My buddy is airforce.. so he gets good deals on guns they sell at the base (yes in California) He is buying a 629 Smith 4" barrel for $775 no tax.
The 629 is the modern Smith version of the Model 29 that Dirty Harry run up to several grand. It is stainless and has the idiotic lock... No one ever has said they liked the lock... And stainless? meh... But it also moved the cylinder stops a bit and did a few other things you wont see that make it FAR stronger than the original 29.... I have actually to my shame killed a 29 with hot loads.
The bore is laser cut. To be honest? it is perfect on my 629 6" gun. The grips are rubber.. total puke in your lap bad.
Mine has perfect chambers at .4295 the bore has no imperfections. the single and double action are... well... as good as a factory gun gets right from the factory... think.... somewhere between a Python and a Ruger.
The 29 since Dirty Harry was overpriced by a bunch. Good old ones now sell for half what they did in the 80's Still.. great guns... The new ones are fantastic... IF you get a good one. What is a good one? Probly 95% of the ones in the display case at the gun store.