Agreed.Yeah, they are beautiful. The scope sort of ruins the look though.
I own the same model in your picture. Incredible recoil, incredible muzzle blast, incredible sound....also the only firearm I have ever shot where I could feel the shockwave hit my face. It doesn’t really have any use for me outside of range fun, but I will never part with it.I think the claim of being powerful as a rifle is a little misleading. 500 grains, WOW!
Anybody shot one? How was it....
In theory, you've made some points but....I said "high quality, high power loads and to avoid leading you need to shoot gas checked slugs. Removing leading is a PITA.Actually you can cast your own bullets for MUCH less than 50 cents a bullet and lead is not that expensive and you don't even need super hardcast lead for the kinds of velocities the 500 S&W produces with heavy bullets.
Lyman cast bullet handbook 4th Ed. (Most recent edition) lists data for the 500 S&W using the Lyman 501680 (375gr) plain base bullet with a Max Load of 17.5gr Unique, produces 1361fps @ 37.800psi
I used to buy scrap lead from my local recyvling yard and while wheelweights are getting harder and harder to find that aren't made out of zinc or pure lead, most times you can find harder alloys and all you need is some tin or mix in a little linotype to make pure lead harder.
Scrap lead sells for about 80 cents a pound. Even if the bullets you used weighted 500 grains you would get 16 bullets for 80 cents rather than pay 50 cents a bullet or $8.00 for 16 bullets.
Additionally there are 7000 grains in a pound of powder with one pound of unique you could load 583 rounds of 500 S&W.
People don't give momentum or power factor enough credit with regard to striking power and penetration.People who scoff at the 500 Mag simply don't have a clue. I've been shooting them regularly since S&W started selling them in 2003.
If you seat slugs out to full cylinder length as John Ross does, energy figures can go into the 3200ft lb range out of the 8 3/8th" barrel.
With hard cast slugs they will equal or highly likely exceed a .375 H&H Mag in penetration.
While it is not a scientific test by any means, I've shot a .308 Win and the 500 side by side on water filled gallon milk jugs. The .308 with JSPs sort of bounces them around. The 500 simply DETONATES them into a huge ball of spray, makes the .308 look puny and on large game is far superior. Don
Midway has .500 bullets for $.26/.Yes, factory ammo is very expensive. If you want to shoot more than once in a blue moon, you must reload, not care about $ or be very wealthy.
You can reload quality high power rounds using commercial hard cast slugs for about 50 cents ea and no, I really don't want to hear from someone who says some friend gives him free wheelweights, that's not what most of us face.
Reloading the beast allows you to tailor the power level from bottom end which dwarfs a .45ACP +P round to beastly 3000ft lbs loads. Don
Precisely.I think that buying a SW 500 and immediately blasting away with the heaviest loads you can get your hands on is a great way to end what might be solid appreciation for the gun and the caliber. 900 fps with a 350 gr JHP is a load that is manageable to fire all day long. It turns the 500 into light recoiling self defense revolver that won't go on to hit someone in the next state. I also have wildlife stopping loads Kelly Schlepp 420 gr "punch" bullets and 400 gr Woodleigh weldcore both at about 1450 fps, that do have the necessary oomph, on both ends, but are necessary for the particular job. The 500 is not some right of passage to prove my manhood. It is just a heavy, 5 shot revolver that has a good range of advantages and limitations, like most guns do.
Bet those are Berry's plated bullets and if so they will not stand up to heavy 500 Mag loads. Don