Who makes the "best" moonclips in .45 acp?


March 18, 2010, 08:31 PM
Wilson? Dillon Precision? S&W? Does it matter?

And...any thoughts on metal vs polymer (RIMZ) moonclips? Have a demooner tool already from a prevous Smith .45 acp revolver but no more clips. Like the idea of using fingers only to load/unload that polymer allegedly offers.

Just got a new to me Smith 625-6 no lock Mountain Gun in .45 acp, LNIB but with NO clips. Shoots like a dream but poking em out one at a time is a drag.

So...who makes the best? And why?

Thanks in advance for any assistance.


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March 18, 2010, 09:43 PM
Still using 12 that came with my 625. I couldn't hit the ground with a 1911 but shot a 625 and actually hit what I was aiming at. Bought one and am totally in love with it. Model of 1983 with 5 in bbl.

March 18, 2010, 09:47 PM
I got some from Brownell's, and they are fine. Brownell's also stands behind their stuff really well, so buy with confidence. They have blued and stainless. I recommend the stainless as rust becomes the least of problems.

March 18, 2010, 09:55 PM
Hardballing Tim,

I have always used a mix of both the S&W Steel and the RIMZ moonclips. Each has its place in your 45 ACP tool kit. For range time the RIMZ work the best when testing ammo, you can easily switch loads without any tools or sore fingers. The RIMZ don't work well putting them in a holder or pocket to transport or "carry". For carry or transport I use the S&W Steel and a demooner. The problem I have a the range is I run thru all the moonclips I have loaded before I am ready to leave the range. This is not unusual for most S&W 625 owners... that is when the RIMZ come into play again because they load and unload faster then steel moonies.

I hope this helps...


March 18, 2010, 10:55 PM
I use the RIMZ for my 625 and 610- they are fast and easy on the fingers. Never have had a problem carrying them around fully loaded. I have the factory steel clips but I prefer the RIMZ.

March 18, 2010, 11:51 PM
Dave Hearth of Hearthco make THE BEST moon clips money can buy ---- he makes them for each specific brand of brass ie. Rem , Win , Starline , etc. --- They are NOT CHEAP at about $4 EACH !!! I have a 1/2 dozen and only use Hearthco clips in competition and for HD.

If you use "Mixed" brass in most moon clips , you will have a lot of "Wiggle" and that can mess up your reload if trying to do quickly.

It is always better to use only one type of brass at a time --- there is a big variance in extractor groove depth , height , thickness , etc. from say Winchester brass to Starline brass.

For "general " use -- I've had good luck with the plastic Rimz or metal "Moonies" from TK Custom or Ranch Products.


Links for VERY GOOD moon clip holders;
http://twotandogs.com ------------- I use these in IPSC competition.

Heathco contact ---- http://www.brianenos.com/forums/index.php?showuser=3461

March 19, 2010, 09:30 AM
I have ranch products moonclips as well as the S&W clips. I cannot tell them apart. 100 from ranch products is about $35 delivered. Mixing brass will have some effect on how well the rounds will speedload. For me it is not a factor. Enjoy your gun. I have a 625JM and it is easily my favorite firearm "so far".

March 19, 2010, 10:43 AM
Plastic clips give you more flexibility at the range. Steel clips are preferable for self defense, and for competition many say. I can't tell the difference between steel clips of different brands, except that stainless steel clips are a pain to use. Very stiff. Hard to load and unload. It is smart with a 625 to get a dedicated set of brass. You never lose any as with a 1911, so replacement is not an issue. They will last almost forever with a 625. Another option is the 1/3 moon clip. Very handy. No tools required. You can keep ammo with 1/3 moon clips installed in the original boxes.

March 19, 2010, 11:27 AM
THANKS (thats a big thanks :) ) to all who responded.

Got the answers I was seeking.


Leaky Waders
March 19, 2010, 06:07 PM
tagging for future reference

March 20, 2010, 08:28 AM
I believe Ranch Products makes the full moon clips that come from S&W and others. I've been using them since 9/02 and only had to discard a few of my earliest ones, which I stupidly opened up slightly with an emery board. I was trying to accomodate mixed range brass. I finally got wise - started reloading - and ordered 1k of Starline brass - which loads by hand easily in the blued steel Ranch Products 'clips ($35/100!). To demoon, I like the Brownell's nutdriver-style tool, having broken two scissors-style tools within weeks years ago.

