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Is $399 good for a used S&W 629 in VG+ Cond?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by Handgun, Aug 20, 2003.

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  1. Handgun

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    Hi,

    I was looking at used 629s today at the local shop. It seems to be 629 week there.

    Anyway, the two most interesting to me were a 6" w/o full underlug in VG condition for $399 and a Backpacker (ported barrel) in VG to Excellent condition for $475.

    Any thoughts?

    Thanks.
     
  2. Wanderer

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    Go and buy it, now.
     
  3. Handgun

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    They are not open now. ;)

    Care to elaborate on your reasons for the buy recommendation? Which "it", the 6" or the Backpacker?

    Thanks.
     
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  4. 4v50 Gary

    4v50 Gary Moderator Staff Member

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    I haven't kept up, but is the backpacker with a full underlug?

    If I was backpacking, weight is a major consideration. I'd go with the $399 model.
     
  5. C.R.Sam

    C.R.Sam Moderator Emeritus

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    The six incher here would be a decent price but no steal.
    Darn sho want to use Jim March's check list and pick it over carefully.

    Sam
     
  6. Wanderer

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    I've been looking around online at various revolvers and most 629's are going for 500-600 new. I'd get the regular gun (w/o ports) due to a personal preference not to set myself on fire if I gotta use the retention position.
     
  7. WT

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    When was it made? What version was it? Does the frame say something like "629-1" or something like that?

    If it is an early model 629, the cyclinder will periodically unlock while firing heavy magnum rounds. The next shot will just go "click". Gets annoying.
     
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    I had a Backpacker. VERY LOUD cause of porting. I sold mine for $600. $475 is good price but I'd go with the 6". Offer them $375 cash, who knows maybe they'll take it.
     
  9. Handgun

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    It is a 629-2. Is the cylinder lockup problem common in this revision?

    I buy a lot from them and they always give me their bottom line on price. I'll check and see if there is room in the price.
     
  10. Preacherman

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    629-2 does NOT have the revised lockwork that eliminated the cylinder problems with heavy loads. It's fine with normal factory ammo., but heavy use and/or use of heavier loads will blast it into reverse rotation, sooner or later... :rolleyes:
     
  11. WT

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    Okay, a 629-2 is on the "bummer" list. If you want to fire standard 240 gr. magnum or heavier loads the gun will need some modifications WHICH WILL COST MONEY.

    When S&W fixed mine they installed a few new parts. These included:

    New cylinder - $104
    New hand - $14
    New cylinder stop - $11
    New cylinder stop spring - $2
    Labor - $50
    Total = $191 if my math is right.

    So, if you buy that revolver and want it to work right, you can expect to spend about another $200 on top of the purchase price.

    I had to send it back to them twice to get it fixed right. Throw in some $ for shipping and handling.
     
  12. Handgun

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    How often is this a problem with the 629-2?
     
  13. WT

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    It's a certainty if you fire .44 magnum rounds weighing 240 gr or more. For more info, see

    "The Original .44 Magnum" , John Taffin, AMERICAN HANDGUNNER, Nov/Dec 1997. The article gives the entire story.
     
  14. Handgun

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    I have found out that it is marked with the "M" next to the "629-2" so it has been back to S&W for modifications. I am told that this means this 629-2 has been upgraded for these problems. Is this correct?

    Thanks.
     
  15. C.R.Sam

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    Correct.

    (Unless some nutcase thief did it just to get a better price.)

    Sam
     
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