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Old 05-20-2020, 08:05 AM
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Not disagreeing with the 629, but...the 610 can also shoot 2 cartridges, and the .40 S&W is the most affordable of them all, and the .44 Special is likely the least affordable. For anyone who isn't reloading...I don't even mention .44 Special as an advantage. Too expensive, not particularly abundant.
The last time I reloaded was about 10 years ago and a couple of years ago I decided to make it official and start selling all my reloading gear. I mostly own and shoot semiautos but like having a revolver or two. Not sure if the OP reloads or not but otherwise we sound fairly similar.

I bought a S&W 69 in 44 magnum right after they came out and shotrly after that decided to sell my the prelock 610 with 5 inch barrel and combat grips I bought new in the early 90s. A 44 just makes a better revolver. Its almost like the cartridge was designed for revolvers

A revolver needs to offer something I cannot get in semiauto. Its personal preference but for both carry and home defense I would rather have a 9mm semiauto. So to be useful a revolver has to offer some combination of better accuracy, more power, versatility and fun at the range that I cannot get in a autoloader.

The 610 was very accurate but dealing with moon clips got in the way of fun at the range. But my 69 is also very accurate.

When it comes to power the 44 is the clear winner. Even though I don't shoot much full power 44 magnum ammo through it I like having the option.

Unless you live in California or some other state that doesn't allow mail order ammo the 44 is also more versatile. For about $0.50 to $0.60 I can find ammo ranging from weak cowboy loads and 44 special up to somewhat weak 44 magnums. The full power 44 magnums cost a bit more but I do not shoot many of those. Ammo for the 610 is less expensive if you shoot 40 but you basically get 2 power levels, 40 and 10mm. If you want very mild ammo like cowboy loads you have to load them yourself with 10mm.

The 610 and 629 are both fine guns. But now that I own a 44 revolver I don't have much use for one chambered in 10mm.

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Old 05-20-2020, 12:57 PM
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Just get the one that falls in your lap first!! Be an opportunist, like I have been for quite a few years. I have stumbled into a lot of my Smiths. Plus, you know you are going to want the other one anyway, at some point!!:-)

You are correct Nightowl - I don't even have the S&W yet and I'm already thinking about getting my hands on both.

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Old 05-20-2020, 02:09 PM
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Something to consider is that the 629's are in constant production, but the 610's are available sporadically. If you opt for a 629 now and want a 610 in a few years, you may have to pay a premium.

Do you reload?

I am in the process of putting together a reloading bench and have found a friend willing to teach me. But to answer your question directly - no, I do not reload at the moment.

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Old 05-20-2020, 03:08 PM
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I am in the process of putting together a reloading bench and have found a friend willing to teach me. But to answer your question directly - no, I do not reload at the moment.
That's great! Especially the part about having a friend teach you. When you reload you can dial the 44Mag down to 10 or even 40 power levels, or you can crank it up to levels the 10 can't touch.

Right now is kind of a tough time to get into reloading because components are scarce, but that will change.
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Old 05-22-2020, 06:20 PM
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I have a Forster press, a RCBS Chargemaster and a few other odds and ends. I'm getting close .. but, for some reason I keep finding other things to spend money on??

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