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S&w 296....

Discussion in 'The Snubbie Club' started by beaversgs, Nov 5, 2009.

  1. beaversgs

    beaversgs

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    I've got a chance to trade into a S&W 296. I'm not crazy about trying to find .44 special ammo, but I like the idea of the gun as a primary carry gun. I've heard that the recoil is sharp, and I know the bullet weight it limited to 200 grains or less, which is fine by me.

    I had a 625-10 and thought it was more painful to shoot than I'd like in a carry gun. I shoot IDPA occasionally with my carry guns and I never found the load/grip combo that would let me do that with the 625-10. Will the 296 be any different? One thing is the 296 is about half the price (@$450 vs $1,000) of the 625-10.

    I'd like to hear from some of the .44 special guys out there. IMHO, this is a viable option to the Charter Arms Bulldog. I've wanted one for a while, but just couldn't get over the fit and finish on the CA.

    What say you?

    Thanks,

    GregB
     
    Last edited: Nov 9, 2009
  2. Berto

    Berto woo woo

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    I say enjoy the crap out of it, use jacketed ammo and it shouldn't be too bad.
    Corbon and Buffalo Bore both load some really capable .44sp loads.
    I have the 242, the 7 shot .38sp sibling to the 296, I love it.
     


  3. Ronny

    Ronny Good Guy

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    Its a good deal. You'de be getting a smith for not much more than than a CA. If you pass on it ask him to message me with pics and I'll take it and pay shipping.
     
  4. beaversgs

    beaversgs

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    I'm pretty sure that he doesn't have this one anymore, as it was over a year ago.

    Thanks,

    GregB
     
  5. bhp9mm

    bhp9mm

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    i don't have the 296 but u got a good price on it i have the 242 7 shot 38 special like it
     
    Last edited: Jul 1, 2010
  6. beaversgs

    beaversgs

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    I decided to pass on it. Price and availability of ammo was the big deciding factor, since I don't reload. Might reconsider if I ever came across another one at a decent price. Still hoping to find an affordable 2" unported Taurus 455 (.45acp) one day.

    GregB