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Old 09-28-2012, 20:32   #21
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Which gun did Harry carry in the Dirty Harry movie?
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Old 09-28-2012, 21:14   #22
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Actually, I much prefer the 4.25" v-comp. i do not like the comp, so I took it off and put the shorter shroud/crown protector on. It is a very handy field revolver, and quite a nice/stout shooter, with the ball/detent lockup on the front of the cylinder/yoke/crane. There were some 5 inch versions made, but not many.

I prefer the 4", or actually 4.25" version, though it will not fit any 4" holsters. So you have to either use a 5 inch or go custom.
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Old 09-28-2012, 21:17   #23
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I kind of like the longer barrel, but in .41 mag,

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I like the Nickled -1 and the 629 in a 4" for the belt

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But I got a deal on a blued 6" that I couldn't pass up. It might just become the "fun at the rage" DA .44"

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Old 09-28-2012, 21:19   #24
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Which gun did Harry carry in the Dirty Harry movie?
The M29.

I've got a couple of those.
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Old 09-28-2012, 21:25   #25
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Old 09-28-2012, 21:31   #26
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Thank you for the replies so far guy's.
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Old 09-28-2012, 21:40   #27
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Thank you for the replies so far guy's.
Well i didn't offer much advice, so I'll make up for that now.

I think the caliber is great for a handloader and IMO most of the factory loads are a bit more than is really practically needed. I find a 240 gn or better at 1,100 to 1,200 fps will take anything in Oregon as far as I feel comfortable pointing a pistol at it. That is why I have stuck to the more "standard" models. I find them to be just fine with the handloads I use. Saves more money for more lead and powder too.
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Old 09-28-2012, 22:01   #28
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My understanding was that he carried the 8 3/8. All though in some of the shots it looked like a 6".
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Old 09-28-2012, 22:07   #29
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Four S&W Barrels

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So you have four barrels for that one as well?
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Old 09-29-2012, 04:11   #30
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My understanding was that he carried the 8 3/8. All though in some of the shots it looked like a 6".
It was both. They used both barrel lengths in the Dirty Harry movies.
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Old 09-29-2012, 06:10   #31
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I'm Christmas shopping for my self, and I would like to get a S&W in .44 magnum, and the 629's have caught my eye.
I've been leaning towards the 629 competitor with a 6" barrel, or the Stealth Hunter with a 7.5" barrel.
I like the 629 V-comp, but not fond of the 4" barrel.

Also the Competitor and the Hunter look to have a weaver mount built into the gun, and this I like for mounting a reflex sight.

Anybody have any experience with any of these model's, and care to share your opinion?
For some of us, the pre-lock is the only 629 that will be acceptable. I'm in that camp. From a collector's point of view, the pre-lock Smiths will always hold a higher value, and will be more desirable.

This is not to say newer Smiths are not good revolvers.......it's a personal preference many of us hold.

My 629-2 is a pretty stiff recoiler with 300g cast bullets.......but, a handy packable woods gun that can stop big bears with a bad attitude, is it's sole purpose for me. With these loads, the Pachmayr grips are a must, although I do prefer them on any revolver, except those intended for ccw.

It would be a pretty good range shooter with light loads, but since I have several 357 revolvers, I don't bother.......

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Old 09-29-2012, 06:19   #32
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For some of us, the pre-lock is the only 629 that will be acceptable. I'm in that camp. From a collector's point of view, the pre-lock Smiths will always hold a higher value, and will be more desirable.

This is not to say newer Smiths are not good revolvers.......it's a personal preference many of us hold.

My 629-2 is a pretty stiff recoiler with 300g cast bullets.......but, a handy packable woods gun that can stop big bears with a bad attitude is it's sole purpose for me. With these loads, the Pachmayr grips are a must, although I do prefer them on any revolver, except those intended for ccw.

It would be a pretty good range shooter with light loads, but since I have several 357 revolvers, I don't bother.......
All four of my S&W revolvers are pre lock.
I will not own a lock S&W revolver.
Although my 629-2 is a tack driver.
I prefer my 65-3 3" 357 heavy barrel for carry and range.
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Old 09-29-2012, 08:33   #33
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Fantastic Sir, well played..................
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Old 09-29-2012, 13:15   #34
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That is the twin, belt and holster, to my "foul weather rig" around here. I went with a speed loader pouch (rigid leather-looking plastic) and a nylon ammo loop carrier.


I sometimes switch out the 629 for a model 58 though
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Old 09-29-2012, 15:14   #35
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For a range toy have you considered the S&W 500? I have had people 10 lanes away stop to ask what kind of shotgun I am shooting just to look extremely confused when all they see is a huge revolver when they walk up.
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Old 09-29-2012, 17:04   #36
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The 629 Classic is such a beautiful gun. Mines a range toy and bear defense. Living in Kansas it only sees the range.

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Old 09-29-2012, 17:24   #37
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My 629 is a 3" barrel, it kicks like a mule. I love it. Like Zombie Steve asked, what do you have planned for it?
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Got a fluted one of these, awsome, weighs less or very close to my 686+. It's a beast!

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I have a 5" 629 Classic and love it.
I'd get an older model without the lock.
Got an unfluted full lug 5". Would go up to 6" half-lug if it were for hunting or range only.

I think 4-5" is a great woods gun but the 3" will do the job for SD against about anything and it's bad ass. I vote 4" fluted half-lug.
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Old 09-29-2012, 17:38   #38
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For a range toy have you considered the S&W 500? I have had people 10 lanes away stop to ask what kind of shotgun I am shooting just to look extremely confused when all they see is a huge revolver when they walk up.
Lol, no thank you. Macho is fine, but that is too macho for me. I want something I can load more than once before I'm done with it for the day.
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Old 09-29-2012, 17:43   #39
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Ain't that the damnedest thing! In a lifetime of pistol shooting I have never found a better balanced pistol than the S&W Model 29 with a 1/4 lugged 8 3/8's inch barrel. It points just like an extension of your arm! It's nice to find someone who, also, appreciates what Smith's older long barreled Model 29 is actually worth!



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I have that exact same pistol (Model 29-4). Very nice shooting iron. It came with the nice wooden target stocks, but the rubber grips are much nicer for shooting.

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I actually picked up a belt holster for it. What a dumb idea that was. Should have got a cross draw rig like this.

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Old 09-29-2012, 18:28   #40
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I don't know about the 629, but I really like my 29-2. It's got a bit of a kick with Magnum ammo, so frankly, I shoot mostly 44 special ammo in it. With that it's an easy shooter.

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I've gone through this thread carefully from top to bottom, looking at all the entrants.

I award your revolver the blue ribbon
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