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Posted: 12/21/2022 11:07:06 PM EST
No doubt the 1911 is all that, but holy cow, 45 acp in a revolver….. what a blast. I recently went on the hunt for a S&W 686, but came across two 625’s in the process.  Took the 5” to the range today and on my way home I struck a deal for a 3”. I can’t wait to get back to the range. The 3” is the sexiest handgun I have seen in a while.

625-3 Model of 1989


625-2 Model of 1988
Link Posted: 12/21/2022 11:21:17 PM EST
[#1]
I have a 5”.  And that single action is as sweet as it comes.   Double action is smooooth.   A beast that just sucks up the recoil.
Link Posted: 12/22/2022 5:20:40 AM EST
[#2]
shot a lot of bowling pins with my M25
Link Posted: 12/22/2022 5:56:24 AM EST
[#3]
Waiting patiently for a blackhawk convertible to show up in stock ever.
I mostly want it for .45 colt, but the extra cylinder would mean I could actually shoot it once in a while.
Link Posted: 12/22/2022 7:48:01 AM EST
[#4]
That 3" model is pure sexy right there. Nice score.
Link Posted: 12/22/2022 7:52:05 AM EST
[#5]
The 3” is gorgeous.

I have the snubby 625-10 model (see my avatar) which is more of a curiosity and not particularly practical - wish I could find a 3” model…

Link Posted: 12/22/2022 8:44:47 AM EST
[#6]
I have a Ruger Blackhawk in 45 Colt with a 45 ACP cylinder, I've never shot any 45 ACP in it. I'll have to give it a try, but I can just load some 45 Colt to 45 ACP velocity so I don't know why I would. I had a S&W model 25 but it was a 45 Colt.
Link Posted: 12/22/2022 8:51:18 AM EST
[#7]
I'm thinking about getting my m625-9 cut for moon clips
Link Posted: 12/22/2022 9:21:05 AM EST
[Last Edit: J2X] [#8]
I have a Ruger Blackhawk  and have not used the 45 colt cylinder for over a decade. The 45 ACP cylinder shoots much better, for me anyway.

OP, your 3 inch 625 looks great.
Link Posted: 12/22/2022 9:25:50 AM EST
[#9]
I enjoy my redhawk 45 colt/acp

Moon clips make it a little of a pain but I really enjoy that revolver.
Link Posted: 12/22/2022 9:51:11 AM EST
[#10]
I have used this in IPSC and IDPA.  Double action can be quite fast and pulling this out puts everyone at a match into a trance.

Link Posted: 12/22/2022 10:02:50 AM EST
[#11]
The BMT Mooner is a lot of fun to use.  I have tried other methods, this tool is the best:

Link Posted: 12/22/2022 10:04:47 AM EST
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Originally Posted By WhiskeyBear:
I enjoy my redhawk 45 colt/acp

Moon clips make it a little of a pain but I really enjoy that revolver.
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Funny you say that as I thought they made it easier.
Link Posted: 12/22/2022 10:06:53 AM EST
[#13]
...that timing though (or lack thereof).

I've got an old 1917 that's a hoot to shoot with moon clips.
Link Posted: 12/22/2022 11:08:39 AM EST
[#14]
You can also shoot 45 Super in these revolvers. Just in case you need a little more juice.
Link Posted: 12/22/2022 2:16:24 PM EST
[#15]
For those of you with a lot of experience shooting fast with moon clip revolvers, do you have issues with light strikes?

I have started putting a decent amount of rounds through a Redhawk with 45 ACP on moonclips, and with .40 in a S&W 610.

And the clips are not bent.

I know there is an extended firing pin for the Smith.

In guns without moonclips, like a 608, I have also had this happen.

What do you guys do to get 100% no light strikes?
Link Posted: 12/22/2022 2:35:08 PM EST
[#16]
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Originally Posted By ramairthree:  For those of you with a lot of experience shooting fast with moon clip revolvers, do you have issues with light strikes?

I have started putting a decent amount of rounds through a Redhawk with 45 ACP on moonclips, and with .40 in a S&W 610.

And the clips are not bent.

I know there is an extended firing pin for the Smith.

In guns without moonclips, like a 608, I have also had this happen.

What do you guys do to get 100% no light strikes?
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Use a Ruger SP 101 w/ seemingly a 15 lb DA trigger.  
Link Posted: 12/22/2022 2:44:07 PM EST
[#17]
I've had a few Blackhawks that were .45 Colts that also had the .45 ACP cylinder and it was pretty cool, hard to beat in terms of value.
Link Posted: 12/22/2022 3:21:59 PM EST
[#18]
The bottom one is in .45 acp. It's cheaper and more pleasant to shoot than the .357 mag.

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Link Posted: 12/22/2022 5:19:45 PM EST
[#19]
The 625/25 are fun guns to shoot.  Only God knows now many rounds I have shot thru my various models.  
200gr RN with 5 gr of Bullseye! 200gr SWC.  
Shoot the USMC 45 ACP load with 185gr Nosler CC.
We are talking pure ecstasy!
I keep ammo cans full of moon clipped ammo!
Link Posted: 12/22/2022 6:34:44 PM EST
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Originally Posted By ramairthree:
For those of you with a lot of experience shooting fast with moon clip revolvers, do you have issues with light strikes?

