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punisheryayarea
06-23-2010, 7:05 PM
Any one have a S&W 629-6, and care to share any info about it?????

nn3453
06-23-2010, 7:14 PM
Pros: Fun, accurate, low recoil (for a 44), every American gun owner should own a 44. S&W makes some of the best out there. Better looking than a Ruger, better trigger out of the box.

Cons: Not a Ruger. It will take it but I wouldn't feed it a steady diet of high pressure 44M loads. Factory loads or medium power reloads are just fine.
44M gets expensive.

So, yes, go buy one today :D

den888
06-23-2010, 7:17 PM
I owned 2 Ruger .44's (SBH and RH) and thought that the Rugers felt better (handling felt recoil) than my 629 did.

The 629 trigger is better than the Ruger's though.

PM720
06-23-2010, 7:20 PM
Well, I have a 7 1/2" Redhawk and a 3" 29. The Redhawk is more "comfortable" while the 29 is more "exciting"! ;)

Scott

punisheryayarea
06-23-2010, 7:41 PM
Ya getting it in a trade so just figer i'd ask :D

bjl333
06-23-2010, 7:54 PM
I have both S&W and Ruger !!! It like Ford and Chevy ... Never ending debate !!!

Just get it ... you'll love it !!!

eville
06-23-2010, 8:27 PM
I love mine.
Get it.
accurate as hell!

BigDogatPlay
06-23-2010, 10:37 PM
I also own a 7.5 inch Redhawk and a 3 inch 629. I've owned other 29's in different barrel lengths.

Pros.... almost certainly a better trigger than any other DA than you can name. Large variety of aftermarket and made to measure grips available. Proven platform capable of excellent accuracy.

Cons.... it's going to prefer factory ammo, and little of anything "super hot". It's not, per se, a handloader's gun, where a Redhawk is. Assuming the gun is not ribbed or already drilled and tapped for mounts, you would have to have that done. There are drop in Weaver base rails for Redhawks that are no D&T which is part of the reason why I went Redhawk for my .44 hunting gun.

Black Majik
06-23-2010, 10:40 PM
Pros: It's a Smith, it's in .44

Cons: It is post-lock

punisheryayarea
06-24-2010, 8:43 AM
Well I have my S&W 296 44spl snubbie, with no lock for extra HD, I love it so Im hoping the 629 will be great for the full 44mag with a 4inch barrel( not to worried with post lock ), I'm used to 44mag as I have a. DE in a 44 mag....I like it when little toy's have a BIG BOOM!!!!!!

lazs
06-25-2010, 6:44 AM
I like the feel of a good Smith and my days of shooting scary hot loads are about over. I used Ruger guns for decades because the Smiths would not hold up but these days? well... a Smith would work fine.

The best trigger of any 44 mag I own is the one on my Dan Wesson. It is also the most accurate.

lazs

beerman
06-25-2010, 7:57 AM
I recently sold my blackhawk bisley after I bought a 629 magna classic. Like parking the pick-up and stepping into a Porche. I'm not badmouthing the Ruger (some of the best built guns out there)but,theres really no comparison to a 629.

Marlin Hunter
06-25-2010, 9:32 AM
Pro: Its one of the best 44 handguns.

Con: It is expensive like any other S&W

Malthusian
06-25-2010, 9:46 AM
I have a 29-2 with 8-3/8" and just bought a 629-5 in 4"
As of the 29-4 and 629-2 Smith and Wesson upgraded with the "Endurance Package"
They hold up just fine shooting 240g. If you should be so lucky as to wear one out
you will have had many years of pleasure.
300 grain loads is what prompted Smith and Wesson to improve upon the design.

I also own a Ruger Redhawk and a couple of DE.44's
The Redhawk and the 629-5 are my favorite wheel guns.
The DE's are more for entertainment and shock and awe

Some say Ruger's are heftier, Cast vs Forged.
Takes a little more metal to equal an equivalent forged frame.

