.45 ACP DA/SA revolver question(s)...

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I'm really thinking I should have (want :D) a revolver for DA practice, and I really like the .45 ACP cartridge. But I've always had an antipathy to the whole idea of moon clips. So my question is two-fold. First, do ALL .45 ACP DA revolvers use moon clips, or are there any that headspace on the case mouth like a semi-auto or SA? Second, are moon clips as big a PITA as I've always thought they are?

To clarify a bit, I'm not looking for a carry piece, this will just be a range gun, and maybe a backup HD weapon. I already load for .45 ACP, so that's an advantage over having to add another cartridge like .38/.357, my other most likely choice in a revolver, although I could make an argument for a .45 LC. I don't really have a need/desire for a magnum of any sort other than nostalgia, and in that case, I'd go with a .41 Mag. Appreciate your thoughts and suggestions, thanks.

Dave
 
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THANK YOU, CD!! That's exactly the info I needed, I'd heard of .45 AR but hadn't made the connection. Just checked, Starline sells brass for it, and since I wouldn't have to worry about losing it, 500 should last a LONG time :D. Looks like my CZ 97 BD is going to be looking to trade places with a S&W 625 or a Ruger Redhawk in .45 ACP :eek:. Later.

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THANK YOU, CD!! That's exactly the info I needed, I'd heard of .45 AR but hadn't made the connection. Just checked, Starline sells brass for it, and since I wouldn't have to worry about losing it, 500 should last a LONG time :D. Looks like my CZ 97 BD is going to be looking to trade places with a S&W 625 or a Ruger Redhawk in .45 ACP :eek:. Later.

Dave
Google Rimz moon clips.
I have a 625 S&W 45acp. About as much fun as you can have with a revolver.
Low recoil, dead nuts accurate.
Best,
Gary
 
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The S&W Performance Center, JM 625, 45acp revolver might be what you are seking. Ruger also makes their RedHawk revolver in a dedicated 45acp SAA revolver, & a 45acp/45Colt revolver.
(Do an internet search but avoid the dreaded google search engine. G loathes lawful gun owners.)
 
I'm really thinking I should have (want :D) a revolver for DA practice, and I really like the .45 ACP cartridge. But I've always had an antipathy to the whole idea of moon clips. So my question is two-fold. First, do ALL .45 ACP DA revolvers use moon clips, or are there any that headspace on the case mouth like a semi-auto or SA? Second, are moon clips as big a PITA as I've always thought they are?

To clarify a bit, I'm not looking for a carry piece, this will just be a range gun, and maybe a backup HD weapon. I already load for .45 ACP, so that's an advantage over having to add another cartridge like .38/.357, my other most likely choice in a revolver, although I could make an argument for a .45 LC. I don't really have a need/desire for a magnum of any sort other than nostalgia, and in that case, I'd go with a .41 Mag. Appreciate your thoughts and suggestions, thanks.

Dave
I bought a Charter arms Pitbull, no moon clips needed. Pitbull

Full disclosure: I bought it cause I underpowered some loads and didn't want to tear them down. Shoved em in a drawer until I came across this lil guy........
 
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I bought a Charter arms Pitbull, no moon clips needed. Pitbull
If they made it with at least a 4" barrel, I'd give it serious consideration. I know CA has had CS and QA issues over the years, but I had a Bulldog back in the '70's, great little gun that just worked, even with my somewhat questionable reloads at the time :oops:. Now that I know about .45 AR brass, though, moon clips are a non-issue, so I still have my eye on a couple different guns on GB, I'm hoping that at least one of them stays within my price range. Am also watching a 15-4 in .38 Spec, despite my preference of larger bores, that would certainly do what I want, and at a considerably lower price (I hope!). More later.

