Moon Clips - "De-mooning" - WTF?

Discussion in 'Handgun Discussion' started by yskippy, Sep 6, 2010.

  1. yskippy

    yskippy
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    Took my S&W 325 (45 ACP) to the range this weekend. IT was fantastic to shoot...much more accurate than I expected...just an excellent all around handgun :thumbup::thumbup:....now the problem....I can't get the empty shell casings out of the moon clips. :angry::angry:

    I've seen some posts in other forums and looked at some of the tools out there for "demooning" the clips, but there has to be a better (i.e. no cost) way to get the spent casings out.

    Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated.
     
  2. BillM

    BillM
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    Got an old metal shaft golf club laying around? Chop the shaft off at a point
    where the inside diameter is about 1/16" bigger than a 45 case.
    Cut down one side of the open end about 1/8". Just like the commercial
    de-mooning tool that has a handle like a big screwdriver.

    There ya go---a "custom" de-mooning tool for the price of a junk golf club
    and 10 minutes time. Use it just like the commercial one.
     
  3. swampertwo

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    A piece of copper pipe-1/2"-will work, too. Tape the hand end or put a kids bicycle grip on it to catch the brass. Should be 9-12" long so all the brass goes in. Cut away the end that slides over the cases and you're ready.
     
  4. ch139

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    I bought the Brownells tool before I knew better, probably still would spend the $20 or whatever it was as I like it. A lot of folks just use the methods as stated above, there is also a little GI tool you might be able to find a t a gunshow or something that just pries them off. Pics are from Google of what was mentioned above. Just twist!

    demooner.jpg

    standard.jpg
     
  5. twoclones

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    I found it difficult to get the rounds into the moon clips for my TRR8 so bought the moon clip tool. I don't regret spending the money at all. Works great!
     
  6. PinkhamR

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    Ever consider trying the half moon clips?
     
  7. PinkhamR

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  8. PinkhamR

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    Glad I could assist. Good luck ... Not sure how far Bethel is .... I think the other side of OKC? I am waaay down in the southwest part of the state. BTW, thanx, I do tyr to list good items on the site .... :)
     
  9. Jacurso

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    I bought a box of .45acp "rimmed" cases many years ago...no moon clips needed.
     

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