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500 S&W Chamber Pressures

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by clancy12, Apr 3, 2011.

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  1. clancy12

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    I have been reading in the archives and have seen multiple people talking about 500 S&W's chamber rating actually being 60,000 PSI rather than 50,000 PSI. Is this true? All of the load data I can find is for 50,000 PSI so I wanted to check. It'd be great great if 60,000 is the actual rating but I don't know if that's true. Any help would be great.
     
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    According to Speer #14 it's 65,000psi for the .460 and 60,000psi for the .500. It also states that both are typically loaded well under their maximums for reliable extraction, as is the .454.
     
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    Isn't this true with most all high pressure calibers............that they are not loaded up to their maximum chamber specifications for safety? I'm talking factory ammo and published reloading info.

    I don't buy the notion "for reliable extraction".
     
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    A little off topicish, but if you reload the 45-70 to the true potential of the round (Ruger #1) and shove it in a trapdoor....BOOM!!
    So in this case to the limits of the firearm and for reliable extraction it's safer to load it lighter right?
     
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    That's a direct quote from the Speer manual. Things get a little weird operating at those pressure levels and most experts agree that there is very little reason to. Not sure about the X-frames but the Ruger .454's have an issue with sticky extraction at maximum pressures due to the elasticity of the Carpenter Custom 465 stainless used in their cylinders. Not a problem in the super strong five-shot Freedom Arms guns.
     
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    Do you load for the .460 or .500? In order to not have to drive out my empties with a dowel, I always load below max for my .460. Since Dinosaurs became extinct, I really have no legitimate reason to load it hot anyway.
     
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    When I load heavy Buffalo Bores in my 460 I have to drive the brass out with a dowel - I never had that problem with lighter factory or hand loads. Clearly Speer is right.
     
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