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.45 acp moon clip setup...

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by bigbob76, Jul 17, 2010.

  1. bigbob76

    bigbob76 Member

    I got the S&W 325 Night Guard revolver I've wanted ever since I handled one at the Shot Show last year. I'm hoping somebody can share their experience on which moon clips and tools for removing spent cases are better. I hear that some people use plastic moon clips for range shooting and they can be loaded and unloaded without a tool. The tool that costs $40 looks like the way to go. I'm planning on buying a couple other revolvers that use moon clips so there's probably no good reason to scrimp on this stuff.
  2. Canuck-IL

    Canuck-IL Well-Known Member

    I've never found a need for a moon clip loader - they go in easily enough, plastic or metal.

    For removal, I cut a tab of about 70% of the circumference out of a piece of 1/2in ID copper piping (for 45s). Leave it a few inches long and crimp or crossbolt the end. It quickly disengages the fired cases and holds 6 of them in the 'handle' ready to dump in the spent brass container.

    The plastic are fine for plinking/general use. Not so good for carry or competition - not quite as firm a grip on the cases and a little too wobbly for speed reloads, even with RN bullets.
    Last edited: Jul 17, 2010
  3. General Geoff

    General Geoff Well-Known Member

    I use the rimz plastic moon clips with my 610. I've never had a problem with them.
  4. Tim L

    Tim L Well-Known Member

  5. rjrivero

    rjrivero Well-Known Member

  6. ClemY

    ClemY Well-Known Member

    I use a tubular demooner from Brownell's similar to those described here. I have one for the .45 and a slightly linger one for 10mm. Both work fine, but I find I mostly don't use them, but load and remove the cases from the cylinder individually. I also use .45 AR a lot more than .45 ACP in the 625.
  7. GP100man

    GP100man Well-Known Member

    & don`t forget about 45 auto rim ammo !! ya can shoot this with out a moonclip.
  8. CSA 357

    CSA 357 Well-Known Member

    I made my own demooners out of hot water pvc pipe, cut it about 6 inches and it will hold six emptys
  9. 230therapy

    230therapy Well-Known Member

    Get the moonclip tool. I love it...works great. It replaces a whole bunch of moonclip stuff that I bought. I think it's the best tool.

    When you go to empty the moonclip, put the case into the removal loop. Press your thumb on the back of the case. Roll your wrist toward the tool. It'll pop out right away. If you try to pull it straight out, your hand and fingers will get sore since it requires much more force.


    I had great luck with Wilson Combat moonclips for 45 ACP. Ranch Products also makes good moonclips. I had good luck with their clips for 10mm.
    Last edited: Jul 17, 2010
  10. bluetopper

    bluetopper Well-Known Member

    I have a Model 25, 45acp and don't use the moon clips at all.
  11. JoelSteinbach

    JoelSteinbach Well-Known Member

    I have about 25 S&W full moon clips and purchased my demooner and remooner from Dillon, the list it monthly in their Blue Press
  12. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    Ah, but they were chambered properly and had a real firing pin back then so you could.

    The newer 625's chambers are cut too deep to headspace on the case mouth, and they have a shorter frame mounted firing pin.

    Many if not most of them give unreliable ignition without using clips to headspace the cartridges.

  13. ClemY

    ClemY Well-Known Member

    The easy solution for the newer 625s with the long chambers is a long firing pin. Several people make them. I use the one from Cylinder and Slide shop. Ignition is always good.
  14. jonnyc

    jonnyc Well-Known Member

    I use the Rim-Z plastic ones, hundreds of rounds through each, no problems. I keep a few steel ones around, just in case I might ever want to use my 1917 for something more serious than range trips. No real need for any removal tools.

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