Smith & Wesson Model 625 .45 ACP


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kthomk
February 10, 2012, 12:34 PM
Anyone have any experience with these? Love shooting .45 auto but sick of chasing cases. Also, have a re-found love of revolvers. Let me know your thoughts, accuracy, quality of build, etc. Any input would be appreciated. Thanks.

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rklessdriver
February 10, 2012, 12:56 PM
45ACP in moon clips has got to be one of the greatest ideas ever.

The Smith 625 is a wonderful revolver. I love mine even thou it's one of the very few Smiths I own with "the lock". I have no qualms with the build quality or anything else of mine.

As for accuracy, This is 50 rounds at 20 yards double action.

http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f303/rklessdriver/Weapons/DSC01052.jpg

Will

Japle
February 10, 2012, 01:08 PM
An excellent gun. I have the 625JM. I installed a fiberoptic front sight and did an action job. It's a very smooth, very accurate gun for fast DA shooting.

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y145/Japle/Guns/15ydsrapidDA.jpg

MrBorland
February 10, 2012, 02:30 PM
I'll play. Here's my 5" 625:

http://i415.photobucket.com/albums/pp239/becke016/Fletcher625003.jpg

The 625 is very versatile, and makes a great game and home defense gun. The N-frame is big, and I tend to shoot K/L frames better, though. Because of its size (and bendable moonclips), it's not as well suited for carry, IMO. Mine's competition-only, so I tuned the DA pull to about 6lbs, which makes rapid shooting a bit more manageable.

Loading and unloading the rounds into the moonclips themselves is an extra step, but the moons are nice for keeping your brass together. Moonclips make for fast reloads, too, but like anything, practice is the most important thing here.

denster
February 10, 2012, 02:41 PM
They are a great revolver. I've got the Thunder Ranch version with scandium frame. Super accurate super reliable easy to load and cheap ammo what's not to like.

PapaG
February 10, 2012, 04:36 PM
Got a 5" back around 90 or so. Loved it in pin shoots. Normally, I'd have three full moon clips with one unfired round after the three runs...five shots, five down. It fit my hand, it had a good trigger and on the rare occasion when a reload was needed it was as fast or faster than the boys with the semiautos.
I'm playing a lot right now with AR cases. Nice to not have to load and unload those clips when I'm target shooting or messing around the farm. Mine is a keeper.

mic214
February 10, 2012, 05:06 PM
I have a 5" Model 625 that is a tack driver, but it is a bit heavy to pack around. I just got a 4" Mountain Gun barrel for it from Midway and will be converting it soon. I will post a pic when I get the barrel swap completed.

Here is a pic of how she looks now:

http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y71/mic214/Firearms/SW625.jpg

ClemY
February 10, 2012, 05:22 PM
I really like .45 ACP revolvers. I have three: an older 25-2 that was cut to 5" about 30 yrs. ago; a 625 JM that arrived with the worse looking forcing cone I have ever seen. It looked like it was cut with a pen knife. Fortunately it cleaned up nicely; and a 625PC. It is easily my favorite. All shoot well. The 25-2 has .456" throats and still shoots well. The 625s have .452" throats.

rjrivero
February 10, 2012, 05:34 PM
I have a pair of them from 1985. The longer barrel is nice for the sight radius, the 3" barreled gun is a nice one in the hand and in a holster. Moon clips and .45 ACP is a great combination.

BossHogg
February 10, 2012, 05:46 PM
Get one you'll love it. I keep about 20 to 30 moonclips loaded up for the range trip. It sure does beat chasing down your brass. With the preloaded moonclips it will surprise you how fast you can shoot them up.

Hunter2678
February 10, 2012, 05:51 PM
I have a prelock 625 myself 5 inch ...love the gun, its very accurate and fun to shoot.

earplug
February 10, 2012, 06:43 PM
Three is about my limit. Don't see the need for more then three 625's.
Things might change in the future.

