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S&W model 629-1

Just bought a S&W model 629-1 .44 mag. It's very clean and the price was great. Any thoughts on the pros/cons of this handgun? Are the old ones well-made compared to the newer ones? Any thoughts on a good deer hunting load for it?

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I am a big fan of that one (go figure). Very durable.
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Re: S&W model 629-1

I know alot of people like using heavy cast bullets for hunting but I killed a big doe with my 29 6" barrelled rev. using 240 gr. jacketed hollowpoints over 23.5 gr. of WW296 powder. She went about 50 yards hit thru both lungs, hit 1 rib going in and broke 2 coming out.
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Re: S&W model 629-1

Mine is the M629-2 w/Pachmayr Grippers. Six inch barrel, unfluted cylinder. The newer ones went to Hogue grips, whick I like much better than my grips.

Have killed deer with it using Hornady 200gr XTPs over 22grs of 2400. Pretty much suits me.

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Re: S&W model 629-1

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Are the old ones well-made compared to the newer ones? Any thoughts on a good deer hunting load for it?
The older 29's are well made but not as strong as the latest models. I do not go to max loads with mine. I end up with hard extraction with loads at / near listed max loads.
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Re: S&W model 629-1

Good choice, Good round, good gun.
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Re: S&W model 629-1

I'm going the other way on this. It is a terrible gun, one of the worst. As a fellow HPA member, I'll selflessly take it off your hands. Just out of good will, I mean.
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Re: S&W model 629-1

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Are the old ones well-made compared to the newer ones? Any thoughts on a good deer hunting load for it?
The older 29's are well made but not as strong as the latest models. I do not go to max loads with mine. I end up with hard extraction with loads at / near listed max loads.
Deer do not require max loads! I've killed them with 240 grain LSWC's from my 44 special. Find a non-max load that groups well from your gun and your good to go. From experience, I've also shot deer with max loads of W296 & speer's 270 gold dot from my Ruger Redhawk and they don't die any faster. As a matter of fact, that combo doesn't even expand by the time it goes right through the chest cavity. So, I've earmarked that load for bear hunting only.

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