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S&W 50 overhyped ?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by C.R.Sam, Aug 1, 2003.

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  1. C.R.Sam

    C.R.Sam Moderator Emeritus

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    Not the most powerful revolver in production.

    Check out Century Revolvers website.
    http://centurymfg2002.com/toc.htm

    They have been makin em since 1973.
    The owner, Jeff Yelton, has challanged Smith n Wesson to a shoot off. Jeff is willing to put up his company against Smith.

    Also see the challange in Shotgun News, July 20, 2003, ppg 142.

    If a 45-70 that recoils like a .357 isn't enough, try one of their 50-110s.

    Sam
     
  2. Tamara

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    C.R. Sam,

    Sorry, but Century is smoked by those furriners that build one in .600 Nitro Express. ;)



    Anyhoo, I think S&W still gets their bragging rights, as the .500 S&W Magnum is a purpose-designed handgun cartridge, not some mutant hybrid set up to shoot rifle ammo... :cool:
     
  3. C.R.Sam

    C.R.Sam Moderator Emeritus

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    Yeah Tam but...
    I think the Century would qualify as a production gun.

    Picky re dedicated handgun cartridge but betcha , if asked, Smith would use that.

    I'd like to get ahold of a Century just to see if they as pleasant to shoot as sposed to be.

    Sam
     
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    Hey Sam, good to see you post.

    You and Tamara educate me, please. You say the guns are pleasant to shoot? I only show 300 gr for 45-70 in my book, figuring that heavy load equates more recoil...help. I understand to a point the powder and burning rates. Admittingly I'm more familar with shotshells than metallic, but is not the principle the same? Point me in direction...

    I wonder if John Ross has fired one of these puppies?
     
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    The 300 grainer for a 45/70 is the lightest bullet for the caliber. Most guns shoot better with either a 405 grain or 500 grainer.
     
  6. Jim March

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    Well...the S&W 50 IS a breakthrough in some ways.

    The grip ergos are taken from the K/L frames, which is good. And it's DA, so people not willing to master the SA wheelgun have a BIG option available for Griz defense in the deep woods of Alaska or whatever. As the case capacity is enormous compared to the 454, loads can be done which are somewhat controllable yet will still stop a Griz in a pinch.

    Or you can heat it up crazy :evil:.

    So ya, it definately has it's role.
     
  7. Robert inOregon

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    Don't think a $2800 hot rodded flaming chicken qualifies as production.
     
  8. Tamara

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    Robert inOregon,

    Century is not a hot-rodded Ruger; they make their own frames. (Where would they get the bronze Ruger frames, anyway?)



    C.R.Sam,

    I've handled, but not fired, Century revolvers in both .45-70 and .30-30. The guy who wound up buyin' 'em said they were "not as bad as you'd think", but he was quite the magnum revolver loonie, so would take anything he said with a grain of salt. ;)

    As far as "most powerful" goes, I'm gonna have to hold my ground for the S&W just like I have been for the .500 Linebaugh all these years. If we allow rifle cartridges, then the Most Powerful Handgun is a T/C Encore. ;)
     
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    OK. Hot Rod SA. Slow Action! :p
     
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