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??? on 629 and +p+

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by JHansenAK47, Mar 14, 2010.

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  1. JHansenAK47

    JHansenAK47 Member

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    My brother wants to buy my 629-1 from me and wants to shoot those Buffalo Bore +P+.
    http://www.buffalobore.com/index.php?l=product_detail&p=54
    Anyway I was reading their website and noticed that the 629 is not mentioned.
    Now this is where my question comes in, my brother was telling me if you had a post 1989 manufactured 629 then you could shoot +p+.
    However since mine is a 629-1 I think it was made sometime around the mid eighties.
    Now although I am thinking it would be no go to shoot +p+ in my pistol, I want to know if I am indeed correct.
    So can I you shoot +p+ in a 629-1 or not?

    In case anybody was wondering, I am disinclined to sell my revolver but it did get me wondering if I could shoot +p+ or not.
     
  2. NOLAEMT

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    While I don't know for sure, i would think not. the ammo manufacturer says its not safe, and i would believe them.

    If you need more than a normal 44mag can produce, buy a 454 or 460mag. it will be cheaper than the hospital bill to pull shrapnel out of your face.
     
  3. JHansenAK47

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    My brother is going up to Alaska to be stationed at one of the bases around Anchorage and seems to think he needs +p+ to shoot a grizzly bear. He pretty much was thinking he could get my pistol and use it as a fishing gun. I was thinking he should just carry a shotgun or some bear mace but he seems to have his mind set to get the biggest most powerful revolver/cartridge he can find. He has also been thinking about a 454 and 460.
     
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    I think he would be better off with regular 44 magnum ammo, that he knows will run in the weapon, and wont break it. I would rather have 6 shots of regular 44mag, vs 1 shot of super duper 44mag that breaks the gun mid-grizzly attack
     
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  5. rcmodel

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    They say:

    In short, they probably won't fit in a Model 29 cylinder.
    And you shouldn't shoot them in it if they will.

    rc
     
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    I think I am going to direct him to the buffalo bore website and tell him to look for a different revolver. I don't think it would be worth ruining an awesome revolver to find out.
     
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    The +P+ .44 Magnum ammo will wreck any 629. End of story.

    If he'd like a $600 paperweight, tell him he's on the right track.:barf:
     
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    I think he should buy himself a Ruger. Then he can put whatever kind of kool aid ammo he wants in it and I can keep my 629. I might have to buy some of those for myself though. I would love to see how far in those would go into some of the scrub oak trees we have around here. More of a fun informal penetration test than anything else.
     
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    He needs a remington 870 and slugs for bear defense, there is no real good handgun option. Much cheaper and easier to find ammo as well.

    JMHO YMMV
     
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    Master Blaster wrote: "He needs a remington 870 and slugs for bear defense, there is no real good handgun option."

    He needs a 10 ga. w/slugs. A double barrel will do just fine because in all likelihood he'll not get off more than 2 shots in a bear attack.
     
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    No. For the reasons listed above.

    Actually, they will fit, and their website statement that they won't isn't true. I tried them (the 340gr BB +p+ in a 629-1) for fit only, not for firing. They did not extend past the length of the cylinder. But like rcmodel said, I wouldn't shoot them.

    I wouldn't shoot the .44 magnum +p+ out of any handgun short of a Freedom Arms or similar myself. I wouldn't abuse my Ruger, either. Remember, that "+p+" means that it's MORE than 10% above a .44 magnum (the limit of "+p"), and with no guaranteed upper limit. It's flat NOT a .44 magnum, it's a wildcat of unknown pressure.

    The 629 was beefed up after the -2 (with the -2E) for greater endurance, but that doesn't mean it's suddenly +p capable. Tell your brother that if he wants a bear gun, sure, a .44 magnum will work, just shoot ammo for which the gun is rated. Plenty of dead bears from that cartridge, grizzly, too. If he needs the ego-stroke of a bigger cannon, then buy that.
     
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    I couldn't agree with Oro anymore than I do. The pre-endurance package 29 and 629 guns rank among the weakest 44 magnums ever built. And he wants to shoot a load that is only safe in the strongest 44 magnums ever built?:eek:
     
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