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Got it! Smith and Wesson Mod 629-6

Sold the Taurus mod 44 4inch barreled 44 mag and purchased a Smith 629  with the 6 1/2 inch barrel today. Going to head out tomorrow for some range time with it. Got some Hornady 225 grainers, some 270 gr Speer Gold Dot Deep Curls, and some HSM 305 gr Bear loads to run in it. The Taurus wasn't a bad close quarters protection piece but the Smith opens up a whole new range of accuracy and hunting potential. Will report back on range findings. Then some coyote hunting mon. and Tues. before heading back to work!

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You are going to enjoy that

You are going to enjoy that pistol. I have one and have taken both a deer and elk with it shooting some 240 grain hand loads. I'm surprised that you didn't throw in some light loads for it just for practice.

I know that 90% of the shooting that I do with my 44's is with reduced loads and then I save the heavy loads for when I am hunting with it.

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click

Click........ Boom!

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Boom!

Boom!

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Love it!

Critter, I didn't even buy any ammo with this purchase. I also put a down payment on a Taurus tracker 22lr/22mag revolver ill be getting out by next month and used all my extra funds this go around. I used ammo I had on hand from shooting the Taurus 44 mag this past year. Shot Sat. and got a good feel for my new gun. It didn't particularly love any of the ammo I ran thru it. The 240gr Win's and 270gr Speer's both gave me 3 shot groups with 2 practically touching but a third round jumping out to make the group about 2 1/2 inches at 25yds off the bench. The 305 HSM's weren't good at about 4 inches at 25. And, finally some 225gr Hornady flextips which grouped at about 3 inches.

I wasn't shooting from the best rest and getting used to this new pistol, so these groups with more acclimation to the pistol and from a better rest wit oothis ammo might improve a little.

I did shoot again today some reloads my uncle had which were 240gr Noslers and from a pistol rest he has. We set the target up at 35 yds and I fired two six shot groups each about 2 inchs with three to four rounds touching in each group. It really showed me the accuracy potential of this gun. In addition to getting some light factory loads for practice I really need to get some reloading dies for it. My uncles been reloading for the 44 mag for years and can show me the ropes as I do reload for rifle but have never done pistol. 

Like Critter id like to get some big game with this pistol in addition to having it for a trail protection piece. Heck id even like to get a light accurate load for close called in coyotes.

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When you go to get reloading

When you go to get reloading dies for it pick up the carbide type sizing die. That way you don't need to use any lube on the case.

A accurate load that I use for small game and just plinking is a 240 grain lead semi wadcutter over 8 grains of Unique powder at around 900fps. It works wonders on animals up to the size of coyotes out to about 75 yards out of my S&W 629 and Ruger Redhawk

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