I recently bought a Taurus 605 Poly Protector. I wanted to get a wheel gun in a decent caliber at a decent price (already own a Ruger Wrangler ). Haven’t fired it yet due to busy schedule and not having any 38/357 ammo. Does anyone have any experience with this gun? Reviews on the internet are mostly good with a few negatives. Plan on using it as a range gun, and possibly an occasional CCW, especially when camping/hiking, when the .357 may do better than a 9mm, 45ACP, or 22LR ( my other handgun choices). I thought that the polymer frame would do well outdoors, and lightweight is good for hiking. Understand that lightweight is also a con for recoil. Probably would load with 38 +P for most situations. Any thoughts or comments?
If you can not find any off the shelf.
These are super accurate in a Beretta Tomcat .32 ACP.
I have not fired the 605 but have had luck with Taurus revolvers in the past. Good Luck and
I have done business with both companies and found both to be top shelf.
Your welcome, I think the .38+P would be the way to go with the short barrel otherwise your just wasting power and increasing recoil. While the Underwoods are expensive I can shoot a 4inch group at 25yds. As they say “only hits count”.
Also get some speed loaders and practice.
Thanks. I guess my real question is more about the practicality of carrying a lightweight “snubby” .357 in the outdoors, compared to a compact 9mm loaded with JHP. Both have various ammo options. 9mm has advantage with capacity and accuracy, but revolver has advantages with weight, reliability in the outdoors, and (possibly) stopping power. I live in the Southeast, so mostly 2 legged threats here. Guess I’m trying to justify keeping the revolver as opposed to selling it
With the short barrel you would be better off with the solids over HPs. The revolver is usually more reliable and easier to carry. I have hunted with revolvers for years and never had one let me down.
Not sure how much stopping power you will gain with a 357 from a lightweight 2” barrel handgun. In 357 think I would want a 4” or more. Certainly at least a 3”
But there are 3” barreled 9mm that are smaller and as light. There are some ammo manufactures that make hard cast 9mm lead bullets if you need more penetration. I personally feel well protected anywhere but brown bear country with my 9mm and regular self defense loads.
That is what I was generally thinking. I do own a Ruger EC9S and S&W M&P 9 compact. Both are rated for +P, but I’m not sure how the EC9S would do as an “outdoors” gun. It is a pain to disassemble and maintain. I’ve locked it up many times reassembling it after cleaning, and already broke the spring once. The M&P 9C is great, but is a bit big/heavy for hiking. Guess I’m trying to justify keeping the 605 Poly
Keep it. Varity is the spice of life.
No need to justify as long as it fits in the budget:) Maybe this justifies you getting one of the new high capacity micro 9s or a 10mm:)
+p semi wadcutters would be a great choice for that wheel gun. I recommend Underwood. Also, yes you lose velocity from the short barrel, but, full power .357 mag will still beat 9mm out of the snubby. At the cost of a lot of noise, and recoil. For non woods defense, I would carry the old “FBI load” in a snub revolver. Again, Underwood is my pick for that load.