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Old 02-11-2010, 08:35 AM
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I traded for a 625-2 last night, and need some info from the experts. It appears to be in 95% + condition, and had all the accessories. I would appreciate any input concerning your experience with this revolver, and anything I should beware of. I'll try to get some pix up tonight. Thanks in advance. Bill.
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Old 02-11-2010, 09:28 AM
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Great choice, you'll enjoy it.
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Old 02-11-2010, 09:43 AM
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Hi, Bill,

All of the 625s I own have been excellent guns; accurate, and just plain fun to shoot. The earliest run, roll-marked "45 Cal. Model of 1988" commands a slight premium over the later models, but all are great. All that I currently own (two 3", a '-3' 4", one '-2' and three '-4' 5") are my most accurate center-fire guns, and the ones I pull out when I want to show off a little at the range. You will be very happy with your purchase.

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Old 02-11-2010, 11:12 AM
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Last year I found two 625's at a local gunshop. One was a 625-2 ".45 Cal. Model of 1988" which came home with me. Firing plain Jane WWB 230 gr. FMJ at 15 yds., my first six rounds made a 2 inch group. Within a few cylinder loads, I was putting most if not all of my rounds through the axle hole of a harrow blade (spray painted white it is my preferred target for informal target shooting) with the remainder of the rounds leaving a little copper smear where they would hit on the edge of the axle hole. Over 31 years I have owned all sorts of S&W revolvers chambered in either .38/.357 or .44 Mag. This is the first .45 ACP revolver I've ever owned. I have not ever had any revolver, either S&W or Colt (and that included two Pythons) that has equaled this revolver for accuracy. In both double-action and single-action shooting it is superlative in the extreme. At some point I will again start reloading for the .45 ACP which I will fire in both my 625 and my Springfield 1911 Mil-Spec. Take your new pistol, clean it, buy some quality ammo and head for the range! Sincerely. brucev.
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Old 02-11-2010, 12:12 PM
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I bought a 625-8 J.M. Special at Bass Pro a couple of years ago. I had gone in with a friend, who was picking something up, just as a lark. While waiting, I spied the J.M. Special hiding behind another revolver on the shelf. They had it for a while and it was priced right. I bought it and discovered it to be the most "user friendly" revolver that I owned. Soon, I was consistently shooting it better than I have for some time.

That experience told me that I wanted a 5" too. The next Ohio Gun Collectors Show I found exactly ONE 5" (a Model 625-6 Model of 1989) that was being sold as part of an estate. It appeared to be NIB. The price was decent and after a bit of discussion, I bought it too.

These revolvers are so good that I feel blessed. My regular load is a target load of a 200 gr. #68 H&G SWC ahead of 4.0 grs of Bullseye or equivalent. It shoots WELL under 1" at 25 yards. I put Red Dots on both as I have age caused vision problems. Here is the 625-6:



As an aside, I have a couple of friends who also have 4" J.M. Specials and I have shot both their revolvers. They both shoot equally as well as mine. My two will be here when I am gone, they are that good.

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Old 02-11-2010, 08:30 PM
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Thanks for your input, guys. I'm anxious to see what it will do. Bill.
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The only problem that I've seen with 625-2's and -3's is that their chambers seem tighter than the later models. I'm not sure if this is all of them, but it is a lot of them. You won't see anything with normal trips to the range, but extensive USPSA shooting with reloads and lead bullets will generate enough **** that cartridges don't enter the chambers well, impeding rapid reloading that is necessary for this sport.

It's not a serious problem. Brushing the chambers with a brass brush (I use a .50 muzzle loader brush) before a stage will fix the problem during a match, or you can go to a 'smith with a .45ACP chamber reamer and have them opened up a bit.

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I'd like to see the pics. Mine came w/o box or accesories and I'd like to know what type box and stuff accompanied it. Thanks.

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The only problem that I've seen with 625-2's and -3's is that their chambers seem tighter than the later models. I'm not sure if this is all of them, but it is a lot of them. You won't see anything with normal trips to the range, but extensive USPSA shooting with reloads and lead bullets will generate enough **** that cartridges don't enter the chambers well, impeding rapid reloading that is necessary for this sport.

It's not a serious problem. Brushing the chambers with a brass brush (I use a .50 muzzle loader brush) before a stage will fix the problem during a match, or you can go to a 'smith with a .45ACP chamber reamer and have them opened up a bit.

Buck

My 625-3 is not that tight but the 625-10 2 got sent back for that very reason. They opened them about a thousandth of an inch. The S&W PC tech told me they keep them tight to keep the velocity up, it is not like they are used as a competition gun. It will shoot faster than a 3 Kimber.
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Slightly off point, but I have a 625JM and it is an absolutely wonderful gun. I sometimes wonder if it is possible to manufacture a revolver that is more accurate or more fun to shoot than this gun. If I were only allowed one handgun this would be it.
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One problem with the 625-2 (there was no 625-1) is they have the floating hand. If your gun does not carry up properly, then the fix is about 20 bucks and a 10 minute job to swap out the hand.

My rebuilt one looked like this when I finished it up. It's got a turn line again after shooting it some.
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The 625s in all their configurations are my favorite N frames.
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I have the 625-3 Model of 1989. Looks like the last one featured in Allen-frame's post. 5" barrel, round butt with finger groove grips.

I don't like how it looks or how it feels in the hand. The round butt N-frame with the long full lug barrel is too nose heavy and the satin-finish stainless always looks dirty. It just looks dull and feels awkward to me.

It's become my favorite revolver. Can't argue with success.

It has the lightest double action trigger pull and crispest single action of any S&W I own. Shoots anything I feed it with astounding accuracy.

At our local range, I've often had people come up to me and ask "how did you learn to shoot like that?" I usually tell them "the day I bought the S&W 625."

I hope you will enjoy yours as much as I do my "ugly duckling".
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My 625-3 is not that tight but the 625-10 2 got sent back for that very reason. They opened them about a thousandth of an inch. The S&W PC tech told me they keep them tight to keep the velocity up, it is not like they are used as a competition gun.
Warren,

I have used mine in competition.



I shot it in a 60 round match that was two replicates of the 30-shot Georgia SP qualifier (280 out of 300 was my better score), and a 106 round IDPA match. I will admit that my hand felt what I was shooting, but it wasn't as bad as I expected. I think the Nills grips helped.


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I have a 5" model of 1988. It's a dream to shoot. Rings steel like a cow bell @ 25yds. The really good point is; I shoot 185, 200 & 230 gr. ACP's & Auto Rims. Enjoy a fine weapon.
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It's pre-lock, it's big-bore, it talks loud and eats whatever you want to feed it. What's not to like? You will love it.
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