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Post by javaduke on 10/16/2019, 6:19 pm

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I know it's a blasphemy but I want to try something different for the .45 game. How does S&W 625 shoot lead bullets? My plan is to get Wilson Combat springs and lighten the trigger to 2 1/2 lbs (oddly enough, I just checked the rules, 2 1/2 is a legal trigger weight for .45 revolvers), and install Jack Weigand mini scope mount. And maybe get a wide spur hammer. Anything I'm missing?
I guess I need 5" barrel - or will a shorter barrel perform?

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Post by lablover on 10/18/2019, 8:56 am

PhotoEscape wrote:
lablover wrote:Wish it had a buy now!


Had to bid!  Smile

Well, I recently posted WTB OEM grips for Smith & Wesson 1955 .45 Target Model Pre-25 C&R 5-Screw 6 1/2" Heavy Barrel Revolver, MFD 1955.  There were no offers, so now I must buy another gun Sad .  So I had this one (and couple of others too) on my watch list.  However will not bid now.  I know the seller, - previously purchased from them.  Great people.

Side question though, - moon clips?  I don't believe it is avoidable with 45ACP.  Is it?

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Please feel free to bid!  I have a stopping point and am sure this will go over that.
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Post by 243winxb on 10/18/2019, 9:31 am

"Side question though, - moon clips?  I don't believe it is avoidable with 45ACP.  Is it?"

The 45 acp headspaces on the case mouth. So no moon clips needed in the S&W i had. (If i remember correctly?)   Can use 45 Auto rim brass, no clips. 

Maybe confused  and thinking of      the Ruger  Black Hawk convertible  in  357/9mm & 45 Colt/45acp headspace on the case mouth using 9mm & 45 acp ammo. No moon clips.
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Post by STEVE SAMELAK on 10/18/2019, 10:18 am

My 625 works with 45 acp brass and no clips (keep a pencil handy to remove spent cases), but I still use the clips when I shoot it in a match.
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Post by Wobbley on 10/18/2019, 11:59 am

willnewton wrote:Yeah Len, l like my 625, but in no way has it stopped me from wanting a 25. 

 Just waiting for that perfect, unfired, boxed, mint Model 25 priced at $300 to come across on Gunbroker!

lol!

You might be waiting a while like this guy.

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Post by LenV on 10/18/2019, 1:05 pm

The 625/25-2 and clips work great for a match. I actually shoot it quite often for the 45 stage of the 2700. Changing loads is so fast that no one ever waits on me to finish. The trick is to have enough of them loaded so you don't have to unload them during the match. The special tool is handy but a little screwdriver works fine for removing from clip. A little caution here. Don't try to clean the clips in your ultrasonic cleaner. It works. Too well (notice the brite shiny moons in box). I bring enough loaded clips for the Reeves match too. The Auto Rim (last picture) work great if your a one cylinder only SF shooter.

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Post by bruce martindale on 10/19/2019, 6:10 pm

Saw the sellers other items....OMG! Gorgeous!

What does a "C" stamp mean on the box? Saw no such markings on the gun itself, a Lew Horton 624.
Thanks

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Post by BEA on 10/19/2019, 9:24 pm

I bought a model 25-2 new in 1982 and it is a beautiful gun with a nice trigger. The barrel is 6 inches long. Unfortunately the cylinder throats were too large and the accuracy out of the rest was horrible. Many years later I got to know someone in the industry who had some pull at SW. I was able to get a new cylinder with properly sized throats. At the time, SW was running low on 25 cylinders and the only ones they had left were matt blue finished. The good news is the accuracy improved drastically. I am not sure my groups were as impressive as FC60’s but is seems it did hold 10 ring with some Federal factory match ammo that I had. I cannot find the targets but they are hidden somewhere. I have fired it in bullseye practice but have never shot it in a match. They are a fun gun to shoot and present a new challenge in bullseye. Good luck in finding a 625.

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Post by Lance Light on 10/19/2019, 9:46 pm

Use a piece of copper pipe with the end cut for case removel from the clips. Make it long enough to hold all the shells and close the end with epoxy. Works good.

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Post by radjag on 10/19/2019, 10:20 pm

I'm no expert on moon clips. But, I did have a 929 in 9mm. The OEM steel clips were impossibly hard to load/strip. I bought some expensive tools to make it easier on the fingers. Wasted my money!

Then I came across RIMZ carbon fiber clips. Very easy to load/strip. Worked perfectly.

RIMZ have clips for 25-2 and 625.

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Post by David R on 10/20/2019, 8:59 am

OK,that was fun. I got out my 27-7 in 45 Colt. Shot a 25 yard match which I have never done before. I was quite happy with the results. First shot I held center of the bull. Next I held 6 Oclock. I went up 6 clicks. Timed fire was not so good, but 10 on the repair center. Then I went down 2 clicks. Rapid was great except one shot got out of control and landed on the slow fire center. All in all it was fun. Trigger and grip are much different than my K-38 . I shoot rapid double actio. Next time I will try timed double action too. Once I cock the gun, get my grip right and be on the bull, all is lost.
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At one time this was my "Deer rifle" with a 2x scop mounted on it and loads way to high to write here.

This post is a waste with out picture of the gun.



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Post by Outthere on 10/20/2019, 9:41 am

Best thing since sliced bread:


http://www.bmtequipped.com/purchase.php

Best moon clips:

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Post by bruce martindale on 10/20/2019, 6:08 pm

Depends on the throating, my 625 works without moons, the 25, mostly.

