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Moon Clip Conversion People

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by dashootist, Nov 29, 2010.

  1. dashootist

    dashootist Well-Known Member

    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?
    Last edited: Nov 29, 2010
  2. rayman

    rayman Well-Known Member

    Clark custom guns Inc.
  3. MrSpiffy

    MrSpiffy Well-Known Member

    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.
  4. 9mmepiphany

    9mmepiphany Moderator

  5. AKPastor

    AKPastor Well-Known Member

    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.
  6. ChristopherG

    ChristopherG Well-Known Member

    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.
  7. dashootist

    dashootist Well-Known Member

    yeah I like SL too.
    The only reason i want MC is tired of picking up loose brass after shooting a course.
  8. 9mmepiphany

    9mmepiphany Moderator

    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
  9. ChristopherG

    ChristopherG Well-Known Member

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

    dashootist Well-Known Member

    Fun plate match. Bowling pin match. PPC. And USPCS or IDPA in the future.
  11. ChristopherG

    ChristopherG Well-Known Member

    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.
  12. dashootist

    dashootist Well-Known Member

    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.
  13. Tim L

    Tim L Well-Known Member

    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/
  14. TonyT

    TonyT Well-Known Member

    C;ark Custom or TK Custom would be the best bet.

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