I have started putting a decent amount of rounds through a Redhawk with 45 ACP on moonclips, and with .40 in a S&W 610.

And the clips are not bent.

I know there is an extended firing pin for the Smith.

In guns without moonclips, like a 608, I have also had this happen.

What do you guys do to get 100% no light strikes?
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Redhawks are notorious for light strikes. Bowen sells a longer firing pin.
Link Posted: 12/22/2022 7:26:29 PM EST
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Originally Posted By 03RN:


Redhawks are notorious for light strikes. Bowen sells a longer firing pin.
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Originally Posted By 03RN:
Originally Posted By ramairthree:
For those of you with a lot of experience shooting fast with moon clip revolvers, do you have issues with light strikes?

I have started putting a decent amount of rounds through a Redhawk with 45 ACP on moonclips, and with .40 in a S&W 610.

And the clips are not bent.

I know there is an extended firing pin for the Smith.

In guns without moonclips, like a 608, I have also had this happen.

What do you guys do to get 100% no light strikes?


Redhawks are notorious for light strikes. Bowen sells a longer firing pin.


Thank you.
I need to see how the TK custom one in the 610 does.
The 608 firing pins are not identical to the S&W so will have to figure something out there.
I have been searching and it looks like the Redhawk is also notorious for the top hammer step that limits contact with the lower hammer to the transfer  bar being a hundredth or two too long.

Have you had guns with this issue?
Link Posted: 12/22/2022 10:28:52 PM EST
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Originally Posted By ramairthree:


Thank you.
I need to see how the TK custom one in the 610 does.
The 608 firing pins are not identical to the S&W so will have to figure something out there.
I have been searching and it looks like the Redhawk is also notorious for the top hammer step that limits contact with the lower hammer to the transfer  bar being a hundredth or two too long.

Have you had guns with this issue?
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Originally Posted By ramairthree:
Originally Posted By 03RN:
Originally Posted By ramairthree:
For those of you with a lot of experience shooting fast with moon clip revolvers, do you have issues with light strikes?

I have started putting a decent amount of rounds through a Redhawk with 45 ACP on moonclips, and with .40 in a S&W 610.

And the clips are not bent.

I know there is an extended firing pin for the Smith.

In guns without moonclips, like a 608, I have also had this happen.

What do you guys do to get 100% no light strikes?


Redhawks are notorious for light strikes. Bowen sells a longer firing pin.


Thank you.
I need to see how the TK custom one in the 610 does.
The 608 firing pins are not identical to the S&W so will have to figure something out there.
I have been searching and it looks like the Redhawk is also notorious for the top hammer step that limits contact with the lower hammer to the transfer  bar being a hundredth or two too long.

Have you had guns with this issue?


My 4" .45 colt did it. I never solved it and sold it with disclosure.
Link Posted: 1/6/2023 12:02:17 AM EST
[#23]
The 3 inch 625 is my grail gun.  I have searched for 1 for years with no luck.  The ones I have found were either $$$ or beat to shit.
Link Posted: 1/6/2023 12:18:59 AM EST
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Originally Posted By 45ProCarry:  The 3 inch 625 is my grail gun.  I have searched for 1 for years with no luck.  The ones I have found were either $$$ or beat to shit.
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U no haz Dremel?
Link Posted: 1/6/2023 9:44:35 AM EST
[#25]
Sweet purchases. I have a 625-8 and a newer 625 PC that I have shot for years in IDPA (and sometimes USPSA). They are a blast to shoot. It is also fun when you beat 2/3 of the bottom feeders in a match.

Put the x frame factory rubber grip on it if you want to shoot it really fast. It allows a very strong grip and eats a lot of the recoil.

I would love a 3" just for giggles. If I ever find one in good shape and even close to reasonably priced, I will buy it.
Link Posted: 1/6/2023 6:09:13 PM EST
[#26]
The 325 Thunder Ranch is one of my favorite guns to shoot, by far
Link Posted: 1/6/2023 11:20:38 PM EST
[#27]
I have a S&W 21-4 that I use RIMZ Polymer Moon Clips with it. Easy to load and unload the clips.
Link Posted: 1/6/2023 11:25:31 PM EST
[#28]
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Originally Posted By RFSALES:
I have a S&W 21-4 that I use RIMZ Polymer Moon Clips with it. Easy to load and unload the clips.
https://i.imgur.com/ARzQOe2.jpg
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I use the rimz clips in my 610. They are so much easier to load and unload than the standard metal ones.
Link Posted: 1/14/2023 1:42:17 PM EST
[#29]
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Originally Posted By eric496:
The bottom one is in .45 acp. It's cheaper and more pleasant to shoot than the .357 mag.

