Originally Posted by DGG!
So it is negative as far as headspacing .45 acp in a revolver without using a moon clip as long as you (1) like to pick them out with your fingernails or pocket knife, etc. and (2) you are not shooting any of the old .45 acp Colt model 1917 revolvers, made by the millions and used widely during WWI, that are not made with a headspace.
Thanks for the informative reply but I think I'll stick with my moon clips for now.
They only made a little over 150 thousand, not "millions". They only did the "smooth-sided" chambers for about the first six months of production. Guns that had not been issued, when they changed over, were sent back to Colt to have new cylinders fitted.
BUT, your question was not "should you use the clips?", or "is it easier to shoot 'em while using the clips?", it was "Don't you have to
moon the .45 acp to get it to headspace in a revolver?" So, I answered that question. NO, you don't HAVE TO.
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