Dave
 
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Save yourself the expense of buying new brass (.45AR) and buy tools specifically designed to load and unload moon clips. The best out there is the BMT tool. Also, don't spring for the big $ moon clips. Google Ranch Products. You can't order on-line, but you can get a phone number and call them. The higher the quantity, the less money. Last time I bought - which was admittedly some time ago, I got 100 for $35.00 ($.35/per piece). I would imagine that it has gone up since then, but nowhere near what some of the big vendors are getting. The beauty of the .45 ACP revolvers is that fast loading is not dependent on holding the ammo rigidly in the clip - a little wiggle actually facilitates loading. Not so with the .38/.357 guns. I have 9 revolvers that shoot .45 ACP. This one probably has over 10K rounds through it...

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Trust me, it will be come your favorite range toy.

Adios,

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Don't do it 45ACP revolvers seem to multiply they are so practical and so much fun. My wife shoots the snot out of my first one with 45Autorim so of course that meant no trigger time for me and I ended up with a second one :)
 
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Don't do it 45ACP revolvers seem to multiply they are so practical and so much fun. My wife shoots the snot out of my first one with 45Autorim so of course that meant no trigger time for me and I ended up with a second one :)
Too late, I got a 5" 625-6 "Model of 1989" shortly after my initial post, about mid-April. Also went with Pizza Bob's suggestion of the BMT Mooner tool, well worth the money for the ease and speed of both loading and unloading moon clips. Haven't shot it a ton, maybe 300 rounds since I got it, enough to get a feel for it, although I'm still figuring out the whole revolver vs. pistol shooting thing. My local range just shut down indefinitely, fire danger :mad:, not Covid, so I'll have to drive farther to shoot this summer :rolleyes:. Still question the logic, if folks can't shoot at the designated range, they'll just go find a place in the woods. Which seems more likely to be a fire danger to ya'll :confused:? Later.

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If they made it with at least a 4" barrel, I'd give it serious consideration. I know CA has had CS and QA issues over the years, but I had a Bulldog back in the '70's, great little gun that just worked, even with my somewhat questionable reloads at the time :oops:. Now that I know about .45 AR brass, though, moon clips are a non-issue, so I still have my eye on a couple different guns on GB, I'm hoping that at least one of them stays within my price range. Am also watching a 15-4 in .38 Spec, despite my preference of larger bores, that would certainly do what I want, and at a considerably lower price (I hope!). More later.

Dave
At one point in time, I believe they did make the Pitbull with a 4" barrel. I am keeping my eyes open for one. There is one here for sale with a 6" barrel in 9mm, but I do not care for that style; it looks like they just took a stock round barrel and grafted it on. I doubt I would like the balance.

I would like revolvers in 9mm, .40 and .45 ACP. I believe that having a non-"evil" gun in the same caliber as my "evil" guns may prove useful someday (especially after Biden is elected) should my "evil" guns be lost in a tragic boating accident.

I would hope that someday Ruger adds a couple inches to their LCRX 9mm revolver, and makes one in .40 and .45, I would rather have those than a CA, but the CA revolvers are ok; had one in .44 special once.
 
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I have had a S&W 1955 Target for about 10-12 years now, its a tack driver and probably the most accurate revolver I own. It doesn't shoot as well with 45 auto rim brass as it does with mixed 45 ACP brass using the same load data, its noticeable and I have no idea why. Loading rounds into the full moon clips and de-clipping them can be tedious but it keeps you shooting at the range, the clips are cheap, and keeps your brass together. Also, some brands of brass are easier to get in and out of the clips depending on the brass and clip combo's you are running. If you don't bend a clip, they can last for decades.
 
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At one point in time, I believe they did make the Pitbull with a 4" barrel. I am keeping my eyes open for one. There is one here for sale with a 6" barrel in 9mm, but I do not care for that style; it looks like they just took a stock round barrel and grafted it on. I doubt I would like the balance.

I would like revolvers in 9mm, .40 and .45 ACP. I believe that having a non-"evil" gun in the same caliber as my "evil" guns may prove useful someday (especially after Biden is elected) should my "evil" guns be lost in a tragic boating accident.

