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Bolt-Action 500 S&W Magnum

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by bluetopper, Dec 9, 2012.

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  1. Swampman

    Swampman Old Fart

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    .500 S&W ain't like grampa's .45 Long Colt.
    It's a lot more like great, great grampa's buffalo gun.

    The three things that would keep me from getting a levergun in this caliber are cost, recoil and the fact that it's really more powerful than needed for hogs.

    Those last two reasons wouldn't apply to the pistol cartridges normally chambered in leverguns.

    High velocity and flat trajectory aren't really an advantage when hunting in close country.
     
  2. BCRider

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    I don't know where all the doom and gloom came from a few posts back. But while the big handgun rounds do defineltly kick they don't rip the guns apart or give the shooters detached retinas or dislocate their shoulders.

    I've shot a couple of hundred rounds through this TC Encore short barrel combo chambered in .500S&W. And the loads are full house H110 rounds with a 350gn bullet. So it's not like I'm shooting light loads.

    I busted up a cheapie scope early on but the red dot that you see living on the barrel has lasted for quite some time now and is still going strong.

    This rifle started as my "big bang before blue rare beef" gun. But while it's a bit of a shoulder full it most certainly does not rip the forestock out of anyone's hands once given a warning to "hold on tight". And of all the folks that have shot it they ALL smiled and loved it.

    In tight woods where anything more than 100 yards just doesn't happen it would actually make one heck of a great deer gun and likely take down heavier game as well with the right bullet.

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  3. JShirley

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    What kind of RDS is that? I have an Aimpoint patrol optic I might put on my (.45 Colt) Contender.

    John
     
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    It's actually a cheapie no name import that I got at a gun show for a .22. The guy said that he'd warranty it once based on using it on the .500 but asked that if it came to that for the replacement to not go back onto the .500. So in that way I guess he was curious enough to gamble on it with me :D

    I've sent him a couple of emails letting him know how it's been holding up.

    But other than "Made in China" there's nothing on the RDS body or on the box it came in.
     
  5. JShirley

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    Huh. Okay, well the Aimpoint should definitely be good to go on my Contender or BFR, then.

    Thanks!
     
  6. mr.trooper

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    Except in these rare and crazy things called ENFIELDS ... and MOSINS ... and STEYRS ... and LEBELS ... Not to mention all those .22 and 17 Rimfire bolt guns.
     
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