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which smith 45 acp revolver

Discussion in 'General Firearms Forum' started by win, Jan 14, 2013.

  1. win

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    which smith 45 acp revolver do you like?
    The 625 JM or the 625 Mountain Gun or the 325 Thunder Ranch. All with the same barrel length, 4" This would not be a carry gun.
     
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    byf43 NRA Endowment Life Member

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    I like the 625JM.

    :thumbsup::thumbsup:


    I want one!
     

  3. Brucev

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    I'd look very hard at the 625 MG.
     
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  5. Deaf Smith

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    I like mine... One on left is a 629-2 Mountain Gun, the one of the left a 625-3 3 inch snub .45 ACP.

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    I like mine. It's a 25-2 with a barrel mismarked as a 1950 target. Blued steel 6.5 inch barrel.
     
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    Of those three the Mtn gun is the only pre-lock. I have a bunch of .45ACP revolvers and the Mtn gun is one of my favorites.
     
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    One of my greatest gun regrets is trading off my 625 mountain gun for a Chiefs Special 45. Got tired of taking revolvers to requal days. I was STOOOOOPID.
     
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    I'll take one of those on the right, please....:cool:
     
  10. win

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    Ok thanks guys. Why would you take the Mountain gun over the JM gun? Better quality? cheaper? Weight?
    thanks
     
  11. Deaf Smith

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    Well they may have made the Mountain gun in .45 ACP (but .45 Colt would be more likely) but the one shown is a .44 Magnum. Yes 'pre-lock'.

    Weight would be the main consideration and only if you intend on packing it in the wild and that is what I do with my other 629-1, a non-Mountain gun but magnaported.

    Now one in .45 ACP would the lightest one made as far as N frames. The .45 hole takes alot of metal out of the barrel and cylinder and the .45 cylinder is shorter than a .45 LC or .44 magnum cylinder. Just look at the .44 Mountain gun above and visualize the .45 ACP cylinder on the 625 as being used in it.

    Oh and gang, Clark's Custom Gun rechambers 625s to .45 Roland and they told me .45 Supers are totally safe to shoot in the 625 .45 ACPs. And I bought a bunch of .45 Supers and yes they shoot fine. From 3 inch barrel the 230 gr JHPs get 1000+ fps. Plenty for the field. .45 ACPs in the 625 feel like .38s in a magnum!

    Deaf
     
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    The JM has several features I don't care for. I don't like a grooved trigger or gold bead front sight. The Mtn gun wouldn't need those parts replaced and it has more collectibility since they stopped making it years ago. They are asking so much for the JM that you can find a nice Mtn for less(when you find one).
     
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    Deaf has a very valid point about the .45Super. I plan on using HC 255gr Supers on a hog hunt when I get the opportunity.
     
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    I'd go with a 25-2.

    There's no way in hell I'd buy one with the stupid lock.
     
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    I hate the safety hole.
     
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    I know about the .45 Super part, and yes, .45ACP in a 625 is like .38 Special in a 686 - so easy to shoot. Which brings to another point as to why I prefer the 625 for defensive shooting too. Six rounds of .45ACP hollowpoints in a most controlled manners AND accurate as hell plus moonclips for reloads...it's a thing of beauty.

    A typical (typical and not one of those 2x4 that passes as double stack mag .45ACP pistols) .45ACP pistol has 7-8 rounds mag. The 625 gives up 1 or 2 rounds but hit probability is way up. I can rapid fire the 625 into a much tighter group than I can rapid fire a Colt 1911 full size/commander size (not even bother talking about offficer's size), a HKUSPC45 or even my venerable SIG Sauer P220. Coupled with speedloaders, the magazines ain't got nuthin' over it.

    I have two 625s right now, alas they're both 5-inchers. I'm jealous of Deaf Smith's 3-incher. If I could find me of those muthas...

    The 325 3-incher would be a good carry piece BUT I refuse to own safety holed Smith&Wessons.
     
  17. win

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    Do you have to leave a hole empty on a 325 JM?
    What lock are we talking about on them? Is it that internal lock that you use the allen wrench on?
    I may have a deal on trading a shootgun for a jm.
    I think I am going for it.
    thanks
     
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    That's the one.

    If you don't mind the safety hole, then go for it. As for me I object to it on the principles that it wasn't necessary and SW put the damn thing there anyway. Like I refused to buy the Colt AR sporters that came without the flash suppressor and bayonet lugs that Colt decided to take away even before the AWB was close to be in effect.
     
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    Oh and one more thing.

    Get some Starline brass for .45 Auto Rim and reload your lead SWC slugs or '.45 Supers' using that brass. That way if you have a nice 1911 .45 or Glock/Sig it will keep you from stuffing some of those bear loads made for your 625 in a simi-auto.

    Easy to get a 250gr SWC hard cast at 1000 fps from my 3 inch 625.

    fnfal,

    And those boot grips on my 625 are GREAT. Yes for a winter gun where you wear a coat the snub 625 is an excellent defensive gun.

    Deaf