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Old August 20, 2002, 01:39 PM   #1
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How Strong is a S&W Mod 25??? in Long Colt

My reloading books list loads for older single action guns and then much stouter loads for the Ruger Blackhawk. The Mod 25 is modern design, but not a Ruger. What is a safe maximum load for this gun?
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Old August 20, 2002, 02:40 PM   #2
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The Blackhawk is an older design made to modern standards.

Simply put, the Rugers are built like stinking tanks.

Will your 25 eat the loads destined for Ruger? Very likely. Will it cause quicker wear? Oh yeah.
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Old August 20, 2002, 02:50 PM   #3
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I'm trying to decide if I want to buy a Mod 629 in 44 Mag for hiking, or if I can get a potent bear load for my 25. I wouldn't shoot it much.
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Old August 20, 2002, 03:21 PM   #4
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Gary...found a good answer from Linebaugh that I quoted in your other post.
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Old August 20, 2002, 03:36 PM   #5
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Thumper.. That pretty much answers my question. I read this before, but couldn't remember where. Thanks..
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Old August 20, 2002, 08:03 PM   #6
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The cylinder walls are so thin on my 25 that I can read a paper through them. I keep it loaded very light. I am sure that it will handle a few hot loads, but I dont see a need.
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Old August 20, 2002, 11:06 PM   #7
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I shoot a home-cast, molyplated 255 gr WFN in my 25-5.
I load at the very bottom end of "Ruger & TC only".This works in my revolver, start lower and work up for safety!!! Ross Seyfried allowed as it was right at the limit for that revolver. Him knowing a bunch more on the matter than I, I'll take his word on it.
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Old August 21, 2002, 01:15 AM   #8
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The consensus I have heard is, stronger than a Colt SAA, but not nearly as strong as a Ruger.

If you get 255's above 1000 fps, I doubt if it will kB, but I think you're pushing your luck. The .44 Smith has much thicker cylinder walls.
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Old August 21, 2002, 01:07 PM   #9
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DANGER DANGER DANGER

DO NOT play games with a S&W. If you want to hot load use a Ruger or better yet a Freedom Arms Casull with the 45 LC cylinder. Smiths are nice guns but the cyl notches are over the chamber, not off set like the Ruger or the 5 shot Casull.
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Old August 21, 2002, 01:26 PM   #10
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How Strong is a S&W Mod 25??? in Long Colt

Both guns should be at least the same.
If you are old enough to have seen, or have one of the OLD COLT SINGLE ACTIONS. They had pencil thin barrels. I have never owned a 45 Long Colt but, would load it low end for the older Colts.
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