Moon Clip Conversion People


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dashootist
November 29, 2010, 10:54 PM
Who can do moon clip conversion on my 686? I prefer local in Houston. But I can mail it too. Just hate to mail guns--so much trouble.

P.s. What is the best brand of moon clip? What accessory do I need?

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rayman
November 29, 2010, 11:03 PM
Clark custom guns Inc.

MrSpiffy
November 29, 2010, 11:35 PM
From what I gather, you'll want a tool to insert and remove rounds from the moon clips (a.k.a. "a de-mooning tool"). You can probably insert and remove the rounds by hand, but you risk bending the moon clip. You may also want a pouch or holder for the moon clips.

9mmepiphany
November 29, 2010, 11:36 PM
TK Custom does an excellent job of machining the cylinder and the carry the best moonclips too...HearthCo stainless

http://www.moonclips.com/

...for holders

http://www.speed-e-rack.com/

you can use vise grips to load and a sawed off golf club to de-moon

AKPastor
November 29, 2010, 11:47 PM
The tool is very nice as it can tear up your fingers getting empties off the clips. Putting them on is easier. I love my S&W 25-2 and really enjoy using the moonclips. very convenient for range shooting.

ChristopherG
November 30, 2010, 12:03 AM
I don't love being a downer or anything, but moonclipping a 6 or 7 rd 357 is not going to be very rewarding in my experience. I did it with a beloved 66 and discovered that moonclips just don't work as well with rimmed 38/357 cases (and their thin, irregular grooves) as they do with auto-loader cases like 45 acp (which I also have in a moonclipped gun). (Not to worry, though; I still shoot the 66, just without clips)

Even the best moonclips for the .357 (which are indeed the Hearthco, and which I have) don't hold the rounds firmly enough to be as fast as a good speedloader and practice. A reload with moonclipped .357's is like putting pajamas on a spider. A .45 acp is a whole 'nuther matter, of course.

Mark Hartshorne at Pinnacle-guns.com is a good smith capable of the work, if you decide to have it done. All you'll have to ship is the cylinder.

dashootist
November 30, 2010, 12:17 AM
yeah I like SL too.
The only reason i want MC is tired of picking up loose brass after shooting a course.

9mmepiphany
November 30, 2010, 12:24 AM
Even the best moonclips for the .357 (which are indeed the Hearthco, and which I have) don't hold the rounds firmly enough to be as fast as a good speedloader and practice. A reload with moonclipped .357's is like putting pajamas on a spider. A .45 acp is a whole 'nuther matter, of course.
I've had a chance to play with a moonclip equipped M-627 tuned up by Randy Lee of Apex Tactical and thought it was rather enlightening where revolvers have gone in the last 30 years.

I thought I was rather fast using my Safariland Comp II on the street and my Dades when shooting PPC. But I was shocked at how fast and sure the moonclipped .38 spl cases were to get into the cylinder and the cylinder closed. While the cases weren't as stable as the Safariland, they were as stable as early HKS speedloader and certainly more stable than the Dade.

The cases will flex more in the clips than the shorter .45ACP cases and can't just be tossed into the cylinder, but they don't require a push (like the Safariland) or a twist (like the HKS) to release the shells...also you save the motion of having to discard the loader before reestablishing your grip

ChristopherG
November 30, 2010, 08:22 AM
The only reason i want MC is tired of picking up loose brass after shooting a course.

As in 'a course of fire'? What discipline are you shooting with your 686?

dashootist
November 30, 2010, 08:51 AM
Fun plate match. Bowling pin match. PPC. And USPCS or IDPA in the future.

ChristopherG
November 30, 2010, 10:15 AM
Sounds good.

In IDPA, moonclips will put you in Enhanced Service Revolver, meaning you'll have to shoot a 165 power factor load and run head to head against the 45 acp shooters. Not that big a problem, though, since if you decide to do otherwise you can always run with speedloaders.

dashootist
November 30, 2010, 07:45 PM
As in 'a course of fire'?

Yeah. I mean I'm shooting in matches where I have to reload. It's difficult to find loose brass on the grass. I see people with moonclips have such as easier time.

Tim L
November 30, 2010, 11:13 PM
when it's time to get a moon clip tool take a look at this one, it makes loading and unloading moon clips fun and easy. http://www.mooncliptool.com/

TonyT
December 1, 2010, 06:12 PM
C;ark Custom or TK Custom would be the best bet.

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