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Old 02-26-2010, 11:39 PM
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Smith & Wesson mod 25-3 45LC 6 1/2" barrel 125th year anniversary 1852-1977. I'm thinking about buying one. unfired, in only the blue shipping box. Can someone tell me about how much they are worth and are they rather scarce
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Old 02-27-2010, 12:26 AM
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Seems to me I just saw this question elsewere. Same answer. They are NOT rare, 10,000+ made-50 of those special deluxe version. Without accessories, $600-$650 (?) unfired as opposed to "NIB".

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Old 02-27-2010, 04:30 AM
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The oversize chamber throats in M 25-3s made them inaccurate with all commercial ammo. Mine measured .458! The only way I got reasonable groups out of it was to load bullets from my lightest weight .45-70 rifle mould. They were around 340 grains and reloading data was not available for bullets that heavy back then. M 25-5s also had oversize throats for a few years. S & W replaced some M 25-5 cylinders for free. I never heard of them replacing M 25-3 cylinders, but they may have. M 25-5 cylinders are longer.
The M 25-3 was S & Ws first .45 Colt that was made in sufficient quantity for ordinary folks to find them. That is why they sold for over their suggested retail price for a few years, not because we wanted a commerative. Mine had to go back for warranty repair of a problem unrelated to the chamber throats before I fired it. My M-25-3 was my most disappointing S & W.
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Old 02-27-2010, 07:41 AM
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Thanks, that's the kind of information I was looking for.
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I had one in the presentation box and the goodies unfired. I got maybe 500 or 600 on trade with another gun for a couple rifles from my dealer.
He had it listed on his website for $900 later.
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Old 02-27-2010, 10:46 PM
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Thanks again, I guess I will start looking for a nice 25-5
Jim
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Brokenhand, like you I have been hunting for a nice 25-5 and there are plenty to pick from but the more research I did about the oversized throats and the diferences from gun to gun it was starting to sound like a **** shoot to get a good one with the tolerances tight enough to fire factory ammo accurately. (I don't reload) So, unless I could get the seller to measure the chamber throats for me...not much luck with that, I am holding off and moving on to something else for now. Just my two cents worth. Bob
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Guys,
ANY 25-5 with the 3 letter, 4 number serial (example ABC 1234) system will have the correct throat dimensions in it.
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Old 02-27-2010, 11:36 PM
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Thanks for the information about the serial numbers
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Old 02-28-2010, 11:12 PM
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Thanks to everyone for the help
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