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Post by Jack H on 10/20/2019, 7:00 pm

Yes those 45 revolvers can shoot.

Here is a composite target of two groups I fired with my very early 1955 Model (pre 25-2).  Fired offhand.  4.8 BE in rimmed cases.  200 gr Hornady JSWC.  My trigger job will lift 3#, but feels like a hair trigger.  

The 4 on the right were after one shot and a lowering of the sight.  That first shot was like 4-5 inches up and my sights were excellent, so I confidently lowered the sight.  Hit it just right.
After the four, I posted a new centre, and confidently moved the sight left.
Then shot the five with excellent sight pictures each.  I do not think I have the confidence like that today.

The GoldCup target is there to cover writing and holes on the backing target.  They don't make GCs like that any more.

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Post by LenV on 10/27/2019, 8:55 pm

Sold for 1283.00 Someone won a nice pistol.

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Post by PhotoEscape on 10/27/2019, 9:11 pm

Len,
This was a better buy - https://www.gunbroker.com/item/829403389
But then you didn't want to sell S&W grips.................... Smile nor 14-6 Sad

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Post by LenV on 10/27/2019, 11:05 pm

That was a great deal. A 1955 model 1955. That's the only year they were 5 screw. And what grips did I not want to sell? I will sell my 14-6 to anyone willing to drive to the Oregon coast to buy it. Except Californians. They don't get to buy guns here either.

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Post by LenV on 10/28/2019, 12:17 am

I Like the way the Model 25 fits a persons hand better then those little K frames.

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Post by Jack H on 10/28/2019, 12:41 am

This is a Fung Grip.  Works great


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Post by Russ OR on 10/28/2019, 12:49 pm

Go for it !
A 2½# trigger is nice. - With Wolff springs, my JM 625 trigger is slightly over 2½lbs & stone reliable (with solidly seated primers)

A few years ago I got a JM625-4".- from a rest:6 shot groups (25y & 50Y) measured C to C: 25y: 1-3/8" -- - 50y 2-9/16".-used all 6 chambers. -  4.0gn BE / 180 grn flat base SWC.  I know-it's only 6 shots. - When I rest-test again, I hope for similar results.
Dry-firing: 
With a small pc of truck tire inner-tube inserted in the right place for the hammer to fall on we can dry-fire practice all day, inc'g T&R.-Really helps with developing technique.

Using the same sight setting the 50 yard group was 2½" lower and 1" right.  I shot 2 matches (CF and 45) with this & did about the same as I do with the 1911 wad-gun. 

I started wetting my lead bullets with Rooster Jacket to help with revolver leading. I think it helps.
and:
Recommended by Brother Buzz this product makes revolver bore/chamber cleaning a lot easier for me.https://www.big45metalcleaner.com/ 
2¢ - YMMV  - More darn fun,  -- - Russ

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Post by PhotoEscape on 10/28/2019, 2:06 pm

LenV wrote:That was a great deal. A 1955 model 1955. That's the only year they were 5 screw. And what grips did I not want to sell? I will sell my 14-6 to anyone willing to drive to the Oregon coast to buy it. Except Californians. They don't get to buy guns here either.

Len

Indeed, I was surprised by myself.  There was another pre-25 5 screws sold by the same seller yesterday for over $300 more than one I got.  And I wasn't as lucky with 25-2 as with pre-25. 

Grips - my pre-25 came with nice target grips (might be a reason for low price??), that coincidently fit my hand very nicely.  However I've been looking for S&W OEM N-Frame Square Butt.  I believe, there was a WTB post by Jason (Tim:H11) or someone else (I also posted WTB) for such, and you offered something else, stating that S&W you have are too nice to sell lol!
And finally, I understood why you offered to trade 14-6 for STI - no driving (almost) involved.  You and Roy are neighbors! Smile

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Post by Virgil Kane on 10/28/2019, 5:51 pm

Russ OR wrote:Go for it !
A 2½# trigger is nice. - With Wolff springs, my JM 625 trigger is slightly over 2½lbs & stone reliable (with solidly seated primers)

A few years ago I got a JM625-4".- from a rest:6 shot groups (25y & 50Y) measured C to C: 25y: 1-3/8" -- - 50y 2-9/16".-used all 6 chambers. -  4.0gn BE / 180 grn flat base SWC.  I know-it's only 6 shots. - When I rest-test again, I hope for similar results.

Did you get the 625 JM or the 625 JM Performance Center ? 
 The Performance Center 625 has broached rifling and the regular 625 JM has EDM rifling.

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Post by Russ OR on 10/28/2019, 11:40 pm

Did you get the 625 JM or the 625 JM Performance Center ? 
 The Performance Center 625 has broached rifling and the regular 625 JM has EDM rifling.    



I Got the Regular, full lug JM-not JM performance C'. -- -I didn't know about the EDM rifling then; found out about that later. - When I got it it was dirty & looked like it was leaded-shot good anyway. Got home & cleaned the bore every which way & it still looked sorta leaded - or worse yet, worn. -- - THEN I saw another JM 625 & the bore on it looked the same.-THEN a lister explained the EDM cut rifling.- -- - - 
Interestingly, specs say the full lug JM625 is a couple ounces lighter than the partial lug PC. 


I like the revolver. All 6 chambers-when clean- a .451 jacketed bullet will just pass thru each with no, or very slight, pushing - & a .452 lead bullet won't pass thru any without real prodding with a dowel.  

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