thanks to all for the great replies, it has been a big help. I do realize that a
4" is really a minimum to optimize the powder burn in these hand cannons, but i really want the snubbie for now, and i plan to add more down the road. i also realize that even though companies like garrett or BB make extremely hot 44 loads they still arent a 454 casull (even if they are throwing heavy lead really fast), but a 330gr SuperHardCast Long Hammerhead at 1400fps is pretty hard to argue with. i am a big ruger fan and own several ruger rifles (among others) and i would like to get the alaskan due to its durability and ability to fire any load made. i like this particular 629 because it comes with high viz sights, its ported, and has the unfluted cylinder (and i like the laser etching as well). i dont currently hand load, but i already put the lee precision classic turret press on my list which is the next purchase i make after i pick up my revolver so within the next 8 months ill be reloading for many of the calibers i shoot.