Hello everyone. My new 649 will be here in a few days and I'm in search of new grips. I'll most CC in either a OWB rig or pocket holster. When I CC I'll have her loaded with .357 cal.
I have held the same gun with the stock rubber grips and I simply hate them. Why they put that junk on a $600 + revolver is beyond me. But I digress...
I do not have extensive grip knowledge but I really like the way the Hogue grips feel in my hand. So here is my dilemma in a wood grip...
1) Smooth or checkered? I would think the checkered...although a bit rougher would give you better grip in hot steamy weather etc... Is there a snag issue on clothing as you get with softer rubber grips??
2) Size vs functionality. .357 can be a bit of a beast in a J frame. I'm a pretty muscular guy so I have no worries there but I also need to practice with it. So should I go with the J frame round butt or the bantam?? I'd like a bit more comfort the round butt would provide but I'm afraid it may print badly.
Thoughts?? Opinions?? Actual experience with these grips would be highly valued. Unfortunately these grip are pricey so I want to make the most informed decision I can.