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Are the moon clips used for a Ruger Redhawk 45 acp/45 colt the same as the moon clips used in N Frame Smiths?

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I dunno, but I think the hole spacing is there same. HKS lists the same 44 mag speedloader for the model 29 and all of the RedHawks.

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I've understood that moon clips for S&W don't fit the way Rugers are machined.

 

I would be happy to be proven wrong.

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Nope - the "standard" moon clips for .45 ACP are too thick - Ruger (for whatever reason) chose to design the head spacing on the Redhawk to require a thinner moon clip. The chamber spacing (bolt circle) is the same as on S&W's, so a .45 LC speed-loader for a S&W would work (for .45 LC) - but the moon clips are not interchangeable.

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They most likely want you to purchase Ruger moon clips as well.  I was interested in a 357 Redhawk 8 shot as a packin' pistol until I learned my hundreds of Revolver Supply 0.025 clips will not work.  They would sell more revolvers (I think) if they made them interchangeable with support equipment people already posses.

Jsson

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They might work.  I've been told the 8 shot 357 moon clips do work well.

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Thanks guys, looking at a 45 acp 4" revolver for IDPA, fun, etc... Love the idea of a 45 colt/acp and thought Ruger was cheap and different.  

Had a buddy who shot a 4" 25 in 45 colt and used acp with moon clips.  Just for kicks.

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On my .357 Redhawk, the RS moonclips for the N-Frames are just a smidge too big in diameter.  I took the cylinder and opened up the counterbore for the moon clips.  They work just fine now.  I suspect anybody with access to a lathe could do this quickly for you.

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23 hours ago, pskys2 said:

Are the moon clips used for a Ruger Redhawk 45 acp/45 colt the same as the moon clips used in N Frame Smiths?

25/625 moonclips are .040 thick.

Ruger moonclips are .032 thick but hole spacing is the same.

Could machine .008 off the cylinder and star and use S&W moonclips. 

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Ruger gets a lot of stuff -almost- right. They did better when old man Ruger was still in charge.

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