Broke My Taurus after Firing Reloads

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Broke My Taurus after Firing Reloads

Postby synack2 » Mon Apr 12, 2021 8:27 am

A while back I loaded my first 12 rounds for my 380. There was some discussion because my book showed the maximum at 3.6 grains, I loaded them to 3.4 grains, but someone else's information said 3.2 grains was the maximum. I fired all 12 of them and the seemed to be less hot than the factory loaded Remington ammo. Well 97 rounds of factory ammo latter and the gun broke and quit working. I just heard from Taurus and the frame is cracked. They have to send me a new gun with another serial number to my FFL.

Now I am just worried that those rounds may have done the damage to it, or maybe it was just time for that gun to break. I have fired 1000's and 1000's of rounds through it since I got it in 2013. I have some more I loaded to 3.3 and 3.2 grains. Now I am a little gun shy about firing them.

What do ya'll think? Should I try them or get the bullet puller out and take them down a few 10ths of a grain.
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Re: Broke My Taurus after Firing Reloads

Postby WY_Not » Mon Apr 12, 2021 9:51 am

Check a few other current loading manuals and see what the consensus is.

What version of what manual were you using vs what version of what manual was the other manual?

What bullet and powder were you loading?
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Re: Broke My Taurus after Firing Reloads

Postby e3mrk » Wed Jul 14, 2021 10:55 am

Unless you are making super hot Bullets I would tend to think the Frame already had a problem and it just decided to show itself when you were shooting.
Taurus firearms seem to be hot or miss when it comes to quality.
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Re: Broke My Taurus after Firing Reloads

Postby eugene » Wed Jul 14, 2021 2:39 pm

synack2 wrote:A while back I loaded my first 12 rounds for my 380. There was some discussion because my book showed the maximum at 3.6 grains, I loaded them to 3.4 grains, but someone else's information said 3.2 grains was the maximum. I fired all 12 of them and the seemed to be less hot than the factory loaded Remington ammo. Well 97 rounds of factory ammo latter and the gun broke and quit working. I just heard from Taurus and the frame is cracked. They have to send me a new gun with another serial number to my FFL.

Now I am just worried that those rounds may have done the damage to it, or maybe it was just time for that gun to break. I have fired 1000's and 1000's of rounds through it since I got it in 2013. I have some more I loaded to 3.3 and 3.2 grains. Now I am a little gun shy about firing them.

What do ya'll think? Should I try them or get the bullet puller out and take them down a few 10ths of a grain.


You don't start at max or a little below max, you start with the minimum. What did your load data say was the min?
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Re: Broke My Taurus after Firing Reloads

Postby Rockhanger » Tue Jul 20, 2021 8:50 pm

I had a taurus revolver break after 40 rnds .
The transfer bar broke
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