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K. Funk
November 15, 2009, 20:12
So I finally went and bought one, a 6-1/2" ported S&W .500 Magnum. A buddy of mine has a .460 Mag and I handled that pretty well. I just had to have this 500. I loaded up 50 rounds with Sierrra 400 gr jacketed sof point over 38.0 gr Winchester 296, which is not considerd a max load. What an atomic cannon!! While I handled it well and grouped it well, I was about done after 10 rounds. Today my hand is pretty much sore, which usually takes 50+ rounds of top end .44 mags out my 4-5/8" Blackhawk to accomplish. I'm not complaining mind you, just tellin how it went. I must say I love this thing, but at least I won't go too broke shooting it.

krf

DYNOMIKE
November 15, 2009, 21:04
The One I fired was also ported (thankfully) and IIRC it had a shorter barrel. Not being an Expert on these I can't say for sure?

I fired a couple Cylinders full & It was a Cannon no doubt about it.... This experience was enough to admit that after a few rounds it was no longer enjoyable to me.... I now know I have no desire at all to own one so that's one thing I can check off my wish list...

A powerful pistol that even if not shot often will ALWAYS be great for the "HEY SHOOT THIS" game.. :wink:

FAL GRUNT
November 15, 2009, 21:25
It's all in the make up. A couple shooting outings a couple weekends ago a buddy brought his Taurus Raging Bull in .480 Ruger. I gotta say, for the power this pistol packs, it was pleasant to shoot. VERY accurate, comfortable, easy to handle.

Took a clients S&W 629 out that I put a 4" barrel on, he wanted me to put a few rounds through it to test it out. After 6 shots my hand just hurt. I couldn't shoot anymore.

When the S&W .500 came out, my grandpa was one of the first to sign up for one. He waited 6 months and was one of the first I know of that had it. I believe he has the 8" ported? He now wishes he hadn't pre-ordered it. Had he waited he could have just bought one at the gun shows. He said after they came out there were a dozen at the show with only a couple rounds fired out of a brand new box of ammo.

:rolleyes:

Personally I don't like hand cannons... but each to their own!

Post a pick, I haven't seen one with that short of a barrel.

What does it cost you per round for that to reload? I was thinking of picking up some die's to reload it for my grandpa.

-myers

K. Funk
November 15, 2009, 21:46
Here's a pick of the 500 next to my 4-5/8" Super Blackhawk. The initial loading cost me $26 for 50 brass and $26 for 50 bullets. I don't figure in too much for powder and primer since I got most of it for free. The dies are RCBS and cost $40. I also have a bullet mold and sizer dies, so I will soon be casting.

http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c272/kandainv/5001.jpg

Looking forward to the next outing.

krf

FAL GRUNT
November 15, 2009, 21:54
Very nice... I bet those grips are comfy! :wink:

-myers

DYNOMIKE
November 15, 2009, 22:55
I love hand cannons, guess I just prefer a 90MM over a 105.. :tongue:

I can shoot my S&W629-3" a bunch with no trouble, but that 500 was just no fun for me..
I'm glad somebody likes them er else S&W would have a bunch sittin in the warehouse..

The OLD & Puny .44 is my Fave..

http://i275.photobucket.com/albums/jj295/DYNOMIKE_photos/P5260044.jpg

BUFF
November 15, 2009, 23:42
I bought one when they first came out. 8-3/8 inch barrel, ported. The grips have an air pocket along the backstrap for cushioning. I thought that, between the weight, the porting and the grips, the recoil was almost disappointing!

Recoil will depend strongly on bullet weight and how hot you load it, like everything else, only more so! That said, ity sure isn't the kind of handgun I want to shoot 100 rounds through in an afternoon!

I sold mine along with a .460 but still have a 4 inch M-500. Haven't shot it yet but suspect it to kick a good deal more!

I really have no practical use for it but it is fascinating to have a handgun muzzle you can conceal a beer can in.

DYNOMIKE
November 16, 2009, 00:07
If the are 8 -3/8", 6-1/2" and 4" then I'm ceratin it was the 4" I shot..
It was pretty, no it was REALLY Stout..

ThePitbullofLove
November 16, 2009, 00:19
.500 goodness (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7soTvxZHlyM)

FAL GRUNT
November 16, 2009, 01:04
Mike,

What kind of grips are those on the 629?

thanks

-myers

ThePitbullofLove
November 16, 2009, 01:14
Originally posted by FAL GRUNT
Mike,

What kind of grips are those on the 629?

thanks

-myers

They look like Hogue pebble grain.

BUFF
November 16, 2009, 02:43
Hogue Monogrips.

DYNOMIKE
November 16, 2009, 09:57
Originally posted by FAL GRUNT
Mike,
What kind of grips are those on the 629?
thanks
-myers

Originally posted by ThePitbullofLove

They look like Hogue pebble grain.

Originally posted by BUFF
Hogue Monogrips.

