Wheel Guns in 45acp?

Discussion in 'Centerfire Pistols & Revolvers' started by cryhavoc, Jul 18, 2010.

  1. cryhavoc

    cryhavoc New Member

    Jul 8, 2010
    Anyone have or had one? I think I need one:D
  2. armedandsafe

    armedandsafe Guest

    I had the Colt's 1917 for many years, before it was stolen. I loved it and would like to have another. Unfortunately, I can't afford today's prices.

    The 1917 used half-moon clips for ACP or .45 AutoRim cartridges without the clips. The AutoRim cartridges were a bit more powerful than the ACP and were a bit easier to reload.

    Good luck.


  3. oneshot onekill

    oneshot onekill New Member

    May 27, 2010
    DeBary, Florida
    I've had several but the last one I had I got at a Pawn Shop and it had a bulged chamber so I think some of the old ones may not hold up to the 230gr bullets that are common today. Back around the turn of the 20th Century the 45 ACP rounds were only 200gr and had less punch. Just be careful with the old ones.
  4. JLA

    JLA Well-Known Member

    Feb 26, 2007
    Heart Of Texas
    I had me a 625. I still have sellers remorse for getting rid of it. it was a fantastic shootn wheelie. i used both auto rim brass and moonclipped acp rounds in it and it shot well with both... sigh:(
  5. MagnumFan

    MagnumFan Former Guest

    Jul 5, 2010
    Check out a S&W Night Guard.

    Sweet Revolver
  6. BillM

    BillM Active Member

    Jan 16, 2010
    Amity Orygun
    I run a 5 inch S&W 625 in USPSA revolver division and Icore competition.
    Full moon clips, CR speed holster, North Mountain moonclip holder.
    Fun gun--but I spend half my time reloading!
  7. muddober

    muddober Active Member

    Sep 19, 2008
    Carson City Nevada
    I have gone through stages in my life where I will get one and then wonder why I did it. I have only shot auto rim in any of them I have had and I much prefer the 45 Colt over the auto rim. Smith has made a few different guns over the last 30 years in 45 Colt inluding the model 625 but they are hard to find. They once made one called the model of 1989 in 45Colt with a non fluted cylinder and 5" barrel. I had one and like a dummy I traded it off.

  8. petesusn

    petesusn Member

    Uberti 1871 Open Top Early Model Navy Revolver
    Smith & Wesson 22 Revolver SM150186
    Smith & Wesson Model 1917 Classic Revolver
    Smith & Wesson Model 325 Nightguard Revolver
    Smith & Wesson Model 325 Thunder Ranch Revolver
    Smith & Wesson Model 625 JM Revolver

    Just to name a few.
  9. JLA

    JLA Well-Known Member

    Feb 26, 2007
    Heart Of Texas
    But at least my friend you dont spend any time chasing brass on your hands and knees;)
  10. woolleyworm

    woolleyworm Well-Known Member

    Feb 23, 2009
    SW Fort Worth

    :D:D:D Got a good point there!

    Ruger has the option of the 45acp cylinder for the Vaquero; Got to shoot it a couple of weeks ago, fine shooting wheelie!
  11. jondar

    jondar New Member

    Mar 2, 2009
    Does my Webley MK VI qualify? I also once owned an S&W Model 1917 which had one "off" chamber which spit lead. Cheaper ammo is the only reason I can think of for having this caliber in a revolver. There are so many better rounds.
  12. Alpo

    Alpo Well-Known Member

    Feb 3, 2007
    NW Florida
    Lemme give you a couple of reasons.

    I'll admit to cheaper ammo, as I can load 45 ACP to the same ballistics as 45 Colt, using less powder (because of the shorter case), thereby saving money, and 45 ACP brass is also cheaper than 45 Colt brass.

    I can load bullets that will not work in my 1911, and they work fine in the revolvers.

    Because of the shorter case, the ejector stroke will completely remove the empties from the cylinder, unlike with your normal 38 special/357/44/45 Colt revolver.

    45ACP in a full moon clip is the absolutely fastest revolver reload there is.

    Exactly what round is "better" than a 45 ACP? In what way is it better? For plinking at tin cans, a 22 is better. For hunting Kodiak Bear a 454 Casull is better. But just "better"? That doesn't make sense.
  13. Yep, stamped .455 on the barrel:D

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  14. jondar

    jondar New Member

    Mar 2, 2009
    Well, you've already given two rounds that are better thatn the .45 ACP. You can't load your .45 ACP to the same ballistics as my Ruger Bisley Magnum, or my SAA in .44 Special As to ejection, my Colt SAA's ejector rods will bounce the empties out off my wrist. As to fast reloading, I don't worry about gun fights and the need for fast reloading. But my main reason is why waltz when you can rock and roll? Maybe soon they will chamber a revolver in .380 ACP. Think that will sell?
  15. Rick O'Shay

    Rick O'Shay New Member

    Nov 7, 2009
    Southwest Michigan
    I have two 45ACP cylinders that I am able to swap around in my Colt SAA's and they shoot great with the 45ACP cartridge.
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