Range report on the S&W .500 Mag.

Discussion in 'Centerfire Pistols & Revolvers' started by dheffley, Jun 15, 2004.

  1. dheffley

    dheffley New Member

    Oct 12, 2003
    It has been a busy few days. Had to do a funeral thing, and help clean out the house, then do a little visiting with family. A real mixture of good times and bad.

    I did, however, get to shoot the new S&W .500 magnum I bought last week. I bought the standard model with the 8-3/8" barrel, and boy is it a hoss! Shells are very high at $34 for a box of 20, so I only bought 100 rounds. Shot the 440 grain full metal jackets running 1780 fps.

    I loaded only one round in the cylinder for the first shot, and had a death grip on the gun with both hands. To my surprise, it was very controllable. Smith and Wesson have invested a lot of research and prototyping in this gun, and it performs like the champion it is!

    Muzzle rise was around 6”, and grouping at 25 yards was around 2-1/2” off hand. You can feel the kick in your wrist, and the percussion in your chest, but it is easier to handle than my 629, .44 magnum. I would strongly recommend this gun to anyone who wants a big bore handgun, and if the performance center gun shoots any better than the standard model, it must be amazing!

    Allen, you told the truth. It's a big ol' pussy cat!
  2. 45Smashemflat

    45Smashemflat Active Member

    Oct 6, 2003
    Thanks for the update!! I really like my 44 Redhawk - but the 500 and 454 have intriqued me. Sounds like its big, but manageable. Anybody got a comparison to a 500 Linebaugh?

  3. AlleninAlaska

    AlleninAlaska New Member

    Apr 29, 2004
    Bethel, Alaska
    45Smashemflat it's about 300 FPS faster than the 500 Linbaugh. I love it. Danny you need to get setup to reload that critter. Cast bullets are cheap, lot of loads from a pound of powder.

    LIKTOSHOOT Advanced Senior Member

    Apr 26, 2001
    Allen, I remember a year or so back when these .500`s came into view. Several (3) were being touted. The one I remember in this review of the .500`s was the ALPINE .500. It was a monster, drove a very large weighted bullet at large speeds. Is this that one or based from it???

  5. AlleninAlaska

    AlleninAlaska New Member

    Apr 29, 2004
    Bethel, Alaska
    LIKTOSHOOT, the 500 S&W is an entirely new case design that was built in conjunction with CorBon. CorBon actually had ammo ready before there was a revolver to shoot it in. The 500 Linbaugh is made from the 348 Winchester case shortened and straight walled. The only reason it does not attain the same velocities as the 500 S&W is because of the firearms that it is built in. Mostly Rugers converted to 5 shooters and the Freedom arms revolvers. The S&W X-Frame is huge compared to those revolver frames. If my memory serves me right there were 2 500Lingaugh versions. A long and a short version. Here is load data for the 500 Linbaugh.

    410 LFP Hodgdon H-4227 33.7 1,369
    410 LFP Hodgdon H-110 35.5 1,458
    410 LFP Hodgdon Lil'Gun 32.5 1,436
    410 LFP Hodgdon Titegroup 13.0 1,132
    425 LFP (w/GCK) Hodgdon H-4227 32.0 1,356
    425 LFP (w/GCK) Hodgdon H-110 33.0 1,421
    425 LFP (w/GCK) Hodgdon Lil'Gun 31.5 1,428
    425 LFP (w/GCK) Hodgdon Titegroup 12.0 1,064
    468 LFP Hodgdon H-4227 30.5 1,297
    468 LFP Hodgdon H-110 31.5 1,354
    468 LFP Hodgdon Lil'Gun 29.5 1,343
    468 LFP Hodgdon Titegroup 11.2 996

    Here is load data for the 500 S&W.

    275 Barnes Hodgdon H-110 45.0 1,836
    275 Barnes Hodgdon Lil'Gun 44.0 1,761
    350 Hornady Hodgdon H-4227 42.5 1,674
    350 Hornady IMR IMR-4227 41.0 1,563
    350 Hornady Hodgdon H-110 43.0 1,733
    350 Hornady Hodgdon TiteGroup 11.0 986
    370 Cast Performance WFN GC Winchester W-296 47.5 1,875
    370 Cast Performance WFN GC Hodgdon Lil'Gun 44.5 1,689
    370 Cast Performance WFN GC Alliant 2400 35.0 1,623
    370 Cast Performance WFN GC Hodgdon TiteGroup 16.0 1,301
    400 Sierra Hodgdon H-110 40.0 1,546
    400 Sierra Hodgdon H-110 41.0 1,604
    440 Cast Performance WFN GC Hodgdon H-110 39.0 1,618
    440 Cast Performance WFN GC Vihtavuori VV-N110 30.0 1,433
    440 Cast Performance WFN GC Accurate Arms AAC-9 30.5 1,469
    440 Cast Performance WFN GC Hodgdon HS-6 22.0 1,327
    440 Cast Performance WFN GC Hodgdon TiteGroup 14.5 1,187

    The loads that I am shooting are 40 grains of H110 under the 440 grain cast bullet with a Federal 155 Large Pistol Primer.
  6. dheffley

    dheffley New Member

    Oct 12, 2003

    I was reading on the Corbon website that they have now gone to large rifle primers because the large pistol primers were perforating. The large rifle primers are .006 longer than the large pistol primers, and some of the old brass for pistol primers may still be out there. I guess I will measure my brass before I reload. Do you know anything about this?
  7. AlleninAlaska

    AlleninAlaska New Member

    Apr 29, 2004
    Bethel, Alaska
    Danny yes I've heard that the problem was problems with ignition that caused the switch from large pistol to large rifle. I am using some of the first run Starline brass. They also have switched to a rifle primer pocket and their newer brass has an "R" stamped on it to identify them as rifle primer pockets. Hornady has not had any problems using large pistol primers and so far neither have I.
  8. drobs

    drobs Member

    May 17, 2004
    Chicago burbs
    Allen & dheffy,

    We just got the Performance Center 500 S&W in. The thing is beefier than the standard one but has a real nice ballance. Looks alot better in person than in the catalog. Price is $1300. I think we have sold/delievered 7 S&W500's so far, we did have one that breifly made it to the case but was gone in a day.
  9. If a fella had a choice and already had a .454...should he go for the Ruger .480 or S&W .500...?... :confused:
  10. AlleninAlaska

    AlleninAlaska New Member

    Apr 29, 2004
    Bethel, Alaska

    The 500 S&W would be my choice in a heart beat. Have already used the 480 Ruger. Owned a 454 Casull chambered revolver but all I ever shot through it was very hot loaded 45 Colts loads using a 370 grain cast bullet.
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