New S&W Big boy

Discussion in 'Handguns' started by Duman44, Aug 17, 2009.

  1. Duman44

    Duman44 Member

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    I'm back from a long vacation from site, just saw that the last time I signed on was in March.
    Anyway, I was tired of my .44 not being the biggest thing around at Hot Wells, so I bit the bullet (figuratively) and got a S&W 500.
    Recoil was suprisingly not a whole lot more than the .44 with full house loads, but then I was shootin a 350 grain bullet at 3 grains lesss than max load recommended on Hogdons website.
    Shot some factory 275 grain loads and they did not even feel as stout.
    I have ordered some 600 grain bullets from Ranger Rick. 600 grain is the largest recommended for the 4' barrel. I will load those T-Rex thumpers (his brand name) and see if I can't get it up to a new power level.
    BTW, the recoil was not much worse, but the report was quite a bit louder on the 500 than the .44
     


  2. Texas1911

    Texas1911 TGT Addict

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    The compensator is installed upside down. The vents need to go on the top, not bottom. It's actually increasing muzzle climb, LOL.
     
  3. Duman44

    Duman44 Member

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    Thanks Alan,
    I guess if I was empathizing muzzle climb, then this guns weight really does tame the recoil.
    See a lot of the 500's at Red's? Ever seen one shot with the 600 or 700 grain bullets? The type of recoil shown on the you tube videos for those bullets is what I was expecting and it was nowhere near that with the 350 grain. I would guess my muzzle climb was less than 45% and those show 90% or greater, such as when the gun hits the novice shooter in the head
     
  4. Texas1911

    Texas1911 TGT Addict

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    Well, the bigger grain weight is a BIG difference. Alot more time in the barrel, and the case has significantly less volume, so pressure rises very rapidly. I like to shoot big bore revolvers, and .44 Mag, even with +P+ full house - heavy grain loads is nothing on a full house .500 S&W.

    The gun hitting someone in the head is merely a lack of technique and experience. The .500 S&W, full house .44 Mag, .480 Ruger, etc. are all beastly loads, but I've never been close to being crowned in the head. My grip broke the first time I shot an X-Frame, but it wasn't compensated and was a heavy load.
     
  5. DCortez

    DCortez TGT Addict

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    Grats.
     
  6. juwaba98

    juwaba98 Well-Known

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    Nice wheelie!
     
  7. dbgun

    dbgun TGT Addict

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    Congratulations, that's a fine looking handcannon!
     
  8. dee

    dee Well-Known

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    I want one of those real bad but can't justify it.
     
  9. onac255

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    Beastly...I want one.
     
  10. Wolfwood

    Wolfwood Self Appointed Board Chauvinist TGT Supporter

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    the chinese used to cock their guns sidways 'gangster' style and used the muzzle jump to generate a horizontal sweep....
    i think so anyway, seems liek i read that sopmeplace
     

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