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View Poll Results: S&W 629 44 Mag - Which barrel length
5" 21 52.50%
6 1/2" 11 27.50%
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Old August 9, 2007, 06:37 AM   #1
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S&W 629 - Reasons why I need 6 1/2 inch over 5"?

I will use this for target shooting at the range and home defense. Which do you prefer and why. Is there a good reason for me to get the the 6 1/2" instead of the 5"? Aesthetically and practically I think the 5" makes more sense. Thanks.

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Old August 9, 2007, 08:39 AM   #2
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If you are ever going to try and carry and/or conceal it you are going to want a 4" or shorter bbl.

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Old August 9, 2007, 09:17 AM   #3
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S&w 44 Mag

I have a Model 29 w/5 inch barrel that I was going to sell or trade until I shot a box of rounds through it. Now I'm looking for a good side carry holster.
I can't seem to find anything for a 5 inch barrel. There are a lot of 6-61/2 inch holsters out there.
Why carry a holster 2 inchs longer than the gun? Any recommendations?

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Old August 9, 2007, 10:25 AM   #4
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4" barrel is better but 5" should be OK for manuverability. 6.5" is too much gun to swing.
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Old August 9, 2007, 10:28 AM   #5
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Vote for 5 inch

I have a 629 Classic with 5 inch barrel, and think the barrel length is just about perfect. It is a nice compromise between 4 and 6 inches and balances well in the hand.

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Old August 9, 2007, 10:33 AM   #6
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I jsut bought a 5" and will pick it up on Sunday. I decided on a 5" for two reasons. 1) I like the full lug barrel, 2) teh 5" IMHO was better balanced
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Old August 9, 2007, 10:53 AM   #7
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6.5" because Inspector Callahan can't be wrong. I just don't see much point in going shorter unless it needs to be carried. Not only will the longer barrel give a little extra boost in power, but it will also make the gun tamer at the range and reduce the muzzle flash in the home.
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Old August 9, 2007, 12:19 PM   #8
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Somewhere, I saw a table that showed a ballistics test of a .44 mag at various bbl lengths. They started with 18 inches and shot several rounds, then chopped off an inch and repeated, all the way down to 2 inches. From 2 inches up to about 9 inches, you gain somewhere between about 75 to 100 fps with each inch. After that, the gain is significantly lower with each inch.
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Old August 9, 2007, 12:32 PM   #9
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if you're going to carry it than get a 5in or shorter but for the range/hunting 6.5in would be better IMO
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Old August 11, 2007, 02:05 PM   #10
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Try handling both and see which feels better to you. There will be a difference in balance and a lot of N-frame shooters prefer the 5 inchers.
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Old August 11, 2007, 06:25 PM   #11
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4" or shorter. Might be a little harder to shoot well but lots better for home defense.
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Old August 19, 2007, 10:06 AM   #12
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I picked up my new SW 5" 629 from the FFL and took it out for a range session yesterday. Once I got the adjustable sights locked in, the thing shot like a champ. I am very happy with my purchase. The only downside I saw was that by my second box of 44 mag ammo, my accuracy started going downhill. Thankfully though it was the user and not the product. I actually feel like it was a softer recoil than firing magnum loads in my 4" 686 .357. I tried picking an end booth on the range so as not to bother everyone else, but it's funny when people in other stalls start walking over to see what the concussion is coming from. It makes me think of that scene in the first Robocop movie.
Anyway, thanks for all the advice...

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Old August 19, 2007, 08:37 PM   #13
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4" carries nice on my hip, but a 6+ in. performs better in every other situation I vote for 6.
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Old August 20, 2007, 11:23 PM   #14
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6.5" with no underlug is the Dirty Harry length.
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