ive got one. works very good. recoil is pretty stiff. its got a lot of rotational torque. muzzle blast is unpleasent if your not wearing REALLY good ear protection. it could be really awesome suppressed. i think its pretty damn powerful and a ton of fun to shoot as i dont need anything super special to load for it.
not a good carry round. while very very effective identical to 44 mag in power its an extreme over penetrator. very slow on followup shots.
mine is a conversion installed in my springfield armory 1911A1 its shot both the front and rear sights off.
however im considering selling the kit to fund other projects as im not a huge handgunner i just dont have a good place to shoot without losing the pricey brass for it
I converted a Kimber to fire the .460 Rowland. I ended up moving the kit to Stalkingbear and the pistol to Goju, but when it was together it kicked Cane's *** in our build off.
My impression was that it was a hell of a lot of power in your hands. A ridiculous amount of power to be honest. The kind of "boom" that has everyone on the range looking in your direction and muttering things like "Is that a .50?"
I ordered some 185gr. super hot loads out of the gate and they were awesome. The muzzle break works really well, keeps you on target and the recoil is well managed. Mind you it was an all steel gun to begin with, so it wasn't a lightweight carry piece, but with all that extra power it was like a whole new day.
It was a nice project, but the ammo price and availability just didn't really suit me to be perfectly honest. I went to re-order and the rounds I wanted were backlogged. I don't reload for my pistols (yet), so it just seemed like a pet project that had run it's course.
And Cane was still yanking his pud with the mental midgets at Colt because his Uber weapon was delayed due to complications.
For a bear situation? Unless you have a high cap, 10+1 rounders, I would be hesitant to "recommend" it. The .500 S&W is probably a more serious deterrent .
I would trust the .460 in the right hands, but I wouldn't recommend it to someone else just because round placement is going to be the key to staying alive in a bear encounter.
I converted a Kimber TLE to 460 about 2 yrs. ago.I love to shoot this gun.Very strong,and accurate.I live just up the road from Ga. Arms,so ammo is usually no problem.It is an attention getter at the range,and one heck of a pin gun!
I've got the kit to convert a 1911 to 460 but I'm still working on the 1911......different topic.....
If you are looking for a good anti bear round in a handgun I would seriously look at a 44 mag. I don't think you can go wrong with a Redhawk, blackhawk or a S&W 29/629.....If it were me, I would lean towards the Rugers for beating thru the wood and keep the Smiths for the range. That's what I do now anyway.