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#192923 - 06/09/18 03:06 PM RECENT S&W 44 MAG ACQUISITION
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I HAVE BEEN SELLING SOME GUNS AND GUN STUFF SO I GOT SOME GUN CASH. I HAVE NEVER BEEN A 44 MAG GUY AND JUST SOLD A 4 INCH 629, LEAVING ME WITH A DU 44 MAG ANACONDA AND A 5 1/2 INCH SS 44 MAG REDHAWK. I RARELY USED THE 629, MAYBE HAVE SHOT THE RUGER AND HAVE NEVER SHOT THE ANACONDA, AND IT WAS IN THE 20th CENTURY WHEN LAST I SHOT ANY 44 MAG, NONETHELESS I THOUGHT ABOUT GETTING A 8 3/8ths MODEL 29. NOT LOOKING FOR A COLLECTOR, BUT A SHOOTER IN GOOD SHAPE. I FELT LIKE A 29-3 MIGHT BE THE WAY TO GO, AND PUT IN A MODEST BID ON A SCOPED 29 ON GB. I WAS NOT INTERESTED IN THE SCOPE, NOR THE MOUNT, NOR THE PACHMAYRS, I THOUGHT I MIGHT HAVE A REAR SIGHT AND SOME TARGET GRIPS IN MY PARTS ACCUMULATION SO THAT I COULD MAKE IT BACK INTO AN OPEN SIGHT CLASSIC LOOKING REVOLVER.

ONE THING I WAS WORRIED ABOUT WAS GETTING ONE OF THE 29 MODEL 29's JACK H. HAS SHOT INTO OBLIVION OR ANOTHER OVERUSED/ABUSED 29. I HAD TALKED MYSELF OUT OF BUYING A S&W 44 MAG WHEN GB ADVISED ME THAT I WAS THE WINNING BIDDER ON THE SCOPED 29. GOT THE GUN, INCLUDING SHIPPING AND CREDIT CARD 3% FEE, FOR UNDER $700, NOT BAD.

THE GUN IS IN VERY GOOD SHAPE (LIKE REALLY GOOD SHAPE!) AND IS A 1985 ERA 29-3. SURE ENUFF I FOUND A REAR SIGHT ASSEMBLY AND 2 SETS OF TARGET GRIPS IN MY PARTS ACCUMULATION. THE PRETTIER GRIPS WERE A TAD LOOSE FITTING SO I WENT WITH THE ONES YOU SEE ON THE GUN NOW. THE REAR SIGHT BLADE IS BLACK BUT I SEE WHERE MIDWAY SELLS W/O RS BLADE ASSEMBLIES FOR A DECENT PRICE. ALSO DO NOT KNOW IF THE REAR SIGHT BLADE IS OF APPROPRIATE HEIGHTH.

I THINK I WANT TO WORK UP A 240gr SWC LOAD @ AROUND 1,200fps. ANOTHER GUN PROJECT TO ADD TO THE LIST.


Edited by 45MAN (06/09/18 03:09 PM)
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#192925 - 06/09/18 04:26 PM Re: RECENT S&W 44 MAG ACQUISITION [Re: 45MAN]
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Ya did good on the '29'. Elmer's old 2400 load always worked for me.
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#192927 - 06/09/18 04:46 PM Re: RECENT S&W 44 MAG ACQUISITION [Re: 45MAN]
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Nice find, especially the price! I am a sucker for "N" frame Smiths, in particular the "Classic" versions with the heavy under lug. The -3E guns are desirable since they have the endurance package incorporated, but still have the hammer mounted firing pin. I'm shooting a Hornady 240gr XTP, 12.0gr of Longshot, and Fed 150 primer for 1200fps out of my 6 1/2 inch 629-4 Classic. It's an accurate load, and while I haven't taken any game with it, I have performed an expansion test at 50 yards. The bullet completely penetrated all three water filled gallon jugs and was caught in my box of rags, and showed more than adequate expansion. If you're using a lead bullet, I would think you would gain about 50fps. Have fun with your new toy!

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#192939 - 06/10/18 01:55 PM Re: RECENT S&W 44 MAG ACQUISITION [Re: Mech 8]
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always a great gun and at a great price.....
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#192945 - 06/10/18 08:24 PM Re: RECENT S&W 44 MAG ACQUISITION [Re: jamesfromjersey]
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You did good on the price 45MAN.. Be advised that 29-3s have HUGE

throats...usually .431''-.432''.... Not nearly as accurate as the

current 29/629s with the smaller .429-.430 cyl throats.

We are all aware of Elmer's pet 44mag load using 22gr of 2400...

Whats not so publicized is his plinking load with 8 1/2gr of

UNIQUE using the same 250gr KEITH bullet.. He shot at least 10

plinking loads for every Magnum load..

enjoy

282


Edited by sw282 (06/10/18 08:28 PM)

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#192954 - 06/11/18 02:36 AM Re: RECENT S&W 44 MAG ACQUISITION [Re: sw282]
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If you have nice grips that are loose, a little glass bedding compound in the right places will tighten them up nicely ( don't forget the release agent). Love those N-Frames.

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#192955 - 06/11/18 07:23 AM Re: RECENT S&W 44 MAG ACQUISITION [Re: sw282]
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 Originally Posted By: sw282
You did good on the price 45MAN.. Be advised that 29-3s have HUGE

throats...usually .431''-.432''.... Not nearly as accurate as the

current 29/629s with the smaller .429-.430 cyl throats.



SW282: JUST WHAT I NEEDED TO KNOW BECAUSE I WAS GETTING READY TO ORDER SOME CAST BULLETS. WILL MEASURE THE THROATS ON THIS ONE, AND A SPARE 29-3 CYLINDER I HAVE, AND SEE WHAT THEY ARE BEFORE I ORDER.
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#192956 - 06/11/18 07:25 AM Re: RECENT S&W 44 MAG ACQUISITION [Re: N-Frame]
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 Originally Posted By: N-Frame
If you have nice grips that are loose, a little glass bedding compound in the right places will tighten them up nicely ( don't forget the release agent). Love those N-Frames.


NFRAME: I AGREE N FRAMES ARE REALLY COOL AND GOOD ENUFF FOR MOST APPLICATIONS. WILL CHECK WITH SOME OF MY GLASS BEDDING BUDDIES AND MAYBE I CAN GET THE GRIPS TO FIT SECURELY.
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#192961 - 06/11/18 10:51 AM Re: RECENT S&W 44 MAG ACQUISITION [Re: 45MAN]
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Good job, Rey. You will enjoy your M-29, and I predict that you will soon have others.
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#192970 - 06/11/18 11:36 AM Re: RECENT S&W 44 MAG ACQUISITION [Re: jamesfromjersey]
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 Originally Posted By: jamesfromjersey
always a great gun and at a great price.....


Oh yeah; wish I hadn't sold mine.
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