Yer KILLIN' Me, Ric! I have the top one (Brazialin '46 contract, actually 1918 DOM). Hvae handled an 1894 MKII, and prob gonna pick up the 625 MK! I def intend to shoot only light stuff in the 1917, for paper/fun. If I get the 625, would want to push it to top end for my local range bowling pin match. Great to know it handles the full loads well (as I expected, being an N frame in 45 ACP!).
Ahhh, the deer fell right over & 1 was about 65 yds. Crushes rocks if they are hard. 900fps so …., but ain't never been attacked by a bowling pin yet.B-A: I assume the speed loader pic is of the 260s. Those look like they would be wicked medicine on a set of bowling pins at 10 yds!!!
If I had a complaint, I would pick on the twist rate. Coarse that is my pet peeve for revolvers in general after building a 16 twist 44 Mag. If I re-barreled, I'd try for a 12 twist. In the 625s, any bullet design of 200 grains that I tried, shoots with just about everything you wanna throw in the case. By 250 grain, options become limited & sensitive, particularly in the 4"ers. But in fairness, those 260s fly straight way out passed 100 yds anyway.The 452423 looks close to the Lee 45 255 SWC (which I have). I have the 1917, and AR brass. Intend to try the Lee, and the 454190. And sure they would potentially work even better in a 625.
So... I am concerned about QA - why I have hesitated on ordering one sight unseen... I have a Ruger BH Flattop 45 Colt/45 ACP conv, and picked up an ugly but very accurate 1946 Brazilian Contract Smith 1917. 5 digit serial #, made in 1918. It has minor pitting, rust has been stopped, needed to get orig style grips and lanyard ring. But it shoots lights out with both 45 ACP and 45 AR! I am thrilled. AND why I am looking at the 625 with Moon clips!One New Year resolution I made was to re-acquire a 45 ACP revolver of some kind. I came close to snagging one of the S&W 625 variants at a local shop about 6 months ago, but like the Model 48 I balked upon a year ago, the frame contours on the Hillary Hole S&Ws all look distended and "wrong" to me. The red/white/blue stock set on the 625 I decided against also do it no favors. Grips are easily changed--chassis contours, not so much. And the multiple tales of woe concerning S&W Q/C are concerning as well. So--I dunno. Maybe a Ruger swap-cylinder BH is the best idea, those sometimes need a construction finish/refinement, but the chassis is usually sound. Grail Gun would be a 1917 of either make that was unmolested or their commercial equivalents, but those bring hefty tariffs these days. Buckshot recently scored a Uberti Cattleman in 45 ACP, and he likes it a bunch. The Cattleman and BH have the large advantage of being largely unaffected by CA anti-gun idiocies, too. At any rate, I need to give my new-to-me Lyman #452423 a platform to cast for.
Someone PLEASE tell me that I am not the only fool that snags a bullet mould or die set and THEN elects to find an arm to fit it.