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The Old Dirty Harry

I purchased a 44mag from a hunting buddy last year for $150. The gun was(is) in excellent condition. The gun is a 1974 Virginian Dragoon with a wood grip and a blued 6 1/2 in barrel. I recently took the gun to a local gun shop to have a scope mounted on it. The gun smith insisted that I not put a scope on it as it would lessen its value. The gunsmith did a little research and later told me that the gun was a collectors item and that only a few were ever produced. The guns retail was estimated to $500. There was absolutely nothing wrong with the gun and I was amazed at its value.

I have shot the gun using 250gr win platinum silver hollow points and this gun is loud and kicks like a bucking bronco. I plan on hunting deer with it (doe).

Since Im not getting a scope mounted I better get to the range

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The Old Dirty Harry

Congratulations on a nice fined. Dirty Harry would be proud of you. Thumbs up

BTW:

Those Winchester Supreme Platinum Tipped HP's are an outstanding deer round, providing massive energy deposit through judicious expansion and excellent penetration due to its massive 250-gr. size.

This heavy duty bullet is based on the Ranger T design, with 6 sharp claws or talans that cut a serrated wound channel (rather than a smooth one) unlike traditional hollow-points. Its design has a notched reverse taper jacket, which means that the jacket is thicker at the top than it is on the bottom; just the opposite of most hunting bullets (rifle or handgun). This unique reverse taper feature enables the sharp talan-like claws to remain in tact during penetration and not peal off as traditional HP's do.

Good luck with your hunt and let us know how you do!

Steve

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The Old Dirty Harry

Congrats on a good find. Considering the collectors value, you may want to pick up a different 44 mag for hunting.

Leupold make bases for newer model S&W 629's that do not require any drilling/tapping in order to install a base/rings.

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