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Old 09-09-2011, 12:20 AM   #1
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Default S&W 625-9 .45 Colt: To cut for moon clips or not?

I'm looking at having the cylinder cut so that it will accept moon clips (and thus .45 acp) but continue to chamber .45Colts (i.e. recess the cylinder while leaving the eternal lip as original). Is there any significant downside to this, other than the cost?

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Old 09-09-2011, 12:37 AM   #2
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Only things I can think of is that you will likely want to clean the chambers very well after using .45ACP. Likely to get noticeable fouling in the chambers due to the shorter case, particularly if shooting cast bullets.

You may also find that the long jump that the bullet has to make before reaching the chamber throat may result in less than stellar accuracy with the shorter auto cases. Only way to know is to try it.

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You would think by now with ammo prices that S&W would take advantage of it and sell cylinders already cut for that gun,I mean they already sell other cylinders such as an unfluted 629 cylinder for like 100 bucks.

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Only things I can think of is that you will likely want to clean the chambers very well after using .45ACP. Likely to get noticeable fouling in the chambers due to the shorter case, particularly if shooting cast bullets.

You may also find that the long jump that the bullet has to make before reaching the chamber throat may result in less than stellar accuracy with the shorter auto cases. Only way to know is to try it.

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Know that if shooting non-jacketed (lead) bullet the free bore will get fouled with powder and lead. This "free bore" is the area that the 45 ACP bullet is required to jump from the shorter case to the lip that the 45 LC seats. The bullet tends to peel lead and deposit it in the cylinder. If you shoot a lot of ACP your Long Colt ammo may not load.
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Not to mention, it could cause the pressure to spike when shooting .45 Colt rounds if not well cleaned. This is one of the reasons that I don't shoot specials in any of my magnum guns. I shoot cast bullets pretty much exclusively in my wheel guns.

If I want light recoil, simply load down with a faster powder. No cleaning hassels and no brass to sort later.

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Why not just buy a Smith 625 made for 45 ACP and and leave the 45 LC as it is?

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