SlamFire1
February 10, 2012, 07:01 PM
I don't know the year, but sometime in the production the cylinders were changed so that you had to use moon clips.

I have an older M1917, I like the fact that I can drop a 45 ACP into the cylinder and shoot it.

I also came to the conclusion that I did not care for loading and unloading moon clips. So I bought 45 AR brass.

BYJO4
February 10, 2012, 07:34 PM
I've had several model 25s since the mid 70s and then when to the 625 when stainless became available. All have been very accurate and the 625 is one of my favorites to shoot. Since I reload all my ammo, I use Auto Rim cases so I don't have to fool with moon clips.

bigtubby
February 10, 2012, 08:05 PM
Don't have one yet but on my short list.

WNC Seabee
February 10, 2012, 08:20 PM
My favorite carry piece is this 3" 625. Photo courtesy of prior owner.

http://i676.photobucket.com/albums/vv128/WNCSeabee/Firearms/Smith_Wesson/625%203inch/100_1699-1.jpg

http://i676.photobucket.com/albums/vv128/WNCSeabee/Firearms/Smith_Wesson/625%203inch/54a11ea2.jpg

http://i676.photobucket.com/albums/vv128/WNCSeabee/Firearms/Smith_Wesson/625%203inch/1d3ebf8c.jpg

The Pin Buster! 5" 625-6
http://i676.photobucket.com/albums/vv128/WNCSeabee/Firearms/Smith_Wesson/Model%20625/074c2d27.jpg


Both are incredibly accurate. If I had to keep just 1 gun, it would be the 3" 625.

ghitch75
February 10, 2012, 08:31 PM
i like my 625JM,25-2 and 325PD....
http://i1202.photobucket.com/albums/bb368/ghitch75/S3010339.jpg

http://i1202.photobucket.com/albums/bb368/ghitch75/S3010286.jpg

http://i39.tinypic.com/n2eetd.jpg

StrawHat
February 11, 2012, 07:23 AM
I have no experience withthe stainless S&W revolvers but I own a 25-2 I bought back in the 80s. Great piece and accurate. I load the Lyman 454423 (Keith 235 SWC) to about 900 fps or the SAECO 453 ( 235 grain full wadcutter) to a little less and it hits right where I aim them. I liked the 25-2 so much I looked for a 4" version. No luck so I built one froma 28-2. It is still my carry piece.

AFDavis11
February 11, 2012, 08:07 AM
I like mine a lot! It's a little big for carry, but it's my competition piece most of the time.

I was very pleased to shoot mine last weekend and was pleasantly surprised how easy it was to extract the rounds without using a moonclip. All it took was a fingernail under the rim and a slight tug.

I like moonclips, I've got around 200 of them, but for just plinking it's fun not to have to load them up and tear them down.

pendennis
February 11, 2012, 10:33 AM
I traded my 625JM on this 625-3, Model of 1989. I love the 5" barrel, and it shoots as well as my Model 25-2.
http://i661.photobucket.com/albums/uu331/pendennis1947/SmithWessonModel625-3LFT.jpg

CRF450808
February 11, 2012, 10:38 AM
awesome pics guys, thanks

mic214
February 11, 2012, 01:05 PM
I really love the looks of the 3" Model 625's....I wish S&W should bring that barrel length back into production!

S&Wfan
February 11, 2012, 02:06 PM
Everyone should own either a 25-2 or 625 .45 ACP revolver . . . it will make you want to get 'em BOTH!

Big revolvers but thus very soft-shooting . . . and . . . they are extremely accurate. Any more fun and satisfaction . . . and they'd be illegal! LOL

The very best kept "secrets" of any revolver out there but once you shoot one you will want it!!!

I've won a lot of handgun matches through the years with 625 and 25-2 revolvers!

