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    Default 45 Colt Laods

    Ok, Just picked up a S&W model 25-5 and am looking for a good bear load, Although I am not going to hunt with I will carry it with me fishing.

    Thanks Jeff

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    Nice gun, but the s&W 25-5 is not compatible with any "bear loads". The cylinder over the chamber is very thin, especially over the locking notch. Any high pressure load that approximates Buffalo bore or cor-bon, etc, runs a high risk of bulging the chamber over the locking notch and permanently damaging the gun. My load for my 25's, and I own 3 of them, is 7gr of Accurate No5 with a 255 lead SWC. Pleasant and accurate. Do not run "hot" loads through your 45 cal S&W. It will be a short lived experience.
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    I agree with gunbugs 100%.
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    Default from the real revolver expert..

    Ruger fans like to put down your S&W .45, but read what John Linbaugh said before you get discouraged:

    http://www.handloads.com/articles/default.asp?id=12

    Odds are you will never shoot your 25-5 enough to show any wear and tear, but if you do simply call S&W and they will fix it for free including shipping both ways.

    If you don't feel comfortable with your powerful, light, easy to carry 25-5 go ahead and get a .500 S&W! it may not stop the bear either, but a least you know you have the most powerful affordable handgun available.

    Enjoy your S&W 25-5. It is a fine, high quality revolver you can be proud to own. A 25-5 is one of the next guns I'll own, I'm just looking on a deal on one.


    Quote Originally Posted by skeet396 View Post
    Ok, Just picked up a S&W model 25-5 and am looking for a good bear load, Although I am not going to hunt with I will carry it with me fishing.

    Thanks Jeff
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    Yep he state 32,000psi for Ruger and you can shoot them in the S&W but it wears out quicker
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    Default Worn out?

    In looking at thousands of handgun over the past 50 years or so I've only seen a very few that were worn at all from shooting and even those were repairable - they were worn but not even close to being "worn out".

    I reality very, very few shooters will ever shoot any handgun enough to experience any significant wear at all. And, in the case of a S&W at least, they will fix it for free anyway. They even set the barrel back on my 629 and re-worked the face and throat and put in a new crane- all at no charge.

    The issue of "wearing out" a quality handgun just isn't really an issue to be concerned with anymore.


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    Yep he state 32,000psi for Ruger and you can shoot them in the S&W but it wears out quicker
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    Check out Handloader 246, April-May 2007. page 14. 20k psi loads for the 270SAA cast bullet (RCBS mold) suitable for many thousand rounds in a S&W 25. HS-6, VV-N350, 2400, Titegroup, Unique, I have loaded a bunch of these.

    You need the whole article for context. 280 grains at 900-1100 fps is plenty stout for a lot of critter.

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    Default "plenty stout"

    Thanks for the reference - I'll have to look it up. Sounds like a good article.

    As Limbaugh pointed out, the S&W 25-5 is powerful enough to handle anything you are likely to come across in a self-protection situation. John trusted his life with his 25-5 - that says a lot to me since he carried it instead of one of his more powerful creations. He also found it was quite effective in a hunting situation.

    I'm still looking for a 25-5 myself. I bought a very nice 25-2 but the cylinder throats in the 25-2 are too loose from what I hear. But near new in the wooden case for $450 I just couldn't pass it up. S&W gets around $200 or so for a new 25-5 cylinder and crane- I could go that route but the gun has a longer target barrel - I'd rather get a lighter mountain gun.

    I think the main thing to remember is: just because it isn't as strong as a Redhawk doesn't mean the 25-5 isn't sufficent for the task!


    Quote Originally Posted by swmn View Post
    Check out Handloader 246, April-May 2007. page 14. 20k psi loads for the 270SAA cast bullet (RCBS mold) suitable for many thousand rounds in a S&W 25. HS-6, VV-N350, 2400, Titegroup, Unique, I have loaded a bunch of these.

    You need the whole article for context. 280 grains at 900-1100 fps is plenty stout for a lot of critter.
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    Stevelyn posted this link in the "other" .45 Colt handloading thread that got bumped recently. It worked for me previously, I printed it while I had it open back then. From thsi desk I can't open URLs that end with .pdf, I think click on "view partieal issue" then select the pages you want to print...

    http://www.riflemagazine.com/magazin....cfm?magid=151

    Linebaugh's writings are (some of them anyway) collected on this page, all worthy of the attention of a .45 Colt owner I think:

    http://www.customsixguns.com/writings.htm

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