Scandium questions.


June 18, 2006, 11:10 AM
Will a Scandium .44Mag stand up to daily target shooting? Do they last? Are they a worthy carry gun?

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Tom C.
June 18, 2006, 06:21 PM
I have one of the scandium .357's. While it is a very nice gun, and very light, the recoil with even moderate loads is pretty extreme. It has a greater pounding to the hand than my .500 S&W. While it is probably strong enough to take the pounding, I suspect the aluminum frame will stretch over time with full loads. I consider my .357 a .38 with extra strength margin. I also consider it a carry much, shoot little gun.
Your mileage will vary.

June 18, 2006, 06:53 PM
I agree.
I have two scandium S&W 340PDs, and with premium factory 125-158gr+P .357 Magnum JHP loads, they are neither fun to shoot nor especially accurate or precise.

I'm not recoil-sensitive, but I've found that my examples of these little pistolas shoot more precisely with certain examples of .38 Special+P JHPs rather than any type of .357 Magnum (of which I tried ALL available factory examples in 125gr+P JHP), though a friend's 340PD (in my hands) did better with .357 loads than did mine, so it may well be specific to the particular gun.

In any event, I neither shoot nor carry .357 Magnum rounds in these little guns anymore.

I haven't shot the .44 Magnum S&W scandium version(s), but the only way to know if it hits consistently to POA in your hands is to shoot it.

June 20, 2006, 11:59 AM

I have Smith Scandium revolvers in .357, .45 acp, and in .44 mag, and I like them all. Great guns. I have put a good number of full-power rounds through both the .45 acp snubby and the .44 mag without any complaint regarding the function or durability of the guns. (I probably have less than a box of .357s through the j-frame snubby...downright painful to shoot.) I am not an engineer, but I suspect the guns will long outlast whoever is doing the shooting! (The recoil can get your attention....).


June 20, 2006, 01:04 PM
Have a S&W 329 - a TiScan 44 mag:) It handles well, is accurate to a fault, and, at 26 ounces is a decent sized CCW. Scandium guns are exceptionally tough and lots of shooting for target purposes will do no harm. Can't say the same for the shooter though:neener: Recoil on 44 mag stuff is substantial and a lot of shooting just makes my hands ache. Other than that - shoot it all you want.

June 23, 2006, 03:05 PM
I have a 325 - 45 and a 360 - 357. I have Pachmayr Gripper Decelerator grips on both that reduce felt recoil a good bit. The S&W page call them the "stongest and lightest" 357 and 45 ACP revolvers made. If these are indeed the "stongest" then I suppose they should stand up to full loads. I know that I have shot alot of 255 grain handloads at 1000 fps through my 45 with no problems, and I shoot 180 grain loads at 1040 fps through the 357, again with no problems.

Mike G.

June 26, 2006, 12:56 AM
I carry the 340 pd regularly and shoot it once or twice a month. Last year I used .357 mag loads and even though I don't practice with a full box of it I shoot about 10 to 20 rounds of it every month, the rest were .38 sp+p or just spl. I still shoot about 50 to 100 rounds a month with it. however, I now carry .38sp +p with it. I haven't notice any significant wear on the gun, other than carrying scratches here and there.

On my 329pd, which I practice twice a year with it, I run about 50 rds of 44mag and 100 rds of 44 special every time I shoot it. I have had it for a year and still like new. If I recall correctly the last batch of mag was 240 grain. It was hard on the hands. I may increase it this time around with a 280 grain bullet:eek: .

I love them both for their light weight, portability and accuracy. I think the jury still out if they will last as long as their steel counterparts. I believe they will and may be surpass the steel durability.

Double O

June 26, 2006, 07:49 AM
who had put 26k rounds of full power 357 Mag through his 340PD. That guy is one bad dude.

Every Scandium revolver I've shot (340PD and 360PD--both 357, 396SC--44Spl, 325PD--45 acp) delivered a solid wallop to the shooter's hand. I can't imagine the 329--44Mag being any gentler :rolleyes:

If you plan on running a lot of rounds through a 329, the limiting factor will likely be flesh/blood/bone related.

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