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Oh, I like that in 45acp!
Link Posted: 1/14/2023 2:05:08 PM EST
[#30]


My 22-4 Thunder Ranch.
Link Posted: 1/14/2023 4:20:32 PM EST
[#31]
Fwiw 45 moon clips fit in k frame speed loader pouches
Link Posted: 1/15/2023 11:08:15 PM EST
[#32]
My 325PD makes 45acp a bit lively, 2.75" barrel and titanium cylinder. I don't shoot lightweight/short projectiles as they have a tendency to work themselves out of the brass under recoil. One of the few guns I have ever bought due to reading about it in a fiction book (Monster Hunter International: Alpha)
Link Posted: 1/16/2023 9:21:17 AM EST
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Originally Posted By strider98:
My 325PD makes 45acp a bit lively, 2.75" barrel and titanium cylinder. I don't shoot lightweight/short projectiles as they have a tendency to work themselves out of the brass under recoil. One of the few guns I have ever bought due to reading about it in a fiction book (Monster Hunter International: Alpha)
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Heavier bullets will have a harder time due to inertia. Not lighter ones. Lack of crimp effects pull too.
Link Posted: 1/16/2023 10:43:24 PM EST
[#34]
Although I understand recoil is subjective, how is the recoil as compared to a 38 or 357 revolver?
Link Posted: 1/16/2023 10:59:06 PM EST
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Link Posted: 1/16/2023 11:43:00 PM EST
[Last Edit: Sinister] [#36]
I have the 4-inch 625 like this one.  It's a lot of fun to shoot:

Link Posted: 1/17/2023 8:31:11 AM EST
[#37]
I guess I can post pics now

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Link Posted: 1/17/2023 8:48:09 AM EST
[#38]
Chuck and Jerry approve.

Link Posted: 1/17/2023 9:11:08 AM EST
[#39]
Good times.
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Link Posted: 1/17/2023 11:09:31 PM EST
[#40]
45 ACP revolvers are great fun. The ammo is often easier to find at stores and the recoil is more than a 38spl but less than a .357. I have a Colt M1917 but wouldn't mind a newer Smith to shoot the heck out of.

Link Posted: 1/22/2023 9:05:01 PM EST
[#41]
Well, I walked into another 625 at an out of town gun show a couple weeks back. Traded a model 60 and some cash for it. 625-6. Man, I love these guns.

Link Posted: 1/23/2023 12:49:48 PM EST
[Last Edit: Dan1918A2] [#42]
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Originally Posted By JoeBud:
Well, I walked into another 625 at an out of town gun show a couple weeks back. Traded a model 60 and some cash for it. 625-6. Man, I love these guns.

https://i.imgur.com/Vvur8Th.jpg
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That’s flippin’ sweet.
Link Posted: 1/23/2023 4:13:59 PM EST
[#43]
I need to find a nice 625.  I have a 325 Night Guard and a 1918 production 1917 Smith.



And the 1917:



I need to take a new picture as it has some Sambar Stag grips on it now.  I need to shoot both of them more than I do.
Link Posted: 1/23/2023 4:36:07 PM EST
[#44]
I had a Ruger Blackhawk that was very accurate with Bullseye loaded 45acp wadcutters.
Link Posted: 3/24/2023 10:10:00 AM EST
[#45]
I sort of want a 325PD or 325 Night Guard, just because they are so unusual.

I don't even own a .45 currently
Link Posted: 3/24/2023 10:12:48 AM EST
[Last Edit: CFletch] [#46]
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Originally Posted By strider98:
My 325PD makes 45acp a bit lively, 2.75" barrel and titanium cylinder. I don't shoot lightweight/short projectiles as they have a tendency to work themselves out of the brass under recoil. One of the few guns I have ever bought due to reading about it in a fiction book (Monster Hunter International: Alpha)
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But do you load silver bullets for it?

I might have some hard-cast lead with silver as one of the hardening components to the mix loaded into .45-70. Just in case. No one ever said how much, percentage-wise, the silver had to be.

I love those books, and Alpha in particular is awesome. Really makes me want a .45 revolver and the MHI stuff is what set me down my current path of researching the 325 series of revolvers.
Link Posted: 3/24/2023 10:14:02 AM EST
[Last Edit: Erik_O] [#47]
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Originally Posted By CFletch:
I sort of want a 325PD or 325 Night Guard, just because they are so unusual.

I don't even own a .45 currently
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325 TR



Link Posted: 3/24/2023 10:15:55 AM EST
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Originally Posted By Erik_O:
Originally Posted By CFletch:
I sort of want a 325PD or 325 Night Guard, just because they are so unusual.

I don't even own a .45 currently
https://www.ar15.com/media/mediaFiles/13783/83AAF530-3803-43BE-A0B7-F4AFAB1D68F3-2402186.jpg

Not as interested in the long barrel models as I am in the PD and NG, but I can't deny they look really fun to shoot.
Link Posted: 3/24/2023 10:50:58 AM EST
[Last Edit: LetFreedomBeep] [#49]
Quote fail try again
Link Posted: 3/24/2023 10:57:12 AM EST
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Originally Posted By Buckeye33:
You can also shoot 45 Super in these revolvers. Just in case you need a little more juice.
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How about .45 gap? Serious question
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