Any S&W 500 fans here?

Discussion in 'Revolver Handguns' started by lynxpilot, Feb 10, 2010.

  1. lynxpilot

    lynxpilot New Member

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    Hard to find any 500 enthusiasts. Seems like most want to discredit and insult those who own one. I bought one for kicks, had a real hard time with it at first, but eventually got used to it and it's probably the most fun weapon I own. Accurate as heck too (as handguns go) and for a long range.

    What I'd really like is a nice lightweight nylon holster that drapes it over lower left torso for carry. It's big and cumbersome but a nicely designed holster would make it really manageable.

    I bought a few boxes of ammo and a bunch of brass and bullets, and now I handload for it exclusively. I'm using the 275 gr all-copper HP's and the 500 gr JSP's.
     
  2. canebrake

    canebrake New Member

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    Love the gun but think I would go with the 460 XVR Hunter!

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    Sorry Mike, I'm going with the blond salesperson!
     

  3. diggsbakes

    diggsbakes New Member

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    I'm a S&W 500 fan.

    What's not to like about a large, high quality, American made hunk of steel that fires a cartridge the size of a man's thumb? Sure it's a bit overkill for anything we'd use it for, but if its fun to shoot, who cares! However, I would also have to go with the 460 XVR. . . just more (and cheaper) ammo possibilities.
     
  4. Biohazurd

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    I personally dont feel the need to go any higher then a .44 mag but thats just me. Ive shot the 500s and they are fun as hell but .44 ammo is the most expensive caliber i feel like shooting on a regular basis, and i reload!
     
  5. Mark F

    Mark F New Member Supporter

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    I too like 500's. I don't own one, which is strange for me as I usually buy what I like. I own seven 44 Magnums three of which are S&W's. You gotta love those S&W hand cannons!
     
  6. MB44

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    Not know if I am a fan (yet), but shooting .44 Mag is by now so common, that I'm ready to step it up a notch and try a .500S&W.
    Problem is you can't get that type of ammo in my parts of the woods,....:(
     
  7. diggsbakes

    diggsbakes New Member

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    Gee thanks Mark. . . Not like I haven't already been drooling over a 629-1 for the last month. Oh lord, tomorrow's pay day. :eek:
     
  8. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    I would consider a Smith 500 IF I could get a Marlin 1895 to match. THAT would be awesome!!
     
  9. Wambli

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    When they first came out I fell in love with a 4" with very low mileage. Bought it used from a guy who fired 2 shots and called it quits. It became one of my favorite handguns for a while but then it went back in the safe and stayed there for a couple of years. I was cleaning up about 6 months ago and I found it, decided that I didn't need it and sold it on GB for a little over what I paid for it. It went to a great guy in Alaska where the gun actually makes sense.

    I have a bunch of .44 mags:
    S&W 629 Mountain Gun
    S&W 29-3
    LAR Grizzly
    Colt Anaconda
    Old 3 screw Ruger SA

    and between those 5 they'll do anything I need a big bore to do.
     
  10. Clem

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    It’s not is if I need one, but I like them. I have three: a 6 ½” PC Hunter I gave myself as a retirement present, a 4” normal one and a 5” John Ross Special. My favorite is the 5” JRS. It doesn’t have any porting. Porting may reduce handgun rotation during recoil, but it sure makes them loud.

    Ammo is expensive enough to make reloading really important for most of us. I don’t spend much time shooting full power loads, but for range work, I shoot significantly reduced loads. Doing that is a lot of fun, and you don’t beat yourself up too much. I have also discovered that standard, half finger bicycling gloves make great shooting gloves for heavy loads.

    I mounted a 2x Weaver scope in Warne QD mounts on the PC Hunter. This way I can use the scope or quickly pop it off and use the iron sights. All are seriously accurate.
     

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  11. JonM

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    the only thing i dont like about it is it isnt currently in any semi-auto handgun im aware of and the bullet selection for .500 caliber bullets is pretty poor.
     
  12. Mark F

    Mark F New Member Supporter

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    GO FOR IT!!!!! You only live ONCE!
    That's how I ended up with so many... never regretted it!
     
  13. lynxpilot

    lynxpilot New Member

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    I got mine as a promise to myself from long ago. I wasn't really that interested in handguns for most of my life, and promised myself that if I ever got one it would be a cannon just for the WOW factor. The more I use it and get used to it, the more practical it seems. Not exactly your typical under-the-shirt CC type weapon, but not unrealistic for open carry and inside coat carry. Around the farm, it could be a coyote stopper, deer hunter, bull stopper, or just plain fun. Mine's been a LOT of fun. The accuracy makes them a lot more gratifying for target. 100 yds and on paper is completely realistic. If every really needed, I wouldn't hesitate to use it. If it were in the house it might break some windows but I'm on a farm so neighbors wouldn't be an issue. Heck, the noise alone would stop any would-be predator.

    I bought a few bags of new brass and a few boxes of ammo, so I have enough to reload for ages. With used brass that I already have, reloads are probably under a buck a round.
     
  14. russ

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    While I've never had the chance to shoot the big Smith, I do have a .454 Casull that I've owned for about 9 years now. There is just something fun about owning a big bad wheel gun. Until the .460 and .500 came out, I could always count on being able to trump most anyone's "big gun" story. I pull out the Raging Bull and say "This is the gun that gives Dirty Harry penis envy." [​IMG]
     
  15. Mark F

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    I have shot or owned virtually every big-boy hand cannon available today. But nothing (and I mean nothing) is more painful to shoot than a Smith & Wesson 329PD. I bought one of these pain-makers last year. To this day... no one has shot a full six rounds of Magnums through my 329PD. I had read somewhere that S&W 500 grips will tame the 329 down a bit. That's a crock-o-sh!t, it only allows your arm & hand tolerate maybe one or two more rounds. So far everyone has given up at 5, and I have let a lot of high-ego, mega-testosterone boys have at it, to no avail.


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    This thing makes other big-bore pistols feel like pellet guns...
     
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  16. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    I would love to shoot 6 rounds through the 329PD! That would be the BOMB! You HAVE to bring it to any potential get together.
     
  17. Mark F

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    I take it to all shooting events, just so in case I encounter some young mega-macho. I'll usually put one or two 44 specials in it just to give em' a false feeling of badass before they cap off a BUFFALO BORE 320 grain SWC. That normally ends it right there, but if they have a little fuzz left on their nuts ... the next one or two rounds does them in every time. If you don't hold this revolver it just right and super tight, it will draw blood from the web of your hand.

    I just love this revolver!!!
     
  18. MB44

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    Have you by any chance tried to shoot the Taurus 4" Titanium . 44Mag ??? :confused:

    Always kinda wanted a short barelled .44Mag, but not sure I'd have the money nor the masochistic tendencies for the 329 (perhaps at some later point in life if I ever get really bored) :rolleyes: It is 28 ounces, so a "bit" heavier, but the main difference I would guess is the grip, which I find extremly comfortable on my 8" Raging Bull. As far as I can see on the 329, the web of your hand is directly on the metal <ouch!>. :eek:

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  19. Mark F

    Mark F New Member Supporter

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    2 ounces doesn't make much difference in recoil. HOWEVER that gel filled backstrap pad does make a huge difference. I did put an X Frame grip on my 329PD, which is very similar to the Taurus grip in that the backstrap is now padded. Yes I have shot the Taurus and it is a pain-maker too.
     
  20. diggsbakes

    diggsbakes New Member

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    Well Mark. . . now you got me wanting to shoot a 329PD almost as bad as I want that 629-1. I'm going tomorrow. . . and if it's still there. . .