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.45 revolvers

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by MasterAtArms, Apr 2, 2010.

  1. MasterAtArms

    MasterAtArms Member

    i have been thinking about getting a 45 revolver and alot of people i have spoken to have pointed me in the direction of the Taurus .45 ACP revolver i want a revolver but im not completely sold on the taurus does anyone out there have any points or opinions about other .45 revolvers:banghead:
  2. Nick5182

    Nick5182 Well-Known Member

    Smith and wesson 625 is a great gun. If you want to go the Single Action route, you could get a nice Blackhawk convertible with both a Long colt and ACP cylinder.
  3. General Geoff

    General Geoff Well-Known Member

    Ruger Redhawk in .45 Colt :D
  4. MasterAtArms

    MasterAtArms Member

    that blackhawk is a nice looking gun but its too long for my tastes i guess i should have specified great idea thx btw but i should have specified that i need it to be a smaller one for easy concealment and the taurus i mentioned before does come in a snub nose size i already carry a sigma SW9VE 9mm now i just need the revolver for back up which im also about to trade in the 9 for a sigma .40 SW40VE
  5. oldgoat46

    oldgoat46 Well-Known Member

    If your going to shoot a revolver anyway, why not get one in a caliber that will optimize the power potential of a revolver and not limit you to the lower powered semi auto cartridges. 45 LC 357 mag, 44 magnum 454, 460 etc etc
  6. General Geoff

    General Geoff Well-Known Member

    Let me get this straight: You want a .45 revolver as a backup gun? It'd likely be bigger and heavier than your Sigma.
  7. Backpacker33

    Backpacker33 Well-Known Member

    45 revolvers

    My experience with Taurus guns has been almost 100% bad. I would advise you to stay away from them. I know there are some people on THR and elsewhere (including LEOs) who say they have good luck with them, but the vast majority of people I have known don’t like them. They are terribly unreliable and many are incurably inaccurate. In my experience, factory service has been poor.
    I shoot IDPA including revolver, and the S&Ws are nearly 100% of the guns seen. Most are S&W model 625 .45ACP, near clones of Jerry Miculek’s.

    In my opinion, .45ACP can be as powerful as standard pressure .45 Colt and make much more sense, especially with moon clips. The .45ACP is also a very good field round, effective against all dangerous animals in the lower 48 states except the grizzly, moose and elk.

    If you want .45 Colt, S&W makes a good selection in their 25/625 line. ONLY standard SAAMI pressure loads should be used in them, but a 260-grain .45 Colt round at 925 FPS is a horse killer.

    Colt Anacondas are around in .45 Colt, but usually at ridiculous prices. According to people such as John Taffin, they can handle loads stronger than SAAMI spec. Colt Models of 1873, the Peacemaker, are also available, though again, for high prices. Look for a “Cowboy” model. Prices are lower and they are just fine. Standard pressure only.

    If you want a heavy gun that helps control recoil, and that can shoot more powerful loads, look to Ruger. The double-action Redhawk in .45 Colt is a great gun. Its heft makes it a pussycat to shoot, and like all Rugers it will handle heavy loads. The Super Redhawk in .454 Cassul will handle heavy .45 Colt loads, but is a heavy trail gun.

    The Ruger Blackhawks are nice single-action guns in .45 Colt, and can often be found for low prices. I have one in stainless steel with the short barrel (same length as the ejector rod), and it is great for standard loads. The gun will handle heavy loads, but my hands wont. I do like to shoot black powder cartridges in it. People will argue unto death about “three-screw” versus the newer “two-screw” models. The newer ones are not so desirable to collectors, but are excellent guns and shoot just fine. You may save a few bucks if you buy one.

    For an inexpensive “Cowboy look,” the Ruger Vaquero is a modified Blackhawk that will shoot heavy loads. Since arrival of the new, slimmer Vaquero, older models are around for low money. There are other manufacturers who make near copies of the Peacemaker in .45 Colt, but Standard pressure loads ONLY.

    You can also find S&W and Colt models of 1917 around, usually with .45ACP cylinders. I’ve seen one with a .45 Colt cylinder. Mine has the .45ACP cylinder, and is former U.S. Army. They are clumsy in my hands, even though I have large hands, so you may not care for them unless you have hands like an orangutan.

