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OK revolver gurus on here. Recently got this back after my dad passed. Bought it for him and was never really shot a lot. Single action is great. Double action was I my opinion a bear. Surfed their site and read where dry firing it was not a issue and some that considered trigger job just dry fired the crap out of it and the spring loosened up.
Well I have done this a lot, like I'm sure over a thousand times now. Fingers are sore but I can tell it is better.
Question how much is enough and you got what you got? Or the more the merrier?
 

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I don't know the model but almost all revolvers can be made better if you are willing to mess with them. Most can swap a few springs and get tons better actions. Bigger guns do better as the small ones just lack the room for leverage making the hammer spring stouter. Can't hurt... a spring kit is usually a pittance, you still have the originals if it does not work out, and all you really lose is a day or two messing with it (for the harder to work on models) and a few dollars.
 

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Personally, I'd find a gunsmith and let them do a trigger job, done wrong and you can create an expensive paper weight. Yes I've done a trigger job on my mosin nagant (its primative), a nice little revolver like that...I'm sure you can you tube your way to something better however a real trigger job is worth the $75 bucks. My gunsmith can get the double action in the neighborhood of 8-9#; after that apparently you risk light primer strikes. Should you screw it up, Taurus quoted me a $48 bench fee to have a hammer replaced on my 605 ss3, plus cost of hammer. But be advised though, that 3 inch barrel model isn't made any more and sorta rare.
 

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I think I lucked out with my Taurus 85. It was butter smooth out of the box and has only gotten better. Other than a Rossi that I carried for many years, most of my revolver experience was with Colts and S&Ws that belonged to a friend. My 85 came out of the box feeling comparable to the latter. I do believe yours will improve with time but I haven't found Taurus trigger quality to be consistent from one gun to the next so it could need some tweaking.
The sentimental value is the most important thing. We have a FIE Titan .25 that has been passed around the family for years and now belongs to my son. The gun has almost no monetary value but it's like gold to us, so I know exactly where you're coming from. Enjoy your new acquisition.
 

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I have an ultra-Lite Taurus 856 that is a good shooter.
It was DA only ,but I ordered a model 85 DA hammer off Gunbroker and installed it myself.
 

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I have an ultra-Lite Taurus 856 that is a good shooter.
It was DA only ,but I ordered a model 85 SA hammer off Gunbroker and installed it myself.
 

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Wolff sell a spring kit for the M85. Many owners buy the kit at once. It helps a lot. I have an M380, which is exactly the same frame and mechanism as M85. Unfortunately, the hammer is much lighter without the spur, so it was light-striking with the Wolff springs. But I can see why it's #1 accessory for M85.
 

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Lost count of the dry fire numbers for sure. I have a piece at my gunsmiths now and intend on taking it with me to let him tell exactly what it is now when the other is ready for pickup.. Sooo much better. One thing for sure finger strength is up.
 

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i smoothed all the moving parts on my SS 85 where they rubbed on other parts or the frame and polished the hammer /sear contact points with 1600 paper(just barely, no material removal or geometry changes) and was very impressed with how much it smoothed double action
 

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Wolff sell a spring kit for the M85. Many owners buy the kit at once. It helps a lot. I have an M380, which is exactly the same frame and mechanism as M85. Unfortunately, the hammer is much lighter without the spur, so it was light-striking with the Wolff springs. But I can see why it's #1 accessory for M85.
If its the same frame and all, odds are the 85 hammer would fit... ?
 

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If its the same frame and all, odds are the 85 hammer would fit... ?
The M85 hammer should fit, although there may be differences as M380 does not have single-action notch. It only does double-action. My current plan is to take out the lock mechanism and fill the void in the hammer with molten lead.
 
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