I have carried this one a lot...but not shot it a lot. A big "no-no" I know! I relied on the reputation of my other 851 - a blued model that has lots of rounds thru it! The bluing on that one was so nice, I started feeling guilty carrying it so much, so I purchased a second in stainless.
Well, I decided to get it out and get it dirty!! (now that summer is upon us, and I will carry it more)
First, I shot a cylinder-full of my carry load - Black hills - 125g - JHP+P
at ten yards:
Then I pulled out some Ace Ammo Co. - 158g - LSWC
. I got this stuff off of a Gunbroker auction cheap...er....lets say...inexpensively! It is reloaded stuff that was made in Redding, CA who knows how long ago! I couldn't find any current mention of them on the WW interwebs. Anyway, it shot fine but was kinda smokey. Felt like I was shooting black powder at times (which was fun) Here are my first six shots with it!
I had no problem hitting steel at 17 yards but the bowling pins out at Forty+ yards were too tough that day!
I shot a box of the Ace and then another cylinder-full of the Black Hills..... then a box of the Ace, and another two cylinder-fulls of the Black Hills. All rounds functioned flawlessly, but the 851 was getting pretty dirty at this point:
270 round thru this particular 851 now with no issues of any kind!
Taurus 851 with Ace Ammo: