Smith & Wesson Forum

Go Back   Smith & Wesson Forum > >


Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 01-11-2017, 07:10 PM
Raystown's Avatar
Raystown Raystown is offline
Member
Picked up Model 25-2  Moon Clip Advise Picked up Model 25-2  Moon Clip Advise Picked up Model 25-2  Moon Clip Advise Picked up Model 25-2  Moon Clip Advise Picked up Model 25-2  Moon Clip Advise  
Join Date: May 2015
Location: Penna
Posts: 283
Likes: 1,079
Liked 297 Times in 95 Posts
Default Picked up Model 25-2 Moon Clip Advise

Grabbed this nice shooter 25-2 in 45 ACP with 6.5" Barrel from the LGS. Was reading up on the moon clips, I was wondering do these run better on full moon or 1/2 moon clips ?

What brand of moon clips should I lean towards ?

Thanks in Advance



Reply With Quote
The Following 6 Users Like Post:
  #2  
Old 01-11-2017, 08:12 PM
series guy series guy is offline
Member
Picked up Model 25-2  Moon Clip Advise Picked up Model 25-2  Moon Clip Advise Picked up Model 25-2  Moon Clip Advise Picked up Model 25-2  Moon Clip Advise Picked up Model 25-2  Moon Clip Advise  
Join Date: May 2010
Location: The Steel City
Posts: 466
Likes: 516
Liked 589 Times in 217 Posts
Default

I always used full moon clips in mine. I bought them on the internet from Wheelgun Supplies. They also sell a little hand held tool to de-moon. Buy a bunch of the moon clips because you'll really like them once you use them.
Reply With Quote
The Following 4 Users Like Post:
  #3  
Old 01-11-2017, 08:20 PM
H Richard's Avatar
H Richard H Richard is offline
US Veteran
Picked up Model 25-2  Moon Clip Advise Picked up Model 25-2  Moon Clip Advise Picked up Model 25-2  Moon Clip Advise Picked up Model 25-2  Moon Clip Advise Picked up Model 25-2  Moon Clip Advise  
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: West Central IL
Posts: 15,135
Likes: 5,936
Liked 7,242 Times in 3,404 Posts
Default

I have used the Ranch Products full moon clips from Midway or Dillon and had no problems. Get a clip loader and de-mooner also to make your life easier.
__________________
H Richard
SWCA1967
Reply With Quote
The Following User Likes This Post:
  #4  
Old 01-11-2017, 08:21 PM
StakeOut's Avatar
StakeOut StakeOut is offline
US Veteran
Picked up Model 25-2  Moon Clip Advise Picked up Model 25-2  Moon Clip Advise Picked up Model 25-2  Moon Clip Advise Picked up Model 25-2  Moon Clip Advise Picked up Model 25-2  Moon Clip Advise  
Join Date: Feb 2016
Location: NW of Austin Texas
Posts: 744
Likes: 373
Liked 1,139 Times in 394 Posts
Default

I have a few S&W revolvers in 45acp but I use mostly 45 Auto Rim in it that I reload.

Starline .45AR Brass Case
200gr plated SWC bullets
CCI LP primer
4.0gr Alliant Bullseye powder
1.235" OAL
__________________
NEVER GIVE UP YOUR GUN
Reply With Quote
The Following User Likes This Post:
  #5  
Old 01-11-2017, 08:22 PM
SilentKnight SilentKnight is offline
Member
Picked up Model 25-2  Moon Clip Advise Picked up Model 25-2  Moon Clip Advise Picked up Model 25-2  Moon Clip Advise Picked up Model 25-2  Moon Clip Advise Picked up Model 25-2  Moon Clip Advise  
Join Date: Dec 2014
Posts: 371
Likes: 933
Liked 348 Times in 179 Posts
Default

The full moon clips are all I use because if you are in a fight, you may use two or three rounds divided between two half moon clips. Then if you reload, you still have an empty chamber to worry about not to mention when you eject the cylinder you may fumble and dump both half moon clips. It is just another thing that can go wrong. The half moons are easier to conceal but they are not as efficient when in a fight. Just my two cents. Good luck.
Reply With Quote
The Following User Likes This Post:
  #6  
Old 01-11-2017, 08:36 PM
sodacan sodacan is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Posts: 1,760
Likes: 67
Liked 1,077 Times in 525 Posts
Default

Full moon clips are the way to go. I buy them from Revolver Supply, but there are a number of sellers. After you use them, you'll wonder why all revolvers don't use them. I use a BMT mooner tool for loading and unloading the clips. It more expensive that the other tools that are available, but once use one, you'll forget about the price. Enjoy that 25. It's a beauty.
Reply With Quote
The Following User Likes This Post:
  #7  
Old 01-11-2017, 09:31 PM
Jackcpat Jackcpat is offline
Member
Picked up Model 25-2  Moon Clip Advise Picked up Model 25-2  Moon Clip Advise Picked up Model 25-2  Moon Clip Advise Picked up Model 25-2  Moon Clip Advise Picked up Model 25-2  Moon Clip Advise  
Join Date: Jan 2015
Location: North Texas
Posts: 136
Likes: 254
Liked 153 Times in 67 Posts
Default 25-2

Full moon clips all the way. Bmt mooner and unloader is the only way to go. They're expense but well worth the money, fast, worry free, I've never bent a clip using them. When you go to buy your clips, check on the recommended brass to use. TK custom that I use will not load Starline or Winchester, nickel Remington will fall out of them. Have patience. Have fun.

Last edited by Jackcpat; 01-11-2017 at 09:48 PM.
Reply With Quote
The Following 2 Users Like Post:
  #8  
Old 01-11-2017, 09:43 PM
deyomatic deyomatic is offline
Member
Picked up Model 25-2  Moon Clip Advise Picked up Model 25-2  Moon Clip Advise Picked up Model 25-2  Moon Clip Advise Picked up Model 25-2  Moon Clip Advise Picked up Model 25-2  Moon Clip Advise  
Join Date: May 2015
Posts: 336
Likes: 162
Liked 145 Times in 96 Posts
Default

I've been getting mine from this place.

Supplies for the Revolver Enthusiast
Reply With Quote
The Following User Likes This Post:
  #9  
Old 01-11-2017, 09:55 PM
Jack Flash's Avatar
Jack Flash Jack Flash is offline
SWCA Member
Picked up Model 25-2  Moon Clip Advise  
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Michigan
Posts: 5,715
Likes: 9,253
Liked 3,292 Times in 1,451 Posts
Default

I like third-moon clips. They only clip two rounds together so they aren't the greatest for a fast reload, but with them you can store 50 rounds clipped together in one of those handy pistol ammo boxes. Their main virtue is that you can easily clip and unclip ammunition / spent brass without tools.


Full-moon clips are certainly useful if you want a fast reload. You can buy special boxes to simplify carrying clipped ammo to the range. You can buy leather carriers that attach to your belt for them as well. I've never tried them, but a company (Rimz?) makes plastic full-moon clips that can be loaded / unloaded without tools. Search the web if interested.


Half-moon clips are a little fragile. They are easily bent and may be hard to straighten out if you want to reuse them. They were meant to be used once and discarded.
__________________
Splittin’ hairs, aint ya Boss?
Reply With Quote
The Following 3 Users Like Post:
  #10  
Old 01-12-2017, 12:04 AM
Raystown's Avatar
Raystown Raystown is offline
Member
Picked up Model 25-2  Moon Clip Advise Picked up Model 25-2  Moon Clip Advise Picked up Model 25-2  Moon Clip Advise Picked up Model 25-2  Moon Clip Advise Picked up Model 25-2  Moon Clip Advise  
Join Date: May 2015
Location: Penna
Posts: 283
Likes: 1,079
Liked 297 Times in 95 Posts
Default

As always, Thanks fella's for all the imput .. Sounds like I will be ordering some clips and the BMT mooner tool in the am.

Brian
Reply With Quote
The Following 2 Users Like Post:
  #11  
Old 01-12-2017, 02:10 AM
Birdgun Birdgun is offline
Member
Picked up Model 25-2  Moon Clip Advise Picked up Model 25-2  Moon Clip Advise Picked up Model 25-2  Moon Clip Advise Picked up Model 25-2  Moon Clip Advise Picked up Model 25-2  Moon Clip Advise  
Join Date: Oct 2016
Location: Marana, AZ
Posts: 81
Likes: 130
Liked 191 Times in 49 Posts
Default

Raystown, my 625-9 in .45 Colt is nowhere near as pretty as your 25-2 revolver. You have an absolutely beautiful S&W revolver!

That is a great find! Congratulations!! Hope you obtain exactly the moon clips you need.

God bless,
Birdgun

Last edited by Birdgun; 01-12-2017 at 02:13 AM.
Reply With Quote
The Following User Likes This Post:
  #12  
Old 01-12-2017, 10:28 AM
Raystown's Avatar
Raystown Raystown is offline
Member
Picked up Model 25-2  Moon Clip Advise Picked up Model 25-2  Moon Clip Advise Picked up Model 25-2  Moon Clip Advise Picked up Model 25-2  Moon Clip Advise Picked up Model 25-2  Moon Clip Advise  
Join Date: May 2015
Location: Penna
Posts: 283
Likes: 1,079
Liked 297 Times in 95 Posts
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Birdgun View Post
Raystown, my 625-9 in .45 Colt is nowhere near as pretty as your 25-2 revolver. You have an absolutely beautiful S&W revolver!

That is a great find! Congratulations!! Hope you obtain exactly the moon clips you need.

God bless,
Birdgun
Thank You Birdgun

A Model 25-2 has been on my bucket list, I was doing a transfer of a gun I sold at a LGS. While waiting for the paperwork to go thur, I stumbled over to the used section. Which I should of never done as I knew I was going to find something that would look nice in the safe. The 25-2 was on consignment and was listed for 795.00. After 30 days you can offer 10% less, I ended up getting it for 715.00. Tax's, tag and title out the door for 779.00 .. I thought that was a pretty good price. It does have some wear, but she'll be a shooter for sure.

Brian
Reply With Quote
The Following 2 Users Like Post:
  #13  
Old 01-12-2017, 12:06 PM
MajorD MajorD is offline
Member
Picked up Model 25-2  Moon Clip Advise Picked up Model 25-2  Moon Clip Advise Picked up Model 25-2  Moon Clip Advise Picked up Model 25-2  Moon Clip Advise Picked up Model 25-2  Moon Clip Advise  
Join Date: Oct 2010
Posts: 422
Likes: 1
Liked 147 Times in 89 Posts
Default

Obviously not a carry gun you could use full half or third moon clips as you wish. Years ago military surplus half moons were cheap and abundant, not so much anymore. Not sure about your 25, but my thunder ranch guns chambers would headspace well so that you could shoot 45 auto without clips- after firing opening and shaking the cylinder actually let all the cases fall out.
Reply With Quote
The Following User Likes This Post:
  #14  
Old 01-12-2017, 04:14 PM
Bastogne71 Bastogne71 is offline
Member
Picked up Model 25-2  Moon Clip Advise Picked up Model 25-2  Moon Clip Advise Picked up Model 25-2  Moon Clip Advise Picked up Model 25-2  Moon Clip Advise Picked up Model 25-2  Moon Clip Advise  
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Roanoke, Virginia
Posts: 369
Likes: 26
Liked 431 Times in 171 Posts
Default

Brian,

I use the Ranch Products full moon clips and the BMT loader/unloader and recommend both of them for your M25. Once you use the BMT, you won't be satisfied with anything else! If you reload, get the current Sierra manual. They list 45 ACP revolver only load data that is considerably stronger than anything a 1911 can handle.
Beautiful revolver - have fun with it!
Reply With Quote
The Following User Likes This Post:
  #15  
Old 01-12-2017, 04:58 PM
moralem moralem is online now
Member
Picked up Model 25-2  Moon Clip Advise Picked up Model 25-2  Moon Clip Advise Picked up Model 25-2  Moon Clip Advise Picked up Model 25-2  Moon Clip Advise Picked up Model 25-2  Moon Clip Advise  
Join Date: Dec 2009
Posts: 847
Likes: 95
Liked 1,161 Times in 410 Posts
Default

I was recently pointed towards these for my new to me 625-3 that is on its way to me this weekend. Ez Moon Clips
Reply With Quote
The Following 2 Users Like Post:
  #16  
Old 01-12-2017, 05:19 PM
BUFF BUFF is online now
SWCA Member
Picked up Model 25-2  Moon Clip Advise Picked up Model 25-2  Moon Clip Advise Picked up Model 25-2  Moon Clip Advise  
Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: SLC, Utah
Posts: 4,803
Likes: 575
Liked 2,776 Times in 1,079 Posts
Default

Raystown, the grips on your new .45 are gorgeous. Good buy.

I have found the half moon clips to bend fairly easily while loading and unloading them. I like Ranch Products' full moons, they have been making them for probably 40 years and they have worked just fine with every brand of cartridge cases I have tried with them.
Reply With Quote
The Following User Likes This Post:
  #17  
Old 01-12-2017, 06:48 PM
Waldo Waldo is offline
Member
Picked up Model 25-2  Moon Clip Advise Picked up Model 25-2  Moon Clip Advise Picked up Model 25-2  Moon Clip Advise Picked up Model 25-2  Moon Clip Advise Picked up Model 25-2  Moon Clip Advise  
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Northern Virginia
Posts: 346
Likes: 1
Liked 40 Times in 28 Posts
Default

I have had a Model 25-2 since the 1970s. It is one of my all time favorite revolvers. When I got it, 1/2 moon clips were all I ever heard of. Mine will shoot .45ACP without clips. I had a bunch of U.S. GI surplus ammo. I was never able to decide if it was easier to shoot the gun without the clips and push out the empties with a pencil. Or to fool around with having to load and unload the clips. I have tried several clip loading and unloading tools, and 1/3, 1/2, and full moon clips. They all work. But they also involve extra work. So now I only shoot .45 Auto Rim in my Model 25-2. I also have a Ruger Blackhawk convertible with 2 cylinders, a .45 Colt and a .45 ACP. I also have several semi auto pistols in .45 ACP. So I only shoot .45 ACP in S.A. revolvers and semi automatic pistols. But if I anticipated having speed reload my Model 25-2, I would use full moon clips. I have a Dillon 550. Whenever I set up to load .45 ACP, after I am done, I just switch the shell plate and reload all of my .45 Auto Rim brass. I have no idea how many times I have reloaded some of my .45 Auto rim brass, but I have not purchased any since the early 1980s.
Reply With Quote
The Following 2 Users Like Post:
  #18  
Old 01-12-2017, 07:18 PM
zonker5's Avatar
zonker5 zonker5 is offline
Member
Picked up Model 25-2  Moon Clip Advise Picked up Model 25-2  Moon Clip Advise Picked up Model 25-2  Moon Clip Advise Picked up Model 25-2  Moon Clip Advise Picked up Model 25-2  Moon Clip Advise  
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: North Texas
Posts: 1,082
Likes: 1,965
Liked 977 Times in 360 Posts
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by moralem View Post
I was recently pointed towards these for my new to me 625-3 that is on its way to me this weekend. Ez Moon Clips
+1 on the Ez Moon Clips. For range work they are great and need no tools.

Some folks seem to think using moon clips is too much work, I find them easier and faster than loading magazines for a semi-auto. If I had to buy a new tool it would be the one TK makes.

Happy shooting!
Reply With Quote
The Following 2 Users Like Post:
  #19  
Old 01-12-2017, 09:35 PM
deyomatic deyomatic is offline
Member
Picked up Model 25-2  Moon Clip Advise Picked up Model 25-2  Moon Clip Advise Picked up Model 25-2  Moon Clip Advise Picked up Model 25-2  Moon Clip Advise Picked up Model 25-2  Moon Clip Advise  
Join Date: May 2015
Posts: 336
Likes: 162
Liked 145 Times in 96 Posts
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Raystown View Post
Thank You Birdgun

The 25-2 was on consignment and was listed for 795.00. After 30 days you can offer 10% less, I ended up getting it for 715.00. Tax's, tag and title out the door for 779.00 .. I thought that was a pretty good price. It does have some wear, but she'll be a shooter for sure.

Brian
If I saw one for that money, I'd be all over it, too.
Reply With Quote
The Following User Likes This Post:
  #20  
Old 01-12-2017, 11:52 PM
VaTom VaTom is offline
Member
Picked up Model 25-2  Moon Clip Advise Picked up Model 25-2  Moon Clip Advise Picked up Model 25-2  Moon Clip Advise Picked up Model 25-2  Moon Clip Advise Picked up Model 25-2  Moon Clip Advise  
Join Date: Jul 2016
Location: SW Virginia
Posts: 221
Likes: 304
Liked 317 Times in 109 Posts
Default

Full moon clips. May want to check your local military surplus store. I stopped by one after I bought a S&W Model 1917. The guy had lots of them and sold them for .50 each! Don't know the brand, he just had them in a plastic bag.

I just use needle nose pliers to put in / take out rounds as I don't shoot this 1929 vintage revolver much.
Attached Thumbnails
Picked up Model 25-2  Moon Clip Advise-img_1077-jpg  

Last edited by VaTom; 01-12-2017 at 11:54 PM.
Reply With Quote
The Following 2 Users Like Post:
  #21  
Old 01-13-2017, 12:22 AM
ParadiseRoad's Avatar
ParadiseRoad ParadiseRoad is online now
Member
Picked up Model 25-2  Moon Clip Advise Picked up Model 25-2  Moon Clip Advise Picked up Model 25-2  Moon Clip Advise Picked up Model 25-2  Moon Clip Advise Picked up Model 25-2  Moon Clip Advise  
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Colorado
Posts: 1,319
Likes: 3,115
Liked 22,949 Times in 4,924 Posts
Default

...the proper use of moon clips...

__________________
don't try this at home, kids
Reply With Quote
The Following User Likes This Post:
  #22  
Old 01-13-2017, 10:28 AM
Jack Flash's Avatar
Jack Flash Jack Flash is offline
SWCA Member
Picked up Model 25-2  Moon Clip Advise  
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Michigan
Posts: 5,715
Likes: 9,253
Liked 3,292 Times in 1,451 Posts
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by zonker5 View Post
... Some folks seem to think using moon clips is too much work, I find them easier and faster than loading magazines for a semi-auto. If I had to buy a new tool it would be the one TK makes. ...
That is a conundrum isn't it?


Some folks who find moon clips "pesky" seem to have no problem loading, unloading, cleaning, and changing springs on their semi-auto magazines.


