70,000 rounds through a Model 29 .44 Magnum

Hickok45 says in his latest video: “70,000 rounds and counting through this baby … its been in a shop a lot lately”. That is impressive.

[ Many thanks to jdun1911 for emailing me the link. ]

Steve Johnson

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  • Samopal

    I like that guy, he has great taste in guns.

    Also this video brings up a good point.

    $385 in ’74, eh? MSRP was $250? That’s about $1700 and $1100 respectively when converted for inflation.

    $1100 is what the Model 29 sells for today. Why do so many people bitch that S&W has driven up their prices in recent years?

    “Oh, S&W used to be good but now they’re just overpriced.”

    No, bullsh*t. The price has just been inflated like everything else; S&W firearms cost the same now as they did in the ’70s.

    Sorry for the mini rant, those people just piss me off.

  • SpudGun

    Nice video, Hickok45 seems to be the real deal, I wish more You Tube firearm related videos were as sensible and entertaining as this. Plus, what an excellent range, I am very jealous.

    70,000 rounds of .44 Magnum? Holy Frejoly, that’s going to dent your pocket book some.

  • CinSC

    Hickok is livin’ the dream with that range of his. More power to him!

  • Don

    My 6″ barrel 629 is my favorite handgun. I picked it up for $500 about 4.5 years ago from an old guy along with half a box of 185 gr cartridges (the missing half was all he shot through the gun in the time he had it). I reload for it extensively and go through a few thousand rounds a year.

    My favorite light loads for plain lead bullets (read: cheap) are 200 gr RNFP over 16 gr 2400 and 240 gr RNFP over 8.5 gr Unique. The 200 gr RNFP load also works well in the ballard rifled 1894 levergun.

  • Kyle Huff

    Why am I watching this?

  • I bet he paid $380+ for the gun because of the craze for Dirty Harry’s “magnum”.