45acp revolver

Only stuff you'll find that works for Auto Rim is extremely old Smiths and Colts and, actually, those are probably the ones worth going for as modern .45 ACP DA revolvers leave a lot to be desired. Charter is rife with poor QC, the S&W Governor shoots a .45 ACP down a .410 chamber and kills velocity, and most Smiths and Colts will be running $900 or more.

My solution is I'm buying a Webley and reloading the ammo down to safe pressures.
 
I like the S&W Model 22-4, the modern re-issue of the Model of 1950 with fixed sights and a 4-inch barrel with ejector rod shroud. (I couldn't quickly find a good picture of one. Most of them were of the Thunder Ranch version, which has different grips, or of the version with the case-hardened frame..) The factory grips are a copy of the vintage pre-Magna style, so they are quite small. I realize that fixed sights and having to get more useful grips right away are a couple of strikes against it. I guess I just really like its looks.

There is one up for sale currently on GunBroker, and three in the Completed Items, all about $850-860. I should say it can use moon clips or Auto Rim rounds. Mine is a very good gun.
 
I have a 1917 S&W, a 625, and a Governor. All are good shooters. The 625 is the real shooter of that bunch too.

For accuracy, the Governor actually prefers the 45acp over the 410 and 45Colt. I never thought to run it over the chronograph. Ill have to do that the next time out.
 
I picked up a used 625 a few years ago and it quickly became a favorite at the range. It just seems to be easier to blow away a pop bottle at 30 feet or put all 6 into the 10 ring then with all my other guns. One friend calls it the gun you can’t miss with ( you can of course). Another friend liked it so much that he had to go out and get a 625JM.

The big downside to the model 625 is that they are no longer in production, so prices have jumped right up there on them.
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The model 625 is cut for moon clips but will accept 45AR. You can-even load individual rounds of 45 auto and shoot them but you will probably have to use a pencil or stick to poke out the empty brass
 
I have a 625-6 Model of 1989 5 inch barrel that was given to me by my father in law before he passed away . I don’t use moon clips just 45 auto rimmed brass it is extremely accurate I did have a 625 JM but sold it for a lot more than I paid for it. You would love either of these they are great guns I just wish S&W would make them again. Attached is a picture of the one I have it is the top one in the picture I was at the range with it today so it is dirty. IMG_2083.jpeg
 
I recently received a Charter Arms, no moon clips great shooter lifetime warranty. Take a look at what they offer and utube vids.
If I didn't already have a Charter Arms snubby in .45 LC, I would get that no-moon-clip snubby .45 ACP.
 
I hate all moon clips: half, full, third, doesn't matter. Waste of time and energy filling and stripping them, not to mention a filthy job.
Yep, that's my take as well.

While my "Model of 1955" Target shoots ACP's without the moon clips, as it headspaces off the case mouth, I much prefer the Auto-Rim's for their simultaneous ejection. Clips make sense for handgun competition guns, but not from my 'round the farm' perspective.

Aside from the different (.45 Auto-Rim) shell plate required for my 550B Dillon press, I use the same powder and bullet combinations that I've come to rely on for my .45 ACP autos. Loading manuals have historically backed up this practice...

Pic of my M-25 .45 ACP "1955 Target" above my M-24 .44 Special (neither wearing original stocks BTW). Best Regards Rod

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I like the S&W Model 22-4, the modern re-issue of the Model of 1950 with fixed sights and a 4-inch barrel with ejector rod shroud. (I couldn't quickly find a good picture of one. Most of them were of the Thunder Ranch version, which has different grips, or of the version with the case-hardened frame..) The factory grips are a copy of the vintage pre-Magna style, so they are quite small. I realize that fixed sights and having to get more useful grips right away are a couple of strikes against it. I guess I just really like its looks.
I carry a Model 22-4 every day.

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The bottom revolver in this image is a Thunder Ranch version of the same revolver. It is wearing Magna stocks and a grip adapter. No idea what the TR wore from the factory.

The top revolver, also a Model 22-4, is the modern rendition of the Model 1950 Army revolver. It is wearing Service stocks and a grip adapter.

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This image is a Model 1950 Army.

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The front sight has been modified to be more easily picked up.

Here are a few more 4” barreled ACP revolvers, some factory, some custom.

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If you prefer longer barrels, here are a few.

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I am a fan of the ACP revolver. None are currently produced. All are available on the market, with patience.

The 4”, ACP, N frame is the perfect edc revolver in my opinion. The longer barrels are very good for range or field work. The Model 25-2 in the above image was a competition revolver for nearly a decade in my hands and at least two decades prior to my purchase.

Kevin
 
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I like Smith 625's(and 325's), but the prices have gotten a bit crazy on them lately.
I love moonclips and pretty much use them exclusively, but auto rim works in the smith's as well.
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I've got a pair of Brazilian M1917 S&Ws plus a Webley MkVI cut for moonclips. I mainly shoot the Webley with .45 Autorim ammo because I download my handloads with those.

One of the Brazilian's is my nightstand gun.

FWIW, I've also a couple of Pietta 1858 Remingtons with conversion cylinders counterbored to chamber .45 Autorim.

 
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