This is a discussion on S&W 629-1 durability? within the Defensive Carry Guns forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; How's it going everyone? It's been awhile, hope all is well. I'm thinking about a 629-1 3" and I wondering if it's durable enough to ...
How's it going everyone? It's been awhile, hope all is well. I'm thinking about a 629-1 3" and I wondering if it's durable enough to handle some stout .44MAG ammo. I'll probably use mostly heavy .44SPL ammo but when in the woods in bear country I want to take it up a notch to the .44MAG. Any information you guys may have will be grately appreciated. Thanks!!!
It won't be as durable as a Ruger would be, but if you take care of it and don't hot rod it....too much, you should be fine.
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Your 629 will be just fine with magnum rds. Trebla. It's a rugged handgun.
BTW, have you considered a 4" barrel for a bit more accuracy and muzzle velocity?
Last edited by Coltman 77; November 16th, 2010 at 04:12 PM. Reason: Additional Info.
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They're built for magnum loads.
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I hammered a Model 29-2 with heavy .44 Magnum loads for several seasons of metallic silhouette shooting and it has never bobbled. That Model 629-1 will be fine.
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Smith's can take a pounding, I have 3 629's going back all the way to a no dash from 1980 and they all do just fine.
Ruger's are cast and Smith's are forged, better materials don't need the extra thickness up top. Plus the trigger is nicer on a Smith.
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I have a 629 4" and Trust me it can handle it!!! S&W makes the best wheel guns on the planet. I have put my 629 through some very hot reloads and it survived in fine shape.
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I have a 3" 629-1, which I occasionally carry. I can tell you that the gun will likely outlast your hand if you choose to shoot lots of hot .44 mags through it. That little gun is mighty jumpy with hot ammo. I usually keep mine loaded with Speer Short Barrel Magnum loads, running a 200gr. Gold Dot at around 1050 fps., as I recall, from the short tube. Very controllable, at a velocity you could achieve easily in .44 Special brass, if you choose to do so.
i love the 29s and have shot them for many years. the last two just didn't last, they was always going out of time and spitting jackets into the left side of my face, thats after about 500 rounds. the first was a blued steel model i bought in the late 80s. i would send it in and when i got it back it would do the same thing. after the third time they sent me a new 629. that worked for a while then shooting some corbons 240grn a piece of jacket hit me in the face and stuck in my face. i dug it out and sent it back with the gun. they sent the gun back, i test fired it and sold it. i now shoot rugers but surely miss the S&Ws. before that i shot them for years with no issues.
I too bought a 629 (4") a few months back. I too have heard that the pre -5 29's and 629's had a "durability" problem. Before buying mine, I decided to call "The Man" himself. Alright, somebody at S&W. They confirmed that the older guns should not be shot with anything over 240gr and/or very hot loads "FOR AN EXTENDED AMOUNT OF TIME AND/OR FREQUENCY".
That is from the people that made the guns, not just me. Call them anytime you like to confirm this confirmation. Since I have no intentions of shooting ultra hot loads, I bought a 1983 (actually I am forgetting the exact year just now) 629-1 and haven't had any problems with any store bought ammo. I use mine mostly for shooting light-medium reloaded mags and very light specials for PPC shooting.
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