty sure there are no speed loaders for the 608, nor for the Smith 627. You might consider moon clips.
Norm

 
At Monday, December 10, 2007 5:34:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

http://www.speedloaders.com/availability.htm

Tokarev

 
At Tuesday, December 11, 2007 7:59:00 AM, Anonymous Jason Kallini said...

I have a Smith & Wesson 627, and I use moon clips. I've got to say, I much prefer them to speed loaders, at least for the eight-round capacity. Speed loaders at that size are just too darn bulky

I love the gun, though. Most fun I have ever had shooting, and I imagine you'll feel pretty good about that Taurus, too.

 
At Tuesday, December 11, 2007 12:04:00 PM, Blogger kbarrett said...

You can get Taurus 608 moonclips here ...

They will machine 608 cylinders for moonclips for $80.

 
At Tuesday, December 11, 2007 4:17:00 PM, Blogger The Conservative UAW Guy said...

Very nice, Mr. C.
Can't wait for the range report. :)

 
At Sunday, January 13, 2008 10:09:00 AM, OpenID smmat13 said...

dude i shot mine they are dogs but they are fun as heck

 
At Sunday, June 08, 2008 2:01:00 PM, Anonymous Tracy said...

Brownell's, Dillon, and Midway sell speedloaders for the 608. Dillon is least expensive on price but shipping is killer. For price AND shipping combined, I bought mine from MidwayUSA.com. $10.99 for two loaders. No machining of cylinder required.

 
At Friday, October 17, 2008 3:51:00 PM, Anonymous TimeBandit said...

Dillon Precision has a slide type speed loader for the 608 that works.
I just picked up my Taurus 4" 608. I shot it yesterday for the first time and fell in love. It's a big gun and I am looking for a way to carry it concealed

 
At Tuesday, June 02, 2009 12:35:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am planning to send my Taurus 608SS8 back for replacement or repair due to a problem with the action not functioning properly, it almost jams between shots, in single and double action, with both Winchester FMJ 38 specials and with Remington JSP 357, you must use way to much thumb pressure on the hammer to advance to the next round in the cylinder in single action, and I don't normally shoot double action but the gun acts the same way, almost jams!!!

Not sure of the root cause of the problem but this being a new gun when purchased and only having put 150 rounds through it and having a problem like this is totally unacceptable!

Has anyone else had an action problem like this and if so what did it take to correct?

Scott in CO.

 
At Thursday, August 06, 2009 3:40:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looking for a blued 608 just like this. Anyone have a location for good purchase? Let me know...
Frank
fastattack44@aol.com

 
At Monday, October 25, 2010 5:20:00 PM, Anonymous J.R. said...

how do you like the 6" barrel i have the 4" but my grandpa may think he would like a 6, your input?

 
At Monday, October 25, 2010 7:26:00 PM, Blogger Mr. Completely said...

JR: I guess it's a matter of personal preference. With stock sights it's a little easier to be accurate though, with the longer sight radius.

Mr. C.

 
At Sunday, December 12, 2010 3:03:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You can get some gorgeous speed loaders for it at
www.5starfirearms.com

GREAT GUN!!!!

 
At Sunday, March 20, 2011 5:54:00 AM, Anonymous Christoph Scheidereiter said...

About half of all the new Taurus 608 revolvers of the new series (matt/satin stainless, with hammer safety lock) that I receive (I am a gunsmith in South Africa) tend to lock up because of poor tolerances and finish. Polishing off burrs and casting/stamping marks solves the problem in 95% of them. At present, however, I am working on a NEW 608 that I cannot get to work 100% reliable. All internal parts have been finished to almost mirror finish, and where it would hook up on almost every trigger pull (empty, dummy loads or normal shooting), it is now 100% reliable when cycling with dummy cartridges or empty shells, however when shot with ANYTHING from a baby power .38Sp to a good pin load .357Mag, it will hook up after every 2 or three shots. The cylinder, once the trigger is released, spins freely. Any ideas what the problem could be would be greatly appreciated; I must be overlooking something so obvious it would probably jump in my face if I opened my eyes (metaphorically...). The revolver is fitted with a full set of Wolff springs (which I can strongly recommend). Thank you all for any reply.

 
At Sunday, March 20, 2011 9:18:00 AM, Anonymous Christoph Scheidereiter said...

I must apologize for expressing myself poorly. When the trigger is released, the cylinder is properly locked by the timing cam, but can be freely rotated VERY slightly clockwise/anti clockwise and moved forward and backward without ANY force. When the hammer is pulled back to clear the timing cam, the cylinder will spin freely.

 
At Saturday, April 09, 2011 8:20:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

http://www.5starfirearms.com makes real metal speedloaders for the Taurus 608 as well as other models.
I am getting ready to purchase some. The other rubber speedloaders found online tear up to easily. I bought them ans threw them in the garbage.

 
At Wednesday, May 18, 2011 11:34:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

christoph, there is a possibility that it is having the same problem as my model 66 was having. i am no gunsmith so i can't give you the techno babble but it was shaving off a sliver of the round and rolling it against the cylinder. my gunsmith fixed it easily and i haven't had any problems since.

 
At Friday, June 10, 2011 8:14:00 PM, Blogger John said...

I'm really disappointed with the new Taurus Model 608 eight shot 357. Out of the box rotating the cylinder and when dry firing, it was locking up, single and double action. I took it back and Spragues Gun Shop in Yuma tried to tell me you can get all new revolvers to do that! Well, I have enough revolvers to know that isn't right. Still they talked me into taking it out to shoot it; double action, three out of eight, the trigger/cylinder would lock no matter how hard you pulled on the trigger. I went back to Spragues and they sent it back; a month later I get it back today and it has the same problem, only if you let off the trigger some you can get it to fire, but that makes for some bad shooting. So, tomorrow I'm sending it back again to Taurus for the second time to see if they will fix the problem, and another month of waiting on a new revolver i've only had my hands on twice now to shoot only to find out it's messed up. It sure acts like the timing is messed up, because when it does shoot double action its a decent trigger, but three out of eight shots locking up it way unacceptable.

 
At Saturday, July 02, 2011 10:27:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have the 608 and enjoy shooting it but it is SO LOUD that it hurts my ears. I'd be willing to sell mine for a little less than I have in it. It's only had a about 20 rounds through it. email me at jsak@comcast.net if interrested. Will sell at below new price.

 
At Friday, March 02, 2012 7:03:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've had my 608 4" BBL since 2001 and have never had a lick of problems with it.

All total, I've probably got 500 or so rounds of mostly full-load 357 and a few 38 SPL through it.

The trigger pull is always good and fortunately I hanve not experienced the cylinder lock-up that others have.

I guess my only gripe about it would be that the machining on the "star" part of the ejector that engages the pawl is pretty darn rough. It looks like a 9 year old hacked it out with a hammer and chisel; but hey, it works!

 
At Sunday, September 09, 2012 8:26:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

5 star firearms has a speedloader

 

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