The S&W 329PD is 25.1 oz. It is a .44 magnum. I find it shoots high end (Buffalo Bore Heavy .44 Special) .44 Special ammunition quite well, while light and easy to pack. It has the plus that it can shoot .44 magnums if needed.
I am surprised you would state that .44 Special can be loaded up to .44 magnum levels, as that sounds dangerous and foolish to me. Then I prefer to load a firearm down, rather than stretch its upper limits.
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