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Posted: November 09 2017 at 8:15pm | IP Logged Quote M700

Today I loaded some 500's. Hadn't done that in a while.

Bought my revolver, sight unseen, in the first year of production, 2003.

I walked into a favorite local gun shop, a glossy firearms magazine in hand, I pointed to the cover, looked at the shop owner and said "Please get me one..." He laughed so hard! Confirmed that I was serious, and ordered it. MONTHS later it arrived, and by then I'd bought one hundred Starline cases for it, 200 Cast Performance 440 grain bullets and a box of very expensive 350 gr Hornady jacketed hollow point ammo.

Got a call from the shop owner that the big revolver was in! I happened to have a day off, and went right down to his shop. He left the shop in the hands of an employee, and we headed to the range! What a hoot. :)

Since then, I have only used the 500 as a range toy. I'll go through 20 - 100 rounds a year, usually closer to 20. I've let a few friends shoot it. Some did well, some had to be rescued. I like shooting it. It's powerful yes, but very well designed. It's heavy, which is good. It's got a muzzle brake/port to reduce recoil. The cushioned grips are terrific. All in all, it shoots a lot easier than I'd expected.

My handload hasn't changed in the 13 years I've had the beast:
28.2 grains of AA#9 (today the powder measure was throwing 28.3 grains. Close enough.)
440 grain Cast Performance bullet

For about 1400 fps.

It loads like any other straight-case revolver round. I use Hornady dies, and liberally lube the cases with sizing wax. I make sure there's a good roll crimp as well.


Here's a 250 gr cast 44 bullet next to the 440 grain 500 bullet:


The Beast:


I've never hunted with it. Generally I hunt open areas where a rifle is a much better option than a revolver. An African PH I know tried a few shots with my 500 and declared it a perfect gun for popping warthogs at a waterhole! That sounded fun to me and perhaps I'll try it someday. I think it would be great for bear over bait, at modest range, or bears treed by dogs.

One of these days I'll give it a try on a hunt. Meanwhile, it's a wonderful range toy, and I let a few friends try it out every now and again.

Regards, Guy
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Posted: November 09 2017 at 9:56pm | IP Logged Quote STCM(SW)

Mines a PC one.

Got a small spike with it I don't even remember how long ago.


Don't even remember the last time I shot it...

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Posted: November 10 2017 at 1:03am | IP Logged Quote richhodg66

No desire for a handgun in it, but always liked the idea of one of the H&R single shot rifles they used to make. It's a formidable round to be sure.

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Geez, that gun throws a hunk of lead.   How's the recoil?

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Posted: November 10 2017 at 8:35am | IP Logged Quote STCM(SW)

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Geez, that gun throws a hunk of lead.   How's the recoil?"

This is the grandson shooting mine 10 years ago when he was 16.



Felt recoil is not that bad because of the muzzle brake.
The M29 he shot next he said hurt more....

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Posted: November 10 2017 at 8:56pm | IP Logged Quote M700

Ya, it lets ya know you've tripped the trigger on something powerful. No doubt.

But, it really isn't that tough to control if you've mastered the .44 mag. I look at it as just more of the same thing the 44 dishes out.

Guy
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