500 VS 50AE

Discussion in 'Centerfire Pistols & Revolvers' started by dragman, Jan 14, 2011.

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which?

Poll closed Jan 19, 2011.
  1. 500 S&W magnum

    66.7%
  2. 50 AE Desert Eagle

    33.3%
  1. dragman

    dragman New Member

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    Which to buy?? I can't decide!!! I know I want one of them and every time I decide which one I am gonna buy I change my mind before I get to the gun shop!!! I wanna be sure before I drop over a $1000 on a new toy.
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    .500 S&W Magnum.
  3. gendoikari87

    gendoikari87 Former Guest

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    I voted for the magnum but honestly I'd rather shoot a .50 beowulf.
  4. dragman

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    whats the reasons to pick either??
  5. TheGunClinger

    TheGunClinger Active Member Supporting Member

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    I picked the DE because I have one and love it. I would love the SW if I had one too. When it comes to feeding either of them it isnt cheap but the .50 A&E is probably cheaper. I make them for about .70 each. I usually have about 500 rounds ready to go. I will have a .500 one day though. Love the shock and awe each one of them inspires.:D
  6. gendoikari87

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    oh yeah reloading. you know i bet the 500 magnum is easier to reload being that it's in a revolver, and easier to police the brass. Plus it's also REALLLY powerful. but you do have to be careful, the gas escaping from the cylinder can cut off your thumb.

    Other than that, the .50 AE is a bit but not a whole lot more powerful than the .45acp, which I'd rather have myself anyway, just becuase of the 1911
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    the 500 sw outpreforms the 50cal ae big time,as was said it is not a great deal more powerful than the 45acp.the other benifit is its easier to buy the brass for the 50 cal s&w. old semperfi
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    When you say the .50 A&E is a bit more powerful than a .45 ACP I have to wonder if you ever actually shot a .50 A&E. If you had you would know that it is Immensely more powerful than a .45 acp. Agreed that the &W .500 is stronger than the .50 A&E but the .45 is no where near the class of either of the .50's.
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    As a handloader, and absolutely hate chasing brass... I choose the big 500, because its a revolver and you can conveniently dump the brass right back in the box;) Other than that, the Desert Eagle looks meaner, but power wise, they are both more than adequate to kill anything that moves...
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    Only if youre dumb enough to put your thumb next to the barrel/cylinder gap, which on a X frame smith is a hell of a stretch. Hell its a stretch on my super redhawk alaskan and the cylinger is a half inch shorter...

    And the .45acp is less than half as powerful as the .50AE

    A fed. hydrashok .45ACP 230 gr is truckin along at 900 fps (and thats above standard) and produces about 415 ft/lb of kinetic energy...

    The .50 AE fires a bullet damn near 100 grains heavier (325 vs 230) at more than 1400 fps giving you 1415 ft/lb of kinetic energy, thats 3 times the umph brother...

    comparing apples to apples, the .500 mag VS the .50AE both shooting 325 gr bullets.. the .500 produces 1800 fps MV vs the .50AE at 1400, giving you more than 2300 ft/lb of kinetic force VS the .50s 1415...
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    I thought .50 Action Express was only slightly more powerful than .44 Magnum. I, too, didn't think .45ACP was anywhere as powerful as .50 AE.
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    The .500 S&W Magnum is also available in heavier bullets too ain't it? I thought they used one of those really heavy 700 grain ones to take down that Hogzilla awhile back.
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    isn't the .50ae only a 45 necked up?

    also the .500 has 3000 joules out of a 9 inch barrel!? That's more than a .308 out of a rifle.
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  14. TheGunClinger

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    The .50a&e's head,rim? has been necked down to .44 size but the rest of the case is much bigger. The .44 is pretty strong but has along way to go to be as powerful as a .50. I load the .50 with 32.2g of H-110 and the .44 with 23g H-110. Lot of bang from both. Makes the .45 look and feel tiny compared. S&W is way bigger. When I shoot the .50 I have a dedicated brass chaser to go fetch before the range officer sweeps it up.

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  15. dragman

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    Bought the 500! it's on order. now to pick grips for it.
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    Congrats!
    I am sure you are aware of the YOU MUST POST PICS forum law,right? If we ca'nt hode it we must look at it. :D
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    Yes sir I will
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    did you get it with or without that wicked looking compensator?
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    Up to 500 grainers, which is one hell of a chunk of lead from a hand cannon... That5s a chunk of lead you would normally find fired form creedmore silhouette rifles, remington rolling blocks, and sharpses chambered in .45/70 and bigger...
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    not at all, the .50 AE is its own monster, it has what is referred to as a rebated rim so it will work with an action designed for a smaller casehead (i.e. the desert eagle uses the .44 mag casehead, so the .50AE uses the same casehead diameter. thereby making the desert eagle a viable kit gun with interchangeable barrels for different calibers)

    You cannot neck up a straightwall case, its as big as its ever gonna be, thats why its referred to as a straightwall case. If it were bottlenecked say like a .308, you could neck one up to the diameter of the case body, thereby making it a straightwall case... make sense???
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