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Speedloaders VS moonclips, and availability

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by Zeede, Sep 2, 2008.

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  1. Zeede

    Zeede Member

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    I keep waffling back and forth between a Model 619, 7 shot, or a Model 627, 8 shot. I like the grips on both, and I figure it would be better to have that extra round and not need it, than need it and not have it!

    That being said, I don't think either gun comes w/ speedloaders or moonclips, and I was wondering about the availability of both, and the pros and cons of using one VS the other for reloading.

    Cameron
     
  2. Feanaro

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    Moonclips aren't as bulky. They are usually a pain to load and unload. Usually less expensive. Can't be used without modifications.

    Speedloaders are bigger and more expensive per unit. They are easy to load and unload. They don't get bent. Can be used on any revolver with clearance for them.

    Speedwise, if you buy Safariland speedloaders, either can be very fast.
     
  3. Zeede

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    Does Safariland make 8 round speedloaders?

    Cameron
     
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    Feanaro, I agree with the part about moons being more difficult to load and unload. But that needs to be qualified as loading the moon clip is difficult. Loading the moon clips into the gun itself is much easier as well as slick one shot unloading.No need to worry about a single stuck case or one that gets under the star as you attempt a speed reload. I absolutely agree on your signature. How about $230 for a 1963 vintage 28-2 that was shot just enough to sight in the scope and then put away for 30 years.
     
  5. 9mmepiphany

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    moon clips are much more compact and faster to use than speedloaders. they are only made for a limited number of guns

    speed loaders are easier to load and don't have to be seperatedly unloaded
     
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    You are also looking at 2 different size frames, the 619 is an L frame and the 627 is an N frame.

    I really like moonclips and they make for a fast time reloading while at the range.
     
  7. Zeede

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    I called Smith & Wesson, and according to them only the Performance Center revolvers are pre-cut for moonclips. That would mean that if I get a 627 Pro, I will have to have it cut for moonclips, since I can't seem to find anyone that makes an 8 X .357 Magnum speedloader.

    Ah well, I'll try and find a Model 619, I like the fixed sights more, and it balances well both in the hand and visually. Plus it's quite a few coin cheaper.

    Cameron
     
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    Don't buy a revolver based on the factory grips. There are dozens of replacement grips of many different styles, sizes, and materials.

    I prefer sixshooters, but then I shoot IDPA which pretty much demands them.

    I only like moon clips in .45 ACP. They are prone to hangups with .38 Special or .357 Magnum. Maybe if you practiced a lot, they would do better. But I'd rather have speed loaders for my revolver caliber revolvers.
     
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