I absolutely love my S&W 24-3 in .44 Special.
I can't even begin to describe just how apathetic I am about the .44 Magnum.
Pretty much sums it up for me, too.
I sold my 29-2 with a 4" barrel, but I kept my 24-3.
I don't need a lot of kick and thunder to punch a hole in a piece of cardboard.