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Need input on S&W performance center 629

I have a Ruger redhawk in 44mag that I have taken a couple of deer with. I like the Ruger the way it is with the open sights. I have changed both front and back sights with fiber optic. Now I am thinking of a S&W 8 3/8 barrel to put a redot reflex sight on it. My Ruger is super accurate and I am wondering if I should spend about 1.3k on the Smith. Any feedback on the upper end Smiths would be greatly appreciated.
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Re: Need input on S&W performance center 629

The Ruger Redhawk is a great gun. I had one years ago but could never get used to the grip.
I saw the S&W you are thinking of at the sportsman show (I assume it is the 629 from the Performance Center). It is definitely one serious revolver. If you have the money, go for it! I have a 629 Classic DX. At the time (early 2000's)those revolvers went to the performance center where they did some work on the action and trigger. You can tell the difference over a stock 629. However, both the Ruger and the S&W can shoot better than the majority of shooters out there. Don't be surprised if you don't see a difference in your group size.
Another thing to consider is if you use hearing protection when you take your shot while hunting. A 44mag with a muzzle brake is insanely loud without hearing protection.
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Not sure what you need. I can tell you I shot my last three deer with a S&W 629 DX with a 6 1/2 bbl with a Leupold 2 1/2 X 8 handgun scope. The gun shoots 2 to 3 inch groups all day long. I have also hunted with the Ruger Redhawk and Super Redhawk. They all shot within 2 to 3 inches (100 yd groups) but I always use a higher power scope.IE(Leupold 2 1/2X8) I tried the dot scopes. At 100 yards, a 2 minute dot scope covered too much space at 100 yards for my liking. The last buck I shot was with a S&W Preformance Center 44 mag with a 7 1/2 bbl mounted with a Leupold 2 1/2X 8 handgun scope. In all cases, the guns listed above, shot within 3 inches at 100 yards. Just to add to the mix, I used a Freedom Arms model 83 , 44 mag several years ago to hunt deer. It also shot 2 to 3 inch groups at 100 yards with the same Leupold scope as described above. All groups were shot off of a bench. I hope this helps. Doc in Pa.
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The Smith that I am thinking about has no muzzle brake. Just a fluted 8 & 3/8 barrel. I have had a Anaconda, Contender, Encore with scopes and never cared for them. That is why when I got this Ruger I sold the scope and went with open sights. I can place head shots on deer at 60 yards with the open sights. Was just thinking that I could extend my range with a well balance revolver with a red dot reflex sight. The Ruger I now have is far more accurate than the Colt Anaconda that I had before. Maybe I just got a freak but thought the Smith & Wesson performance revolver would be just as accurate.
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I have an Anaconda also. I don't like it as much as the 629 but I keep it Because the are worth money now. For some reason I seem to shoot better with the S&W. You might be able to shoot better with the 629 you are looking at since heavier guns with longer barrels tend to be more accurate. Especially with open sights due to the longer sight radius.
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Nothing but praise for my 629 classic DX also have an anaconda but always go for the 629. If you practice and you reload you can cut the group sizes down. Just takes a lot of range time.
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You can never go wrong with a S&W 629.
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Thanks everyone for your input
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I shot 10 rounds out of one yesterday.If funds allowed I would have one.Very nice gun.

Bob Seger,till it shines.
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You have a fine hunting pistol that you have confidence in. I never try to justify my next purchase. It is a hobby and hobby purchases are exempt from logic. If you want it buy it.
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