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Old 09-30-2012, 22:16   #51
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Is that a 5" barrel?

I stoped by the local indoor range on the way home from work today and they had a used 629 full lug with a 7" or 7.5" barrel. It looked to be in pretty good shape, but it did feel a bit long.
They also had a 629 to rent with a 5" barrel, but the only ammo they had in stock was some hunting rounds at $35 for a box of 20. They said they would be getting in some less expensive ammo by the middle of next week, so I'll probably stop back in and put 50 down range to see how I like it. It felt a little short just holding it.

So I'm thinking a 6" may be the way to go, but we'll see.

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That's what I was getting at with the full lug (classic) and half lug. Only full lug 3" barrels have full ejector rods. Love my 686+. A 4" 629 classic is nice because you get a minute amount of extra weight where it counts. I don't have a 4" HL but if I were to go back when I got my 3", I'd go with the 4". The 5" does'nt feel short at all. It's about perfect and handles & looks much like a 4" L-frame. It's a win-win decision so don't worry, no bad choices.
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Old 10-01-2012, 07:04   #52
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The .44 Magnum is a gun with plenty of carisma.

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The long M629 is a Classic Hunter but I find the Ruger SRH to be a really good shooter.

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Old 10-01-2012, 07:14   #53
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Old 10-05-2012, 09:19   #54
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Can anyone tell me if a Warne scope base will fit a new S&W model 29?
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Old 10-05-2012, 09:22   #55
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Can anyone tell me if a Warne scope base will fit a new S&W model 29?
Regarding my 5", it would have to be drilled and tapped by a smith to attach a base or scope. It doesn't come set up that way on the 5".
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Old 10-05-2012, 09:32   #56
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I want one too, every time I walk into my LGS I look at them.
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Old 10-05-2012, 09:49   #57
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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?
I have the 629 with 8 3/8 inch barrel. with 2x Leupold scope mounted with Weaver rings. I like the longer barrels for the velocity and recoil reduction. With 24.0 grains of H110/296 I am getting around 1350 fps with 240 grain bullets Sierra or Hornady. Longer barrels have less muzzle blast and more velocity. IMO short barrels may be handy but you pay the price with performance reduction. Muzzle brakes are really loud.
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Old 10-05-2012, 09:58   #58
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I love mine. It shoots so nice for especially for being such a powerful gun. 629 Classic 5" Unfluted barrel. Here is mine. Since then, i have replaced the grips with a set of Ahrends, but these rubber grips are better for long range sessions.
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Old 10-05-2012, 15:21   #59
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Ok, I went to the range today and rented a 629 with a 5" barrel, and shot Fiocchi 200 grs. JHP.

I LIKE IT!

So after going around in circles trying to figure out wich model to get, I have narrowed it down to two. Either a 629 6" model #163606, or a model 29 in 6.5" blue.

The local guy I go to says he can get me the 629 for $799, or the model 29 for $999.
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629 5" on the left, my Ruger single six hunter 22lr on the right.

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I got my mint 4" 29-2 a few months ago for $675... A 629 will run around $600...

Those prices sound pretty high to me...
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I got my mint 4" 29-2 a few months ago for $675... A 629 will run around $600...

Those prices sound pretty high to me...
$130 - $150 below MSRP.
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$130 - $150 below MSRP.
I am referring to used pre-lock guns. .44's are great guns on the used market because many hardly shoot them.

Just a few months ago a 629 sold for $500 in the classifieds here on GT.
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The local guy I go to says he can get me the 629 for $799, or the model 29 for $999.
You would be MUCH mbetter off finding a used 29-2 than spending a grand on a 29 with the stupid lock and transfer bar.

The 29-2 is a better revolver, in my opinion. Its got the recessed cylinders and all.
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I went ahead and ordered the model 29 6.5" blued. A 29-10 I believe.
To be honest, the lock doesn't matter to me, I'm not looking for a collectors piece, I'm just looking for a nice, large, and acurate revolver to put a poop eat'n grin on my face when it goes BANG.
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This is going to be a range toy, so paper mostly. And probably won't be shot more than fifty yard's.

This will not be for carry.
Yeah, buy a used one and let someone else take all the "new car price" on it. :(

I had the same problem and did just this a few years ago. It was "just for a toy", never really shot it much, showed it off more than anything else, it quickly lost it's appeal. :( Not to mention feeding it was a fortune (note: I do not reload, so YES I do understand you can reload for the beast to cut costs).

In the end I sold it to a friend who "had to have it!!" too, and more than I did any longer. He's having fun w/ it now last time I check, and I got a new G21SF out of it in the end.

Buy used, have fun with it, but I'll bet in the end you don't keep if it's "just a toy", w/ no real use (hunting).



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You would be MUCH mbetter off finding a used 29-2 than spending a grand on a 29 with the stupid lock and transfer bar.

The 29-2 is a better revolver, in my opinion. Its got the recessed cylinders and all.

$1000.00 ??? Wow, hey OP I've got quite a few "toys" that have lost their luster here, LMK next time you need a new one, I could use the $$$.
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This was mine, I think I got it off of Gunbroker for like $650 or so AS PICTURED -

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I know I sold it for at least that much to pay for my G21SF too.
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The only firearm I own that has lost its luster is my Taurus Raging Bee. Winchester .218 bee ammo 50 round's for $70-$75.

So 50 round's of Fiocchi 44 magnum 200grs JHP at $30-$35, almost seems like a bargin.
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I went ahead and ordered the model 29 6.5" blued. A 29-10 I believe.
To be honest, the lock doesn't matter to me, I'm not looking for a collectors piece, I'm just looking for a nice, large, and acurate revolver to put a poop eat'n grin on my face when it goes BANG.

Congrats!

What was the price?
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$1000.00 ??? Wow, hey OP I've got quite a few "toys" that have lost their luster here, LMK next time you need a new one, I could use the $$$.
Depends on your "toys".

I've looked into used ones, and people who think their gun is worth 75-80% of what they bought it new for after shooting thousands of rounds through them are on crack. None of my firearms are safe queens, all of them get shot frequently, but only 2-3 of them actually are used as tools. (if that makes any sense)

I actualy don't mind spending the extra $150-$200 for a new out of the box firearm, as to someones 30 year old, 4,000 rounds fired, beat blued finish revolver, just because it doesn't have a lock.

You guys can keep the "collectors items", and I hae no problem with people who do "collect". But all I want to do is shoot.




Psst... Want to buy a Taurus Raging Bee?
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Congrats!

What was the price?
He quoted me $999. It was $129 below MSRP, plus I don't have to pay for shipping or any transfer fees.
Also I like the store I shop at, just the owner and one employee, and I always talk with the owner. Plus it's one of the very few shop's I've been to where I don't get treated like I'm wasting their time.
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I have a nickel 29-10.

Honestly, I like my 29-2 much better, but both are good shooters.
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I have a nickel 29-10.

Honestly, I like my 29-2 much better, but both are good shooters.
I guess my advantage will be I won't know what I'm missing not owning a 29-2 to begin with.
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I guess my advantage will be I won't know what I'm missing not owning a 29-2 to begin with.
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