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Old 06-11-2003, 12:45 AM
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Got to handle one at the store today. WOW! Really light. The guy who works the shop bought the first one in the door. He is going to meet me at the range to shoot it here in a week or so. It should really kick. But, it may be the perfect woods gun. A light load for rabbits, plinking etc. and a bear load just for sighting in and carrying. The issue for me is the ability to deliver more then ONE rapid shot at a target. Maybe I would be better off with say a .41 tracker or my 6" 1911 .45 Super. They won't kick near as hard as this .44. I think I will have a shoot off with him and see how it compares with my .45 Super for repeat shots. Just wish I had a .41 Tracker to through in the mix.
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Old 06-11-2003, 04:51 AM
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I'll bet it will 'kick'. On rabbits, hmmm???? I've got a 44 S&W Model 629PP and follow up shots are possible, but POA accuracy I think is questionable. Post an update after you shoot it. HOLD ON it's going to be a bumpy ride!
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Old 06-11-2003, 08:35 AM
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I think I will stay with something standard weight. I got my wife a stainless 3" 629 .44 Mag and mag-na-ported it. It is still brutal with .44 mag loads. I can't imagine that 329!
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Old 06-11-2003, 09:54 AM
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I bought the Mdl 29-8 Mtn Gun this year, thought it would handle the same as my 657 Mtn Gun.. Different bear entirely.

When I think of the Mdl 329, all I can think of is "Muzzle Flip". Sounds like fun, don't it!

If the 329 in in the line up next year, I'll get one. I've already used up my quota for the year.

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Old 06-11-2003, 11:30 AM
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My dealer has one that has been sitting there for a month. IMO it is just too light. It may be good for an experienced shooter who is also a camper and wants some power but very little weight, for that it would work OK. But for a novice wanting to do serious shooting and practice with, look out. With down-loads or .44 spcl it would be great, but with full power .44 magnum loads I have no doubt it will be a handful that will most likely give a novice shooter a bad case of flinch, for which all it will be good for is burrying bullets in the hill side. A flinch at the range will still be a flinch in the field so IMO this little puppy is not for the casual shooter.
Also, to me that front sight just looks like it is begging to be broken. I wouldn't trust that front as far as I could throw it.
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Old 06-17-2003, 06:59 PM
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Cool

When Smith brought out there little airweight in 44 special, they gave a 200gr bullet weight limit on the rounds fired in the gun for fear of pullling bullets from the cases. Is there any such limitiation on this 44 mag??

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ps...Just have not been able to figure out what this feather will be good for... with mag loads that is.
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Old 06-17-2003, 07:35 PM
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Nothing on the firearm nor did my dealer know of any limitation.
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Old 06-19-2003, 08:16 PM
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Consider the Tarus 44 special in Titanium. I have one and its just a perfect in the pocket gun. You have to find a dealer with connections as they stopped making them in favor of the .357 version.
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Old 07-11-2003, 06:41 PM
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FA18CUB,Is there something wrong with the wifes 629, I have the Lou Horton special 3" bbl. With Hogue rubber grips.
I usually only get to the range every 3 weeks, then I usually put 150 rounds through it, full throttle. 2400 powder, 255 Lee swc. with very little leading. which only takes a few strokes of copper chore boy to clean up.
This is usually while I am letting the rifles cool down. During load development. etc.
Now that the "smith" has cleaned up the forcing cone and stoned the cylinder face. Which has completely stopped the flame cutting, this should have been done at the factory. This thing is really shooting great now.

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Old 07-11-2003, 11:11 PM
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is Taurus still making the 44spec. in non-ti form? I'm afraid if I replaced my M85 Stainless "pocket gun" that I'd forget it was there if it didn't weigh a little! I know the 38+P would likely do the job at <7yds, but I, like you, prefer to make big holes when I need to pull the trigger.

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Old 07-12-2003, 08:45 PM
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I also have a 629 Mountain Gun, ira41magfan, mine is a -4. I agree, muzzle flip is pretty severe with this one. More impressive, to my wife and I both, is the speed it moves at. Neither of us finds it particularly painful to shoot, but the violent way it flips and torques makes a definite impression.
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