Shot the Smith 500 for the first time today.

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  1. Need4Speed

    Need4Speed

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    Traded this bad boy for my 454 Alaskan a while back. First time out at the range.

    Freedom Munitions "big grains" 350GR at 1600fps according to the website. From what I can tell that's more or less "training ammo". Underwood has something at 350GR that is 1900+.

    I was pleasantly surprised. This is downright fun to shoot, much better than that nasty little snub nose 454. Only ran thru 4 wheels worth, but could have shot that all day if it wasn't a buck a round. I might change my tune with hot ammo, but I get the felling it will still be better to shoot than the 454.
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    Congrats. It's a Yosemite Sam gun!!
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    I had one for a short while. I had no real use for it and it was expensive to shoot so I traded it off. You are right, they are fun to shoot. I forgot the manufacturer but I had a couple of boxes that had trial loads. They went from mild to wild.
     
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    I bet that was exciting touching off the first round.
     
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    It was. I was expecting the thing to kick like a mule. I have to pick up some of the "hot stuff", see what that is like.
     
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    Guy at work has one, I haven’t got to shoot it yet. He said he’s got some of those 700 grain T Rex rounds. Said you’ll probably only do that once lol
     
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    That’s a lotta gun you got there! Love it!

    I take it you don’t reload?
     
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    Damn! Vizards has some of those 700's in stock, after shipping it's almost 3 bucks a round. Not sure if I'm that curious. Every wheel full is a 12 pack of beer.
     
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    You've got to reload for it unless you like blowing off a great deal of money. THAT brings out the great versatility of the round.

    Glad you enjoyed it and aren't selling it with 2 rds missing out of a box which happens all too often. Don
     
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    I'm going to start reloading when I have time, probably when I retire in a few years. I hope to whittle down the calibers I shoot by then. Thinking I can get down to 500, 44/444, 41, and 10mm by then.
     
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    I wanna shoot it
     
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    F-it. I am curious. Next up - TRex rounds.

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    I shot a 329PD (f-in brutal !) and then the 500.
    The 500 is a pleasure to shoot.
     
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    I had a 360PD a handful of years ago. Disgusting little gun. I tried to run a box of 50 out of that little beast at a range session. Put a bandaid and shooting gloves on at round 20. At round 40 I stopped shooting, blood was soaking thru the gloves and onto the grip. I sold it with my DNA still on the grip.

    13oz/357 is probably pretty similar to a 25oz/44. Those guns are good in theory, terrible in real life.
     
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    quantico 1911 lover Millennium Member

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    If your going to carry it you really should have bought the snubby in scandium.. worry not , its still very easy to shoot . Not much recoil and easy fast follow up shots.. with a few speed loaders it might be a great pocket carry gun for summer.
     
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    Try some 500 grain stuff also. Super fun
     
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    The casull is fairly easy to shoot. I never shot the .500. I reload so I had some fairly stout hunting loads for the .454 with 300 grn Speer JSPs. A great bullet for the bangers, I prefer them to the hard cast. Thick jackets, you retain about 80+% even against hard stuff and they expand well.
     
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    One of my next gun purchases is going to be a Magnum Research BFR, probably with the bisley grips, but I don't know if I want it in .454 or .500. I've got a stainless steel LSI Puma in .454, so it makes sense to get it in that caliber for a matching set. But I've also always wanted to shoot the .500. :dunno:
     
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    I find the ported 500 much more pleasant to shoot than a snappy short barreled .44 mag. Certainly more than the 454 cassul.
     
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    If you reload, it's NOT expensive to shoot, and you can create everything from mild to wild.