    I’m not aware of any Rugers in .45ACP, but check around anyway.
  8. Slamfire

    Slamfire Well-Known Member

    There are 45ACP revolver fanatics, but I am not one of them. Every thing I want to do with a 45 revolver is covered with the 45 LC.

    I can push a 250 at 1000 fps without straining the guns, but 99.9% of my shooting is with a 250 L at 850 fps.

    Easy on the revolver, easy on me. Plenty accurate.


  9. ejfalvo

    ejfalvo Well-Known Member

    I have an older SW 625 with a 3 inch barrel - and love it. The reason I bought it was i didn't want to buy too many various calibers - I have 45ACP, 40SW, 9mm and 380ACP already ( not to mention rifle calibers).. The 625 shoots well and with a 1/2 dozen moon clips loaded it's a lot of fun to shoot.
  10. longspurr

    longspurr Well-Known Member

    Since you are in Wis perhaps we could meet at a IPDA match & you could shoot a 45acp Taurus snubby. Then you could give First hand opionions about them.

    I regard the Taurus as a carry gun not as a match weapon. Will it stand up to 5000+ round per year like a main IDPA gun?? I do not know. Will it stand up to a few boxes a year - Yes.

    Taurus revolvers seem to have a chronic problem with double action misfires. Some work, others must be sent in for repair. My personal experience with Taurus was good. 2 other people I know, that sent in bottom feeders - was not good.

    I've never seen an inaccurate Taurus revolver. Doesn't mean they do not exist, but in the small sample I have PERSONALLY seen they have all had decent accuracy.
  11. PRM

    PRM Well-Known Member

    I have a Colt SAA in 45 LC that I sent back to Colt in 2000 and had fitted with a 45 ACP cylinder. Its one of my favorite all time guns. The 45 ACP is extremely accurate and affordable. Plus, I still have the option of swapping cylinders and keeping the .45 Long Colt

    Guess it all comes down to what you like. I'm big on single actions, and really like the option of both calibers.
    Last edited: Apr 4, 2010
  12. Ulver

    Ulver Member

    Smith M-25

    Here's my old "pin" gun. Smith M-25, in .45 Colt. Highly modified.

  13. Walkalong

    Walkalong Moderator

    I love my well used 25-5 .45 Colt.

    My 25-2 .45 ACP is a thing of beauty, and very fun to shoot.

    I should have kept my 625. I need to replace it.

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  14. rmfnla

    rmfnla Well-Known Member

    I'm another non-fan of .45 ACP in revolvers. Small powder capacity, case limitations and extraction issues make me wonder what's the big deal about this chambering.

    The original revolvers that were made for this round were compromises as a result of war shortages. The .45 Colt has so much more performace potential that this should be a non-issue.

    Seriously; can you see pushing a 300 grainer at 1200 fps from any .45 ACP?

    I didn't think so.
  15. MCMXI

    MCMXI Well-Known Member

    I bought a pair of Bisley Blackhawk convertibles last year in .45 Colt/.45 ACP. I like options, so two cylinders per revolver works for me.


  16. Walkalong

    Walkalong Moderator

    They're fun man, don't ya get it? :neener: :D
  17. Slamfire

    Slamfire Well-Known Member

    This is the proper handgun for a 45 ACP


    This a proper handgun for the 45 LC

  18. Buck Snort

    Buck Snort Well-Known Member

    SlamFire1 wrote: "I can push a 250 at 1000 fps without straining the guns, but 99.9% of my shooting is with a 250 L at 850 fps."

    And anybody who thinks a 250 gr. bullet at 850 fps, used at normal combat distances, will not do major damage to a perp needs to go to their local JC and take Perp Stopping 101!
  19. Voimakas

    Voimakas Well-Known Member

    The S&W 625JM is a fantastic 45ACP. They're a touch pricey, but I love the grips and the sights. Also, moon clips make it easy to reload and retain brass for reloading.

  20. aka108

    aka108 Well-Known Member

    I was thinking at one time of purchasing a1911. Then I had the opportunity to fire a S&W 625 (45 ACP) and fell in love with it. Purchased a 5" barrel marked Model of 1989 and really enjoy it. The 45 ACP ammo is readily available at sort of moderate prices. You get into 45 LC which is a great round but you start looking a very high priced ammo and not everyone stocks it. The only way to keep costs in line whether ACP or LC is to do your own reloading.

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