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Thoughts on 45.acp Revolvers

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by CTGunner, Feb 18, 2013.

  1. CTGunner

    CTGunner Well-Known Member

    What are your experiences with revolvers chambered for 45acp? What are the pros and cons? What manufacturer / model do you prefer best?
  2. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    S&W 25 or 625 is the only ones I would even consider.

    I love my 625-6 Mountain Gun!!

    Pros? = Whats not to like!
    Cons? = There aren't any.


  3. Here's an old S&W 1917 thst was already cut down and sight installed that I found at a gun show. It had almost no bluing, but had a tight lock up, and a slightly dark bore. I sent it off for a a slight trigger job, and matte blueing. I textured and rounded some Ahrends cocobolo grips, and it is a fine carrying or bedside gun. You don't have to go expensive if you shop the used market. .................. [​IMG][/IMG]
  4. bikerdoc

    bikerdoc Moderator

    ^ beautiful

    45 in a wheel gun is a great find.
  5. BlindJustice

    BlindJustice Well-Known Member

    I have a full size 1911 as well as a S&W 625-8 Revolver in ..45 ACP

    The 625 is enjoyable to shoot - I prepare prior to the range by loadig
    u the full moon clips. after the range session I'll demoon the spent
    cases with a demooner tool as I watch TV. With the revolver it's
    empty weight is 45 oz so it soaks up the moderate recoil

    The M1917 S&W was used by the doughboys using half moon clips
    after WWI the M1917s found their way into civilian hands. Remington
    Peters created the .45 Auto Rim cartrdge hich has a normal rim like
    45 Colt, 44 SPcial etc. except it's exttra thick to correctly headspace
    and no moon clips required.

    Other S&W .45 ACP Revovlers include

    M1917 - 1917 until the late '40s

    1950 Target
    1950 Army
    1955 Target aka Model 25

    625 stainless steel - 1902 to present

    & S&W offers current models that resemble the
    1950 Target & Army as
    the Model 21 and Model of 1917

    then there's the scandium framed
    MOdel 3245 PD/Thunder Ranch

    Also the Ruger Blackhawk in 45 Colt - Ruger
    offers a Conbertible cylinder in 45 ACP

  6. BossHogg

    BossHogg Well-Known Member

    I like the S&W 22-4. Pre load your moonclips before the range trip. Then have fun shooting im up. :)
  7. SwampWolf

    SwampWolf Well-Known Member

    My S&W Model 1955 Target (25-2) is one of my favorite revolvers. Beautifully finished, fine workmanship and superbly accurate with a first-rate trigger; they just don't make them like this anymore and, sadly, probably never will.
  8. Vern Humphrey

    Vern Humphrey Well-Known Member

    I used to have a Colt M1917 -- a really nice revolver. Currently I have a Colt New Service in .45 Colt. Overall, in a Revolver, I prefer .45 Colt.
  9. wheelyfun66

    wheelyfun66 Well-Known Member

    Here is a Ruger Single action Vaquero in 45 ACP...
  10. cpt-t

    cpt-t Well-Known Member

    45 acp revolvers

    CTGunner: I have an old 45LC / 45ACP Ruger Blackhawk Convertible 7.5 inch barrel, that I bought in 1971. I have used this old gun with the 45ACP cylinder to do just about any thing you could ask a Revolver to do. From shooting targets both steel and paper, plinking along the river, to hunting both small game and just about every varmint you can think of. Even a few Coyotes and a Pig. 25 to 50 yd shot is not a real problem, if I do my part. My Ruger is like an old friend to me, very accurate, very little recoil, and very easy to shoot. I can`t ask for any thing more. Good Luck To You:
  11. 56hawk

    56hawk Well-Known Member

    I have a couple S&W revolvers in 45 ACP. One of them is a 625 that I have used in USPSA revolver class competitions.

    Pros are that with moon clips the 45 ACP is the fastest revolver there is to reload. Recoil is also very mild.

    Cons are that you are shooting a pretty wimpy round out of that big of a gun. In the same size you could get an eight shot 357 or a six shot 44 Magnum. And of course having to use moon clips is both a pro and a con depending on how you look at it.
  12. BlindJustice

    BlindJustice Well-Known Member


    Buffalo Bore .45 ACP / .45 AUto Rim heavy loads

    as well as .45 Super
  13. stormspotter

    stormspotter Well-Known Member

    I just bought a Lipsey's Ruger Flattop in 45 Colt/45 ACP. Can't wait for it to arrive and will be a good mate for my Flattop 44 Special.
  14. BYJO4

    BYJO4 Well-Known Member

    S&W model 25 or 625 is an excellent 45 ACP/Auto Rim revolver. Accuracy is supurb and all that I have owned came with a great trigger right out of the box.
  15. Deaf Smith

    Deaf Smith Well-Known Member


    What is there to think about?

  16. waidmann

    waidmann Well-Known Member

    When you get down to it .45 ACP makes more sense than either .44 Special or .45 Colt in most applications particularly if store bought ammo is prefered.

    My experience includes the S&W 25-2, 1917; Colt New Service 1917 and several modified military models.

    A caution: do not use factory .45 ACP in a shaved Webley.
  17. jonnyc

    jonnyc Well-Known Member

    My S&W 1917, Colt 1917, and shaved Webley are my favorite range guns. They all happily digest my favorite .45ACP target load.
  18. Walkalong

    Walkalong Moderator

    This 1917 is cool, and fun,

    but this 1955 Target is awesome.

    I foolishly sold a 625-4.
  19. exbrit49

    exbrit49 Well-Known Member

    Ruger Blackhawk with 45ACP and 45Colt cylinders.
    Love mine and it gets an equal amount of both through it.
    The 45Colt is a little more accurate than the 45ACP but at 25 yds everything is in the black shooting off hand.
    Another big plus is the Blackhawk frame and cylinder are heavy enough to handle some hefty loads.
    Ruger gets top marks from me for this combo!
  20. Liberty1776

    Liberty1776 Well-Known Member

    They're awesome. My first 1917 S&W was the most accurate handgun I've ever owned. I now have my eye open for an (affordable) 625 5" - which for me is the perfect bbl length.

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