View Full Version : Smith & Wesson Model 25-5 45 Long Colt

09-28-2011, 6:39 PM
I love Big Bore Revolvers. I haven't had this one out of the safe for sometime. I made a trip to Barnwood Arms to shoot it with my favorite load. A Bear Creek MolyCoat 255gr LRN Flat Point, using 7.8grs Unique. One of the guys is a rangemaster who witnessed my shooting. Shooting was done from 50 feet using a sandbag rest.

Just in case you haven't heard, Barnwood Arms has bought the building next door and is expanding their indoor shooting range. I really like these guys. They are very respectful to customers and always have lots of inventory to look drool over.

ETA on the expansion is sometime around the end of October, 1st part of November.

09-28-2011, 6:57 PM
Great looking gun and group. I should really develop a load for mine but it stays more of a safe queen.

09-28-2011, 6:58 PM
Nice group from a really nice looking revolver.

09-28-2011, 7:07 PM
Two beautiful Smith and Wesson !!!!!!!!

09-28-2011, 7:39 PM
I don't think I could print a group that small if I poked the holes with a pencil.

I need to go shooting more.

09-28-2011, 7:39 PM
impressive accuracy... and a beautiful S&W.

09-28-2011, 7:40 PM
Shooting4Life, mine is somewhat of a safe-queen also. It's one of those that is almost too pretty to risk putting scratches on. It's never seen a holster or a hunting trip. I tend to use the stainless guns for that.

Yours is a beauty !

09-28-2011, 8:20 PM
Fantastic shooting and a beautiful revolver. I had this one shown below for a number of years but shot it very little. The single action was scary light and the double action was light enough to easily shoot accurately. I turned it into an AR15A2 which is seeing more use.


Snapping Twig
09-28-2011, 9:40 PM
Can I play?


It's a 25-7, I bought it new in 89.

This is a most seriously accurate revolver!

My loads are:

7 ~ 7.5g W231 255g cast SWC

8 ~ 9g Unique 255g cast SWC

I cast from straight wheel weights, air cool and White Label BAC for lube.

My favorite load is 9g Unique to duplicate the original BP load @ 900fps.

09-29-2011, 6:45 AM
Great shooting and great handguns :)

I like Model 25's very much, however mine are 25-2's in .45acp for commonality of ammunition with my 1911's.

I rarely shoot .38/.357 revolvers, much preferring the big-bores. When I want more power I go for hotter .44 special loads or .44 magnum loads in my Model 29's.

While I respect the .45 Colt very much I just don't shoot it enough to justify loading or stocking another calibre since I find the .44 special/magnum versatility of the Model 29 more to my liking.

09-29-2011, 10:48 AM
Here's mine for sale.

09-29-2011, 12:01 PM
That unfluted 25-7 in 45LC just gave me a woody.

09-29-2011, 2:16 PM
I got my 25-5 in 1980, love it, but it's not carried in a holster and it's a 6", it resides in the safe except for carrying it around in a padded case to and from the range.

09-29-2011, 5:03 PM
Shooting4life, those are some beautiful grips on your Smith. Purty!!!

09-29-2011, 6:43 PM
Beautiful!!What else can be said?

09-30-2011, 7:41 AM
Here's another one of my favorite Model 25s. It's a Stainless 5" called "Model of 1989" I used to shoot mostly 45 Auto ammo thru it. But as of lately, I came across some 45 Auto Rim brass and have been shooting it. The benefit to that, of course, is that I do not need to use moon clips to eject the cartridges. Accuracy has been the same using AR brass as opposed to using ACP brass. Cost and availability is the only disadvantage.

09-30-2011, 9:27 AM
I've got a 25-2 that I'm keeping. I have the moon clips and about 100 rounds of .45AR
I have some boxes of .45AR brass if you're interested. I don't reload.
Here's mine.

09-30-2011, 1:57 PM
PM sent.