Not to mention chasing their brass all over creation.
__________________
Splittin’ hairs, aint ya Boss?
Reply With Quote
The Following 2 Users Like Post:
  #23  
Old 01-13-2017, 12:13 PM
bananaman's Avatar
bananaman bananaman is offline
Member
Picked up Model 25-2  Moon Clip Advise Picked up Model 25-2  Moon Clip Advise Picked up Model 25-2  Moon Clip Advise Picked up Model 25-2  Moon Clip Advise Picked up Model 25-2  Moon Clip Advise  
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Toledo, Ohio
Posts: 4,234
Likes: 1,922
Liked 1,971 Times in 1,070 Posts
Default

For range use, nothing beats RIMZ poly moon clips. No tools needed. Never had any issues. I have metal clips and a tool, but never use them. Just what I like! Bob
Reply With Quote
The Following User Likes This Post:
  #24  
Old 01-13-2017, 01:04 PM
retired2006 retired2006 is offline
Member
Picked up Model 25-2  Moon Clip Advise Picked up Model 25-2  Moon Clip Advise Picked up Model 25-2  Moon Clip Advise  
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: SE Kansas
Posts: 467
Likes: 2
Liked 52 Times in 37 Posts
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by bananaman View Post
For range use, nothing beats RIMZ poly moon clips. No tools needed. Never had any issues. I have metal clips and a tool, but never use them. Just what I like! Bob
What he said, RIMZ are the way to go for the range.
Reply With Quote
The Following User Likes This Post:
  #25  
Old 01-13-2017, 01:19 PM
steelslaver's Avatar
steelslaver steelslaver is offline
US Veteran
Picked up Model 25-2  Moon Clip Advise Picked up Model 25-2  Moon Clip Advise Picked up Model 25-2  Moon Clip Advise Picked up Model 25-2  Moon Clip Advise Picked up Model 25-2  Moon Clip Advise  
Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: Central Montana
Posts: 2,890
Likes: 867
Liked 4,609 Times in 1,579 Posts
Default

I just got a whole lot of metal full moons. You can have 100 of them for the cost of 6 speed loaders 3 1911 magazines..I go to the range with lots of them. I have them in the safe with my 45acp "masterpiece". I haul some around when I take my 45colt/acp 4" along. Get home and they go to the loading bench, get unloaded and filled back up.

I don't think loading them by hand is any worse than loading 1911 mags and like others said beats chasing down and losing brass. Even while practicing reloads and etc with a regular rimmed cartridge revolve you have to gather it all up. With moons one grab gets all 6, no speed loaders to get, keep track of fill up, twist to dump etc etc

Last edited by steelslaver; 01-13-2017 at 01:24 PM.
Reply With Quote
The Following 2 Users Like Post:
  #26  
Old 01-14-2017, 10:21 AM
Bosswife Bosswife is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: Wintersville, Ohio USA
Posts: 13
Likes: 2
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
Default 25-2

guess you don't have any more interest in mine--nice gun--jim
Reply With Quote
  #27  
Old 01-14-2017, 08:38 PM
1955joe 1955joe is offline
Member
Picked up Model 25-2  Moon Clip Advise Picked up Model 25-2  Moon Clip Advise Picked up Model 25-2  Moon Clip Advise Picked up Model 25-2  Moon Clip Advise Picked up Model 25-2  Moon Clip Advise  
Join Date: Apr 2016
Posts: 39
Likes: 4
Liked 13 Times in 7 Posts
Default

I use full moon clips. the guy I got it from made a tool to pop the empties. easy to make and works great. what a great price for a nice 25-2
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Model 69 moon clip conversion pacecars S&W-Smithing 3 12-29-2014 12:44 AM
Moon clip 9mm out of Model 10 Snarferer S&W-Smithing 15 05-29-2013 12:32 AM
Moon clip birthday Karma - winners picked and notified imashooter2 The Lounge 51 04-02-2012 11:25 PM
Model 681 Moon Clip Conversion? TAROMAN S&W Revolvers: 1980 to the Present 9 11-03-2010 09:24 PM
Moon Clip Question for S&W Model 627-5 WaistGunner S&W Revolvers: 1980 to the Present 6 04-28-2009 07:13 PM

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3
smith-wessonforum.com tested by Norton Internet Security smith-wessonforum.com tested by McAfee Internet Security

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 05:04 AM.


© S-W Forum, LLC 2000-2015
Smith-WessonForum.com is not affiliated with Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation (NASDAQ Global Select: SWHC)