Find myself checking these out every so often. Looks like S&W has made them for a while in several models and calibers. Anyone have one in the .44 mag. and if so, what has been your experience with it? Thanks
Only ever had one , stainless 4 inch.
it is either junk , or i just got unlucky and got a lemon.
Alot of send backs due to internal parts breaking.
I would like to think Smith made these guns good as they have with their other wheelguns.
So mine was probably just a lemon.But I just had to have the "mountain gun" logo on it.
Have one and love it. Originally bought it used with a ported barrel, was WAY too loud! Smtih sold me a replacement barrel, local smith put it on, jumps a little more now, but easily managed. Been shooting 260gr cast bullets, thinking of trying the new Barnes bullets out it this fall
I have a 4'' 629 mountain gun. I like it a lot. The mix of light weight and strong frame makes it great. A 44 mag any lighter is a mess to shoot, the ultralights are way too much to handle in the recoil area. they are good for carry but not to shoot. the mountain gun is a good compromise. you always lose accuracy when the sight plane is reduced. I can shoot my 7 1/2'' super black hawk a lot better then the 4'' mountain gun. If you want a big caliber lightweight gun that is still comfortable to shoot, get one. One thing I did to customize it a bit and tame the recoil was to put a set of X frame grips on it. they cover the back of the grip so there is no metal in your hand. the padded grip really helps the recoil.
If you are looking for a lightweight Carry gun. To back you up when hunting, and doing woods walks. Plus you are looking for something that can easily do double duty as a hunting revolver. Then take a good look at the S&W 329PD. I really like mine. it is capable of shooting bricks at 50 yards off handed. I cast my own 240 grain lead bullet for mine. I load it down to 850 fps for a practice load with 2400 powder. But I also load it up hot with 20.0 grains of 2400 for a carry load. The revolver is so light that you do not even know it is there.
Yes recoil is stout with the full loads. But I do all my shooting with 44 Special loads. And shoot very little of the high power loads. This is the last handgun that I would sell if I had to sell my handguns.
I use mine on doe hunts here in WV. And have shot several deer with the revolver. Tom.