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Timmm
08-15-2012, 4:19 PM
Brother in laws had one hiding in his closet for 4-5 years, wants to sell. 44mag. stainless, looks to be in pretty good shape. Was thinking of offering him 800 bucks. What do you think? Tim

Dont_Shoot_im_Chinese
08-15-2012, 4:27 PM
Two bucks american

Timmm
08-15-2012, 4:37 PM
Thanks
I cant" begin to tell you how much that helps me out.

Drok512
08-15-2012, 4:54 PM
picture?

Dont_Shoot_im_Chinese
08-15-2012, 4:55 PM
As stated, dedepends on the overall condition and what it comes with. if it comes with everything from the factory and looks to be in great shape, i would say its worth anywhere from 750-850 depending on the overall condition and age

1000stars
08-15-2012, 5:02 PM
$800 is a good price for excellent condition. But in-law price is always $200 less.

Timmm
08-15-2012, 5:37 PM
29 classic on barrel, will look for dash model, thanks guys

Timmm
08-15-2012, 5:38 PM
Yea, cell phone picture sorry.

Dont_Shoot_im_Chinese
08-15-2012, 6:04 PM
29 classic on barrel, will look for dash model, thanks guys

It looks like a -4 or -5

Fishslayer
08-15-2012, 6:11 PM
The hammer mounted firing pin makes it pre-1997/pre-MIM which is desirable. That would be a -3 or -4.

Timmm
08-15-2012, 7:36 PM
So a 629-2-3-4 are more desirable?

c good
08-15-2012, 7:44 PM
Yes, because it is a pre internal lock, pre-MIM (metal injection molding), and has a hammer mounted firing pin, (as opposed to the newer version with the frame mounted firing pin). It's just an older school method of production that many of the S&W afficionados prefer.

Although it is a beautiful revolver, it is not worth $800 IMHO. This is a $700 revolver tops.

I'll do some historical lookup on Gunbroker, but this is just my gut feeling. Do you know what "dash" version it is?

Fishslayer
08-15-2012, 7:54 PM
So a 629-2-3-4 are more desirable?

The 629 Classic was introduced in 1990 as a -3. -4 changed the rear sight leaf and extractor in 1993.

To me, -3 or -4 wouldn't be a huge difference.

IMO $800 is pretty high for either one. I don't think I'd be tempted at $700 but that's just me.

c good
08-15-2012, 8:23 PM
A quick historical search through Gunbroker "Completed Sales" shows this is a $650.00 revolver. HTH c good

Timmm
08-15-2012, 8:23 PM
Thanks again, think I"ll offer him 500 buck and a Husky chain saw I dont" use anymore. Will be my first revolver, hope he bites.

c good
08-15-2012, 8:27 PM
THAT....would be a great deal! It's a beautiful S&W revolver. Pre-lock, Pre-MIM....nothing better! c good

c good
08-15-2012, 8:31 PM
If this will be your FIRST revolver....congrats....but be sure you have a correct "hold" when shooting. DO NOT let your thumb or any part of your fingers extend up into the B.C. (barrel, cylinder) gap area while firing the revolver. I don't have a link, but the repercussions are ugly. c good

Dark Mod
08-15-2012, 8:46 PM
Thats one hell of a first revolver! i want one of those so bad it hurts

Timmm
08-15-2012, 10:08 PM
I will talk to some people at the range before I try it. I reload .45 and 9mm. going to see what it takes to gear up my press for another cal. I dont' even know the deferents between .44 mag and .44 special much less the cost to feed the thing. would'nt think it would be a piece that you would run 150 rds. a day.

Fishslayer
08-15-2012, 10:17 PM
I will talk to some people at the range before I try it. I reload .45 and 9mm. going to see what it takes to gear up my press for another cal. I dont' even know the deferents between .44 mag and .44 special much less the cost to feed the thing. would'nt think it would be a piece that you would run 150 rds. a day.

Like the .38/.357 the Magnum is just a longer case so it won't chamber in a .44 Special.

You can run .44 Specials if you like or run with the Big Dogs. A set of dies will load either one.

You'll have to hunt for used brass but it can be had. Typical charge for .44 Magnum is 18-20gr of 2400 under a 240gr bullet.

Timmm
08-15-2012, 10:52 PM
Pretty much like loading a rifle round. Do you check for case expansion, OAL with this larger cal? Ive' never put any where near that much powder in a case.
Checked out some prices, maybe 200 dollars to get me started, with some WC. and some used brass, set of dies. Would like to start out with .44 specials.

Fishslayer
08-16-2012, 8:18 AM
Pretty much like loading a rifle round. Do you check for case expansion, OAL with this larger cal? Ive' never put any where near that much powder in a case.
Checked out some prices, maybe 200 dollars to get me started, with some WC. and some used brass, set of dies. Would like to start out with .44 specials.

Magnums are roll crimped to avoid bullet movement under recoil and help slower powder build pressure for efficient combustion. Trimming the case mouth for uniform length will help achieve consistent roll crimp.

Loads of threads on it in the reloading forum.

wtkaiser
08-16-2012, 9:15 AM
H-110 is the powder of choice for magnum rounds for me. I've used ridiculous amounts of powder (I won't declare the charge out of kindness) behind 180 gr sierras and was making some absurd velocities! It was a lot of fun, but I have calmed down a smidgen since then.

Timmm
08-16-2012, 2:34 PM
Picked it up today 450$ and the saw[ it was a good saw], had to cut the lock off. Gun seem brand new, cant" find a scratch on it and is very tight. Trigger pull is very tight in double. Have to clean it and get some oil on it. 629-3 very happy with it so far.


Thanks for all the help tim

Sunday
08-16-2012, 6:57 PM
They are really nice to shoot with 44 special loads.