I recently purchased a S&W 329PD along with the commonly recommended Buffalo Bore 255 HC GC "reduced recoil" loads as I currently do not reload. I went to the range yesterday to try out my new toy. WOW, serious recoil! I knew this going in and figured that in the event that I may need to protect myself against dangerous animal attacks, I likely would not notice recoil at all.
My problem is that I had three misfires, all resulting from poor primer indentation. I waited, with muzzle on target, and cleared the round. I then marked the cylinder hole affected. Upon reloading a fresh cylinder, the problem reoccured. This time in a different hole. I tried refiring the misfired rounds, no comments please! They would fire fine the second time. All rounds fired had deeply indented primers except for the three misfires which dented deep the second time around. I stopped shooting the gun since I brought no other type of ammo with me at this time and was more than concerned about safety. I proceeded to shoot my Super Blackhawks with the same ammo with no problems whatsoever.
Headspacing seems to be close to that of my Rugers or slightly more. I don't know if it is the ammunition or the gun. Have any of you experienced problems with the 329PD and/or Buffalo Bore ammo? Does anyone know the headspacing specifications of the 329PD? It may be about two weeks before I get back to the range to try different ammo.