The market place determines which handguns or any product is successful. Like most heavy handgun users I hand load cast and swage bullets. I have taken Antelpe, Deer, Elk, Moose and other critters with a Mdl. 29 never knew my cylinder was too short?
This worn old S&W 29 has seen some rough times.
Want the ultimate .44 mag get a Ruger super Redhawk. At one time the only .44 mag pistol legal in Oregon for elk hunting as they had a minimum load that would blow up a 29. Just the way it is. And I am a S&W fan boy. My favorite pistol is the older model 57's in .41.
gunsmoke 11, My first S&W 29 was that same revolver. I bought the 29 in the 1960s. It has shot tons of wheel weights and 2400 powder. In my younger days it hung on a River Belt or in a saddle bag and rode the High Country.
It was retired to the gun safe in later years. I still take the old girl out to the range once in while.