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Smith & Wesson 329 PD Anyone shot it?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by gulogulo1970, Aug 2, 2003.

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  1. gulogulo1970

    gulogulo1970 Member

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    I'm about to go hunting bear and boar in the next year or so. I wanted a good back-up gun. I really like the looks of the 329 but how does it shoot? Is it as accurate as the 629 and 29. Is the action as smooth? Recoil should be stout but that is to be expected, but how bad is it? Any reviews would be helpful, thanks.
     
  2. Tamara

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    John Ross has posted that he loves his.

    Wildalaska says that up in big griz country they are selling like sno-cones in hell.

    I'm intrigued by them, and am definitely planning on getting one. All of them that I have handled have had the heavy/gritty DA that seems to be endemic to Ti/Scan wheelies out-of-the-box, but five minutes of 'smithing and some Wolff springs should clear that right on up.
     
  3. Preacherman

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    I've shot it... put three Winchester 250gr. Partition Golds through it and laid the gun down, with my arm warning me VERY LOUDLY that I was facing incipient carpal tunnel syndrome! Man, that thing HURT!

    If I ever buy one, it will be for use as a .44 Special gun - NOT a .44 Magnum! :what: :uhoh: :eek:
     
  4. Dave T

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    Manager of a local shop got the first one they sold back (traded in after six shots). He was curious and since it was fired took one round of factory (I believe he said Federal) 240g JHP into the tunnel and fired one round. He looked me in the face and said his elbow hurt for three days. This guy is built like a fireplug and is anything but a wimp.

    I honestly don't get the point of the ultra-lights. So you can carry it anywhere. If you can't hit (and you won't if you don't practice) what is the point???

    There must be a market as Smith is selling them. As always YMMV!
     
  5. bubbaturbo

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    How about the same gun in 45 Colt - a 325 I guess?
     
  6. Wildalaska

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    Recoil wise jumps more than a Mountain Gun but hurts less..I dont find any 44 "fun" anyway...

    Ive never shot one with less than 300 grain HSM loads (nominal 1250fps)...white box win seems to work ok, Win 260 grain Noslers suffer back out probs as I have observed..

    WildHighlyreccomendedAlaska
     
  7. Tamara

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    I'm thinking that with a bobbed hammer and .44 Maggie "Lite/Tactical" loads, it would maybe even eclipse my 296 as the "purfect purse piece". :cool:
     
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    I need to start carrying a purse! :)
     
  9. shooting4fun

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    G'day Gulogulo1970, and et al.,

    While I've not shot the 44 version. I do own the 357 mag version with the very short barrel. I can tell you from first hand experience that lighting off a 180 gr. Remington Core Loc 357 magnum hunting round was exhilarating to say the least. Myself and my other two shooting companions all experienced the same trigger finger trauma. The first joint on our trigger finger developed an impact blood blister from striking the bottom of the trigger guard under recoil. Note: this is not an enjoyable experience!

    Not to be deterred, since I bought the little cannon, and to fully understand how to avoid this. I've determined that when shooting 'heavy' loads out of very light revolvers a good substantial grip is key to managing the recoil. [It is still very exciting/intense to shoot, just don't get blood blisters from blunt force trauma] Shooting this revolver in double action does mitigate the finger trauma. Apparently, when shooting in a double action mode you facilitate a solid grip as you are in the process of enhancing that grip when manipulating the trigger. That is not the case with single action operations where you can experience a somewhat compromised grip strength.

    Since learning this fact, that is how I now practice with this 'hand cannon'. Firing it single action is simply out of the scope of this person's practice sessions. Now I will admit that I simply do not put as many rounds through this carry weapon as some of my others. I do enough to satisfy my needs.

    If you do have the opportunity to try one of these new lite weight wonders out, hold on! Good luck to ya! Cheers!
     
  10. Robert inOregon

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    We need these!

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  11. Tamara

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    Yeah, what's the story on those pug-nose 625's anyway?
     
  12. Preacherman

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    Tam, it's a special run by the S&W Performance Center for Lew Horton, with a Scandium frame and nicely tweaked. Details are here.

    Lew Horton's sells it for - wait for it - $1,109.95!!! :what: Details here.
     
