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Old 08-12-2009, 03:46 AM   #11
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Whoa! Wish I could let that stuff slide by the wife! She allows approved purchases (which is good for the family... hmmmm). But that's nice! Hope you enjoy.

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Old 08-12-2009, 06:04 AM   #12
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How does it shoot - being light weight of 26 oz in a .44 seems like it would have quite a kick. I have a S&W 327 [21 oz] that isn't bad with a .38, but, hurts with a .357.

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How does it shoot - being light weight of 26 oz in a .44 seems like it would have quite a kick. I have a S&W 327 [21 oz] that isn't bad with a .38, but, hurts with a .357.
I haven't gotten to the range yet. But I will this week. Everything I have read about the 329PD suggests that it's brutal when eating Magnums. One report claims that it recoils harder than a 500 Magnum. I find that hard to believe. None the less I do expect it to be rough. I'm OK with that, as I have several 44 Magnums and I shoot +P+ ammo very often. I'll just shoot 44 Specials in the 329PD until I get used to it.
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That's a nice one Mark. Wheelguns are a new habit with me now as well. I used to own nothing but semi-autos, now I have five wheelies.

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That's a nice one Mark. Wheelguns are a new habit with me now as well. I used to own nothing but semi-autos, now I have five wheelies.
Yeah, wheelguns have a charm to them you can't get from an autoloader.
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I really gotta stay out of gun stores for awhile!
Geez...ain't that the truth!

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Mark,
Nice addition. I like that it's flat black and somewhat slab sided, but not real crazy about the sights (but that's just me).
Now if they'd make one with a non-fluted cylinder like some of the 629s in the performance center? That would be sweet.

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Yeah, wheelguns have a charm to them you can't get from an autoloader.
Yeah, must be the way the cylinder turns or something....

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I did get around to shooting my 329PD a few days ago. My thumb is just now getting back to normal. Shooting .44 Specials in it was a lot of fun! It had a very sharp and snappy feel to it. The 329PD is impressively accurate with Specials. When I switched to 240 grain .44 Magnums, the fun abruptly ended. I have shot virtually every hi-powered production revolver made, and I own 5 44 Magnums (including this one). Not even 460 and 500 Magnum recoil like the 329 does.

That snappy feel I was getting with Specials was a "hint" as to what Magnums were about to do. On lookers said they could see the shockwave passing through my arms. I was using padded shooting gloves and this revolver still peeled the skin off my thumb on the second shot. I lost the feeling in my thumb about 30 rounds later.

Since my first shooting session, I have done serious research on how to tame this revolver a bit. Of course I can always shoot 44 Specials in it. They were fun, managable, and inexpensive. I also called Smith & Wesson Tech Support, they HIGHLY RECOMMENDED using 500 Magnum grips. So, I ordered those too. Lastly, I found that Buffalo Bore makes 44 Magnums specifically for this gun. It's a 1350 FPS, 255 grain gas-check semi-wadcutter. They call it "Lower recoil" 44 Magnum ammo. I bought one box to try out. LINK: Lower Recoil .44 Magnum Pistol & Handgun Ammunition

This is some seriously expensive ammo, at nearly $2.00 per round, by the time you throw some sales tax on it!

I also reload. While I typically reload on the highend of CAP pressures on my Magnums, there's nothing to keep me from making my own custom loads for this revolver. Further investigation will be needed here.

With all this being said, this is one deadly accurate pistol and I love it! The target is all OFF-HAND shooting at 7 yards.

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