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S&w 625 jm

Discussion in 'Competition Shooting' started by MissouriCrowinMass, Oct 22, 2010.

  1. MissouriCrowinMass

    MissouriCrowinMass Well-Known Member

    I picked up a S&W 625 JM. Always wanted a .45 ACP revolver. I really like it. My Competition Shooting is at Pin Shoots - nothing as sophisticated as many of you guys do.

    I've tried the JM Wood Grips and a set of Pachmyr Decelerator Rubber Grips. Could I be correct that the soft rubber grips hurt accuracy a bit by allowing the revolver more freedom to move before the bullet leaves the barrel? I've only shot 150 rounds thru the revolver - still experimenting. I seem to shoot the wood grips a little bit better?

    I'm trying to improve my grip by getting higher on the revolver.

    I appreciate any opinions on the subject.
  2. jmorris

    jmorris Well-Known Member

    The bullet is gone before the grip has any thing to do with it, if your sights are in the right place.
  3. WNC Seabee

    WNC Seabee Well-Known Member

    I have a 625-5 with a JM stock. The revolver itself is not a JM model, I just have the stocks. I also use it for pin shooting.

    Anyway, I have just the opposite experience. I can't shoot the JM stock well at all, but put the $18 Hogue monogrips on and I'm lights out. It's all about personal preference.
  4. Sunray

    Sunray Well-Known Member

    "...soft rubber grips hurt accuracy..." Nope. Unless they don't fit your hand.
  5. MissouriCrowinMass

    MissouriCrowinMass Well-Known Member

    Thanks guys. I believe you. What got me thinking the question is that I reload....... with rifle rounds, the slower muzzle velocity bullets will generally hit a bit higher as the muzzle has more time to rise upward before the bullet leaves the barrel.

    At least with rifles, the bullet doesn't go where your sights are aimed exactly in my experience.......it goes where the muzzle is pointing either due to barrel vibration or recoil. I thought the same might apply to handguns if the soft rubber grips afforded more freedom of recoil and vibration.

    I believe you as a short handgun barrel has to really reduce that effect when you think about it.
  6. LubeckTech

    LubeckTech Well-Known Member

    In my opinion grips are not a factor in accuracy but do have a great affect on "shootability" which directly bears on your groups. To me revolver shooting is mostly about the shooter and much less about the equipment or the load which is much less critical with hand guns than it is with rifles unless you are shooting from a rest at targets in the 25yrd - 50yrd range. As for loads for pin shooting a cast lead bullet (the softer the better) and load that makes a power factor of at least 195 which you can control. Grips are very personal choice but the ones for you are ones that don't chew up your hands or beat you up but allow you to shoot DA (unless you prefer SA which some people do) with minimum front sight movement. Get some snap caps and dry fire as much as you can - that will help you more than anything!! Concentrate on the front sight and keep it from moving. Dry fire will do 3 things - 1. It will help you develop the fine motor skills and muscle memory to shoot a revolver well, 2. Strengthen the muscles you will use and 3. Smooth the action of your revolver. Pin shooting matches are great fun and also a game of strategy. Those pins fly around use that to your advantage which pin you choose first can make a big difference.

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