BRUTAL Wheelgun

Discussion in 'Revolver Handguns' started by Mark F, Aug 12, 2009.

  1. Mark F

    Mark F New Member Supporter

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    I got a chance to try out my new S&W 329PD today. To get comfortable with it, I shot 24 rounds of 44 Special, 200 grain Jacketed hollow points. At 7 yards I was keeping a fairly clean 4" pattern. I did notice the pistol had a reasonably sharp snap even with .44 Specials. This gun has substancially more recoil as compared to my 629 shooting 44 Specials.

    OK, I thought I might consider using my padded shooting gloves for the Magnums... IT DIDN'T HELP! This pistol still peeled the skin off my thumb on the second shot, right through my gloves!

    I have shot many 44 Magnums, and I own a lot of 44 Magnums. I have shot 500 Magnums many times. I have even shot 330 grain +P+ .44 Magnums, but I have never shot a 44 Magnum or even a 500 Magnum that recoils like this pistol does! This thing is BRUTAL with 240 grain Magnums. Not only is my thumb cut, its also swolen up nicely. I only shot 5 Magnum rounds, and said fuk this, and put 44 Specials back in it.

    I shot a total of 50 rounds of .44 Specials, and 5 rounds of 240 grain Magnums today, and my hand feels like I shot over 1000 rounds.

    Other than its extremely unforgiving recoil, its reasonably accurate. But I got tired fast from this gun, and I began shooting sloppy. It was time to call it a day...

    Here is a sample of my 7 yard off-hand shooting. You can tell I was getting tired... and sloppy.
     

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  2. Shotgun Shooter

    Shotgun Shooter New Member

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    Very nice work!
    That was your off hand?

    S.S.
     

  3. spittinfire

    spittinfire New Member Supporter

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    Sounds like a good time!! Can I shoot it?
     
  4. stalkingbear

    stalkingbear Well-Known Member

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    So are you ready to sell it to me yet?:)
     
  5. skullcrusher

    skullcrusher New Member

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    Off-hand means unsupported as opposed to off rest, sitting, prone, etc. :)

    Mark,

    Nice report. I hope the thumb gets better soon. You will need it for the next range report. :D
     
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  7. Mark F

    Mark F New Member Supporter

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    I called Smith & Wesson this afternoon and spoke to Tech Support about this brutal recoil. They said they get a lot of calls about it. The answer is... to change the 329PD grip over to the 500 Magnum grip. The 500 grip pads all the way around the backstrap and cushions that sharp recoil these pistols produce.

    OK, that cost me $42.00 for the new grips... If it tames the pistol, I'm happy, but it brings up a point.

    My "silly" thinking is; if they know about this problem, and they know the 500 grips will fix it... THEN why don't they PROVIDE THESE GRIPS with the friggin' gun!!!!
     
  8. Mark F

    Mark F New Member Supporter

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    Yes sir, off-hand... If I wasn't so dammned tired from those magnums, I could have held a tighter group. It's still a good group, though.
     
  9. Mark F

    Mark F New Member Supporter

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    No big deal, it just peeled the skin back. One good dab of Super Glue and I'll be OK, except for the minor swelling and sore joints. I've had worse than this on my pecker...

    My new 500 grips should be here Monday, then it's back to the range.
     
  10. mrm14

    mrm14 Active Member

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    The S&W329 PD comes in the Alaska model which has the factory Hoague grips. I assume you have bought the 329 PD HIVIS with the wood grips. Any mag pistol I ever had the first thing I would do is throw away the wood grips and put on a set of Hoague's. May not look as nice but much more comfortable and functional to shoot. I think when you put your new grips on she'll really be sweet to shoot.
     
  11. Mark F

    Mark F New Member Supporter

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    Sorry, but your assumption is incorrect.

    My 329PD HIVIS came with BOTH the wood grips AND the Hogue Monogrips. I put the Hogue Monogrips on before firing a single shot.

    The 500 Magnum grips cover the backstrap with soft rubber padding, as illustrated here. It's the backstrap that eats flesh.
     

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  12. NGIB

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    The problem with Hogue's is they leave the backstrap uncovered and are well cushioned ONLY in the front of the grip. I've found that Pachmayr Decellerators really help as they cover and cushion the backstrap - which helps tame the recoil. The S&W 500 grips are the only Hogue's I'm aware of with a covered backstrap...
     
  13. skullcrusher

    skullcrusher New Member

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    Gee, that's-just-peachy. A little too much info...thanks. :eek:
     
  14. skullcrusher

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    I believe that the Taurus Raging Bull series comes with the padded backstrap. But those are Hogue-like and fairly short.
     
  15. mrm14

    mrm14 Active Member

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    Ooops! MY BAD!

    My 629 has hogue grips on it, but I have replaced them many times since I bought this pistol in 1996. The little plastic nylon like tangs that held the prior grips on the hanlde frame would distort and crack and the griips prior to the last one I bought would come terribly loose and even slip off. Although it has been many years since I replaced the grips on this pistol the Hogue grips I have cover the backstrap of my 629. They are also not the S&W factory Hogue grips the pistol came with. To be totally honest I can't remember if the original grips on my 629 covered the backstrap or not. I think the last Hogue grips I bought for this 629 was in 2002. Other pistols I've had in magnum calibers I had replaces wood grips with Pachmyers or Hogue grips.

    Well you know what they say when a person tends to A$$ U ME. This time it made a A$$ out of ME.:D
     
  16. Mark F

    Mark F New Member Supporter

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    No big deal, trust me! My 629 came with Hogue grips and the backstrap is exposed. However, the 629 is heavy enough to absorb a lot of the Magnum shock thus making it much more enjoyable to shoot.
     
  17. dukech1

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    OK, so, I'll stick to my Rugers and Uberti. Sorry about your hand Mark.
     
  18. mrm14

    mrm14 Active Member

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    +1 on that! And it probably helps that my 629 has the 6 1/2" barrel on it.
     
  19. Mark F

    Mark F New Member Supporter

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    There is no comparison between my 629 and my new 329. With the 329 being 1/2 the weight it makes an excellent carry. However, my 629 is much more friendly to shoot.

    I will get the 329 dialed in for magnums, once my 500 grips are on it. Also, Buffalo Bore makes Magnum ammo specifically for the 329, that's "supposed" to be low recoil.
     
  20. Mark F

    Mark F New Member Supporter

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    I received my S&W 500 Magnum grips, and they fit perfectly. These grips completely cover the backstrap, and should reduce the violent shockwave from this light frame.

    I will be taking the 329PD out for a "test drive" today.
     

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