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Old February 9, 2010, 05:29 PM   #1
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J-Frame with Moon Clips

Hi gang,
I'm curious as to feedback from those who may have this mod and any associated issues, like's or dislikes you care to share.
Thanks,
Dan Ortego
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Old February 9, 2010, 06:15 PM   #2
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While it's not exactly what your looking for,
I do have a M940 and the reload is very quick.
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Old February 9, 2010, 06:29 PM   #3
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Very nice model indeed and I wish they would bring it back.
I do see that smith' is offering a few factory moon set-ups this year. I have a 640 off being modified. TK will provision the moon cut, while Bowen will install sights and some other tweaks. It's perhaps a bit overkill for a j-frame but I'm retired and I was feeling bored. Besides, it will be rather unique and I'm funny that way.
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Old February 9, 2010, 08:29 PM   #4
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I, too, wish S&W would bring back the 940. Several chaps over on www.smith-wessonforum.com have had 940 cylinders fit to their 640s with good results. It might be something in which you may be interested.
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Old February 9, 2010, 08:53 PM   #5
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I actually recall that at some point, but I have one heck of a time using the search engine over on that forum. As it is, mine is already being cut, but thanks just the same.
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Old February 10, 2010, 10:12 AM   #6
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I have a S&W 360J that has been cut for moonclips and rechambered to 9x23. I usually load it with 9mm, I'm very happy with the conversion, it is very fast to reload and spare moonclips are easy to carry.

I also have revolvers in .357mag, .40S&W, and .45ACP that use moonclips and I just as happy with them for the same reasons.
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Old February 10, 2010, 10:30 AM   #7
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Hello WC145,
I have considered that, although I'm not sure of a 9mm conversion on the longer .357 cylinder. Just seems like the added free flight may compromise the ballistics before entering the forcing cone. Still, I do like the idea of easier handling of a 9mm moon clip pod. Does a 9mm round kick a bit more than a relatively matched .38 from your converted 360?
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Old February 10, 2010, 08:25 PM   #8
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SaberOne,
Hope you will post a writeup and photos when your revolver returns.
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Old February 10, 2010, 09:05 PM   #9
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Smith & Wesson is introducing several Pro Series J-Frames cut for moon clips. They also have real dovetail sights, and they're doing 2.5" Airweights.

Also, the Model 10 has officially been discontinued from production (after 116 years!) and is now part of the "Classic" line.
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Old February 10, 2010, 09:33 PM   #10
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Yeah, I had just received my standard 640 when the new 640-Pro release notice arrived. In fact, it was already back at Bowen for applying the nearly same damn mods that the new one comes with! As it is, I'm not sure they will actually be hitting the streets until later this summer but still.

Today, my new 686 2.5" arrived so I'm sure a new and improved version of that model will be announced on Friday. Can't win for losing! These two will hopefully be my last project guns! When all the dust settles, I may pick up the new 442 no-lock mooned snub but I'll think long and hard on that one... Can't say I'm all that fond of alloy frames.
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