  13. Tamara

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    Yeah, I piddled with the ones they had at SHOT, but haven't seen one in the wild yet. (So to speak... ;) )
     
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    Thanks for the imput. I'm almost afraid of the gun now. I was going to shoot a Georgia Arms load that pushed a 240 grain lead bullet at about 1100 feet per second. I'm wondering how bad the recoil would be with that load? It seems like a meduim power load. People have said it would shoot 44 specials fairly comfortably.
    I'm just going to use the gun as a hog and bear back-up gun and for hiking. I probably will not hunt with it. I will also load it for home & camping defense. Would I be better served with 4" Mountain gun or the 3" Trail Boss? I really have a want for .44 Smith, I just don't want to have buyers remorse after I spend a bunch of money.
     
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    Ouch

    I've owned a titanium 357 that had a very hard bite to it. I've fired one of these devils and it made my 454 SRH (300 gr XTP's) seem mild. The 454 pushes a little harder, but doesn't bite near as hard. The 329 is more of a wrist-wrecking snap.
     
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    Aw come on guys dont be wusses it aint that bad...

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    I want one. I played with one at J&G Sports in Prescot AZ, the last time I was at Gunsite. It doesn't have to be practical for me to want one.
     
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    Obviously, opinions regarding recoil are highly subjective. BUT...

    I found the recoil on the 329 to be plenty stiff, but not intolerable. As stated in a previous thread, I bought the gun strictly for backpacking in the high country and I believe it's the perfect piece for that duty. I put 12 factory rounds through the gun before I decided to buy. BTW - for anyone who's interested I paid $689.98.

    Will I shoot it often? No. But, I'm confident enough in my revolver skills that I doubt that fear of extreme recoil will keep me from hitting close to the mark if the situation mandates.

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    Broken record mode on...

    The key to this gun is hi-tech rubber grips THAT COVER THE BACKSTRAP like Pachmayr Decelerator Grippers. With them, 250s @ 1000 are pleasant, 240s @ 1400 are tolerable, and 320s @ 1200 are unpleasant but can still be shot with acceptable accuracy, i.e. 4" @ 25 yds. offhand.

    NEITHER of the supplied grips are a good choice for this gun. I would advise not even firing the gun one shot until the Decelerators are installed. Seriously. You will probably hate it and that impression will be stuck in your mind forever.

    Carry the 329 everywhere, and put 12 or 18 rounds of full loads through it every time you go to the range to stay current with it. Use a steel .44 for your high volume shooting.

    My 329 is closing in on 1000 rounds of full power loads, which is an average of 3 cylinders 3x/week.

    JR
     
  20. Wildalaska

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    Funny thing John, the only way I have ever shot em is with the wood grips (albite only a few cylinders)....still not bad

    WildwoodlooksprettyAlaska
     
  21. gulogulo1970

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    Thanks guys for the information. Hey, stellarpod, where did you find it for that price? That is pretty cheap. I really want one, I don't really need one. You guys know how it is... Gun sickness, it's like Lay's Potato Chips, you can't own just one.
     
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    gulogulo1970:

    I bought the gun at H&H Indoor Gun Range here in Oklahoma City during their factory rep demo days a couple of weeks ago. They're a pretty good bunch of folks and do a great service to the community by projecting a highly positive image of the shooting community.

    Although they're not always the lowest price in town, I've found their level of service to be as good as it gets. And on this particular occassion, the price for the 329PD wasn't bad at all!

    We're fortunate to have a number of highly competitive gun stores in this neck of the woods. I patronize all of them far too much... :D

    H&H Indoor Gun Range

    stellarpod
     
  23. Glamdring

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    I just have to ask. Have you thought about having Bowen making you a uber light 45lc/454 that uses full moon clips? So you could have one way ammo comminality with your 1911? :)
     
  24. Chuck Perry

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    I just brought mine home about an hour ago. Bought a box of Blazer 44 Specials to try it out. I'll post as soon as I've had a chance to fire it.
     
  25. Wildalaska

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    OK here is an Factory ammo report for you based on what we have seen or have had reported to us to date...as you know ammo without a good crimp will back out and be unusable...

    Win white box 240s..OK
    Win Supreme 250 Partitions...backed out
    Federal 300 cast cores..backed out
    UMC 44...Backed out
    Blazer 44...Backed out, but one report also said OK
    HSM 300 grains ..OK
    Buffalo Bore 300 grain..backed out

    Seems that factory ammo needs a good crimpin to hold...will try to report about Garret and Remington ammo, although Garret ammo is real scarce up here (probably due to lack of demand)...

    Note...each gun is different and the aove may not be true in your 329...

    Gonna get some CorBon to try...


    WildcrimpitAlaska
     
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