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.460 & .500 recoil differences

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by envonge, May 7, 2007.

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  1. envonge

    envonge member

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    Hello,

    Is there much difference in recoil with the .460 S&W and .500 S&W?

    Model of guns:
    .460 Model 4" barrel w/ compensator
    .500 Model 4" barrel w/ compensator

    Ammo used:
    Hornady Custom Ammunition 460 S&W Magnum 200 Grain Super Shock Tip
    Magtech Ammunition 500 S&W Magnum 400 Grain Semi-Jacketed Soft Point
     
  2. dejr2000

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    From my experience with the 460 and what I have read on the 500 yes. There is a noticeable just in the 460 going from the 200 grain SST to Corbon 395 grain. Pushing a heavier bullet is going to give more recoil so to tell the difference between to the 2 you really need comparable bullet weights. Just my .02.
    Bill
     
  3. Princi

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    envonge, dejr2000 is right the bullet weight is your big factor. If you double the weight of the bullet, you will get 4 times the recoil. I have the 460XVR, and I shoot it with the lighter bullets and the recoil is not objectionable. (I'm 60+, 5'7" and 158lbs).

    I've thought about getting the 500, but doubt if I'd shoot it enough for it to be worth it.
     
  4. nmlongbow

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    I have a 460 with the 8 3/8" barrel and shooting the 395 grainers definitely doesn't feel like 4x the recoil of the 200's. The 395's seem to have less muzzle flip but do hurt my hands a slight bit more than the 200's.
    As far as recoil, my 460 has very manageable recoil and doesn't bother me much at all but anyone who has shot mine at the range seems to think otherwise.
    I've never shot a .500 so can't compare the 2.
     
  5. Princi

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    XD 460, there is a big difference in felt recoil vs measureable recoil i.e. you can have fantastic grips that greatly reduce the felt recoil, but the recoil is still there. Here is a quote from another web-site on the topic: (it is okay to copy from another web-site as long as it isn't copyrighted - correct?)

     
  6. TYY

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    I have shot the 460 (8 3/8") with the standard 200gr hornady loads, and it was a pussycat. Lots of flash and boom, but the recoil was very reasonable. Not painful or even jarring at all.

    I have shot the 500 (also 8 3/8)", but only with fairly light reloads- bullets were I think 360gr or so. Even though they were light loads, there is still a big push from these. I'm sure it is quite a thump, likely painful with the bigdaddy loads.

    The load I shot from the 500 was much more pleasant to my hand than 454 form a 7.5' SRH. And the 460 felt like a 38 compared to the 454. No ****ting.
     
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