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.