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Smith & Wesson Model 625 .45 ACP

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by kthomk, Feb 10, 2012.

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  1. kthomk

    kthomk Member

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    Anyone have any experience with these? Love shooting .45 auto but sick of chasing cases. Also, have a re-found love of revolvers. Let me know your thoughts, accuracy, quality of build, etc. Any input would be appreciated. Thanks.
     
  2. rklessdriver

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    45ACP in moon clips has got to be one of the greatest ideas ever.

    The Smith 625 is a wonderful revolver. I love mine even thou it's one of the very few Smiths I own with "the lock". I have no qualms with the build quality or anything else of mine.

    As for accuracy, This is 50 rounds at 20 yards double action.

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  3. Japle

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    An excellent gun. I have the 625JM. I installed a fiberoptic front sight and did an action job. It's a very smooth, very accurate gun for fast DA shooting.

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  4. MrBorland

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    I'll play. Here's my 5" 625:

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    The 625 is very versatile, and makes a great game and home defense gun. The N-frame is big, and I tend to shoot K/L frames better, though. Because of its size (and bendable moonclips), it's not as well suited for carry, IMO. Mine's competition-only, so I tuned the DA pull to about 6lbs, which makes rapid shooting a bit more manageable.

    Loading and unloading the rounds into the moonclips themselves is an extra step, but the moons are nice for keeping your brass together. Moonclips make for fast reloads, too, but like anything, practice is the most important thing here.
     
  5. denster

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    They are a great revolver. I've got the Thunder Ranch version with scandium frame. Super accurate super reliable easy to load and cheap ammo what's not to like.
     
  6. PapaG

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    Got a 5" back around 90 or so. Loved it in pin shoots. Normally, I'd have three full moon clips with one unfired round after the three runs...five shots, five down. It fit my hand, it had a good trigger and on the rare occasion when a reload was needed it was as fast or faster than the boys with the semiautos.
    I'm playing a lot right now with AR cases. Nice to not have to load and unload those clips when I'm target shooting or messing around the farm. Mine is a keeper.
     
  7. mic214

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    I have a 5" Model 625 that is a tack driver, but it is a bit heavy to pack around. I just got a 4" Mountain Gun barrel for it from Midway and will be converting it soon. I will post a pic when I get the barrel swap completed.

    Here is a pic of how she looks now:

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  8. ClemY

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    I really like .45 ACP revolvers. I have three: an older 25-2 that was cut to 5" about 30 yrs. ago; a 625 JM that arrived with the worse looking forcing cone I have ever seen. It looked like it was cut with a pen knife. Fortunately it cleaned up nicely; and a 625PC. It is easily my favorite. All shoot well. The 25-2 has .456" throats and still shoots well. The 625s have .452" throats.
     
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    I have a pair of them from 1985. The longer barrel is nice for the sight radius, the 3" barreled gun is a nice one in the hand and in a holster. Moon clips and .45 ACP is a great combination.
     
  10. BossHogg

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    Get one you'll love it. I keep about 20 to 30 moonclips loaded up for the range trip. It sure does beat chasing down your brass. With the preloaded moonclips it will surprise you how fast you can shoot them up.
     
  11. Hunter2678

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    I have a prelock 625 myself 5 inch ...love the gun, its very accurate and fun to shoot.
     
  12. earplug

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    I have three

    Three is about my limit. Don't see the need for more then three 625's.
    Things might change in the future.
     
  13. Slamfire

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    I don't know the year, but sometime in the production the cylinders were changed so that you had to use moon clips.

    I have an older M1917, I like the fact that I can drop a 45 ACP into the cylinder and shoot it.

    I also came to the conclusion that I did not care for loading and unloading moon clips. So I bought 45 AR brass.
     
  14. BYJO4

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    I've had several model 25s since the mid 70s and then when to the 625 when stainless became available. All have been very accurate and the 625 is one of my favorites to shoot. Since I reload all my ammo, I use Auto Rim cases so I don't have to fool with moon clips.
     
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    Don't have one yet but on my short list.
     
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    My favorite carry piece is this 3" 625. Photo courtesy of prior owner.

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    Both are incredibly accurate. If I had to keep just 1 gun, it would be the 3" 625.
     
  17. ghitch75

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    i like my 625JM,25-2 and 325PD....
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    I have no experience withthe stainless S&W revolvers but I own a 25-2 I bought back in the 80s. Great piece and accurate. I load the Lyman 454423 (Keith 235 SWC) to about 900 fps or the SAECO 453 ( 235 grain full wadcutter) to a little less and it hits right where I aim them. I liked the 25-2 so much I looked for a 4" version. No luck so I built one froma 28-2. It is still my carry piece.
     
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    I like mine a lot! It's a little big for carry, but it's my competition piece most of the time.

    I was very pleased to shoot mine last weekend and was pleasantly surprised how easy it was to extract the rounds without using a moonclip. All it took was a fingernail under the rim and a slight tug.

    I like moonclips, I've got around 200 of them, but for just plinking it's fun not to have to load them up and tear them down.
     
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    I traded my 625JM on this 625-3, Model of 1989. I love the 5" barrel, and it shoots as well as my Model 25-2.
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  21. CRF450808

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    awesome pics guys, thanks
     
  22. mic214

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    I really love the looks of the 3" Model 625's....I wish S&W should bring that barrel length back into production!
     
  23. S&Wfan

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    Everyone should own either a 25-2 or 625 .45 ACP revolver . . . it will make you want to get 'em BOTH!

    Big revolvers but thus very soft-shooting . . . and . . . they are extremely accurate. Any more fun and satisfaction . . . and they'd be illegal! LOL

    The very best kept "secrets" of any revolver out there but once you shoot one you will want it!!!

    I've won a lot of handgun matches through the years with 625 and 25-2 revolvers!

    Here's some typical accuracy I can get out of 'em with a 200gn cast bullet in front of 5.3 gn of Unique and a Federal 150 primer . . .

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    Oh yeah . . . and this was from the chopped barrel 25-2. Here's the WHOLE target of the cropped image above (which also has some 1" black squares that were shot with an unpictured Ruger MkII Target model .22LR pistol). All targets shot standing/unsupported @ ten yards. The guns were even still dirty from an afternoon at the range . . .

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  24. joed

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    If I could have any S&W revolver I'd like to have that model. I owned one in .45 Colt and sold it. Sorry, I don't have any love for the Colt having owned 2. But the acp intrigues me. Just as powerful as the old Colt in a smaller package.
     
  25. Big_T

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    Mine just shoy it's first IDPA yesterday. The gun did great....I need more work
     

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