Lost this gun in May this year as snow was nearly gone in Northern Wisconsin while putting out trail cameras in an area of big hills and bluffs. It came out of the cheap holster on my backpack . I searched for two afternoons and never found the gun. I looked down this week while checking trail cameras and saw the gun. A little rust on the end of the barrel. Used a fine steel wool and lots of oil. Rust mainly gone. Fired gun after cleanup from twenty yards off- hand and hit four inch bull four out of five shots. I am not all that good with a pistol. Great gun!! -
The straight skinny. The 5" barrel 629 with full barrel lug is the best balanced, best pointing, best shooting handgun I own, and I own MANY. The trigger, right out of the box, breaks in single-action at less than 3 pounds. The double-action is a VERY smooth 6 pounds. Accuracy with both 44 special and 44 magnum is outstanding. If you have ever shot a Ruger Superblackhawk 44 magnum, even with a 7 1/2" barrel, you will experience quite a jolt into your hand from the recoil. This Smith has 70% of the Ruger recoil. It is not punishing at all, even with Buffalo Bore hot 270 grain plus P ammo. The full-sized 44 magnum reduced power loads are the way to go. This may be the best 44 that Smith ever produced (I know I'll get a lot of arguments on this one, but this is one man's opinion). As for accuracy, from a rest I shot one-inch groups at 25 yards, using three different types of ammo. PMC 240 grain, Federal 240 grain, and the hot Buffalo bore 270 grain. The Smith 5" 629 can be used for home defense, woods carry for protection from ANYTHING, target shooting, with shot shells it can even take small game, and excells at plinking with reduced-power loads. This gun is a keeper. - JOE
Just aquired one of these Sweethearts on a Silver Trade.. Native born Montana Mountainman, hunted everything that swims, flys, hops. Owned all the \"good stuff\". This Ruger is a must have for the Serious among you. Mine is carried in a cross draw shoulder holster. It\'s weight and balance in the 5 1/2 inch barrel, fit me perfectly. I am 5\'9\" at 168 pounds. I even wear it Kayaking the Glades...Smaller rounds in .44 Special, make for mild recoil. Weapon came with a range of ammo up to .310 grain, manageable recoil, but I recommend \"Stickier Grips\" for heavier loads. - L. P.