Pet loads for S&W 625

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  1. oldgunfan

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    I got a S&W 625jm a few months back, but I haven't found a really special load for it. It does well with just about everything I throw at it except 200grn berrys, they seem to be tumbling at 25yrds the holes in the paper are torn sideways very odd. anyway I haven't tried any lead rounds in it so I thought I would see what the experts had come up with for it.
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    I had a smith 625-4 in .45ACP. I loaded it with 250 gr cast RNFP and 4.6 gr AA#2. Was a good shootn load.
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    After doing some searching on the web there seems to be a problem with soft bullets tumbling in a 625. there saying the rifling isn't as sharp as the old one's and bullet jump.
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    I didnt have a problem with it. I was shooting 250 gr cast RNFP sized .452" intended for the .45LC and loaded in .45 auto rim brass. The 4.6 gr AA#2 made 750 fps from a 5" barrel and would shoot 1 holers at 25 yds.

    Granted these were hardcast, prolly 18 BHN or better. And they were bevel base. But they still shot fine and didnt lead the bore. or tumble.
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    I'll have to try them JLA do you know what primers you used? still not sure why the 200grn berrys are tumbling. I here tell they are swagged lead with a very thin copper coating and they are sized 451", maybe that's why. I have some 230grn LRN and some 200grn LSWC's that are 452" and hard cast, I'll see if they have any tumbling problems.
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    either CCI 350s or WLP, that load was relatively light (think it was middle of the road) they are the only 2 brands I use. I use them indescriminantly in my pistol loads, unless its a purpose developed hunting load at near max pressure. then I am a little more discriminant about the primer used. ;)
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    Ok thanks JLA, I'll try the 250grn hard cast one day. hope the 44 lever action works out.
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    me too. Im havin all kinds of disappointment with this thing.
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    Just tried some 230grn LRN from Magnus and didn't have any tumbling problems. So far my 625jm likes speer 185grn JSWC with 5.6grns of W231 cci-300 primer, shoots like a K38 with 148grn HBWC in it. By the way just put a reduced power wolff spring kit in it and it started light striking the primers so I put a std power wolff hammer spring and a 13lb rebound spring. no more light strikes and the DA is 6-7lbs butter smooth single maybe 1lb.:):)
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    good deal. My 586 DCM has a 15 oz single action trigger and a 6-7 pound DA trigger. Its a 6" silhouette model with front and rear adjustable sights. I love me a good shootn smith.
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