Help picking comfortable .44 mag SW 629 grips


July 2, 2010, 08:26 PM
Recently got a fantastic used SW 629. 6" SS. Shot it today and love it, but the stock plastic grip isn't going to work.

I am looking for something that is more controllable and comfortable, like a Hogue or Uncle Mike finger groved grip. Any suggestions?

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Karl Hungus
July 2, 2010, 08:33 PM
The best thing to do is try out grips in the store or on a friend's iron. Everybody's looking for something different.

I recently switched the stock grip on my Dan Wesson .44mag for a Hogue Big Butt and really like it. The stock grip was like grabbing a carton of milk. The Hogue grip is thinner, more verticle and fits my hand much better. However, it's a pretty weird grip for just regular shooting.

I've never been a really big fan of pronounced finger grooves unless you're having it custom made.

July 2, 2010, 09:03 PM
Grips are highly subjective, you really have to try them all to find what works for you. Double action grips are tough as few makers exist for real custom grips. Most factory grips are atrocious and the designs from Hogue and Pachmayr do not work for me. They are too narrow and too long (heel to toe) and I despise finger grooves. Ahrends' "Retro Target" stocks are pretty good for an off the shelf grip. They still have a couple of funky sharp edges but the square butt grips are more comfortable than the round-square conversion, for whatever reason. My favorites are the Roper stock from Herrett's. Tedd Adamovich and Roy Rishpaw do a similar design but you will pay dearly for them.

July 2, 2010, 09:16 PM
Nah i think the best grips are the X Frame grips that come on the S&W 500 and S&W 460. Yes these grips do fit as the Xframe is the same round butt grip as the S&W 629. Full power loads shoot like 38's in a 357 magnum.

July 2, 2010, 09:21 PM
My suggestion to you is... keep the following in mind as you test the fit/feel of grips for your revolver.

As you grip the gun, the web of your hand, between the thumb/index finger should ride high on the back strap. As you hold it... imagine a straight line between the knuckles of both those digits (where they attach to your hand), that line should be perpendicular to the barrel of the gun, AND allow you to comfortably actuate the trigger. So, depending upon the size of your hands/length of your fingers... this will vary from person to person.

July 3, 2010, 11:39 AM
I have used most of the rubber grips out there and while pachmayr makes some good ones, the Hogue Monogrip is my favorite.

July 3, 2010, 11:53 AM
I have a drawer full of M29 grips. As was stated above its totally subjective. Hogue didn't work at all for me. Current fit is the Pachmayr Decelerator.

July 5, 2010, 01:08 AM
I think the stock grip on the 629 now is the Hogue Monogrip. That is what I have on my SP101 and they look exactly the same except for the S&W emblem on the 629.
I would really like to get the orange Tamer grips ( (I think that's S&W speak for Hogue Monogrip) S&W has on their website. $37 is a bit steep and I would also have to pay shipping, but I really love the color orange..

July 5, 2010, 01:21 AM
Magna's and a tyler T are very comfortable on a .357 not sure about the 44 cannon

July 5, 2010, 02:10 AM
The X frame matches the L/K frame handle size, not the N frame size.

And yes, hogue is who's been making the stock rubber grips for S&W for some time. Try a pachmayr for a different feel, the ones that cover the backstrap seem to tame recoil quite handily ( I know they do for the smaller frame guns, a 2 1/2 .357 can kick with 180's going in the mid 1100's )

July 5, 2010, 10:11 AM
Grips are pretty subjective, you need to try as many as you can. My personal favorite is a set of Sanderson thumb-rest target stocks. I move these between a M29 and M27, 65 years old grips and no one was come close to duplicating them.

July 5, 2010, 02:08 PM
I thought the Hogue Monogrip came stock on the 629?

That's what my 629-6 came with?

July 5, 2010, 07:08 PM
I'll reiterate for the slow: revolver grips are subjective.

