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 Wanna kill these ads? We can help!