500 S&W Magnum


November 25, 2010, 08:55 AM
Besides for looking different is there any functional difference with Standard Compensator and the Interchangeable Compensator? I have shot a 629 with a ported barrel and one without and I did feel a measurable difference between the too. Has anyone shot any of the 500 Magnums with the different compensators? Thanks.

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November 25, 2010, 10:52 AM
I own a S&W 500, 8 3/8 inch barrel with the hi-viz sights and interchangable ports. I can say that there is no noticable difference between the two that come with the gun. I only switch from the "jacket" port to the "lead" port if I am going to shoot more than 10lead bullets at a time (which are only 600gr and 700gr bullets anyways so I am not shooting much more than 10-15 in a session).

My friend has the 4" version with interchangable comps and recoils much more than mine. I would say by a 1/3 more than mine, but that is just me putting a number on it. Not to mention when you shoot it, it feels like you are in front of a campfire.

I have heard that non-removable comp has the same amount of recoil as mine, but I have not shot one so I would only take that as "gunshop" talk. Around my house if you rent one, the one you will most often find it is the std. comp.

Hope this answers at least some of your questions. This is one of my favorite guns and probably one of the most versitile calibers out there. Down loaded bullets can still have twice the energy as full house 44 mags.

November 25, 2010, 01:12 PM
Thanks Jibbs. How many ports came with your gun? Are they easy to change? I do reload load and would be using both jacketed and lead bullets. Thanks again.

November 27, 2010, 05:39 AM

They come with 2 different ports. One for jacketed and one for lead. Very easy to swap out, probably take less than a minute if you practiced. Maybe 5 if it was was your first time. There is just a hex screw in the under-lug of the barrel that you turn to unlock, then rotate the comp and remove. Just reverse the process to reinstall. The lead comp is the longer one, it extends a bit past the barrel and has ports that decrease with size as it goes to the end of the barrel. If i get a chance I will upload a pic for you.

They say that it is preferred for you to switch but I don't think it really makes that big of difference. If anything, it probably just makes cleaning a bit easier.

November 27, 2010, 09:35 PM
I have a standard 500 and the Bone Collector version. The Bone collector has much less recoil. I guess the compensator is doing it's job.


captain awesome
November 28, 2010, 04:04 AM
Hey Pate,
Just curious do you notice a difference in accuracy or over all quality with your bone collector vs your standard version? Aside from the recoil difference of course.

November 28, 2010, 09:46 AM
Hi Pate-

Beautiful revolvers!

The compensator on the Bone Collector model looks like it has slots pointing in all directions, wereas the regular models have the compensator slots all pointing up.

It seems to me that the regular compensator design would direct the gas upwards, pushing the muzzle down, but the Bone Collector compensator would direct gas in all directions.

Do you have an opinion about why the Bone Collector model has less felt recoil?

I have been looking at the PC 500's and always wondered why the compensator were designed as they are.



November 28, 2010, 01:30 PM
I haven't shot the new one enough yet to determine if it's more accurate. The barrel is 2" longer so that may help with both accuracy and muzzle lift. The trigger on the Bone Collector is beautiful and the best I've ever shot. It has no noticeable creep and is super crisp. It's light enough that I warned the few guys that have shot it. I had a guy pull the trigger on the original gun at about a 45 degree angle while coming down on the target. He wasn't ready and almost had then gun come out of his hand.

Shooting these guns at an indoor range is something to hear. I wouldn't dare shoot them at a public range without warning the firing line first.

November 29, 2010, 12:42 PM
One day I'm just going to suck it up and get one. I *LOVE* that Bone Collector. Wow. Every time I see one of those, it makes me want to go get my wallet. lol.

The largest handgun I've ever shot is my 629. I wish I knew somewhere that rented them around Houston. Never seen one ANYWHERE. Any Houstonians out there who can help me out?

December 1, 2010, 06:20 AM

Nice guns! I can't buy the Bone Collector in Massachusetts. Sad.

December 1, 2010, 07:49 AM
I don’t think the recoil is that bad after owning a 500 for a few years. In the past I had handguns that where ported and didn't enjoy the increase in noise or the port gas so I elected to go with the BFR. Those Smiths are awesome looking though! Here is my BFR for comparison, you could always have it ported if you really wanted.

December 1, 2010, 12:03 PM
"I can't buy the Bone Collector in Massachusetts. Sad."

I thought NY had the crappiest gun laws! Is it the gun or the caliber?

The Wiry Irishman
December 1, 2010, 03:32 PM
Do you have an opinion about why the Bone Collector model has less felt recoil?

The Bone Collector weighs ~14 ounces more than an 8 3/8" standard 500.

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