460mag vs 500mag


George Frye
September 10, 2005, 07:13 AM
I bought my new S&W 460 Magnum yesterday and will take it to the range today. I wil also take along my S&W 500 Magnum and get a feel for the compaired recoil of both guns. I will let you know how they compair.

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September 10, 2005, 08:25 PM
Welll im Waiting :) Picked up my 4" 500 tonight

George Frye
September 11, 2005, 07:50 AM
Well the results are in and the 500 mag has a good bit more recoil than the 460 mag. I first shot the 460 with Hornady 200gr SST round, I then swiched to the 45 Colt 250gr JHP, man it was like shooting 38 special very little recoil, I then shot the 454 Casull 260gr JFP the felt recoil was a good bit more than the 45 Colt as you would expect, however it was plesent to shoot comapaired to my Taurus 454 Casull. I sat up a bowling pin, the round went all the way through the fat part of the pin. I read if you zero the 460 at 200 yards it will hit in the kill zone at 250 yards with out a hold over, the trajectory is flat at 250 yds, quiet a gun. Well good shooting.

Cav Soldier.............................ALLONS :D

September 13, 2005, 06:29 PM
How difficult it it to hold the 460 steady? I seems like it is awlfully heavy especially if you put a scope or a red dot on top.

George Frye
September 13, 2005, 09:14 PM
Atomchaser, it is not hard to hold stedy with a good two hand grip at 25 to 50 yards past that you would need a rest to be on target.

Cav Soldier.............................ALLONS

September 13, 2005, 10:07 PM
shoot them at the same time, one in each hand. :what: :neener:

September 14, 2005, 07:46 AM
I was thinking of buying a 460 in the near future. My dealer is gonna have one friday I just checked midway and midsouth shooters supply seems that die's are all out of stock. Dose anyone here load for 460. Will I need to buy dies for the lesser calibers (45 colt 454 casull)? I guss I could reduce the powder charge for wimpy loads. :D My brother has a ruger in 454 I love it. I have shot the 500s&w. I dont have a problem with recoil. I do not own a bigbore pistol. I was wanting a ruger 454 but the 460 is that and more. What is the going price for a S&W 460?

George Frye
September 14, 2005, 11:54 AM
Joemidd, i bought my 460 for $989.00, expect to pay around 1000 for it.
I ordered my dies from Midway Sunday and my brass from Starline, 225 cases for $125.00. I emailed Hornaday and they sent me the reload data. I will be all set except for bullets i want the 200gr SST that Hornaday makes but right now all production is going to factory loads to fill the dealers demands. If you like big bores you should love the 460, good shooting.

Cav Soldier.........................ALLONS

September 14, 2005, 03:07 PM

September 14, 2005, 03:13 PM
When I heard about the .500 and read the ballistics, my reaction was *meh.* It's the same old, same old, same old. Big FN bullets with a rainbow trajectory. Like a .45-70 only slightly wider. More recoil. More blast. More ft. lbs. But nothing really different about it.

The .460, though, is unlike any other big bore handgun cartridge. It's a true rifle cartridge for your revolver. It can house SP spitzer style bullets and while its close range energy is not on par with the .500, it's downrange ballistics really do look like a rifle's. It makes a revolver into a 300 yard big game hunting firearm. It changes everything--for the first time in 150 years really.

I'm anxious to hear field reports about it.

September 14, 2005, 03:31 PM
I'd interested in opinions on the 460 Perfomance Center model with the 6.5 inch barrel. I wonder if the shorter barrel is long enough to stablize the 460 bullet considering the big deal S&W makes over the gain twist rifling.

George Frye
September 15, 2005, 11:52 AM
I took my 460 to the range today for a good work out. Shot 50 rounds from a Caldwell rest at 20 paces, most were in the 10 ring. I was using my Uncle Mikes shooting glove and my hand still knows it was abused. Most of the rounds were hot 454 Casuel since i havent got my 460 brass to start reloading. I did not have to adjust the sights they were right on for me out of the box. I should get my brass today and start reloading this weekend. Good shooting all.

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