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Old 02-27-2012, 05:41 PM   #1
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Hello all, i am considering a sw 500. I can't decide between 4,6 or 8in barrel. Anyone own these and want to shed some light on most usable size? This gun will be just to shoot at the range.

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Old 02-27-2012, 05:55 PM   #2
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They make one in a 10.6 inch barrel that could be fun.

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Old 02-27-2012, 06:12 PM   #3
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If it's just for the range than barrel length doesn't matter a whole lot.
Just get the longest, (for velocity), and scope it.

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If it`s just going to be a rang gun I would definately recomand the longest barrel you can get. I would also recomand you get a Smith Custom Shop gun. The reason is they come with scope mounts where the production model does not, and a scope will help tame the recoil. If you have never shot one I would recomand you shoot one before you buy one. If you don`t love heavy recoil this is not a gun for you.

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Old 02-28-2012, 12:05 AM   #6
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Hi,
I got one of these from my wife for X-mas.
I took it the range and shot it 3 times.
It really has nasty kick, even more than my Desert Eagle 50 cal.
The only thing I don`t like is paying $65 for a box of 20 rounds.
I use Hornady shells, but I think I will try the Bitter Root shells they are much cheaper.
One more thing, get the Galco Kodiak holster with the bullet holder that fits on the holster. This holster is very nice and with the gun it is just too cool looking.

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John, what length barrel did you get?

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You might wanna check out the 460 u can shoot 45long colt 454cassul also and you might want to get into reloading if your not already.Bigbore handguns are fun to shoot but very expensive per round

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To bad your not close. I would let you work your way up from where ever you wanted to start up to the 500. I have a vidio clip of a little girl, abt. 110 lbs., shooting a 500 S&W. Her boy friend would not shoot it. It is not a round that I would recomand to plink or target shoot with. Slim mentioned the 460 S&W, and it would make far more sence for youe perpous. I have an Encore in 460 and with the hot 460 ammo it is nearly as bad as the 500. But if you want a little less you can shoot the 454`s, which still have more recoil than the 44 mag. If you want some lite plinkers you can shoot some cowboy loads in 45 Colt.

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The .500s are great guns for experienced shooters who are handloaders. If you aren’t experienced with heavy recoiling guns, you can expect to have problems handling the recoil. If you don’t reload, you can expect to pay big bucks for ammo, which rapidly drains the bank account and doesn’t allow much shooting.

If you can overcome these minor issues, the .500s can be a lot of fun. I have a 4”, a 5” John Ross Special and a 6 ½” PC Hunter. The 4” and 5” both weigh about 57 oz. while the 6 ½” PC Hunter weighs 70 oz. If you reload, in addition to reducing the astronomical costs of ammo, you can also tailor the loads to your preferences. I admit that I much prefer to shoot my .500s with somewhat reduced power loads. Makes things much more pleasant. The 4” and 6 ½” are comped. The 5” isn’t. I actually prefer the 5”. The 4” is loud as he!! and tends to drive other shooters off the line, so if you get a 4” beware of the effects you are having on other shooters. The 6 ½” has the benefit of a weaver rail on the barrel and is easily scoped. When I add my Weaver 2x scope in Warne Quick Detachable mounts to the gun, it increases the weight to about 85 oz. That is heavy enough to significantly reduce recoil, but it also becomes pretty tough to shoot well freehand, but from a rest it is really neat because it is super accurate. I have shot 2” groups with mine at 50 yds and I think it is capable of more than that.

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