Which 44 magnum snubbie?

Discussion in 'Revolver Handguns' started by mesinge2, Aug 28, 2010.

  1. S&W Performance Center Model 629

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  2. S&W Talo Edition Model 629

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  3. 3" Ruger Redhawk Alaskan

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  4. The something else option, but what?

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  1. mesinge2

    mesinge2 New Member

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    I have wanted a 44 magnum snubbie for the longest time. I have a S&W 29 with a 8 3/8", and Ruger Redhawk with a 7.5" and I would love one I could actually conceal. Sometimes I carry the Redhawk concealed (difficultly I might add), so I know I can conceal a large frame snubbie.

    I don't want some scandium lightweight handbreaker so I am looking at all steel models. I am torn between the S&W 629 2 5/8" Performance Center model, the S&W 629 Talo Deluxe 3" model, or a Ruger Redhawk Alaskan with a 2.5" barrel. I honestly can't decide between these three.

    I would like to add that I would want full-sized wood grips like on the talo for what ever model I do choose. So, if for example the Ruger has no wood grip alternative it might DQ it. I just like wood grips.

    S&W 629 2 5/8" Performance Center
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    S&W 629 Talo Deluxe 3"

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    2.5" Ruger Redhawk Alaskan
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  2. canebrake

    canebrake New Member

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    The something else option, GO BIG OR STAY HOME!

    .460 S&W Magnum:
     

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  3. mesinge2

    mesinge2 New Member

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    I like the top .460, but I don't want to invest in yet another caliber. I have sooo many already.

    I have numerous pieces in: .22 long, .22 LR, .22 WMR, .32 H&R mag, .32 acp, .38 S&W, .38 Short colt, .38 SPL, .380, 9x18, 9x19, 9x21, .357 mag, .357 max, .45 Colt, .45 acp, 44 mag, .410 GA, 12GA, .308, and finally 7.62 by both 39 and 54.

    And I try to shoot them all. I usually negelect the 9x21 and the .357 max the most, however.
     
  4. Rick1967

    Rick1967 Well-Known Member

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    I have the 4 inch 629. I carry it once in a while. I like it a lot. I imagine a 2 1/2 barrel would be pretty nice.
     
  5. RetiredLEO

    RetiredLEO New Member

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    I prefer theTalo,, the grips are longer with gives better handling of the wepon. Good luck..
     
  6. diggsbakes

    diggsbakes New Member

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    Alaskan or Performance center, you can't go wrong!
     
  7. spittinfire

    spittinfire New Member Supporter

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    You don't want the 500, cane?







    Nancy!
     
  8. Catfish

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    I presonaly carry a .329 PD with a 4 in. barrel and find it no problem to handle with rubber grips and heavy loads. But, if your not wanting that, I don`t think you`ll go wrong with any of the 3 you have listed.
     
  9. mesinge2

    mesinge2 New Member

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    Catfish, the recoil is not bad with the scandium model?
     
  10. CHLChris

    CHLChris New Member

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    Cane, no matter the platform, you always have a great example. I bet you've always brought the prettiest date to any party, the one that made every woman say to her man, "Are you going to look at her all night?"
     
  11. Mark F

    Mark F New Member Supporter

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    To hell it isn't... I own & carry a S&W 329PD. With any Magnum load, it gets down-right brutal after the second shot. And I have a S&W 500 grip on it.
     
  12. michigan0626

    michigan0626 New Member

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    S&W 500 ES Bear Survival Kit
    2 5/8" Snubbie
     

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  13. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member

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    If I could afford it I'd have a Ruger Alaskan. Every few days I go to the Ruger website and just stare at it.
     
  14. Mark F

    Mark F New Member Supporter

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    The Ruger Alaskan is quite enjoyable to shoot as compared to the S&W 329PD. But the major difference is the 329PD is so light, you don't even know you are carrying it.
     
  15. mesinge2

    mesinge2 New Member

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  16. mesinge2

    mesinge2 New Member

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    Sorry guys, this time I guess I didn't take the advice as well as when you guys convinced me to buy the XDm 45 (http://www.firearmstalk.com/forums/f15/i-got-itch-again-26434/). It has been great so far.

    I bought the the S&W 629 Talo Deluxe 3" model because I found one NIB for $689 and I couldn't pass it up. The shop is in a different state but has 8 of them and is trying to unload them. It should be here by Friday. I post pics and a range report when I get and shoot it.

    Thanks again for the advice.
     
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  17. diggsbakes

    diggsbakes New Member

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    Congrats.

    I voted for the 629, but after hearing the grip argument I feel it is probably the best compromise and for that price the beauty of the Smith would be worth the extra buck.
     
  18. mesinge2

    mesinge2 New Member

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    I just picked it up!!

    S&W m629-9 Deluxe Talo Edition (it says number 119 of 300)
    I am going to the range on Monday to give it a whirl.

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  19. diggsbakes

    diggsbakes New Member

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    WOW!

    That is one beautiful gun. Congratulations on the new addition. :)

    I'm sure you'll enjoy it for the rest of your life.

    Please let us know how it shoots!
     
  20. cthompson54

    cthompson54 New Member

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    Wrist Wreckers

    I own a 25+ year old 629-1 and a 329. The 629 were called Lew Horton specials back then, mine was actually listed as a 44 Special on the SW box. Even with short barrel it shoots sweet but tends to get a little heavy as a carry piece. Looks very bad from the wrong end with those hollow points! Ordered the 329 before they were available and had to wait six months for delivery. Use Cor Bon 200g Specials and it is reasonable to shoot. 240g @ 1100+ and it gets responsive very fast. Most shooting was 24 rounds at one range stop. Use this thing as my Pig Poker backup, 310g wide nose flat base gas check @ 975fps! Awesome recoil but very accurate. Shot one to chrono one day, shot the other two for accuracy couple days later. The 50 rounds I loaded will last a long time. I think the 10mm Scandium would be wiser for most folks. Great gun , won't ever get rid of mine, just beware of the bark. Great for carry and trail gun, most people think it's a toy when they handle it. Sweet trigger pull too! Ct