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S&W Model 25-5 .45 colt

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by dbublitz, Sep 18, 2012.

  1. dbublitz

    dbublitz Active Member

    Any thoughts good or bad? The one i'm looking at has the 8 3/8" barrel(lets hear the dirty harry jokes!). Its in really good condition with some wear on the grips, and serial #82NXXX(anyone know approx. manf. date?). My big concern is reliaility for what I'm paying($800 range) is it worth it or pass? How was Smith and Wessons quality during this time period? Thanks guys for all the help/info. BTW this will be used as a shooter and not a closet queen.
  2. rehorne

    rehorne Well-Known Member

    Absolutly Love mine! Just don't go crazy with the 45 Colt RUGER and TC only loads.
    The locking bolt cuts make the cylinder a little thin for those loads.
  3. highlander 5

    highlander 5 Well-Known Member

    Can't comment on the price but I had one years ao good shooter but I wouldn't run any Ruger level loads thru it The cylinder walls are thin and the cuts for the bolt stops are on the chamber walls rather tha between then as on the Ruger 45 Colt pistol. Check the diameter of your chamber mouths as well as they may be .454 or bigger. This is if you plan to reload for it as well.
  4. ArchAngelCD

    ArchAngelCD Well-Known Member

    Where I live that price is about $200 too high for a used M625. That price is just about what new would cost you here.

    As for it being a good gun, I think it's a great gun. nothing wrong with a DA .45 Colt revolver...
  5. Quoheleth

    Quoheleth Well-Known Member

    I paid that for a 6" two years ago. Beautiful gun - truly a target grade. Sold it because it was just too big for my hands. Pity... Some days I kick myself for selling it, but it's gone now.

    Last edited: Sep 18, 2012
  6. cpt-t

    cpt-t Well-Known Member

    S&w model 25-5 45 lc

    DBUBLITZ: You are going to love it, don`t let it get by. They didn`t make a lot of the 8 3/8 in barreled guns. I love long barrel pistoles and I also love the 45 LC. I wish it were me buying the gun. I hunt with mine I use a shoulder holster very comfortable. Keep me posted again I envy you. GOOD LUCK TO YOU : ken
  7. critter

    critter Well-Known Member

    I have one. A couple of years ago, I used it deer hunting. I handgun a lot and wanted to shoot one with my handloads and iron sights.

    Got a good chance at one at 50 yds and put one in the shoulder. It exited the off side in the short ribs. (255 gr hard cast over a charge of 231 at about 900 FPS) Needless to say, it didn't go far.

    Mine is a tackdriver. Price seems a little high for this area. Don't know about yours.
  8. SaxonPig

    SaxonPig Well-Known Member

    The 25-5 in 4" is a great holster gun but I never understood having a barrel longer than 4" with the 45 Colt cartridge.

    I got this one from a dealer about 3 months ago for $550.

  9. 19-3Ben

    19-3Ben Well-Known Member

    You mean with that cartridge in particular? If so, I have to ask, why not?

    I would think that the longer barrel would provide increase sight radius for more accurate shooting, and more complete powder burn for higher velocity.

    Of course that comes with the obvious trade offs. But I'm curious why specifically in the .45LC you don't see the benefits.
  10. USSR

    USSR Well-Known Member

    but I never understood having a barrel longer than 4" with the 45 Colt cartridge.

    I have a 6" barreled S&W 25-5 that I use for deer hunting, and the increased sight radius and velocity is appreciated. No cowboy loads in my revolver. I load home cast 265gr hollowpoints at about 1050fps, and deer fall like being struck with the hammer of Thor.


    VINTAGE-SLOTCARS Well-Known Member

    I bought a 4" one from a friend 25 years ago for $300. I really enjoy shooting it with mild loads. I also shoot 2 Rugers in 45 colt. My hot loads have jacketed bullets so I dont confuse my loads. This has always been a blast to shoot. This is one revolver I will never sell or trade.
  12. CajunBass

    CajunBass Well-Known Member

    I paid about that for a 4", 25-5 a couple of years ago. Great shooter, and even better looking, but I never warmed up to it, mostly because of the heavy barrel. The gun just never felt balanced to me. I sold it to someone who loved it, and he's happy with it.

    Several months later, I stumbled on a 25-13, "Mountain Gun" used at my LGS. Lock be hanged, I liked that gun. The 4" tapered barrel was just enough lighter to make it feel like a totally differen gun. Shoots just as well as the other one.

    I wouldn't lose a gun I wanted over a few bucks.
  13. SaxonPig

    SaxonPig Well-Known Member

    Hot rodding the 45 Colt in a 25-5 is unwise. The chamber walls are very thin under the bolt notches. With reasonable loads the 4" version makes a great carry gun, but I see no need for a longer barrel with a relatively low intensity cartridge like the 45 Colt. A long barrel is useful with a Magnum caliber but trying to make the 45 Colt into a Magnum is not a good idea.

    USSR's 265@1050 load would worry me a bit in a 25-5 but apparently he's getting away with it. I don't see a reason to push the 45 Colt. I have a 44 Magnum if I want Magnum velocities.
  14. USSR

    USSR Well-Known Member

    I restrict my loads to about 23k psi, as the S&W 25-2 is rated for .45ACP +P which generates up to 23k of pressure.

    Here is what John Linebaugh has to say about the S&W 25-5:

  15. TonyT

    TonyT Well-Known Member

    I had a 8 3/8 inch S&W 25-5 in 45 Colt. It was a very accurate revolver. The bonly reason I sold it was to reduce my inventory of reloading components.
  16. Shimitup

    Shimitup Well-Known Member

    I'm still kicking myself for not buying one from an HPD officer back in 1978. It was his duty weapon with just the right amount of character from holster wear. He offered it to me for $200. I had just sold him my 1911 Gold Cup, and kicking myself for doing that as well. I shot his 25-5 many times at the range and it was a really sweet shooter.
  17. unspellable

    unspellable Well-Known Member

    S&W in 25 Colt

    The reason for avoiding +P+ loads in the S&W is not pressure. Actual testing to catastrophic failure shows that the S&W and Ruger Blackhawk both fail at around 60,000 psi.

    The real reason is the S&W method of locating the cylinder fore and aft. The tail of the yoke has a very small area bearing on the bottom of the cylinder well, the S&W (In any caliber) Achille's heel. The 45 yoke tail and cylinder well bottom do not reciieve tha same heat treatment as the 44 Mag. (At least in the past.) The S&W will take loads a bit hotter than factory but not at the levels recommended for the Blachawk. The reult of such abuse will not be a blown cylinder but prematurely excessive end shake.

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