Frulk, Sounds like you have your needs and wants well sorted out. The 329 is emminently packable. I shot one cylinder full of factory 240 JSPs out of a 329 once, hit what I was aiming at 6 times, handed it back and told my friend that I didn't want to shoot it again. Ever. I like to shoot my guns and I decided at that point that the steel 4 inch Mountain Gun was as lightweight a .44 mag as I would enjoy. Ironically I find the 3 inch 360 M&P airweight .357 tolerable and super packable... It is a lot smaller and lighter than the 329 ....but of course it is not a .44 mag.
I agree with my 629 Mountain Gun being my minimum limit for .44 magnum loads as well. I just don’t enjoy being smacked across the palm with a hammer handle when I pull the trigger, and the lightweights like the 329 or even the ultra lightweight J-frame .357’s just hit me the wrong way.
Gimme some .44 Specials if you’re handing me a 329 to shoot .