Moon clip revolvers


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Win1892
April 10, 2011, 11:45 AM
I recently acquired a 625 in 45ACP and have fallen in love with the moon clip concept. Loading is fast and no brass pickup.

Curious if anyone has experience with a 7 or 8 shot in 38 Super.

Also, is there a shooting website that focuses on moon clip revolvers?

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MrBorland
April 10, 2011, 01:32 PM
Yep - I have a 5" 625 for USPSA. They're fun to shoot, and the moonclips make for fast reloads and easy brass retrieval. If you don't already have a moonclip holder for it, North Mountain's at 4wheelguns (http://www.4wheelguns.com/) is top-notch stuff.

curious if anyone has experience with a 7 or 8 shot in 38 Super.

I haven't, and AFAIK, S&W no longer chambers the 627 in .38super. I would like to get a 627, and since it'd be an ICORE gun, and the PFs are pretty low, I'd settle for one in .38spl. I'd just whip up some gamer loads using .38 Short Colt brass.

Also, is there a shooting website that focuses on moon clip revolvers?

Check out the revolver subforum (http://www.brianenos.com/forums/index.php?showforum=43) on the BrianEnos forum. That's where competitive wheelgunners hang out. Those guys really know their way around a 625.

Search YouTube and myoutdoortv (http://www.myoutdoortv.com/) for Jerry Miculek vids. While on Youtube, also search "USPSA revolver" for a bunch of 625s in their elements.

dprice3844444
April 11, 2011, 12:44 AM
got me an original 1917 ww1 smith w/clips

samurai
April 11, 2011, 08:21 AM
I've got a 9mm SP101 that uses moon clips-great gun and concept- just no interest with the general "gun" population.

451 Detonics
April 11, 2011, 09:14 AM
I carry a 325PD and also have a 5 inch 625. The full moon concept does make for fast reloads with practice, marginally faster than reloading with a Comp 3 from Safariland. You can see just how fast here... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lLk1v5bSFPw

gaijin6423
April 11, 2011, 10:02 AM
I have a Nightguard and Performance Center 625, both in .45 ACP. Both are great guns, IMO, and the trigger on the Performance Center gun was well worth the money (still got a deal on it, though).

Although I have spent a decent chunk of time practicing reloads, there's absolutely no way that I'm anywhere near proficient. With a bit more practice, though, I'd like to shoot a USPSA match or two with the PC gun. ...Without completely embarrassing myself, that is. ;)

My only gripes about the PC revolver are the grips, which although fairly slim, are hideously ugly and pinch the heck out of my hand, and that only certain moonclips work in it. The distance between the rear of the cylinder and the frame (a technical term for it escapes me, if there is one) is tight enough that it needs thinner clips to even close the cylinder.

MrBorland
April 11, 2011, 10:42 AM
With a bit more practice, though, I'd like to shoot a USPSA match or two with the PC gun. ...Without completely embarrassing myself, that is.

Since you're in NC, c'mon out to the monthly USPSA match at Sir Walter Raleigh. It's a great match, with good revo turnout. We tend to squad together so we can help and support each other any way we can.

My only gripes about the PC revolver are the grips, which although fairly slim, are hideously ugly and pinch the heck out of my hand,

They sure are ugly, plus JM grips don't handle major power factor very well, as they transfer a lot of recoil energy to the shooter's hand. Even JM himself admits this. I use rubber Hogue conversion monogrips and removed the finger grooves with a razor. More comfy and much better recoil control.

and that only certain moonclips work in it. The distance between the rear of the cylinder and the frame (a technical term for it escapes me, if there is one) is tight enough that it needs thinner clips to even close the cylinder.

I hadn't heard that yet about the PC 625 (actually I haven't heard much at all about the 625PC). Good to know.

TonyT
April 11, 2011, 11:29 AM
I shoot S&W 627's an d a S&W 686 in 38 Special and 38 Super, S&W 646 and S&W 610 in 40 S&W and the S&W 625 - all with moonclips. Mine are either the 6 or 8 shot varietiwes in 38 Special and 38 Super. I purchase all my moonclips from Ranch Products - excellent quality at a very reasonable price. The 38 special moonclkips are sensitive to the brass being used - Starlinbe is too loose for RP moonclips while Winchester provide a fairly tight fit.

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