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Review: Taurus 627 Tracker .357 Magnum

Taurus 627 Tracker Revolver

When the .357 Magnum cartridge was introduced in 1935, it was a sensation. The truth is, it should be today as well!

The .357 Magnum offers a great deal of versatility.

The revolvers that chamber the .357 Magnum cartridge may also chamber the slightly shorter .38 Special.

The .38 Special is a pleasant low-recoil cartridge. Excellent accuracy may be had with the .38 Special.

With economical lead bullet handloads, the .38 Special is a pleasant target round.

Jack up the velocity a bit and you have a load well-suited for taking small game at maximum handgun range.

For those not able to master .357 Magnum recoil and muzzle blast, the .38 offers a good defensive loading.

The .38/.357 combination is among the most attractive chamberings in the handgun world.

The ability to pick and choose ammunition for specific chores is an interesting concept and one best maximized by handloading.

Here are some of my favorite loads.

Taurus 627 Tracker Revolver
The Taurus Tracker 627 .357 Magnum is a robust, reliable and powerful revolver.

Load Selection

.38 Special

LoadVelocityUse
Winchester 158-Grain SWC790 fpsTarget, Small Game
Buffalo Bore 158-Grain Outdoorsman1,050 fpsProtection Against Dangerous Animals
Hornady 110-Grain Critical Defense1,010 fpsPersonal Defense

.357 Magnum

LoadVelocityUse
Winchester 145-Grain Silvertip1,322 fpsOutdoors Use
Federal 180-Grain JHP1,111 fpsHunting
Hornady Critical Defense1,388 fpsPersonal Defense

Handloads

LoadVelocityUse
178-Grain SWC798 fpsTarget, Small Game
180-Grain JHP1,100 fpsHunting
125-Grain XTP1,540 fpsPersonal Defense

Ammunition Variety  

As you can see, the .38 Special and .357 Magnum combination offers a nice range of power.

Powder-puff loads may be used for practice and small game, while the heavier loads are useful for defense against dangerous animals and hunting, as well as personal defense.

There are a number of good choices in .357 Magnum revolvers. The Taurus Tracker 627 is among the best choices in a magnum revolver.

The Tracker isn’t a light-frame or a heavy-frame revolver, but fits nicely into the medium-frame category.

This means at less than 40 ounces with a four-inch barrel, the Tracker is light enough for constant carry.

The revolver is heavy enough to absorb .357 Magnum recoil. The heavy barrel dampens recoil.

Among the best features of the Taurus Tracker are the modern rubber grips. These grips insulate the shooter from the frame.

The steel frame doesn’t touch the hand. This means a lot in controlling powerful magnum loads.

As the revolver is jolted in recoil, the rubber grip gives a bit crushing the ribs built into the grip.

This cushions recoil. Ounce for ounce, the Taurus Tracker is among the lightest-recoiling .357 Magnum revolvers.

The Tracker also features a set of barrel ports that lessen recoil by directing recoil energy straight up.

This doesn’t rob a measurable amount of velocity, the ports are well-designed, but makes for excellent control.

Taurus 627 Tracker Sights
The Taurus adjustable rear sight is a good feature, one of the best features of the handgun overall.

Taurus 627 Features

The revolver is all stainless steel. This is an important feature for a handgun carried in the field or carried concealed close to the body.

The stainless steel is nicely finished. It isn’t a high polish, but an even matte-style finish.

The revolver features a fully-adjustable rear sight and a post front sight.

The rear adjustments allow sighting the revolver in perfectly for the chosen loading over a wide range of bullet weights and velocities.

I have experimented with .38 Special and .357 Magnum loads from 600 to 1,600 fps and bullet weights from 110 to 200 grains.

It isn’t difficult to get any of these properly sighted in.

A bonus with the Tracker, is that the cylinder holds an extra shot compared to most revolvers. The Taurus Tracker 627 is a seven-shot revolver.

