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Old 07-09-2017, 11:56 AM
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Another LGS has a 6-in Model 624 for sale for $900.

Very nice condition.

But, the store owner made a point that the seller is very motivated and will likely take a lower offer.

So what is the point buying a 44 Special N frame.

It never made sense to me as a 629 is the same sized gun and shoots both 44 Special and Magnum.

I'd be curious how others see this as I realize there is considerable interest in the 624 models.
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Old 07-09-2017, 01:07 PM
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Many have realized a properly loaded .44 Special is something to reckon with. The 24/624 also have the tapered barrel that is preferred by many for the classic look.
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Old 07-09-2017, 01:15 PM
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Many have realized a properly loaded .44 Special is something to reckon with. The 24/624 also have the tapered barrel that is preferred by many for the classic look.
You can load your own heavy 44 Special, or there are companies like Buffalo Bore that make some very good stoked-up loads. I like Buffalo Bore's 240 grain hard-cast Kieth load. I bet it would be awesome out of a 6 inch barrel.
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Old 07-09-2017, 02:12 PM
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[QUOTE=Cal44;139660303]Another LGS has a 6-in Model 624 for sale for $900.


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So what is the point buying a 44 Special N frame.


It never made sense to me as a 629 is the same sized gun and shoots both 44 Special and Magnum.
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Old 07-09-2017, 02:22 PM
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The thinner, lighter, barrel gives the gun a trimmer look and weight is also reduced. Additionally, some people (particularly handloaders) have no need for a revolver that will also chamber .44 magnum cartridges.
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Old 07-09-2017, 03:26 PM
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I myself am not that wild about the 6" barrel on this weapon. If it was a 4 or even better a 5 and I was in the market (I have a 4" already) and I could work on the price a bit I would at a minimum take a REALLY SERIOUS look at it.
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Old 07-09-2017, 03:46 PM
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I seem to see a few 6-inch 624s in my area every year.

I don't think they are scooped up all that fast and I believe
it's the barrel length.

On the other hand I know where there's a Model 24 with 3.5
barrel but the asking price is probably too high.
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Old 07-09-2017, 05:20 PM
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Old 07-09-2017, 06:53 PM
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I thought I'd never have a desire for 44 spcl. That changed when I saw two pristine beauties, a 3 inch & 4 inch at a inflated price at a pawn shop. I countered their price offering $1200 for the both of them, sold.

Bought some Starline brass and loaded up some soft shooting rounds. What a joy to shoot. The 3 inch is my ride along ATV gun. I figure it will solve any problem I might encounter.

If I found a 6 inch at the right price, I'd buy it for companions for my two.
There's quite a 44 spcl following on this forum.

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Old 07-09-2017, 07:49 PM
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Just as an FYI, if the gun you're considering is a 624 no-dash it is a 6 1/2" barrel. I have two of them, one is a shooter, the other unfired in the box. If the gun doesn't appeal to you don't buy it. They're not going to appreciate rapidly IMNSOHO. The thin barrel makes the gun fun to shoot with moderate loads.
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Old 07-09-2017, 09:26 PM
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l prefer shooting 44Spcls.. Very accurate too... l think more accurate

than the 44magnum... Looked @ a Model 24 the other day blue 6 1/2''


Patridge sight... So l went ahead and DID IT!! Headed to the house and


loaded up some 44 Specials and headed for the Range with my favorite


Six Twenty-Nine:-)
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Old 07-09-2017, 10:05 PM
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Since I only shoot indoors I have no need to fire off 44mags but I like big bore pistols so 44 special is just that 'special' It can be an accurate round, it can be loaded hot.
Shooting 44spl out of a 44 mag will leave the buildup in the chamber which isn't always easy to clean out, the other advantage of the dedicated 44 special gun is that the cylinder is shorter so there is less bullet jump to the forcing cone which can add to accuracy.
For some the 44 mag makes all the sense, to others it is the legendary 44 Special that is most desirable!
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Old 07-11-2017, 01:00 AM
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Having just taken possession of the 4th model 624, have to share that there is just "something" about the .44 Special.

