Gun Report

Taurus Model 66 No. 66SS4 357 Magnum, $469 (Grade C, August 2006)

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The Taurus offered a crane detent, seven-shot capacity, and very good accuracy. But we'd replace the flimsy rear sight that looked good but took adjustment poorly.

Taurus Model 66 No. 66SS4 357 Magnum, $469 (Grade C, August 2006)

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Home Defense
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Trigger Span Single
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Most revolvers grips have a round profile, such as the Ruger GP100, center, and the Smith & Wesson 619 to the right. The Taurus 66 had a narrow grip with wide panels. We liked the way it helped us point the gun squarely at the target.
The rear sight of the Taurus Model 66 helped us land the tightest groups in the test. But adjusting elevation sometimes meant having to push the sight manually into position. The overhang of the blade left it prone to damage, we think.
The full underlug added weight and helped us manage recoil. It also protected the ejector rod from damage.
We tested with three classic loads. The most powerful was the Black Hills 125-grain JHP rounds (left), and the most accurate was Black Hills 148-grain Match Wadcutter (center). American Eagle 158-grain JSP rounds by Federal are another well known recipe. The Taurus 66 shot the best single group (center) using the Match Wadcutters. The group to the left was printed low on the paper target by the S&W 619. The sights on the 619 were better suited to the 158-grain ammunition. The Ruger GP100 shot all our test loads well, including the group to the right printed with the heavy-recoiling American Eagle ammunition.

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