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Which S&W 625

Post by Magload on 5/20/2017, 1:33 pm

I want to buy a S&W 625 I can get the 625 JM for $870.59 or the Performance Center for $988.24 is the PC a better revolver or am I just liking the grips on it?
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Post by LenV on 5/20/2017, 2:04 pm

Neither. Spend 50.00 more and get a real one. Personal opinion of course. There are a couple of neat ones in presentation case on Gunbroker but this one for 1050.00 looks really nice.

http://www.gunbroker.com/item/648632005
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Post by Magload on 5/20/2017, 2:21 pm

LenV wrote:Neither. Spend 50.00 more and get a real one. Personal opinion of course. There are a couple of neat ones in presentation case on Gunbroker but this one for 1050.00 looks really nice.

http://www.gunbroker.com/item/648632005

The longer barrel does make sense but I am not having a lot of luck with model numbers that have a -2 in them.  I just may buy that one will think about it till Monday evening.  Will I need to send it off for trigger work or are they good to go?  Don
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Post by james r chapman on 5/20/2017, 2:49 pm

You snooze. You lose.
As they say.
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Re: Which S&W 625

Post by Magload on 5/20/2017, 3:03 pm

james r chapman wrote:You snooze. You lose.
As they say.
The starting bid is a $1,045.00 and the buy now is $1,055.00 so the guy isn't offering a deal that a low bid is going to get the gun.  I just like the 625 and it has never been fondled or shot hard by some one else.  Had the guy said the barrel was in excellent condition vice good condition I might feel better about the gun.  Don
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Post by Magload on 5/20/2017, 3:07 pm

james r chapman wrote:You snooze. You lose.
As they say.
Whoops it sold.  Did you buy it James?  If so thanks as I won't be stressed out the rest of the weekend trying to decide.  Don
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Post by LenV on 5/20/2017, 5:08 pm

Another? Don't want you getting too much sleep this weekend.

http://www.gunbroker.com/item/647211416
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Post by Magload on 5/20/2017, 6:07 pm

LenV wrote:Another? Don't want you getting too much sleep this weekend.

http://www.gunbroker.com/item/647211416
I know I looked at that one also and have just put in a bid.  Thanks.  Don
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Post by Magload on 5/20/2017, 7:01 pm

I was only 8 years old when this gun was made and most of you weren't even born.  Don
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Post by Wobbley on 5/20/2017, 7:12 pm

I had graduated high school.  Gawd I feel old!
Magload wrote:I was only 8 years old when this gun was made and most of you weren't even born.  Don

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Post by orpheoet on 5/20/2017, 7:17 pm

I won this 25-2 about a month ago for $850 I believe. Excellent condition. Dates to mid 70's. 
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Re: Which S&W 625

Post by Magload on 5/20/2017, 8:59 pm

Wobbley wrote:I had graduated high school.  Gawd I feel old!
Magload wrote:I was only 8 years old when this gun was made and most of you weren't even born.  Don
Well seams the gun was born in the early 70s I was already home from Vietnam by then.
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Post by gregbenner on 5/21/2017, 1:59 pm

Don, I just purchased a new 625 PC, am in the 10 day waiting period now. I compared the JM and the PC.  I liked the finish on the JM better, but chose the PC for a couple reasons. The primary one was the barrel rifling.  The PC is "broach cut" and the JM is the new ECM.  From the research i could find, there are some issued of the ECM barrels leading up easily with lead reloads (which I will use).  This was not a consistent finding, so difficult to evaluate.  Also, the PC has chamfered cylinders, and a different trigger. 
Not sure I like either grips, have ordered 3 different ones already  Rolling Eyes

The following thread may be of interest, note that I believe the comment re: a shorter cylinder on the PC is probably incorrect (per a call to S&W). 

https://www.thehighroad.org/index.php?threads/s-w-625pc-vs-625jm-which-should-i-buy.651683/

FWIW, I have handled and dry fired my new PC, the LGS measured the cylinder gap at .005, which he thought was pretty decent (?). The fit and finish look very nice. The stock trigger is definitely better than the one on a new 617 (22) I purchased a few months ago, but since I shoot DA pretty much all the time will get a trigger job immediately.  Pick it up next Monday:bounce:

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Post by Sc0 on 5/21/2017, 2:18 pm

As an owner of a PC625...

The PC chamfering isn't that great, maybe it breaks the sharp edges off?  I still don't have an ideal grip but know that i don't like the Hogue finger grooves, i don't like the stock wood grip either but use them since they don't have finger groves...

Am using the Weiand rail and a ultradot, helps to polish the internals if the trigger/action mechanisms.

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Post by gregbenner on 5/21/2017, 2:48 pm

Sc0 wrote:As an owner of a PC625...

The PC chamfering isn't that great, maybe it breaks the sharp edges off?  I still don't have an ideal grip but know that i don't like the Hogue finger grooves, i don't like the stock wood grip either but use them since they don't have finger groves...

Am using the Weiand rail and a ultradot, helps to polish the internals if the trigger/action mechanisms.


You are definitely correct on the chamfering, pretty minimal. I have the Allchin rear sight replacement (for a Burris FF3 dot sight) on my 617 and 686, and have one ordered for the 625.

I have on order 2 sets of Altamont grips (silverback checkered and Ivory square butt conversion), S&W Rosewood, Pachmeyr Rengades, and Hogue rubber grips. I'm getting a shorter barrel put on my 629, so hope to start shooting both.

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Re: Which S&W 625

Post by Magload on 5/21/2017, 3:11 pm

I thank you two guys for the 625 info I was thinking the PC was the right pick.  These other guys have gotten me side tracked and now I have a bid in for a 25-2 with hopes of winning it.  I could have gotten a 625 PC for less money brand new.  Are you both going to shoot the 625 for BE?  BTW I but a set of Altamont Rosewood grips on my 52-2 they are really beautiful wood.  well I say grips it is really grip and the right grip is that butt ugly Leupold  scope mount.  Don
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Post by gregbenner on 5/21/2017, 3:54 pm

I do plan to shoot BE, my thought is the 617,686, 625.  However, I want to get to the next higher classification before I start shooting completely different guns at matches. Plus, although I love DA, i am less consistent, particularly RF,  compared to my GSP. Lots to learn!

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Post by orpheoet on 5/21/2017, 4:43 pm

That's awesome. I'm working on the same thing. 17-3, 14-1, and 25-2. Good shooting!
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Post by LenV on 5/21/2017, 6:39 pm

These are the grips I would use on the 625. Nills just knows what they are doing. The 625 like my 29-8 are now round butt and these change them back to square butt. Cheaper ways of doing it but like I said these work. NFI.

http://www.mactecsales.com/SW0168_p/sw0168.htm
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