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Posted: 3/18/2006 7:36:45 PM EDT
Looking at one with its box in mint condition for $535. It has a 4 inch barrel. I have yet to actually see it, but it is on hold.

I own several 686's and I want a 44 mag.

What can you tell me about it? .
Are there better versions than others?
Any problems with the design?

Any help would be appreciated.

Link Posted: 3/19/2006 6:26:29 AM EDT
I own two, 6 1/2" and a 8 3/8".

After dealing with my two 4" 686's I found that I needed a longer sight radius so I bought a 6" 686 which was much more to my liking. So when the natural evolution occurred and it came time for a 629 Classic I figured with a better sight radius the extra barrel lenght would also help with felt recoil and muzzle lift.

As far as the revolver itself, I love both! Never had a problem with either.
Link Posted: 3/19/2006 6:42:20 AM EDT
629 8 3/8ths barreled always wanted one. Just got one. Like it. I am going to reload for it though. Could get expensive to shoot.
Link Posted: 3/19/2006 8:08:56 AM EDT
I have a 5" 629 Classic that has quickly became my favorite hunting and woods revolver. It has replaced the 5.5 Redhawk that was the old standby.

SA/DA pulls are silky smooth. It handles loads from light180gr's, to Double Tap 240gr loads up to Garrett Hammerhead 310 gr's with ease. It does all this ,while still being an elegant revolver.
I do not have any negative comments, about the 629 Classic.
Link Posted: 3/19/2006 4:33:41 PM EDT
I've owned this 5" one for several years. To me, it feels perfectly balanced.

Link Posted: 3/19/2006 4:54:03 PM EDT
I've got a 6.5 inch 629 Classic, I also have a 4 inch standard 629 and a 4 inch 629 Mountain Gun.

I like them all, the Classic is the easiest to shoot, the MG is the easiest to carry. The two 4 inchers are my favorites. a 4 inch Classic would be nice too.
Link Posted: 3/20/2006 8:22:14 PM EDT
I can only wish.

Link Posted: 3/21/2006 12:34:28 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/21/2006 12:42:56 AM EDT by Sheldon]
I picked up a 629-4 with the 6.5" and Power Port for $450....but still have not shot it yet. I have everything to make reloads, but just have not gotten around to it yet. It seems like a great wheel gun.

The -4 is liked because it still has the forged parts (hammer and trigger), no mim parts, no lock, and the firing pin on the hammer. Some say the forged parts can be smoothed better than the mim. I recall some of the earlier versions had some problems with a steady diet of really heavy loads, that was improved upon, but am not sure which generation that took place. I recall it had to do with lengthening the cylinder notches to prevent the cylinder from rotating off the notches during heavy recoil.
Link Posted: 3/21/2006 11:46:03 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/21/2006 11:46:27 AM EDT by SP10]
I have a 629 classic with 6.5 barrel. I shoot in a weekly defensive pistol league with my Springfield TRP---usually. I decided to do my Dirty Harry imitation last week and shot the .44 for one match. It handled very well DA, even drawing the hogleg from concealment. I shot the match clean (no misses, no dead hostages ) , including 1 stage with shooting 2 badguys on the move. I was several seconds slower than my 1911 times-primarily because I am not very proficient with quick reloads in a revolver. It was a hell of a lot of fun.

The few other revolver guys shoot 38 Special. The .44 got their attention
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