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This is a discussion on S&W 69 , 329 and 629 within the Double Action Revolvers forums, part of the Handgun Forum category; This is well written paste in the 3 different S&W 44 mag mountain guns . The 69 is the only one of the 3 I ...


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Old 09-01-2014, 07:08 AM   #1
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S&W 69 , 329 and 629

This is well written paste in the 3 different S&W 44 mag mountain guns . The 69 is the only one of the 3 I can shoot DA correctly , the other 2 the trigger is far forward for me . In SA mode I can shoot a Ruger Blackhawk SA twice as fast as I can shoot a S&W in SA mode . I found this paste very interesting . Mac ...... I'm trying very very hard not to buy one . I dreamed of the 69 for over 40 yrs . It will be a Safe Queen if I get one .

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Old 09-01-2014, 07:13 AM   #2
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That was an interesting post. I don't have a lot of experience with a DA revolver. He sure did a lot better than I would have at 25 yards.
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Old 09-01-2014, 07:41 AM   #3
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Thanks for the link. Good post.

I might grab a 69 if I come across one, but I'm totally happy with the N frames in 44 mag. I have long slender fingers, so trigger reach is not an issue for me.

The 5 shot versus 6 shot is not an issue for me, either. I'd be comfortable with either as a carry gun, for sure against bears and probably against bad guys, too, given the average level of proficiency I see demonstrated at our local range with folks shooting their high capacity semi-autos. Really pretty bleak.

Overall, I like shooting the 44 mag Smiths more than the 44 mag Rugers - Super Blackhawk, Redhawk, and Super Redhawk. Thought the trimmer grips on the Smiths might be an issue as far as handling recoil, but for whatever reason, they are more comfortable for me than the Ruger DAs. As for that damned Super Blackhawk dragoon grip and that #&*^@ spur, never again!

Should also add that those factory Federal 240 JHPs have also been very accurate in my Smiths, too. Not cheap, but still cheaper than Winchester white box 44 mags.

I do like the 44 mag as a cartridge. My favorite pistol cartage, in fact. Love the 357 for its versatility, too, but just something about the 44 mag. Will be hitting the loading bench this winter to cook up some 44 Special level loads, since it's impossible to find factory 44 Special in our area.

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Old 09-01-2014, 09:04 AM   #4
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Check Cabela's, they have Remington Target loads in .44 Special for $41.99 for 50 rounds. They are listed under .44 Smith & Wesson, not Specials. I picked up 2 boxes online when they had free shipping, and then found them on the shelf when we went to C's yesterday. Since I had a 10% off coupon, I bought 4 more boxes. They are always running some kind of shipping special. I think you can still get $5 shipping through today, so check it out.


Correction, they have free shipping on $49 right now!
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I bet I shot over 20,000 of 44 Mag in life and NEVER shot a factory load ammo in any of my guns . My Glock's in 40SW is the only factory ammo I ever shot in over 50 yrs since I've been making custom ammo . In my day I shot almost over 1000 rds a month and I could afford factory stuff .

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I'm holding out for a 29, old or new.

http://lipseys.com/itemdetail.aspx?itemno=SM150254
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Me, too. Just love those blued classic S&W revolvers. Those older 29s go for a premium, though. Best of luck for both of us.

TGR, I made the mistake, last year, of trying to load for too many cartridges and too many types of guns. Thanks to thinning the herd as far as rifles to shoot, the 357 and 44 revolvers loads will be my top priorities followed by 45 auto. Have enough factory ammo in 30-30 stockpiled for a long time to come, thanks to buying cheap. Don't shoot much rifle anymore, anyway.

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Do a lot of reloading on the bench at the range like all my Black powder guns and these smokeless guns like TN222 , 40-60 Maynard , 32-40 , 8:15 x 46R , and my target 30-30 and 45-70 when I had them . I try to keep my guns to a few cal only that I shoot all the time like , 12 ga , 38/357 , 44-40 and 40SW . The other stuff like 30 carbine , 45 acp , 308 etc etc I only load once a year so I reload them when I get bored .
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