500 S&W initial report


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Bendutro
June 25, 2008, 12:05 AM
The UPS man brought the box last week bearing the happy sticker "ORM-D". Two sampler packs of Ballistic Supply ammunition, 350gr reduced loads, 385 Core locked HP, 500gr XTP, 600 and 700 gr hardcast.

The gun is the John Ross edition with 5" barrel. This was the first time I've fired any 500, so I have no other comparative experience to draw on other than my .44 mag. Chances are, if you've looked at 500's you know what the JR is and I won't waste time explaining why it's the dog's bollocks.

The ammunition is high quality stuff with uniform crimp, seating depths and top-shelf Starline brass. Very impressed with the value offered there.

Targets were 2.5 gallon jugs of water. First shots were the .44 mag as it's my standby. Blew the seams out of the jugs and made a satisfying 'thwock' The first 5 rounds out of the 500 were 350 gr reduced target loads. They had less blast and recoil than the .44 loads and cut neat 0.50 holes in the jugs. Hmm. Hardly the uncontrollable hand-cannon that some said it would be, more like a .44 special. (This load penetrates slightly more than 3.5 inches of dry fir wood and ripped through one 2.5 gallon poly water jug, but bounced off the second.

Next up, the 385 CLHP with a full charge of powder. More recoil than the .44 but easily controllable if you're used to a .44. These split the jugs like the .44 and easily blasted through several lined up in a row. I'm eager to try these pointy devils at longer ranges where I'm sure the mass and shape would make for a flat and accurate load approaching 1800+fps if I'm reading the load data correctly.

The XTP 500 grain flat points hit hard. Still very controllable and by no means are they too much to handle for me (6'2" 190 lbs) but the web between the thumb and forefinger will let you know what you're wielding. These splayed the jugs out and scattered the 2.5 gallons all over the place.

I knew the 600s would shine in penetration testing so I lined up 6 jugs in series (about 4-5 feet of water and polyethylene plastic) These ripped through every one and kept going. You'd better have a good backstop for these SOB's! Concrete testing will be next, I didn't even waste a 700gr on water jugs after watching the 600gr.

I'm thrilled with the load and the gun. IMHO the 500 has versatility that few other loads can touch and the gun is very will suited to just about any use you'll come up with. I'm keeping my .44 mag because I love it, but when I want to hit something harder, faster, or just want to take a crack at something way out where .44s start to drop off the POI, I know what I'll reach for. :cool:

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gbran
June 25, 2008, 12:17 AM
Chances are, if you've looked at 500's you know what the JR is and I won't waste time explaining why it's the dog's bollocks.

Have heard of it, but have no idea what it is. Please describe. Singla Action? Or modified S&W gun?

Bendutro
June 25, 2008, 12:20 AM
Details (http://www.john-ross.net/store.php)

gbran
June 25, 2008, 12:31 AM
That is sweet and I like the specs listed, especially the 1:10 twist. Do you know what it weighs?

Bendutro
June 25, 2008, 12:52 AM
A shade over 3 lbs with great balance.

Archer1945
June 25, 2008, 11:12 AM
John Ross is a member of this forum and probably the guru on the .500 S&W. Also one of the reasons Missouri now has concealed carry. Also happens to be pretty handy with almost any handholdable firearm available. Happens to love really big boomers and shoots them very well.:D

cmidkiff
June 25, 2008, 11:26 AM
Nice write-up.

John Ross had S&W's custom shop build up some .500's with a 5 inch tube, no compensator, a tighter than normal cylinder to barrel gap, and a barrel nut. Apparently, S&W will make just about anything you want, provided you are willing to buy a bunch of them, so that's just what he did, in two different finishes. There's information about the guns on John's site (http://www.john-ross.com), along with some thought on reloading for the big .500.

I don't have one... yet... but I've been out to JR's quarry many times, and have convinced myself that I _really_ need one of these little cannons.

In addition to the credits listed above, JR is the author of 'Unintended Consequences', a -must read- book for 2nd amendment supporters.

Redhawk1
June 25, 2008, 03:12 PM
Sounds like you had a blast, I have been shooting the 500 Mag for over 5 years now, I have several different 500 Mag and love them all, I shoot bullets from 275 gr. to 700 gr.

plinky
June 25, 2008, 06:34 PM
That's a nice revolver. I especially like the interchangeable front sight. That looks like the longest barrel that I would want in a belt holster. A true 4" barrel (no comp) might appeal to me even more. Congrats on the gun and give us the full range report when you can.

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