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    I Bought Something Today That I Really Donít Need

    I was coming back from Corpus Christi this afternoon after a week long job, (Align Boring the shaft line on a new boat), and stopped at Carols Guns in El Campo. Something caught my eye in the display case, a really nice Model 29 S&W, four inch barrel. It tuned out to be a late 60ís model with an ďSĒ serial number.

    The pistol was tight, no marks, beautiful blue, and if it was ever fired, I couldnít tell. Certainly not much.

    I liked it.

    http://benchrest.com/attachment.php?...1&d=1564019986

    So I bought it. $1100 bucks, cash deal.

    So now I have to buy dies, powder, bullets, brass, etc.

    I wonder if Elmer Keithís load of a case full of 2400 behind a 240 grn hard cast semi wad cutter is still in vogue.?
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    So nice, well done.

    I use Keith's load in my 629 using Oregon Trail Laser Cast hard-cast 240's.

    As far as "does it still work?" ...... please think 3-4-5 times before just handing it to Sweet Marilyn to pop a few off!

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    just what you need...
    a texas pocket pistol
    accurate number 9 works

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    Like Al notes, hard cast bullets. Get a 20# pot and a 2 cavity mold.

    I use a 6 cavity H&G. But they are hard to find today.

    ,

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    Jackie - I had a couple of those and they are simply too much pistol to shoot at targets. Just go buy a box of jacketed bullets and after you shoot it a time or two, clean it, load it, and put it in your nightstand drawer. If you choose to load, 2400 is a good powder...likely the best.

    BTW - NICE PISTOL!!!

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    Nice score, Jackie. There's something so nice about those early N framed S&W's....my Model 28 Highway Patrolman was the nicest shooting revolver I've ever owned.

    Enjoy! -Al

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    I have an early

    70's 6.5" 29. Nice gun, hard kicking at 22 gr 2400 and a 240 but manageable. I used to load it down a bit, to 20 gr for metallic silhouette and it worked fine. I think that is the load you will find in current loading manuals.

    Also, get a Lewis lead removal tool.

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    Just my 2 cents

    I would suggest shooting .44 Specials in that fine revolver. You will enjoy it more.
    If you Really want to shoot the .44 Mag rounds I suggest getting the Hogue grips. They are designed better for the recoil you will experience. Also get the .44 Special reloading dies and make a spacer for the difference in length.
    Centerfire

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    That 4" barrel will really be loud with a heavy load of 2400, and it will be a handful.

    For my Model 29, I generally load 16 gr of 2400 with a 240 gr lead bullet. Very, very accurate, and recoil is easy to handle.

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    lead bullet shooting primer:
    1)bullet must fit the gun( barely clear the cylinder, .0005 to .0015 OVER bbl)
    2)hard enough for the velocity you are shooting
    3)enough lube to make it to the end of the bbl
    ( there are coated bullets today...no knowledge there)
    i shoot cast bullets/i cast bullets, and have never used a lewis lead remover



    Quote Originally Posted by glp View Post
    70's 6.5" 29. Nice gun, hard kicking at 22 gr 2400 and a 240 but manageable. I used to load it down a bit, to 20 gr for metallic silhouette and it worked fine. I think that is the load you will find in current loading manuals.

    Also, get a Lewis lead removal tool.

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    Back when I shot big handguns on a regular basis, Elmer Keith's hard cast semi wadcutters were always the hot ticket.

    They don't foul the barrel, and you can push them, (if you want too), at the same velocities as jacketed bullets.

    Back in the '70's, there was a Bullet maker in Pasadena Tx that duplicated Keith's bullet. It was Jarro Bullet Co. the guy died years ago.

    Elmer Keith was full of BS on some things, but when it came to the 44 mag, he had it figured out.
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    .44 Magnum

    When I see ."44 magnum", I can still feel the punishing recoil. I haven't owned one since back in the 70's

    I once owned two Mod 29ís with 8 inch barrels.
    A 44 mag and a 357 mag. Replaced the wood with pachmayr grips. The 44 was the first to get traded for another hand gun. Kept the 357 a good while. It was a lot more fun to shoot.

    The older I get the less attractive these big cannons are.





    Glenn

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    44 mag - cannon? - naw, my 308 or 7x284 bolt pistols now those are hand cannons or as I call them loudenboomers. i have a 44mag in a Super black hawk- grips do make a difference i have aftermarket grips on it do to my small hands.
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    Said in my Crocodile Dundee voice "nawÖ that's not a knifeÖ. THIS IS A KNIFE".

    I used to LOVE to shoot my M-29..... but that was when I was a younger man....
    Hey Jackie.... didn't you just have a thread about things you shouldn't do when you are over 70? :-)

    My load for this is 22 grains of 2400 shooting a jacketed 240 bullet.



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    Now if you really want to keal something try some Garrett Hammerhead 310 gr hardcast at 1325 fps. Hell on hogs;-)

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