Here's some typical accuracy I can get out of 'em with a 200gn cast bullet in front of 5.3 gn of Unique and a Federal 150 primer . . .

http://216.77.188.54/coDataImages/p/Groups/415/415870/folders/305851/2483070M25-2.jpg

Oh yeah . . . and this was from the chopped barrel 25-2. Here's the WHOLE target of the cropped image above (which also has some 1" black squares that were shot with an unpictured Ruger MkII Target model .22LR pistol). All targets shot standing/unsupported @ ten yards. The guns were even still dirty from an afternoon at the range . . .

http://216.77.188.54/coDataImages/p/Groups/415/415870/folders/305851/2483071IMG2446copy.jpg

joed
February 12, 2012, 09:24 AM
If I could have any S&W revolver I'd like to have that model. I owned one in .45 Colt and sold it. Sorry, I don't have any love for the Colt having owned 2. But the acp intrigues me. Just as powerful as the old Colt in a smaller package.

Big_T
February 12, 2012, 09:32 AM
Mine just shoy it's first IDPA yesterday. The gun did great....I need more work

rikman
February 12, 2012, 10:14 AM
I love mine. I have a 5" model of 1989. I like shooting it so much I'm getting the 625PC next week. There are nice loading tools for the moonclips & plastic clips that load with out tools.


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mes227
February 13, 2012, 01:19 AM
Not to steal the thread, but can the 625 in .45 acp have the cyl rebored for .460 Rowland?

ClemY
February 13, 2012, 09:29 PM
I think some do, but Why? Take a very nice gun in a relatively mild caliber and then overstress it with a wildcat? Why not use a 629? Save the 625 for important stuff. Use a magnum gun when you really want to make noise. It provides that excuse you may need to get another gun.

Owen Sparks
February 13, 2012, 09:55 PM
I thought I wanted one but they are expensive so I bought a Brazilian contract military surplus version for $200 to play with. Now I REALLY want one! Full moon clips make revolvers practical for combat shooting.

rikman
February 13, 2012, 09:57 PM
Filled out 4473 & left deposit tonight for the 625 Performance Center :-))


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mes227
February 14, 2012, 12:23 AM
I think some do, but Why? Take a very nice gun in a relatively mild caliber and then overstress it with a wildcat? Why not use a 629? Save the 625 for important stuff. Use a magnum gun when you really want to make noise. It provides that excuse you may need to get another gun.

The .460R is hardly a wildcat given that several commercial ammo manufactures produce it. And at least 2 gun manufacturers have had commercial guns so chambered.

Nevertheless, I have a 629 (and a Ruger SRH in .44Mag), great guns and a great caliber. Both are multi-caliber guns, which I like and I'm looking at making the 625 multi-caliber, too. As to overstressing it, the 625 is identical to the 629 in every way except the bore and cyl diameter. If the 629 isn't over stressed by a .44Mag, why would the 625 be with what is effectively the same load? The fact is it wouldn't be.

StrawHat
February 14, 2012, 07:26 AM
mes227 ...If the 629 isn't over stressed by a .44Mag, why would the 625 be with what is effectively the same load? The fact is it wouldn't be...

Not quite, the 625 is bored with larger diameter holes making the cylinder slightly thinner in those places. Resulting in a bit less material to hold the pressure. They can hold more pressure than factory but is it worth the risk? That is for you to decide. Linebaugh wrote about his testing and how he loads the 45 long Colt to challenge the 44 Magnum. He makes a good argument.

Long ago, I discovered the pleasure of using the 45 long Colt at original ballistics, 260 grain bullet at 900 pfs. Enjoy shooting, at whatever level you choose!

PabloJ
February 14, 2012, 07:29 AM
Anyone have any experience with these? Love shooting .45 auto but sick of chasing cases. Also, have a re-found love of revolvers. Let me know your thoughts, accuracy, quality of build, etc. Any input would be appreciated. Thanks.
I would learn love to shoot .45LC out of a revolver because having revolver to shoot pistol cartridges is like having bull with milkers or cow with a penis.

tdstout
February 15, 2012, 01:00 PM
I have no idea what you just said

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