HKS offers seven-shot speedloaders. Galco offers a speedloader pouch. With practice, you may reload this revolver quickly.

The goal, of course, is to get a hit with the first and second shots, but this doesn’t always happen. The Tracker offers a good reserve of ammunition.

Man Firing Revovler
The Taurus Tracker 627 .357 Magnum handles well and offers modest recoil for the revolver’s size.

Accuracy and How It Fires

The trigger action of the Tracker is smooth but tight. There is little excess play involved. Press the trigger to the rear in a smooth motion.

After the revolver fires, ride the recoil as you let the trigger reset, then get back on target for another shot.

The trigger is smooth enough to allow rapid follow-up hits on targets. The Taurus offers a single-action firing mode.

Cock the hammer to the rear and press the trigger for a slow deliberate shot. This is useful in firing at targets at longer range.

When fired from a solid benchrest firing position, the Taurus 627 Tracker .357 Magnum is quite accurate.

Groups of two inches or a little less are easily achieved at 25 yards. This is absolute accuracy. Practical accuracy, firing off-hand, is also good.

The handgun’s easy accuracy and stainless construction lend itself well to carrying while hunting or hiking. It is also useful for personal defense.

Quite a few folks carry a four-inch barrel .357 for defense, especially in areas where the big cats or bears are a concern.

The Taurus Tracker is a great all-around revolver, a workhorse well worth a hard look.  

What do you think of the Taurus Tracker .357 Magnum revolver? Let us know in the comments below!

About the Author:

Bob Campbell

Bob Campbell’s primary qualification is a lifelong love of firearms, writing, and scholarship. He holds a degree in Criminal Justice but is an autodidact in matters important to his readers. Campbell considers unarmed skills the first line of defense and the handgun the last resort. (He gets it honest- his uncle Jerry Campbell is in the Boxer’s Hall of Fame.)

Campbell has authored well over 6,000 articles columns and reviews and fourteen books for major publishers including Gun Digest, Skyhorse and Paladin Press. Campbell served as a peace officer and security professional and has made hundreds of arrests and been injured on the job more than once.

He has written curriculum on the university level, served as a lead missionary, and is desperately in love with Joyce. He is training his grandchildren not to be snowflakes. At an age when many are thinking of retirement, Bob is working a 60-hour week and awaits being taken up in a whirlwind many years in the future.


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Concealed Carry Handguns



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Holsters for Combat and Concealed Carry
The 1911 Automatic Pistol
The Handgun in Personal Defense
The Illustrated Guide to Handgun Skills
The Hunter and the Hunted
The Gun Digest Book of Personal Defense
The Gun Digest Book of the 1911
The Gun Digest Book of the 1911 second edition
Dealing with the Great Ammunition Shortage
Commando Gunsmithing
The Ultimate Book of Gunfighting
Preppers Guide to Rifles
Preppers Guide to Shotguns
The Accurate Handgun
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Comments (15)

  1. I have one of these in 357 for over 10 years. I have fired 38 special in brass, steel and aluminum case including snake shot and have never had a single fail to fire. It is very shootable with decent accuracy for me out to 50 yardsish.
    I have had some cases stick and resists ejection though. Mostly this has been with 357 loads after firing a significant numer of 38 specials first. Some agressive cleaning has always sorted it out.
    I love the gun and carry it as a side arm when ever I am out on the ranch.

  2. I also have the .44 cal. version and my son has the .357. We both enjoy shooting these revolvers. The grips really help with the recoil as well as the porting. In mine, I find that the recoil feels lighter with full magnum loads than my Model 629 and much lighter than my Ruger Super Blackhawk. I am really impressed with the workmanship of these revolvers and would recommend them to anyone who is in the market for a magnum revolver.

