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    Default Yet, another .44 mag.

    I'd forgotten how well these old Smiths balanced, until I pick this up from a guy in Texas. I've taken many a whitetail deer with one just like this in the state of Missouri years back.


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    Very nice clean gun you found.
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    I share your affection for the model and round. Can't count all the deer taken with mine in 30 years, plus a moose and a couple of elk. I've played with most of the "better" rounds, but keep coming back to the question of how dead is dead. The 44 is about as big as I can handle for fast double action shooting, so I have come to prefer it for a carry gun rather than anything else that's "bigger and better" but can't be controlled in fast fire.

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    Brown Bear, I can't seem to go faster than 1100-1200fps with a 245 grain Keith SWC? Been my favorite load for some decades now, and has never failed to drop any game animal I've hit well with it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by S.B. View Post
    ...1100-1200fps with a 245 grain Keith SWC....
    My target for DA control is 1100-1150, depending on bullet weight and how the gun is set up. My actions are highly tune, the trigger face is smoothed with the edges rounded, and the barrel is magnaported. My hands seem to prefer Pachmeyer "finger groove" style of grips, allowing just the right trigger reach while eliminating the temptation for the gun to torque sideways in recoil.... All part of my personal formula for fast and accurate DA shooting. Others will find their own solutions depending on experience, practice and hand geography, but you can't have your grip changing with each shot and hope to sustain control and accuracy with each squeeze.

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    Point well taken. I concur.
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    Guess I'd forgotten just how well the 6 and 1/2" barrels balance. I mean, ask Harry Calahan(HEHEHE). Best I've ever felt. Won't let this one go!
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    Default S&W .44 mag

    I've got one of those and love it. Mine has pacmayr grips but same 6 1/2 inch barrel. Very smooth shooting, plenty of bullet to get'r done and enough gun to not break your wrist each shot. It's just one of those guns that feels good when you shoot it. Great iron sights, smooth action, and it hits what you point it at. What's not to love?

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    That looks just like my gun, ceptin I think the barrel is longer. Mine has a 6" barrel, and has Hogue grips.

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    44 Mag is as big as I want for a handgun, too.

    I load only cast bullets. 240s, 270s, and 300 gr. All loads are under max so I can manage the recoil.

    I don't have a lot of knowledge or experience with handguns, but this mdl 29 is really smooth, AND solid.

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    I found the 5 1/2 the best bet between a gun easy to carry and balanced. 900- to 1000 seemed to be the best instinctive round and fast 2nd shot recovery. I guess that is close to .44 special though.

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