I did my part to stimulate the economy by picking up a S&W329pd about a year ago. I've had my fun with it pumping around 1400 rounds of various concoctions downrange. I bought it for an easy carry OH ****!!!! gun, and I've no regrets. But I'll be straight with you - it ain't easy shoot.
Since I want it to be able to eliminate armor-plated Grizzlies, (the kind in my nightmares), I've not spent any time with 44spl-type loads. I have a pretty good jacketed load of a 240gr XTP @1200+fps and now I'm looking for a good cast load. I don't cast my own, so I've played with 240gr Oregon Trail, 255gr Cast Performance WFN and Leadhead 270gr WFN. Shooting through back to back Elk femurs showed me that the 240gr OT is much too brittle - scratch that. The Leadhead 270gr WFN deformed some but penetrated and stayed together - Good. And I forgot the CP loads that day so I don't know how they would've done - but they look pretty
I was wondering if some folks here carried the 329 and what they decided to load it with - I'm hoping to get educated. Thanks in advance.