I own a 629-1 with a 4" bbl square butt and could not find a grip that worked. I tried what was on it first, S&W Target. I then tried rubber Hogue Monogrips and Pachmayr Decelerators. No love,all were painful with full-power loads.

Well, fourth time's the charm, as some minimalist Magna grips and a Tyler T-grip did the trick. I still feel significant recoil, but it is not painful.

Here's a photo:

July 6, 2010, 06:18 AM
The X-frame grips are actually between the N & K/L grips in size, so they should fit your round butt 629 quite well. They are ~3/16" longer trigger reach, from the midpoint of the padded backstrap to the centerline of the trigger, than the OEM Hogues that came on my 6" 629-6.

The 2x28mm scope and Weigand rail didn't stay long - I just like iron sights better. I also shoot mild loads most of the time, so my 629's mostly sport wood grips. Still, I keep two of those X-frame monogrips for my 4" & 6" 629s for 'hotter' loads as they really help the recoil. In an absurd application, here is what they look like on an L-frame - my 296 AirLite Ti, a 5-shot .44 Special:

A trip to a well-stocked S&W dealer may be in order. Try the hand fit/feel of a standard production 629 to see how the square conversion rubber Hogue monogrip fits. Next, forgetting the weight, try the hand fit/feel of any S&W .460 or .500 Magnum - that's the backstrap padded grip I suggest for recoil. Both are available from S&W Accessories on their site.


July 6, 2010, 07:49 AM
I'll second the recommendation for Herrett's.
I have never warmed to rubber grips. Also detest finger grooves (they're always located wrong for me), and don't like the backstrap exposed (a 4" .44 with top loads "stings" a bit).
Believe this are Herretts "Jordan Trooper" stocks.

July 6, 2010, 09:22 AM
As mentioned before, go with the X frame Hogue's from Smith IF you have the round grip frame.
If you have the square grip frame, probably Pach's are your best bet or some custom wood if you don't like ruber.

July 6, 2010, 09:56 AM
My M629-5 was uncomfortable to shoot even with Pachmyr grips. The problem is that my fingers are rather short and Pachmyr grips are rather long.

However the X grips from S&W made shooting the M629 endurable.

Not that I really care to shoot 44 Magnum often.

July 7, 2010, 06:08 AM
After a lot of years with magnums, here's what I have decided generally works. "Generally" meaning most people fall into one of these camps, but of course there are exceptions:

1) For long strings of untimed fire, or for a shooter with a weaker grip, get a squishy hogue.

2) For long strings of RAPID fire for a shooter who needs to compete, get a harder-compounded rubber from Pahmayr.

3) For carry or plinking for a shooter with a well developed grip, get smooth wood.

Checkered wood - not really good for anybody with magnums unless it's just carry or plinking like #3.

The various physics involved are that soft rubber deforms under the hand and against the frame, even with a strong grip. It's comfortable, but requires re-adjusting the grip or shot after each individual shot.

Harder Pachmayr rubber like on the Gripper Pro model, etc. minimize this while still providing adequate deformation/recoil reduction to make them less painful. They don't offer the comfort of the Hogues, nor the control of the wood, but they split the difference nicely.

Wood looks good, and for a few quick shots provides maximum grip and rapid accuracy. They get very fatiguing very fast, though. Wood grips, like the combat models, that cover the back strap are a little better than the exposed back-strap target or Magna models.

I use smooth wood on mine because it looks sexy, and with full magnums I only shoot a few rounds. for plinking I use .44 special rounds. If I were shooting lots of magnum I'd go to pachmayr gripper's.

LeadCounsel: as a tribute to the 4th and your service to both the country and the forum, if you pm me your address, I'll mail you a set of Pachmayr Gripper Pro's for an N frame. You like them, you can paypal me $12. If you don't like them, you can send em 'back or pass the deal forward to someone else. If you want, let me know whether your gun is round butt (post 94) or square butt so I make sure these would work for you.

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