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well, i've had the 4"JM before and loved it. The 4" came to be because of rule changes in the various games which led to a max length of a 4" barrel.
Before that rule change, the 5" ruled the roost in all the revolver games.

The number one thing i can think of is if ya get the chance, handle both of them---probably a gun show will be your best bet at finding both of them to fondle. The 5" would probably be the superioer range gun, but not allowed for some games such as idpa shoots and such, only the 4" can compete there.

I like the balance of the 4" but the 5" might be your cup of tea since you like the 6" gp's.
Never cared for the JM grips----i used pachmayer round butt grips instead and prefered them.

here are some threads to wet your appetite
http://smith-wessonforum.com/eve/forums ... 1691021652

http://smith-wessonforum.com/eve/forums ... rch=Search
 

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The 625 sounds like a great gun. I think I'd lean toward the 5", but would have to handle one to know for sure. I believe that there is a 625 5" at my local shop still. I'll have to see about checking it out this week.

Thanks for the links deputy. By the way the second wanted me to sign in. :D
 

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I could also use my reloads that I made for my auto's too? The 230 grain fmj would work fine?
 

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yes sir they will work fine. matter of fact you can load them as hot or as light as the data will allow and not worry about function. Some folks into smith revolvers will work on them to smooth and lighten/change springs to the point of light primer strikes with anything but federal primers....
I kept mine stock for street carry and had zero problems with any ammo or primers.
 

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If for defense, the new Smith Mod 21 or 22, I get them confused, has iron sights but a good gun...if for target/hunting....bite the bullet and buy the Smith...worth the money....don't buy a cheaper one and wish you had the best....I'd buy the JM....I like the grips better.....but what does a dog know?????:)
 

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I do like the JM. I don't think I like the grips though. I do like the bead blast finish. Decisions, decisions.

 

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Looks like grips are attached by a bottom screw...are there aftermarkets....can you refinish the initials out? Is the grip frame changed or can you use N frame grips?
 

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the wood grips appear to be hogue. She is a "N" frame round butt............
 

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I checked out the 625 tonight. It's pretty nice, but it's $700. I'm up in the air. I don't know if I want that or the blued gp100 4". :|
 

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patience is a virtue................

make a few matches here and there as a spectator. There's bound to be some 625 shooters at some idpa matches................
 

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We don't have any of that around here deputy. At least not that I know of. I just don't know where I want to put my money I guess. The GP is Ruger and I know Rugers. I know the GP and it's a fine gun. The S&W is probably a fine gun too, but I'm not familiar with them. The GP shoots 357. My favorite caliber for a hand gun. The 625 shoots 45 acp. I also like that caliber and reload for it. I don't have a 45 acp revolver, but have many 357's. One minute I want to get the GP. The next I want to go get the 625. I wish I could afford both. :ugeek:
 

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If you went with the S&W 45 you wont have to bend over to pick up the brass unless you drop them :lol: , and if you did not like it you could sell and not lose $$$ as they hold there resell pretty good.
 

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If you went with the S&W 45 you wont have to bend over to pick up the brass unless you drop them :lol: , and if you did not like it you could sell and not lose $$$ as they hold there resell pretty good.
thats no joke as they hold value well
they are all $500+ on the used market that i've seen...............
 

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Man you guys are talking me right into spending $700. :shock:
 

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Man, and here I thought Shawn may be tempted by a pair of Taurus .45s like these. Not mine but they belong to a member on the taurusarmed.net site. :D

 

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what is that little snubby?
model number?
 

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I like taurus too! I don't the "Ribber" grips though. :?
 
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