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Old 03-15-2017, 01:58 PM   #1
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New S&W 44 Mag at the Range

I went to pick up my new Smith & Wesson 629-6 Classic today. A miracle happened and I wasn't delayed by the DOJ, so I took it straight to the range. Ran a couple of patches through it, hit it with a few drops of oil, and started shooting. I didn't bring that much ammo, since I expected to get delayed. I had 18 rd of HSM 44 spl cowboy action, 12 rd of HSM 44 Mag cowboy action, and 18 rd of Herter's 44 mag. The first 2 are quite mlld, and the Herter's is a typical magnum range load rated at 749 Ft/lb energy. Nothing like a bear load, but hardly a powder puff.
The gun shot great. Nice trigger in SA and DA. It went a little low for me. I moved it up a couple of clicks, but didn't want to go wild on sight adjustments the first day. The first picture shows the target shot with the last cylinder, Herter's 44 mag single action. Only 10 yards, but I'll take a 1" group on the first time out. The other target was double action with the HSM magnum cowboy loads.
I found the recoil very manageable with the hotter ammo. I was going to get the rubber grip till I found out the rubber doesn't cover the backstrap. Glad I got the wood, cause it looks great and is very comfortable for me. I don't expect to shoot 200 or even 100 magnums in a day, so no plans to switch over to rubber. The fit and finish is great and the gun looks terrific. Very happy so far.





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Old 03-15-2017, 03:30 PM   #2
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Yup, that's a 629, all the way. Great gun, not to mention great shooting. You're going to have a lot of fun with that one. Looking forward to more of your 629 reports.
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Old 03-15-2017, 04:44 PM   #3
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That is a beauty and really pretty targets.
Good choice on the grips they look way better than rubber.
I have a little 38 special snub that I put rubber Hogues on thinking they would feel better shooting. Turned out to be worse.
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Now all you need is a shoulder rig and walk around and say "make my day" a lot.

That is a fine looking and shooting revolver. Congrats and enjoy.
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Now all you need is a shoulder rig and walk around and say "make my day" a lot.

That is a fine looking and shooting revolver. Congrats and enjoy.
+1 Great shooting!
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That looks really fine. If it were me, I'd be lucky to keep them on the paper. If you keep that up, you'll have to call yourself something besides Shaky........
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Dang it Terry, you beat me to the "make my day" line.
Congratulations on a straight shootin', purty "keeper" Shaky.
Those wood grips were a good choice.
You definitely need a shoulder rig.
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Beautiful!
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Old 04-19-2017, 01:34 PM   #9
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Took my 44 Mag to the range today, armed with my new Cabela's shooting gloves. Bought them online, and I don't think I would have had I looked at them in the store. They're very thin with little or no padding. I think a better route would have been to scrounge the thrift stores for some fleece lined suede glloves or leather work gloves, and just cut off the fingers. I think a couple of Band-Aids on my shooting hand would provide as much cushion. I shot 12 rd of 44 spl and 24 rd of 44 mag. Some twinges of hand pain with the magnums, but at least I haven't developed a flinch, as evidenced by the target shown, which was a better than 1" group at 12 yd. (Herter's 44 mag shot single action)

I was the first one at the range, and shot most of my magnum ammo before anyone arrived. It's a good thing I looked over at them before continuing, because when I looked, they were putting on their hearing protection. Do that OUTSIDE the indoor range, dummies.




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Nice group, Shaky. Smart move to go slow and build up to handling 44 mag recoil. It's the way I did, way, way back in the day, with my first 44 mag and I still work back into shooting the 44 mag, slowly, when I've been away from the 44 mag for awhile. You gotta respect the recoil and the ever present danger of developing a flinch.

Another option for a glove is a gel-filled mountain biking glove. It's what I use when I need a glove.
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Another option for a glove is a gel-filled mountain biking glove. It's what I use when I need a glove.
Thanks for the tip. Okay, I took your advice and went out in search of biking gloves. Wound up going 4 places. Target and Walmart had garbage, so I went miles in the other direction to a strip mall that has both Dick's and REI. I wound up getting the most expensive ones I looked at, for $ 35 at REI. They had the thickest gel and were the only ones where the gel runs much up the base of the thumb.



I also bought 100 rd of 44 Spl and a 250 rd can of 44 Mag, from LAX Ammo. They had free shipping on $ 99+ of their own branded ammo. The 44 Mag was 48 cwnts a round for new, not reloads. It's on the mild side but not cowboy action mild, 240 gr @ 1026 FPS.

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Glove looks good. Yeah, I mentioned mountain biking glove because that kind of bicycling gives your hands much more of a beating than road biking. (I'm pretty hardcore mountain biker.) The leather gel-filled types like that will last forever, though. Hope it works for you.
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