I would hope that someday Ruger adds a couple inches to their LCRX 9mm revolver, and makes one in .40 and .45, I would rather have those than a CA, but the CA revolvers are ok; had one in .44 special once.
Well, my affair with the .45 ACP revolver has now run its course, turns out it's just not my thing. If you're still shopping, my S&W is currently listed in the Classifieds, along with some must have accesories :D.

JR, if you haven't discovered the BMT Mooner tool, do yourself a favor, ignore the price and order one. Yeah, it's expensive compared to the other tools on the market, but it makes loading (and unloading) moon clips almost fun, instead of a painful chore. Later.

Dave
 
The S&W Performance Center, JM 625, 45acp revolver might be what you are seking. Ruger also makes their RedHawk revolver in a dedicated 45acp SAA revolver, & a 45acp/45Colt revolver.
(Do an internet search but avoid the dreaded google search engine. G loathes lawful gun owners.)
JM625 you say??? Love mine, lots of fun to shoot! Moon clips and all...

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Well, my affair with the .45 ACP revolver has now run its course, turns out it's just not my thing. If you're still shopping, my S&W is currently listed in the Classifieds, along with some must have accesories :D.

JR, if you haven't discovered the BMT Mooner tool, do yourself a favor, ignore the price and order one. Yeah, it's expensive compared to the other tools on the market, but it makes loading (and unloading) moon clips almost fun, instead of a painful chore. Later.

Dave
Yes, I have a .45 revolver - a 460V, I just need to have the cylinder cut to take moon clips and .45 ACP. If I could find a CA in .45 ACP I might sell the 460V, or I might keep it. I don't know.
 

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I have had a S&W 1955 Target for about 10-12 years now, its a tack driver and probably the most accurate revolver I own. It doesn't shoot as well with 45 auto rim brass as it does with mixed 45 ACP brass using the same load data, its noticeable and I have no idea why. Loading rounds into the full moon clips and de-clipping them can be tedious but it keeps you shooting at the range, the clips are cheap, and keeps your brass together. Also, some brands of brass are easier to get in and out of the clips depending on the brass and clip combo's you are running. If you don't bend a clip, they can last for decades.
I was reading about the moon clips at TK Customs and other places. It seems that there is no SAAMI standard for the dimension of the extractor groove? So they vary by manufacturer of ammo, and therefore fit the clips differently. T&K makes different thicknesses of clips.
 
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I was reading about the moon clips at TK Customs and other places. It seems that there is no SAAMI standard for the dimension of the extractor groove? So they vary by manufacturer of ammo, and therefore fit the clips differently. T&K makes different thicknesses of clips.
That is true for rimmed revolver rounds like .38 Special or .357 Magnum - some have no groove at all in front of the rim. Different story for rimless semi-auto rounds. SAAMI does have specifications for the extractor groove. That just eases the problem somewhat - it is still often a trial and error process to get the most rigid fit (least cartridge wobble) between cartridge and clip and usually comes down to sticking with one specific brand of brass.

In the case of the 929's (9 mm) I have found that the 8-round RIMZ polymer clips will rigidly support almost any brand of 9 mm brass. This is because they are not just clipped into the extractor groove, but also are rebated and support the head of the cartridge too. I use them for USPSA and ICORE. Here is a RIMZ rebated moon clip...

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If you are just looking for something for range use, fit isn't that critical. But if you are playing gun games and loading on the clock, you want an optimum fit.

Adios,

Pizza Bob
 
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Recently traded into a 45 blackhawk convertable. Somehow I have three convertables now, not by plan, it just worked out that way. With 45 colt being stupid pricey, I think I will reload for it when I can get components. Glad I have tons of 45acp. A 25 or 625 would be cool.
I see 45 cowboy brass out there, basically 45 acp with a rim, is this any different from 45 auto rim? I'm guessing rim thickness.

Nevermind, just looked it up, rim thickness.
 
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