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Boys & girls ~ I need a .45acp

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by PuddleMonkey, Aug 25, 2012.

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  1. PuddleMonkey

    PuddleMonkey Member

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    What are my options for a good 45acp revolver? I don't like the S&W JM as I think the bolt etching is kinda corny, and the standard 625 has the ugliest grips I've ever seen to go along with an odd looking underlug. The new Governor doesn't appeal to me much as I don't plan on shooting 410 or 45lc, and I think too much is sacrificed on the 45acp with that long cylinder.

    Is there a reason the 45acp isn't popular? I shoot a lot of 1911's and I like the idea of that caliber in a revolver. Ideally I'd like a 4-6 inch barrel, stainless, full underlug. Is that asking too much?
     
  2. ArchAngelCD

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    If you don't like the new .45 ACP S&W revolvers how about the old S&W revolvers? They have a Classic M22 out that I really like. I didn't buy one but I shot my friends several times and it's a really good shooter! Take a look at the Model 22, it might be more to your liking...
     
  3. StrawHat

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    S&W has made a few other models chambered for the 45 ACP/AR cartridge. The Model 1950, M1955, M25-2 and the grandfather of them all the M1917. They are still available on the used market and finding them is half the fun.

    In this photo, there are three 45 ACP revolvers. THe two S&W in the upper right corner and the Single Action in the lower left.

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    Each has a purpose and each get a bit of use.
     
  4. CDR_Glock

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    There is a Smith and Wesson Performance Center revolver that has one of the smoothest triggers I've experienced. I don't recall the model number. However, I own a Pro Series and a Performance Center Model 627 8 shot 357. They're great revolvers.

    I AM in the opposite direction of what you are doing. As opposed to you finding a Semiauto caliber in a revolver, I adopted a Revolver caliber in a Semiauto - Coonan 357 Magnum 1911.
     
  5. 45_auto

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    I agree with you, I prefer the older classic looking 625's with the full underlug. Look around for a 625-4.
     

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    Well if you are not completely set on a double action revolver, there are any number of single actions that can be had with a .45ACP cylinder. For example I have a Freedom Arms .454 with a spare cylinder in .45ACP.
     
  7. TennJed

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    THIS ^^ based on the first post it sounds like you are looking for a nice looking revolver. to me nothing beats the look of a Single Action.

    Ruger makes them with the 2 cylinders and in 45acp only
     
  8. PuddleMonkey

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    cowboy guns? I have two of them and while they shoot like a dream, they're ugly as sin.
     
  9. PuddleMonkey

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    I must have this! It's perfect!
     
  10. Coal Dragger

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    "Cowboy" guns? I don't think that is an accurate description for an adjustable sight equipped modern single action revolver. Aesthetics aside (which are subjective) the single action revolver has some advantages over the double action from a few standpoints, if you don't absolutely have to have double action capability.
     
  11. BYJO4

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    I have always been a fan of the S&W model 25 or 625. Since I prefer stainless, I sold my 25 and bought the 625 when they became available. Both proved very accurate and fun to shoot. While I prefer the looks of the prelock, I would buy the JM version if I had too and change the grips. You just wont find a better revolver.

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    S&W made the 625 back in the early 1990's with a 4" barrel, full underlug, and no key lock. Kind of hard to find, but would probably be ideal for what you are seeking. Here is my modified 1917, which would be a LOT lighter than any 625. A 3 1/4" barrel, matte blued, and Ahrends "boot" type grips. [​IMG][/IMG]
     
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    ....625 is a great ACP wheel gun or a 25-2 or 325PD...take your pick.....

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  14. PuddleMonkey

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    is there a site somewhere that shows me the different 625's by generation?
     
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    Ghitch... That 325PD is sweet!! Scandium? How is the recoil?
     
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    I really like my S&W 625-2. It's a model of 1988

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  17. PuddleMonkey

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    That sure is purdy, a little too purdy for Herter's ammo to be touching it.
     
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    Scandium/Titanium...weights 18oz's......that depends what you shoot in it.....heavy loads are a little snappy but not bad....i don't mind recoil though...
     
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    I would like to present a heretical view. The only double action .45acp revolvers I have are a pair of Taurus Trackers with 4 inch barrels. I really like them, that's why I have 2. They are 5 shot and are relatively slim for carry and utilize a 5 round full moon clip. While they are no longer made the moon clips are still available from Taurus.
    Mine have good triggers and good accuracy, I bought them both used. I intended to buy a new one but waited until they no longer made them.
     
  20. PuddleMonkey

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    I still can't find a 625 locally to my liking. But this weekend wasn't a total waste, I did end up with a free 629-1 in primo condition.
     
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    and how did this take place?......i never get things like that for free:(
     
  22. PuddleMonkey

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    My brother had it, for years, I had no idea. I asked to buy it from him and he just said have it.
     
  23. PuddleMonkey

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    Not bad for a free gun:


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    The three greatest reasons the .45ACP might not be very popular are 1) the bullet size is a bit large for a revolver; 2) the rim is suited for an automatic pistol; and 3) the .357 mag has greater stopping power and is better suited for target and self defense, plus it has a smaller, lighter bullet size with much flatter trajectories. With lead weighing more and costing more, and with large caliber revolvers being larger, heavier and more difficult to conceal, it's just not going to be able to compete unless you simply need the gun to take the ammo your .45 auto takes. And the demand just isn't there. I have several .45 autos myself, but I've never felt the need or desire to have a revolver that takes the .45ACP round.
     
  25. StrawHat

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    And yet the 45 ACP revolver has been popular since 1917! And revolvers chambered in the same caliber, but for a different cartridge, since 1873.
     
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