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500 S&W bullet weights?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by gdk771, May 3, 2009.

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  1. gdk771

    gdk771 Member

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    I recently obtained a 500 S&W and would like to reload for it. Can someone suggest a good all around target lead bullet weight to use? I see anywhere from 275 grains all the way up to 500 grains in weights. All I plan to use mine for is paper punching and exploding watermelons with ;)
     
  2. editingfx

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    Just found a .500 case in my brass pick-up at the range.... jeez that'd scare me shooting that much powder out of a freakin' handgun! I've got it sitting next to a 9mm round in my office & it makes the 9 look like a .22!
     
  3. kestak

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    Greetings,

    VERIFY THE CURRENT DATA. DON'T TAKE MY WORD!!!!

    I shoot 350 gr berrys for plinking with 14 gr of Unique in a BFR 10 1/2 and the recoil is very light.

    I shoot the same bullet with 38 gr of H110 and the recoil is very stout.

    I shoot 700 gr hard cast lead with 26 gr of H110 and the recoil is 70% of the previous one.

    BE CAREFUL: Too much crimp with Berrys plated bullet can cut throught the "jacket" and make some of the jacket stay in your barrel. The next round will be disastrous.

    BE CAREFUL: The 38gr of H110 load can't be crimped enough with that bullet and you need to shoot one bullet at a time with empty cases in the other chambers. The recoil will dislodge the bullets in the other chambers in 4 shots. (I know, I tested it.).

    Thank you
     
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