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Old February 18, 2012, 08:45 PM   #1
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Double Action .45 Colt

I want a Double Action .45 Colt (or maybe 45 ACP) revolver. I want it to be all steel and be able to last a life time, although I wouldn't be shooting heavy loads through it, mostly 255 grainers going 900 fps.

I've read about the S&W M25's having problems with oversized throats, so that's out.

I heard Ruger made Redhawks in .45 Colt, but I've never seen one for sale and it just doesn't appeal to me that much.

I don't like Taurus, either.

Any ideas?
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Old February 18, 2012, 08:57 PM   #2
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S&W Thunder Ranch

I would recommend the S&W Model 22-4 Thunder Ranch Revolver- a semi-remake of the Army Model of 1950.
I say semi because the original didn't have a half lugged barrel and had a longer barrel.
This model is 45ACP/Auto Rim.All steel.The supplied grips aren't very comfortable so I put some Pachmayrs on.
For some bizarre reason Smith has also designated the remake of the 1917 Army Model the 22-4 also.
I can't imagine why they didn't call it the 22-5 or something.
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Old February 18, 2012, 09:27 PM   #3
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The S&W Model 1917 that I have was my grandfather's sidearm in WW1. It's already lasted nearly three lifetimes. And it still looks good and shoots straight.
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Old February 18, 2012, 09:47 PM   #4
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I'm not crazy about new Smith and Wessons. I've had bad experiences.
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Old February 18, 2012, 10:11 PM   #5
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Depends

Some new S&W products are excellent-others-eh.
They farm out a lot of their work,like grips,so it's variable.
The remake of the 1917 is horrible-cheesy "case coloring" and a trigger from hell.
The 40-1 "lemonsqueezer" is great-and no hole!!
The SC1911 functions reliably and is fun to shoot.
Just a few random thoughts.
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Old February 18, 2012, 10:17 PM   #6
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Not too crazy on new Colt DA guns to as they dont make such a creature.
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Old February 18, 2012, 10:28 PM   #7
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Buy a .44 Magnum Dan Wesson, a .45 Colt reamer from Clymers (approx. $75) and a barrel blank from Green Mountain (approx. $30). You might talk to EWK Arms about turning a barrel for you, but DW barrels aren't that hard to duplicate. You can also use a .454 Casull reamer if you limit the depth.
You can cut the chambers tighter than either the Ruger or S&W and the Dan Wesson is easily capable of handling the "Ruger only" loads...and even hotter.

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Old February 19, 2012, 08:43 AM   #8
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Try to locate a S&W Model of 1988 somewhere used. It is a 5" bbl stainless 45 acp revolver and uses moon clips.
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Old February 19, 2012, 09:05 AM   #9
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Buy a .44 Magnum Dan Wesson, a .45 Colt reamer from Clymers (approx. $75) and a barrel blank from Green Mountain (approx. $30). You might talk to EWK Arms about turning a barrel for you, but DW barrels aren't that hard to duplicate. You can also use a .454 Casull reamer if you limit the depth.
You can cut the chambers tighter than either the Ruger or S&W and the Dan Wesson is easily capable of handling the "Ruger only" loads...and even hotter.
Or you could just buy a Dan Wesson model 45 (blue) or 745 (stainless), which are chambered for .45 Colt already.

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Old February 19, 2012, 04:23 PM   #10
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I vote for the S&W Model 25, I've got a 25-5 in .45 Colt with an 8 3/8" barrel which is probably a bit longer than you're looking for, but man does it shoot. You'll be hard pressed to find a nicer DA .45 Colt although I wouldn't plan on hot rodding your ammo for it. Seems to me this revolver would be a good carry gun with a 3-4" barrel although you'd have to be fairly large to conceal it (I doubt I'd have an issue with it). I've been on the lookout for one with a shorter barrel for years but one hasn't turned up locally yet.

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Old February 19, 2012, 06:44 PM   #11
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Some of the S&Ws had oversize throats. As did some of the Rugers.

Neither are exactly inaccurate. But acccuracy potential can be improved.

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Old February 19, 2012, 07:47 PM   #12
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Later Model 25-2's did not have the overly-large throats.

I own a Model 22-4 (non-TRR) model, and it's a great revolver. Shoots to point of aim, and it's a ball to shoot.

There are also Model 25-5's out there, chambered in .45 Colt. I own a four-inch model, and it's also a great shooter.
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Old February 19, 2012, 09:28 PM   #13
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You could go w/ the s&w Governer. Mix and match all you want. .45 Colt. .45 ACP and .410 shotshell.

I'd opt for the S&W 625 pre-lock or a model of 1917 (a real one sans lock also).
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Old February 19, 2012, 09:55 PM   #14
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Since a S&W isn't on your menu, that leaves you a choice of either a Dan Wesson or a Colt Anaconda in 45 Colt. Happy searching be with you.
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Old February 19, 2012, 10:00 PM   #15
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Or you could just buy a Dan Wesson model 45 (blue) or 745 (stainless), which are chambered for .45 Colt already.
Great idea! Soooo... is yours for sale?

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Old February 19, 2012, 10:06 PM   #16
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Since a S&W isn't on your menu, that leaves you a choice of either a Dan Wesson or a Colt Anaconda in 45 Colt. Happy searching be with you.
S&W isn't necessarily off the menu. Is it hard to find a pre lock m25 with correct chamber throats?
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Old February 19, 2012, 10:10 PM   #17
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S&W isn't necessarily off the menu. Is it hard to find a pre lock m25 with correct chamber throats?
S&W finally got the dimensions right with the 25-7 in 1989. They have been good since.
Rugers Redhawks have been on the tight side but atleast those can be opened up.

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Old February 19, 2012, 11:49 PM   #18
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You really need to have the throat measured. Not all Model 25-2's were out of spec. I own a 1975 model, and it's a tack driver. You need to judge each revolver on its own merits.
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Old February 20, 2012, 12:02 AM   #19
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Not all Model 25-2's were out of spec
Smith's issues were with their 45 Colts. I haven't heard or experienced problems with 45 ACPs.

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Old February 20, 2012, 12:58 AM   #20
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http://www.ruger.com/products/redhawk/models.html
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I heard Ruger made Redhawks in .45 Colt, but I've never seen one for sale
They still show this on their web site.
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Old February 20, 2012, 02:08 AM   #21
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They still show this on their web site.
Yeah but I never see em for sale anywhere
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Old February 20, 2012, 02:42 AM   #22
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I see that Dan Wesson has chosen to mark their guns with the misnomer ".45 Long Colt."
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Old February 20, 2012, 09:16 PM   #23
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Or you could just buy a Dan Wesson model 45 (blue) or 745 (stainless), which are chambered for .45 Colt already.

.44 Magnum Dan Wessons are fairly easy to find; factory .45 Colt's aren't and are much more expensive.
There actually is a .45 Short Colt cartridge. Paco Kelly has a box of them manufactured in 1883.
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Old February 21, 2012, 11:24 AM   #24
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I have a S&W 45cal 1955 with a 5in barrell. It is brushed crome. Someone left it in a wet location and the finish is pitted.

Looks rough but shoots like a dream.

Check out the used market. You can come up with an outstanding shooter for 1/3 of the cost of a new model.
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Old February 22, 2012, 05:30 AM   #25
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The best DA .45C shooter I have is a .455 Eley bored Colt New Service with a 5.5" BBL. Cost $250 in a pawnshop, had been parkerized with Pachmayr grips. Years ago I had an Arminius .45C that was a good shooter. The Smith Thunder Ranch is a good .45 ACP revolver.
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