I like the Ruger and the Smith

GunLover
06-25-2010, 9:56 PM
I have a 629-6 Comp Carry 629 Peformance Center S&W. Best revolver I have ever owned. Well, Maybe tied with my first Colt Python.

I am going to pick up my Ruger 454 alaskan sunday.

I think Smiths have the best looking revolvers and some of the best machine work too. Fit and finish is outstanding.

Malthusian
06-26-2010, 5:37 AM
I took my 629-5 out for a test firing yesterday. What an awesome shooter
In another forum the 629-5 is purported to be the best in the 629 series Smith ever made.
It is the first to have firing pin on the frame and is MIM, but it does not have the "Hillary Lock" that started with the 629-6
I need to amend my previous opinion. I definitely favor the Smith over the Ruger.

That Alaskan looks tempting

punisheryayarea
06-26-2010, 9:01 AM
So I just Drosed a 629-6 yesterday but now i wonder if it was a 629-5 and not a 629-6 because it dose not have the "Hillary Lock"

GunDog
06-26-2010, 9:40 AM
Bought my Model 629-6 Classic about six years ago. It's one of my favorite hanguns. Came with a 6 1/2" bbl, and a wide target trigger and hammer spur Have some custom Herrett's Trooper grips on it which makes it very comfortable to shoot. I wouldn't even consider owning a Ruger double-action....there's no way a Ruger can compare with a Smith & Wesson.

homerm14
06-26-2010, 12:12 PM
The biggest con is the lock IMHO. Other than that it is a great revolver. I have one (my only post lock S&W) and use it for pressure testing my hand loads. Great trigger and very accurate just can't stand the lock.

nn3453
06-26-2010, 12:24 PM
just can't stand the lock.

Why? Is it a philosophical hatred or something that actually affects function for you? I don't even notice or care about the lock on my post locks. No nasty lock failures yet after thousands of rounds.

gotshotgun?
06-26-2010, 3:09 PM
Why? Is it a philosophical hatred or something that actually affects function for you? I don't even notice or care about the lock on my post locks. No nasty lock failures yet after thousands of rounds.

This. Who cares about the lock if it doesn't malfunction on you? Though it is unsightly.

Malthusian
06-27-2010, 1:28 PM
So I just Drosed a 629-6 yesterday but now i wonder if it was a 629-5 and not a 629-6 because it dose not have the "Hillary Lock"


When I picked up my 629-5, the salesman told me that the -6 six series was the start of the "Hillary H*le" as is is affectionately called. I changed it to "lock"
out of politeness. Pre-Lock and Post Lock are also used. Most people including my self dislike the post lock versions and purchase used Smith's pre-lock versions.

I just looked up a Smith 629-6 at Cabelas and it definitely had the lock.

Sometimes the barrel length gets juxtaposed with the model designation. You may have a 629-5 with a 6" barrel. Unless of course it is brand new then it is probably a -6

BigDogatPlay
06-27-2010, 2:29 PM
This. Who cares about the lock if it doesn't malfunction on you? Though it is unsightly.

On the off chance it does malfunction, and it has happened, I'd care a lot. And it's unsightly and it's another place to let crud into the action. I won't trust my life to a revolver with any kind of mechanical lock on it.

That said I really want one of the new 617's for practice and plinking.

gotshotgun?
06-28-2010, 10:04 AM
On the off chance it does malfunction, and it has happened, I'd care a lot. And it's unsightly and it's another place to let crud into the action. I won't trust my life to a revolver with any kind of mechanical lock on it.

That said I really want one of the new 617's for practice and plinking.

Exactly, some new smiths are really nice pieces and I wouldn't let the lock stop me from ever buying a new smith offering. I have a 629-6 carry comp on it's way...

gotshotgun?
06-28-2010, 11:34 AM
Wow, who would of thought that things become more
expensie over time? It's a great gun for me and many others, the best ever? Probably not. Oh well.