I keep two metal .223 ammo cans full - thin padding around the perimeter and five layers of 21 loaded moonclips, separated by a piece of hardboard - 105 moonclips/each. With two 'ready' ammo Gladware containers containing 15 'clips/each, I have 240 loaded - 1,440 rounds of ball ammo - Zombie protection! Seriously, a range trip is simple - grab a few from the cans and repack those containers. When I get down to one ammo can, I start making more ammo - a couple of hours with the Dillon 550B and I'm back at max. The .45 ACP Starline brass lasts - if your handgun doesn't scratch it up trying to eject it - then casts it asunder and folks walk on it. My 625JM is my only.45 ACP firearm now.

Another choice - especially if you reload - .45 Auto Rim. Again, Starline did make the brass. GA Arms did reload new such brass in 230gr LRN & 200gr JHP loads at a very fair price. Good way to 'try' the round. I load mine with .45 Colt bullets - like a 255gr LSWC. Taper crimp will get you a few fps less than the roll crimp, but smaller SD in your run - at least from my chrono-ed such rounds. All you need, other than standard .45 ACP dies, is a shell holder to fit the thick rimmed .45 Auto Rim case and you can make that round. The HKS #25 (NOT the #25-5!!) Speedloader fits the .45 AR round perfectly and works well with my 625JM.

Do yourself a favor in reloading - use a separate re-sizer/crimper, like Lee makes. Any little lead roll will impede loading, one such round making that 'clip useless. It really fixes a multitude of loading 'problems', including just a trace of lube. The moonclipped .45 Auto's are especially sensitive. Besides good brass, with proper primer pockets, check under the ejector star for carbon - or even a cotton cleaning swipe's thread. When everything is 'right', they are a true joy. I have a light Wolff hammer (...and trigger rebound!) spring, but get no ftf's with Federal primers. As it came, spring-wise, the 625 would reliably shoot Al & brass cased Blazers.


PS Ranch Products and Starline brass are a match for 8-shot .357M 627's, too. The .45's spoil you with their speed/ease of reloading, however.

Bill B.
March 20, 2010, 02:16 PM
+1 on the RIMZ moonclips! Much easier for range use. Carry the steel S&W's for serious reloads or pocket carry as they are more durable than the RIMZ.

March 21, 2010, 12:53 AM
Ranch for competition or carry use. RIMZ are fine for Bullseye use or plinking.
I have relieved/funneled the charge holes to allow faster reloads.
Any supposedly loose rounds just fall in now.

highlander 5
March 21, 2010, 07:35 PM
I have Wilson moonclips for both of my Smiths a 610 and 2 625 and just Rims for the 45s when at the range. ddn't know that that Rimz makes 10 mm moonclips.

Five of Clubs
May 16, 2010, 01:23 PM
Tagged for the great info

May 16, 2010, 02:51 PM
Model of 1983? First model I have ever seen (and bought) was 1988. And "wiggle" is a good thing for reloads.

May 17, 2010, 02:31 PM
Great info and timely as I just bought a "Model 1955" (M25-2) and plan to get it out for the first time when I am home in June. Should be AR brass and RIMZ for my ACP brass there when I arrive.


Peter M. Eick
May 22, 2010, 07:31 PM
Ranch mountain products makes a great metal moonclip and I have a bunch for my 610 and pre-25.

I prefer my rimz. Just easier to use at the range.

May 23, 2010, 07:28 AM
When I got into the 45 ACP revovler, the only options I found were the 1/2 moons from S&W and full moons from Ranch Products. I am still using my moon clips from Ranch Products. I unload them with a piece of tubing to save my fingers.

June 2, 2010, 02:03 AM
just purchased a sw 25-2, i picked up some clips from the gun show. they seem to be too thick and will not allow the cylinder to rotate. does anyone have any suggestions

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