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When a revolver cylinder is cut for moon clips, can it be used without the moon clips?
 
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Only if it is a 45ACP, then you can use 45 AR (Auto Rim). Don't know about know about any for itty-bitty bullets. I use the 45AR in my S&W Model 25 rather than the moon clips.
 

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9mm revolvers (like a Ruger LCR) must use the moon clips.
 

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My 38 special 442 Pro , 357 magnum 640 Pro , and my 9mm LCR can be used without the moonclips, although with the 9mm, you have to push em out with a pencil or something.

I very, very rarely ever use the moonclips, except of course with the 9mm. But then, I very, very rarely ever even shoot the 9mm. In fact I should sell it.
 

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I believe the reason for the moon clips is it allows you to eject spent rounds. I'm not sure if it's the case in all revolvers but my LCR 9mm would shoot without moon clips but then you had to punch the spent rounds out by hand.
 

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As a general rule revolvers, chambered in revolver calibers and cut for moon clips, can be used without. As has been mentioned, the 640 Pro does just fine.
 

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If I'm gonna carry a moonclip cut revolver, I'll use a moonclip because it speeds up the reload time and I'll either carry a speed strip or a speedloader (or both) in my pocket.
 

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Thanks guys. Asking about 38 special. Looked at the 640 today which is why the question. Out of my budget for now.
 
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You can if it is a tapered case and it seats on the taper in the cylinder or if it has a rim. Without a rim, quick ejection of spent cases can be an issue.
 
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