Speed strip use... Do you rotate the cylinder clockwise or counter clockwise?

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    Speed strip use... Do you rotate the cylinder clockwise or counter clockwise?

    So I've been practicing speed strips, and I am curious to hear which direction you guys rotate the chamber while you are loading the rounds.

    Mainly 'cause its a 50/50 question.

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    Counter clockwise. Don't know why, I just do. Don't consider it advice as I'm not all that good at it.

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    Counter clockwise. Just seems natural to me.

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    Clockwise
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    I prefer counter, because of how I grip the speedstrip. Hold it rounds fed from top of strip and its counter clockwise, feed from the bottom and its clockwise.
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    clockwise ... load top two together from speed strip into cyl holes 1 & 2 and push ss and cyl up (clockwise) ... load 3rd & 4th from ss into 3 & 4 and push up (clockwise) ss & cyl again, load #5 and push cyl closed (up/clockwise) ... seems more intuitive to me ... but what do I know?

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    Counter clockwise as that is the way my cylinder normally rotates.

    If I loaded clockwise and had to close my cylinder before it was fully loaded I would have empty shells rotating under the hammer and I would have to keep pulling the trigger until a loaded round was ready to fire.

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    Never even noticed... Dont think it makes any difference.

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    Counter clockwise, but just because it feels natural.
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    I've never thought about 'which way', but actually, i do it counter-clockwise...no reason!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Beans View Post
    Counter clockwise as that is the way my cylinder normally rotates.

    If I loaded clockwise and had to close my cylinder before it was fully loaded I would have empty shells rotating under the hammer and I would have to keep pulling the trigger until a loaded round was ready to fire.
    This seems like a good idea. I guess you would have to be absolutley sure that you had enough rounds loaded to finish the fight, and that you didn't have the extra second to load the last one or two.

    On another note, I seem to recall someone once saying that one of the advantages of speed strips over speedloaders is you can use the speedstrip to "top off" a cylinder. MY question is how do you get only the fired rounds out? If anything I find that the live rounds fall out eaiser due to case expansion than the spent rounds do.

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    Colt or S&W ?

    which ever way the cylinder advances.
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    This thread is pointless.
    Don't think about it which way you rotate it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TedBeau
    On another note, I seem to recall someone once saying that one of the advantages of speed strips over speedloaders is you can use the speedstrip to "top off" a cylinder. MY question is how do you get only the fired rounds out? If anything I find that the live rounds fall out eaiser due to case expansion than the spent rounds do.
    For speed strips: With the muzzle down, push the ejector rod part way up, then release. The expended casings will remain elevated while the unexpended rounds will drop back into the cylinder. Pluck out the expended rounds and replace with unexpended rounds.

    For speed loaders: Tip the muzzle up dropping the unexpended rounds into your waiting hand and pocket them. Leave the muzzle up and hit the extractor rod, ejecting the expended rounds. Reload with speed loader.
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