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Hi all,

I just picked up a used 5" 625-8 .45 cal. It is my first revolver. It is in great shape and has all the trigger mods. It came with one moonclip loaded with Federal ammo. I picked up a box of PMC and a box of WWB and took it to the range. Only the Federal would fire. It seems that the softer Federal primers are the only ones that work.

Question. Should I just change from my normal CCI primers and start loading with Federal or should I get the Cylinder & Slide extended firing pin? Or should I do both? Also the loaded moonclips are difficult to insert into the cylinder. Does the cylinder need to be chamferred and is it possible to do this myself?

I love the gun but it is alot different than my semi's. Need to do a lot of practicing.

I hope this makes sense since I just woke up and am still a little groggy.

Thanks,

Art
 

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My used 625 does the exact same thing, won't work with anything other than a Federal primer. I installed the extra long firing pin and didn't experience any better ignition. Having it can't hurt though. I suspect that whoever had my gun first removed a little bit from the strain screw in order to creat lighter tension on the hammer spring. I haven't replaced it yet, I probably will after the smoke from the holidays clears. Remove your grips and make sure the tension screw is all the way in. If that doesn't help, a new strain screw may be in order.
 

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625 Ignition

In factory condition the 625 should ignite factory ammo, just like any other Smith revo. As soon as you start changing springs and adjusting the mainspring tension ignition starts getting iffy.



My personal 625 (custom buy Apex Tactical) has a double-action-only pull of about 4.75 to 5 lbs and Randy Lee adviced to use ONLY Federal large pistol primers seated at a min of 0.06" deep.



Go Federal and it will always go bang!
 

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Story followup

I replaced the firing pin with the longer one. It didn't help. I ended up surrendering it to a gunsmith for repair. I haven't gotten it back as of yet. I also had him install a fiber optic front sight and am having the cylinder chamferred to help inserting the moon clips. I should be getting it back in about a week.



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satx40 said:
I replaced the firing pin with the longer one. It didn't help. I ended up surrendering it to a gunsmith for repair. I haven't gotten it back as of yet. I also had him install a fiber optic front sight and am having the cylinder chamferred to help inserting the moon clips. I should be getting it back in about a week.



Art


If there is still a problem, PM me your address and I can send you a main spring that will probably solve the problem.



(HI NEMO)



Regards,





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My buddy has a 625 that has no problems with any ammo that I know of. I do not think his has had any trigger work though.

Awesome gun too. Makes me want a lot of S&W revolvers.
 

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I have a brand new 625 on its way from Bud's as we speak. Hopefully it is here by the weekend.
 

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My 625JM has fired anything I put in it. I removed the wooden grips and installed Pachmyer decellerators, thus avoiding those large bruises on my hand.
 

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cincinnatijim said:
My 625JM has fired anything I put in it. I removed the wooden grips and installed Pachmyer decellerators, thus avoiding those large bruises on my hand.


If you want to sell the wood grips I know someone that might want them.



I have several 625s and they will fired everything I put in them until I replaced the hammer spring with the reduced tension version. Lighter trigger pull but also a lighter hammer hit and then they will only fire federal primers. I did have to replace the tension screw on one when I purchased it because someone had filed it down to reduce the trigger pull, bad idea.



When you get it back, the gunsmith will probably have replaced the spring and or tension screw. If not, that is all you should have to do to get it to work. I really like my N frame Smiths.



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I just wanted to add that this is one of my favorite and most accurate guns to shoot. I love my four inch model and have been wanting a five inch also.

J
 
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