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Old 03-02-2010, 05:51 AM
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I have a 629-2 Classic Hunter with the 8 3/8" barrel and the original Hogue grips. I love the gun except for one thing. It wears my knuckle out on my middle finger when I shoot it. The trigger guard rests right against my knuckle and I'm catching quite a bit of recoil on the point of that knuckle and it hurts. If I shoot the gun 10 times it hurts a lot. I'll end up with a big bruise and a cut knuckle every time.

I have fingers that are gorilla size anyway. What I'd like to know is would a different grip make a difference? The Hogue is pretty thick so I was thinking that maybe a different grip wouldn't be quite so thick especially on the front side of the grip. I can deal with the recoil in my hand much better than I can deal with getting whacked on the knuckle every time I pull the trigger.

I'd love to shoot this gun more often but at this point I'm just keeping enough ammo to get off a few practice rounds now and then and to keep me protected from those large black critters that like to hang around my property. I saw some tracks from a cub just about 10 days ago when it got warm for a day. I saw more tracks on the farm too. We are definitely getting more of the loveable little critters in my area.

Any help would be appreciated.
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Old 03-02-2010, 07:26 AM
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Different grips would definitely help your problem.

I think smooth Herrett's Jordan Troopers are perfect for heavy recoiling handguns, lots of people will have other ideas as hands are very individualistic.
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I have solved the problem by wearing a leather glove when shooting any of my hard kicking guns (44 Mag, 454 Casull, 500 Wyoming Express, 30-30).

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Old 03-02-2010, 07:38 AM
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I wouldn't change the way you grip the gun, unless you want to adapt a whole new grip for all the guns you shoot.

You can try different stocks for the gun or, you can put a band-aid on the knuckle that's getting beat up prior to shooting. Either that. or shooting gloves during range time.
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I think some wood grips would help. I think the wood grips would pivot in your hand instead of sticking to your hand like the rubber ones. Also don't try to stop the recoil. The bullet has already left the barrel. Just something to try. Don
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+1 on wearing a glove. A batting glove or left-handers golf glove (rt hand glove) solves most of the middle knuckle problem. Others here have stated that the x-frame grips work well for large-hands on N frames; but I have not tried it myself. Packmeyers may work better than Hogues also, look for a grip that fills between the trigger guard and the frame.
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I would do the opposite, look for a grip that moves your fingers to the front strap, away from the rear of the trigger guard. The frontstrap filler is causing your knuckle to be right against the back bow of the guard and thusly being thumped.......
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i would think, although I am not a Hunter, that you would'nt need a 44 mag to shoot a cub, JMHO
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These work well and distribute recoil over a larger area as well as filling in behind the trigger guard a bit.
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LOL it's not the cub that worries me. It's the other part of the matching set that's been hanging around for a year now. I got introduced one night when I was out back in my shop working. She was sort of a gruff girl though. That or she was on a serious bender and was hailing the juice gods, Ralph and Ernie really loudly. I've known a few guys that could come close to making that sound and maybe one girl or so. But she was calling on Ralph pretty dang loud if you ask me. It was almost "growl like" in it's sincerity.

Anyway I tried using a glove today. I managed to fire off six rounds without getting a big blue spot on my finger. Th Hogues are starting to dry rot after 20 years anyway so I'm probably going to try something else. I noticed a set of Pachmayers today that did put a lot of rubber between the trigger guard and my finger but Packmayers are usually pretty hard rubber in my experience.

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I have the same problem with a 686-6 Plus. A couple of replies have hit on the solution: you either need the area behind the trigger guard filled by the grips, or you need to increase the room behind the trigger guard so that the knuckle has a little more room. I'd like to see some pics or get some links of a successful solution. For the time being I'm going to try to use some wrapping to fill the area. If that works, I'll try to find some grips that do the same thing.
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Although not a 44 Mag, my 627-0 did the same thing to my knuckle. It hurt enough to make a permanent grip change by modifying my existing grips. Your grips are either lookers or shooters:
Unmodified:
The knuckle:
The custom grind:
The comfort:
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I put a set of Hogue wood grips on my 629 for that very reason. They drop your knuckle down a bit compared to the targets that were on it from the factory.
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You should not try the S&W 329!
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Beautiful gun BTW.
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The 329 is one of the most nasty revolvers I have owned, worse than my FA 454 and not quite as bad as my 340PD. 329 flew apart on the first box of shells so that ceased to be an issue. I'm older now and don't seem to tolerate recoil nearly as much as I might have a few years ago.
Here's my favorite style of grip. All my revolvers that have very much recoil wear a set identical in size/shape.

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+2 on wearing a glove. I've noticed that they are loading the 44 ammo all over the ball park. I would try some of the loads that don't even measure up to a hot 357 just for fun shooting. Of course, 44 Special ammo if you want to feel like you're shooting a 22.
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I'll second the stocks from Herrrett and also warn you not to try a 329!

These are all 629's


The 329's are fierce with magnums, mine wear boot grips from eagle.

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Grip the gun lower and shoot it single action. The gun will rotate backwards more, missing your knuckle. The high grip is great for control in rapid shooting but with a powerful gun like 44 magnum you will pay the price.
I use a high grip only for shooting double action in competition, using light 45acp or 38spl loads.

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biker glove and a little time with Mr. Dremile on that part of the grip?
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I have been shooting Model 29's for a long, long time. Here is my first one:


I have put ten thousand full loads (home cast only) through this handgun in the past several years. After I put the Pachmayr grips on, my pain ceased and never came back.

That would be my first recommendation. However, it must be said that each and every one of us has different size and shaped hands. One thing nice about the Packmayrs, they don't cost an arm and a leg, so it's relatively inexpensive to try out a pair.

Good luck!
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I too suffered the bite to the middle finger, put a set Pychmyer grips on it and problem solved. But I agree with Dale53, everyone's hands are different so there's no guarantee.
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Have a Ruger Redhawk in 44 magnum and with the factory grips was definitely a knuckle biter. Put on a set of Pachmayer deaccelerator grips and much more fun to shoot. Most I've ever shot 44 magnum at any one time was 100 rds so it must be working. Frank
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If you have smooth grips and a Tyler T grip can be found to fit it could help some too as it fills in the area behind the trigger guard.
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