  3. I own a 627, with 4″ barrel on 357 magnum.
    You can use Ruger GP100 holsters. I own 1 ambidextrous holster for IWB/OWB, L/R carry, also have a R OWB, and a R, horizontal under the shoulder rig.
    Fair recoil with Federal Hydrashok 130 gr, low recoil JHP, at 25 yds, advertised 1331 FPS, 531 Ft/Lbs of energy. 2-3″ groups during fast fire, standing up. Very accurate, hardly no recoil with ARX Inceptor 86 gr, 1650 FPS advertised, 520 Ft/Lbs energy advertised, 2″ groups fast fire standing up, less muzzle flip.
    I practice at 25 yds, as I carry/own for self defense. I’m not chasing anyone, and you better not get inside 10 yds.
    Firm believer on practice with what you shoot.

  4. I prefer my Taurus 608. With 8 rounds of 357 and at a weight of 45 oz, it is a dream to shoot even with the hotest 158 grain @ 1800 fps. The weight is still in the carry-able range and I have carries it for many hours at a time.

  5. I absolutely LOVE my 4″ Trackers (357/44). I was pleasantly surprised how effective the porting is. The first time my 10yr-old daughter shot the 357, she put a round dead-center in the bullseye.
    The 44mag needed some polishing inside the cylinders as the cases were hard to eject; and I had to replace the ribbed grips with Hogue grips to ease recoil. But now it is my go to gun.

  6. My wife has a 4″ 627 and I have a 2″ 617UlTi titanium frame. They are both excellent revolvers.

    She prefers her Tracker to her 4″ S&W 13 and has zero complaints about it. It is her preferred home and wild-land defense handgun.

    My 617 is preferred while doing air travel, being around (and in) salt water, and when deep concealment is required. It takes the same 7-shot speed loaders as the Tracker and fits in a holster made for S&W.

    My chief complaint on my 617 was that it had a carbon steel hammer and hammer strut instead of the stainless parts on the 627 Tracker. I like to carry my 617 UlTi in my BC pocket while scuba diving. After a few phone calls to Taurus and an offer to pay for the parts, they sent me a stainless replacement hammer and strut.

  7. Taurus Tracker 627 .357 Magnum my son just got it. First time at the range and we couldn’t sight it in, discovered that the rear adjustable sight moved all over the place. looking on-line found others had the same problem. Will contact Taurus for a fix, shouldn’t happen to a new gun.

  8. Galco leather holsters for medium frame S&W revolvers fit the Tracker well, and they are very good quality.

  9. I was trying to buy one for months and they were all out of stock. I was waiting and waiting and had all kinds of notifications set but after 6-7 months of waiting I went ahead and bought something else. Now I’ll be saving up for one all over again because I really want one. I was leaning towards the .357 mag/.38 special/ 9mm blued one because I couldn’t find one in stainless that took all 3 rounds. For the 9mm you have to change the cylinder out but it’s a great option. Oh well, thanks for the info, I’ll be looking for them again.

  10. I like my stainless version 4″ 627. The only two nitpicking things about my gun is the left side of the hammer rides against the frame and the right side of the trigger also rides against the frame. These two things are leaving a wear pattern on the left side of the hammer and on the right side of the trigger, but I don’t think it affects my ability to shoot the gun pretty well. I don’t feel any drag on the trigger, or anything like that. I keep a little lubricant in these two areas.

  11. For a 4″ 357Mag,go with Ruger GP100[with Hogue Monogrip]
    For a lightweight 44Mag,the S&W “Mountain Gun”is a possible option.

  12. Have the .44 mag version, and found that the “Tracker” models are handy sized revolvers. Only problem is – it seems that nobody makes a holster for the Taurus Tracker frame size 4″ barreled revolvers.

    I found that the .44 mag version is ideal with a “hot” .44 special/”lite” ,44 mag loads. Imagine that the .357 mag version would be ideal for full power loads.

  13. I really like the Tracker concept, but most of them I have owned have provided unreliable ignition, including the 627.

  14. I want one! ( Someone told me they make this in Titanium, as well as either blue, or stainless steel )!?! I went to Taurus’s website and they make uno mention of these in Titanium??? Anybody know from what distributor I can get a new one?

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