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Old 10-03-2008, 03:54 PM   #11
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Really...I'm a newbe in the pistal relm.
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You would do real well getting a Smith & Wesson PC 629 for hunting with, I may own one some day but have to be satisfied with what I have now because I have to replace my hearing aids.
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Really...I'm a newbe in the pistal relm.
Virtually every shop that has pistols will have Rugers, all kinds of Rugers. They'll likely have Smith & Wesson's too. But they probably won't have PC 629's unless they are trade-ins or a bigger gunshop.
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Do you have any experience with the S&M 460? I'm beginning to become a bit of a fanatic with handguns in general. Thanks for sharing your experience with me!
I have shot 460's but don't own one. Unless you reload, this will be an expensive plinker to shoot. 460 ammo runs from about $1.20 a round to over $3.00. That adds up fast. I reload 44 Magnums and average about twenty four cents a round for target loads and about thirty cents for hunting/SD rounds.
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Really...I'm a newbe in the pistal relm.
I apologize if I sounded condescending, I assumed that if you were familiar with the Bisley you'd be familiar with the Super Blackhawk.

The ones I pictured are Old Model, pre-'73 guns, the newer Blackhawks and Super Blackhawks have the transfer bar just as the Bisley Models do. I prefer the Three-Screw Models because, well, just because I do. They are more akin to the older Colts, with which I am more familiar.

I'm sort of a traditional ol' cuss, I reckon. I lean more toward the revolver in this day of the wonder nines and such ilk.

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...I sent you a PM w/? about the 629 Classic. Info and help appreciated.
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This is a tough one. I have several S&W 629 44 mags and each one has its merits. I also have a Ruger Bisley 44 Magnum. The heaviest of my 44 Magnums' is my Performance Center 44 Magnum Hunter Plus.


This particular pistol has a custom-made Walther progressive twist 7.5" barrel, a full underlug & plank side with a scope rail. It's deadly accurate to about 125 yards with a standard 2X pistol scope.

My other Smith & Wesson is a "629 CLASSIC". It has a 6.5" barrel with a full underlug. It has an optional scope mount but I use the iron sights on this one.


This 44 is accurate to about 75 yards if you can see your target with the iron sights. However, it does best at about 50 yards. Because it's considerably lighter than the S&W 44 Mag Hunter Plus, it has a lot more "felt recoil" with maximum loads.

This is my "BAD BOY" 44 Magnum. It's a Ruger BISLEY 44 Magnum. This pistol will shoot super hot loads that no other 44 Magnum can handle, including my S&W Hunter Plus.


It's deadly accurate with iron sights up to about 75 yards and it has about 20% more knockdown power than my Smith & Wesson's. The felt recoil with the Bisley is brutal as it is the lightest of my 44's, and shoots the hottest loads. My typical load is a 330 grain hard cast bullet powered with 25.5 grains of H110 powder, ignited with CCI Magnum primers. My S&W's do best with 240 grain factory loads.

For North American Deer hunting any of these 44' Mags will work well. When I hunt for Feral Pigs, I use my Bisley exclusively. My S&W Hunter Plus is best for long-range shots, but it's also my most expensive 44 Mag as well.
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I hunter whitetails with a Ruger Super Black Hawk Bisley with a red dot scope mounted on it. The only problem was that it was real accurate out to 50 yds.

I was shooting 180 gr. Hornady XTP hand loads. I took a couple of deer with it and then one fateful day I shot at doe at 45 yds. I made a good hit on her , although, the bullet did not pass through her and I lost the blood trail. The coyotes found her before I did the next day and there was not much left of the doe. That ended my handgun hunting career.

In hindsight I probably should have been shooting 240 gr. bullets. This may have got me the penetration I needed at distances over 25 yds.

Next season I am going to get it another go, but I going to use my Encore with a 15" barrel in .308 cal.

It is important to know your firearms limitations. Like everything else, I found out the hard way. Hunter Joe
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That was a tough lesson. I use 240 and 305 hard cast in my 44. 50 yards is still the limit. I have occasionally taken good shots at 75 yards but you're dealing with a 16" drop. For pig hunting, a 330 grain hard cast drops them in their tracks.
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That was a tough lesson. I use 240 and 305 hard cast in my 44. 50 yards is still the limit. I have occasionally taken good shots at 75 yards but you're dealing with a 16" drop. For pig hunting, a 330 grain hard cast drops them in their tracks.
Are you talking 16" of bullet drop at 75 yds ?

www.winchester.com/products/catalog/handgundetail.aspx?symbol=S44PTHP&bn=5&type=28

Check the link, I think Winchester is saying 3.3" at 100 yds. I might be wrong or maybe we are talking about two different things.
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