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This is a discussion on Tuning a 25-2 within the Double Action Revolvers forums, part of the Handgun Forum category; Originally Posted by artymech66 Just thought I would post a picture of my 25-2 for all to see. It now shoots smooth with the trigger ...


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Old 01-03-2016, 06:41 PM   #21
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Just thought I would post a picture of my 25-2 for all to see.
It now shoots smooth with the trigger breaking clean and crisp.
DA operation is still heavy but smooth,
Took it to the range yesterday for a work out.
I think I will keep it.
That is a beautiful piece. It looks like a 6 1/2" barrel? Mine has a 6" and it gives it a bit of a howitzer look but yours looks a bit sleeker. I do love these revolvers. If I could only have one .45 I would keep this one. It now wears checkered wooden Hogue grips.



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Old 01-03-2016, 06:51 PM   #22
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You are right, it is a 6 1/2" barrel. The thing I like about the 25-2 is the ammo. I can shoot the same stuff I run through my 1911 and enjoy myself. It is a welcome addition to my small collection.
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I have always loved the .45 ACP and my Mod 25 is just all kinds of win to me. Yours has the classic 6 1/2" barrel and that makes it a real prize.

My Mod 25 was one of the first S&W revolvers I bought in the 1980s. My 1911A1 is an old GI clunker that my father used to protect the family since I was a child. It was the first cartridge handgun I fired over 50 years ago. A few years ago I had it worked over and reblued so it is a good shooter now. My only other .45 is a Seecamp double action conversion of a Combat Commander, cut down to Officer Model size. It was a gift from a former employer. His father carried it as a policeman. I had others but they all went away. These I expect I will keep. I would like a SA with an ACP cylinder but I doubt I will get one.



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Old 01-04-2016, 06:21 AM   #24
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I do share your love for the .45 acp.
My first experience with a handgun was in Infantry Training Regiment (ITR) when they handed me an old USMC rattle trap and told me to shoot it. I have been shooting .45's ever since.
Today I have multiple choices that I have collected over the years when I go to the range but the model 25 is still on top of my list of favorites.
When I was involved with Cowboy Action Shooting I used my Ruger "Old Model" Blackhawk in 45acp/45LC. That one does give you a choice to pick from.
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Love the 1911A1, Mac. Any 1911 fan would. Even though we have some very fancy 1911s, my favorites are still the basic, no frills versions.
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I looked at using .45 auto rim instead of acp. Factory ammo was $1.62 each and I don't have dies for auto rim so my choice is limited. I'll stick with my .45 acp so I can reload for practice and shoot factory for fun.
I apologize as I have been swamped over the holidays with part time work & family & I am just catching up.

Doesn't .45 Auto rim & .45 acp use the same dies?

I reload a lot of .45 acp & I am sure I have read this somewhere.
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I apologize as I have been swamped over the holidays with part time work & family & I am just catching up.

Doesn't .45 Auto rim & .45 acp use the same dies?

I reload a lot of .45 acp & I am sure I have read this somewhere.
YES .......I've used the 45 ACP die to load my 45 Long Colts for my Bond Derringer too . It works good for small batches if you set up the die correctly .
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YES .......I've used the 45 ACP die to load my 45 Long Colts for my Bond Derringer too . It works good for small batches if you set up the die correctly .
Thanks. I would get 100 .45 auto rim cases just to avoid the moon clips.
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I not a big fan of moon clips , but full and 1/2 moon clips are used by the top shooter in the USA instead of speed loaders in matches . Personally I like the 15 rd speed loaders that fit my Glock
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Love the 1911A1, Mac. Any 1911 fan would. Even though we have some very fancy 1911s, my favorites are still the basic, no frills versions.
Thank you. I think I might have been able to buy a new gun cheaper but this has over fifty years of history with me. It is pretty much my ideal for a 1911, flat housing, standard tang and hammer spur, bigger fixed sights with the front dovetailed into the slide, and extended safety lever. It was set up for hollowpoints and was 100% reliable in my tests. It is comfortable, fun, and easy to shoot well for me. It is just for fun but I would be fine counting on this for protection.
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Pretty much my preferences, too. I like having the option of changing sights, so a dovetail setup is what I prefer. Also like the extended thumb safety for the sake of drawing the gun and smoothly working the safety. Other than that, I like keeping things simple with just enough of a beavertail on the grip to prevent hammer bite.
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