Myers I believe both Gents are correct, IIRC they Say HOGUE inside the grip?Seems I remember asking about the Pistol when I first bought it and BUFF helped me out.. I think these grips were on the Pistol from S&W on this particular mod.. Buff also helped me figure out what it was since I couldn't really find specific reference to it in the book..

BUFF
November 16, 2009, 20:36
Yep. Every now and then, S&W has Hogue run them grips with the S&W logo on the upper sides instead of the Hogue markings.

Good grips. Softer, more recoil-absorbing than Pachmayr's. S&W has used a lot of them on their products.

olgier
November 16, 2009, 21:00
i thought about a 500 smith, but decided to wait until someone makes a .45-70 revolver. :rofl:

FAL GRUNT
November 17, 2009, 00:31
Doesn't Freedom Arms have one?

-myers

BUFF
November 17, 2009, 01:41
http://www.magnumresearch.com/BFR.asp

They are humungous and, to me, unwieldy but have been around for a pretty good while now.

richbug
November 17, 2009, 08:37
Originally posted by BUFF
http://www.magnumresearch.com/BFR.asp

They are humungous and, to me, unwieldy but have been around for a pretty good while now.


I friend just got one in 475 Linebaugh, and it was actually pleasant to shoot. The loads were a 405 grain bullet at 1400 fps. Pretty much identical ballistics to factory 45-70 ammo in a rifle.

SWOHFAL
November 18, 2009, 20:59
If you're a real he-man and/or masochist:

http://www.pfeifer-waffen.at/cms/html/index.php?module=htmlpages&func=display&pid=32

http://www.vincelewis.net/60magnum.html

Personally, I'd buy the .460, as you could always go down to .454 Casull or .45LC in it.

StarPD
November 25, 2009, 13:59
Grips can make a lot of difference in shooting big magnums. I had an old NIB Model 29 with 5" barrel that wasn't much fun to shoot. Bruised my hand after shooting for a while. Bought a set of custom made smooth rosewood grips made by Fuzzy Ferrant (sp?), made to fit my hand. Even with 27 grains of Hodgdon H110 (the old original powder) over a 260 grain bullet, I could shoot it all day long with no discomfort whatsoever.

Much later, when S&W engaged in a "gun of the month" marketing effort, I bought a 629 "Classic Hunter" with Hogue grips and the smooth cylinder and target type sights. I couldn't shoot more than 6 rounds without bruising my hand, even with the Hogue grips. My youngest son has it now, since I gave it to him when I thought I was going to croak.

You might want to try getting a set of custom grips made for your hand. It may tame the effect of the recoil impulse enough to where it becomes fun to shoot. It sure worked for me.

bykerhd
November 25, 2009, 14:48
.500 S & W has a high degree of "cool".
But if I ever go for one of those oversized, or jumbo Smiths, it'll be the .460.
The thing is a friggin' cannibal. You can stuff anything from .45 Schofield up to the .460 in it.
.45 Colt would make a nice "light" load with the .454 Casull as a "medium" ?:uhoh: load ? and then the .460 for when something definitely, positively and certainly has to be destroyed. As in, Right NOW.:wink:

Still, that is a nice cannon you have there K. Funk.
I understand the recoil thing. I think. My 5 1/2" Ruger Super Blackhawk is probably similar in "bite" to yours and I really can't do much more than a couple cylinder fulls through it without some pain. I'm getting a bit old to beat myself up like that too often.:tongue:

renaissance_warrior
November 26, 2009, 20:21
I did shoot one and it was a 4 inch ported barrel. Quite an an experience. The recoil didnt get me, it was feeling the hairs on my hand almost fry that did. Quite a reverse flame front. :uhoh: Like being rapidly passed over with a blow torch. A glove gun to be sure.

MWAG
January 28, 2010, 17:08
as carried, not daily but sometimes. the thugs take a wide birth....
http://i1008.photobucket.com/albums/af209/mwag/1266350312.jpg

docjfg
January 30, 2010, 00:13
I handled an 8 3/8th" when they first came out, but too muzzle heavy for me. I've been waiting for the 6.5" to arrive. I haven't handled one yet, but this seems like the ideal bbl length. I'll likely get one later this year, and already have all the reloading gizmos plus an RCBS mold. Lots of good loads for cast out there. Thanks everyone for sharing your impressions! I'm looking forward to playing with this one.

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February 08, 2010, 17:24
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FaNaticAL!
March 07, 2010, 14:49
I'm no fan of the blast so I'm no fan of ports...sure they kick a little but the blast is more manageable:shades:

FaNaticAL!

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee78/M82A1710M/002-5-1.jpg

Cava3r4
May 13, 2010, 21:41
i thought about a 500 smith, but decided to wait until someone makes a .45-70 revolver.

Back around 1994 or so (it is shown in the 1995 gun digest on page 321) Phelps made a revolver called the Phelps Heritage I, Eagle I, and Grizzly revolvers in 444 marlin and 45-70 with an 8 in barrel,
45-70 or 444 with 12 in barrel
and a
50-70 with 8 in.
cost was 1185 to 1650 back in the 95 book.
HTH

Bob