Counting 2 Rugers, there are 6 revolvers here dedicated to .44 Special.

Add to this 3 Rugers chambered for .44 Mag and 3 Smith model 29's in .44 Mag.

Honestly, I shoot .44 Special in all of the above. In 1970 when 20 years old, several of us had Super Blackhawks and reloaded. We loaded Keith loads of 240 grain w/ 22 grains of 2400 and were not happy unless a 2-foot flame jumped from the barrel in broad daylight. THOSE DAYS ARE OVER! I love .44 Special plinking loads today. The 624's digest a lot of them.

In short, a nice 624 is worth every penny of $900. That was the least I paid during this past year for one of the four resting in the vault and I would buy all 4 of them over again.

Life is short, get a 624 and don't look back. They don't make 'em any more. There are plenty of 629's and 29's to be had.

Y'all be good.
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Old 07-13-2017, 09:48 PM
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BoCash: I've also had 29s since about 1973. They were real hard to get then, maybe because of Dirty Harry. The last few years, I'd take a 29 out maybe annually and fire about ten rounds with full-house 250-grain cast loads stoked with #2400. After experiencing the blast and brutal recoil, I would wonder why I did that. Finally wised up and stopped loading .44 Magnum. .44 Special cast loads are plenty for my needs...
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Old 07-13-2017, 10:11 PM
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I kinda like the 44 Special...

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I never had the intentions of buying a s&w m24 in 44spec. Until I walked into the LGS sale on S&W revolvers. I loaded 44 special for my 44 mag revolvers but I been reluctant to shoot 44 special rounds out of them because of the ring left around chambers in the cylinder. Did I need a m24 still not sure. But my LGS had a m24/6 1/2" barrel in nickel on clearance nib. The nickel blinded me, so bad I was reaching for my wallet. It was over. It came home with me. Did I need it still not sure but it is purdy.
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BoCash: I've also had 29s since about 1973. They were real hard to get then, maybe because of Dirty Harry. The last few years, I'd take a 29 out maybe annually and fire about ten rounds with full-house 250-grain cast loads stoked with #2400. After experiencing the blast and brutal recoil, I would wonder why I did that. Finally wised up and stopped loading .44 Magnum. .44 Special cast loads are plenty for my needs...
It's called aging and getting older and wiser. Think about it years ago we shot stout magnum loads at the range at paper targets why? Now I reload the lesser powerful rounds that are easier to shoot, at the end of the shoot I shoot six normal magnum loads just to remind me what a magnumbload feel like.

Now my 338 Winchester magnum rifle is another story. When I shoot it I ask myself why did I buy this thing. I stop on the way home to pick up my shoulder on the side of the road. It's a beast.
She was my new bear rifle replacing my 30-06. I'm no good at running, speed, climbing trees, plus I'm not in a tree stand. I figured I could never have too much gun.
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Well I have some 44 special brass from ammo I purchased and shot before I started reloading and I wanted some ammo that didn't punish me when I was shooting my 44 mags. Now that I reload, I just load 44 mag brass at 44 special levels for target loads that don't leave a difficult to clean burn ring in the cylinders.

Come to think of it, it seems like there are a lot more 44 magnums for sale than specials. I don't need one but if the right gun came along at the right price at the right time I would consider it. The gun you described sounds like it would be pretty fun to shoot.
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I kinda like the 44 Special...

Ditto, Davwing........ went crazy and secured all 4 of these in the last 9 months. Tried to find a 24-3 during that time but any available were above my price range.

Regardless, any Smith dedicated to the .44 special is worth every penny paid.

Am jealous of your blue M-24!!!

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My s&w m24 44 special has a 6 1/2" barrel. She's in that purdy s&w nickel finish.
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My s&w m24 44 special has a 6 1/2" barrel. She's in that purdy s&w nickel finish.
Need a picture of this one ...
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I'll have to cut its roots in the safe she's been in there a longtime. The label on the plastic case is really dirty it was in the LGS a longtime.

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