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45 caliber revolver

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by Kentucky-roughrider, Apr 21, 2013.

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  1. Kentucky-roughrider

    Kentucky-roughrider Member

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    I have a love for 45 caliber rounds (either 45 acp or 45 Colt) and I would love to have a good quality revolver for regular carry, naturally it needs to be a double action but I don't want any hammerless models.

    What models are currently in production or easily to find.
     
  2. slickracer

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    There are always S&W 25's and 625's on Gunbroker...they don't come cheap however. A Ruger Blackhawk would be nice as well and some have dual cylinders for 45 Colt and 45 ACP.
     
  3. Clippers

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    Make sure to handle some of Ruger's fine single actions before you eliminate them.
     
  4. Peter M. Eick

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    Get a Pre-25 or Model 25. Here are 50 shots, 15 yrds offhand with mine.
     
  5. Kentucky-roughrider

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    I think allot of Ruger's single action revolver, but I was looking for a piece for CCW carry and I was thinking more of a snub nose over anythign else.
     
  6. burrhead

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    About 15-20 years ago Lew Horton had several M25s in 45 ACP with 3" barrels made up. I nearly bought one at the time. If you find one expect to open your wallet very wide. Another tack may be to cut down a beater Brazilian. That's probably cheaper. There are also some 25 mountain guns floating around but they won't be particularly cheap either.

    Good luck.
     
  7. Drail

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    Look at 625-dash whatever models. I have one and it is the most accurate S&W I have ever owned. Or Model 25s.
     
  8. Mick_W

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    Paid $425 for my 625 about 2 years ago. great gun. [​IMG]
     
  9. Grmlin

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    Mick interesting picture, accidental or intentional?
     
  10. DeepSouth

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    I have an early 80's S&W 25-2 that I love. I would love to have a 625 for a companion, maybe one day. And of course a 1917, I will have one of those one day.

    The 25-2 wouldn't be the best CCW though, when I open carry that's what I normally carry. It's still big and heavy, I use it mostly for a "woods gun" loaded with 45 supers.
     
  11. Quiet

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    I love my .45ACP S&W Model 325PD (bottom left in pic).
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    Anyone mention a M22 by Smith? 45acp or auto rim
     
  14. StrawHat

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    Here is an option for you.

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    This left the factory as a M28-2. A trip to Dick Nickel (deceased) for a rebore and rifling to handle the 45 ACP cost me about $100, the ACP cylinder about 1/2 that and a new frame lug was $1.25. Fitting it together was the work of one evening. But even paying a gunsmith to assemble it shouldn't cost too much. End result was a skinny 4" barreled 45 ACP N frame, at the time this was not an option from S&W. Now it is called the Mountain Revolver, and it is stainless.

    Best of luck to you, a 4" 45 acp revolver is a good choice for an EDC.
     
  15. Capybara

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    Love my new .45 ACP Revolver

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    I would strongly recommend the S&W 625. I just took delivery of mine and shot my first range session with it. .45 ACP in a nice sized heavy revolver is just a match made in heaven. There are two models, the Jerry Miculek model and the Performance Center model. The PC model has the honor of having the ugliest grips on any revolver ever made but what a sweet gun.

    I put the Pachmayer grips on it, they are very comfortable. If you get a chance to shoot one, they are really fun guns.

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  16. Stainz

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    You can find a new S&W Governor at your local gun store for ~$600 new. It's Al/Sc alloy frame keeps the weight low, but it still weighs in at 29.7 oz. It'll take .45 ACP in two, three, or six slot moonclips, just like the 25/325/625 S&W's in .45 ACP, as well as .45 Colts and 2.5" .410 shot shells.

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    It comes with the shorter grips, not the Hogue/S&W .500 Magnum grips shown on mine above. I have since replaced the original grips, which are adequate for it's recoil with everything up to the Win PDX1 .410's. The slightly shorter cartridge next to the 250gr Gold Dot bearing .45 Colt is actually a .45 Schofield, once terned the '.45 Short Colt' to differentiate it from the regular .45 Colt, often termed the '.45 Long Colt'. Either will work in the Governor. Mine hits coincident POA/POI from 7-12 yd with either 230gr FMJ .45 ACP ball ammo or the 250gr Speer Gold Dots in .45 Colt. The .410 shot is entertaining - but I bought it as a bedside .45 - and it was over $300 less than a 325NG then (Two years ago!), which is no longer available anyway.

    You can always shoot your choice of .45's - to evaluate your 'needs' with a Governor. No hard to find older gun to find - no deceased gunsmith to resurrect. Don't expect a particularly light DA trigger - or the Tritium Night Sight to be a searchlight at dawn or dusk and you'll likel be happy. Buy some 2.5" .410 shot shells and have some fun shooting at clays - still - on a berm. It's fun - and a great night stand gun, too.

    Stainz
     
  17. Deaf Smith

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    If you can, find a 3 inch 625 .45 ACP.

    You can use .45 Supers easily.

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    The bottom one is my 625 .45 ACP, top one my .44 Magnum Mountain gun.

    Deaf
     
  18. SwampWolf

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    As much as I like Smith N-frame size revolvers and own more than a couple, I think they're a mite big and heavy for regular CCW duties. The op might want to look into some of the Taurus offerings (even recently discontinued ones) if he wants a snub-nose revolver, chambered in .45 cal., to tote concealed comfortably. The smaller configurations, of course, reduces the cylinder capacity from six to five rounds. Taurus used to make the interesting Model 415, a 2 1/2" long, ported barrel, 5-shot revolver, chambered in .41 Magnum. It could be had in both light-weight alloy and all s/s versions.
     
  19. SharpsDressedMan

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    Taurus is missing the boat with not having a .45acp version of their medium frame useable with moon clips.
     
  20. Kentucky-roughrider

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    Taurus might be something to ceck into,m keep the ideals coming
     
  21. HOME DEPOT GEORGE

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    Ruger Redhawk- nuff said
     
  22. SwampWolf

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    Not enough said! :eek: I've had a Redhawk revolver for decades and, as much as I like it for many different reasons, carrying it comfortably concealed regularly isn't one of them. The Redhawk is even bigger and heavier than the already big and heavy Smith N-frames are. But, to each his own...
     
  23. TIMC

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    The 625 Mountain gun is sweet, I love mine!
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  24. clang

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    For modern guns, it's hard to beat a S&W 325 because it is so light.

    If you want to go old school, you can look for something like this:
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    It's a .455 Hand Ejector the Brits bought for WWI that has been modified to .45 Colt and the barrel nipped to 3.25". I also replaced the swivel with a plug.
     
  25. SharpsDressedMan

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    I have a couple similar to the above. One is an identical .455-to-.45 Colt 2nd Model, cut down to 4" and the other is a 1917 .45ACP cut down to about 3 1/4". ........................... [​IMG][/URL][/IMG] [​IMG][/URL][/IMG]
     
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