Looking for the best hunting handgun? The S&W Model 629 .44 Magnum Hunter from the Performance Center will get it done.
Handgun hunters have a lot of choices to make. Our criteria for this selection is based on availability, adaptability, versatility, portability, efficiency and affordability.
The S&W .44 Magnum Hunter comes with adjustable sights, including a high visibility front sight insert. The longer sighting plane of the 7.5-inch barrel makes accurate shooting easy.
The pistol can be outfitted with a scope or red dot optic thanks to the built in top rail system.
This handgun can be used for silhouette shooting, target shooting, plinking, hunting and self-defense. Loading it with 44 magnum ammunition makes it possible to shoot anything from 180 grain light loads to 300+ grain premium or cast bullets for hunting. The compensator helps mitigate recoil when using the heavier loads.
At just over 3.5-pounds, the Magnum Hunter is easy to carry in a shoulder or hip holster. It is also light and short enough to fit in to a backpack. It is very maneuverable in a treestand or ground blind.
The efficiency of the .44 Magnum cartridge cannot be disputed, based on decades of excellent performance. Deer, bear and hogs are all commonly taken with .44 Magnum handguns, rifles and muzzleloaders shooting the same projectiles.
The 7.5-inch barrel provides good velocity. To get the most out of the cartridge you should consider premium hunting ammunition that that available from Grizzly Cartridge Company. With the right ammunition and attention to shot placement and range, very large animals can be taken with the 44 Magnum. I have personally taken deer, hogs and a bison with the 275 grain load from Grizzly Cartridge.
The base price of $1,369 may seem a little steep at first, but when you consider all the great features, it is a bargain.
Best of all, this gun is ready to hunt out of the box. Check out this SmithWessonCorp video that highlights the gun.
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