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Smith & Wesson Model 500 6.5" recoil

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by jag1954, Sep 10, 2021.

  1. jag1954

    jag1954 Member

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    Ok, I figured I'd ask the experts here, what type of recoil difference am I going to encounter when I take this out to the range. I own a 686-6 6" barrel , a 610 6.5" barrel and a 629-6 6" barrel and am both comfortable and competent with all 3. I'm a small fellow, 5' 8" 130 lbs. soaking wet (cancer survivor) 66 years young and am in good physical shape. Any advice and/or suggestions? I don't re-load either. Thanks.
     
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    I found it to be stout, though not painful- but I had a good grip and was prepared for it. 10 shots was still plenty for me!

    My buddy sprained his wrist, but he wasnt properly set when he touched it off, and his support hand wasnt tight.....

    Treat it with respect and care, watch your grip and stance, and you should be fine.
     
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  3. cfullgraf

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    Good advice.

    I'll add, shoot the first round concentrating on holding on to the revolver. Once you have experienced the recoil, then add in shooting for accuracy.

    I have a 460 XVR and the recoil certainly gets your attention.

    Keep your empty cases, you just might consider reloading. I have a light load, about 1100 fps, for my 460 that makes plinking with the gun pleasurable. I have the option of shooting 45 Colt or 454 Casull but I'd rather shoot full length cases.

    Unfortunately, you will not have a commercial option of low power rounds for the 500.

    Have fun, be safe.
     
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  4. sparkyv

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    I shoot a 460V, and I progressively work up from lighter calibers, to heavier calibers, to 460S&W mouse farts before I get into my spicy 460S&W loads. This works well for me. I have successfully and safely shot over 50 really hot 460S&W in one session with this warmup routine.
     
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    Yes, definitely keep the brass! Even if you dont plan on reloading it, someone will want it. I had a handful of cases left and a fellow THR member was glad to get them. Pay it forward, good karma will come your way. :)
     
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  6. UncleEd

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    No experience with the 500 or any
    of those beasties. All I know about
    the very stout magnums is that
    they will/do injure the owners
    if not immediately then over. time.

    Even that 629 the OP owns will take
    its toll if it already hasn't started. The
    damage is imperceptible until it's
    too late.

    At 65, the OP is asking for trouble.
    But if you must, I guess you must. :(
     
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    Here's the situation: You own a couple of M1 Abrams tanks, now you want to go out and shoot a 16 incher off a battleship.
     
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  8. jag1954

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    Actually, I want to OWN the battleship. All kidding aside, I do appreciate everyone's' input, both pro and con. Thing of it is, I am building a nice collection of S&W revolvers and felt that this one would make a nice bookend. The polar opposite being this S&W Model 317 that I just purchased. 317.jpg It's a new found hobby for me, one that is both enjoyable and challenging (not cash flow wise, but proficiency wise). One year ago I had a grand total of zero guns. Today this number has jumped to 21. Anyhow, I do know that before I blast away, that I am going to invest in a pair of recoil bearing shooting gloves, talk to other experienced shooters, watch videos of folks and their 500s, load but 1 round in the cylinder, make sure I am outdoors at our gun club and have my best bud (who's 6'5" and 270lbs) stand behind me! Thanks again everyone.
     
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  9. alfsauve

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    It's not that bad. I do, with any new gun, put only one round in the first time anyway. Good stance, good firm grip with both hand. Concentrate on that front sight and squeeze slowly. Here's a video of my first 5 shots. Only reason I adjust my stance after the first shot is to give the camera a better view of the gun.

    https://vimeo.com/manage/videos/472648503
     
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    Very good, Allsuave, but how is it
    in fast double action work? Oh
    forget it. :rofl:
     
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    Ditto!

    Just be careful @jag1954
    If there is any way that you can rent one of these at a range to try, I would recommend that.
     
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    Like I've said elsewhere, I don't shoot my X-frame in DA. The paper doesn't know the difference. ;)
     
  13. MikeInOr

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    I shot 5 mellow rounds from a friends 500 and that was enough. On a different day he handed me his 500 with Buffalo Bore max loads and 1 was enough. I am generally not very recoil sensative but the 500 gives my wrist too much of a pounding and impeading the use of my hands/wrist impacts my ability to make money and feed myself and family.

    By comparison my light weight Desert Eagle L5 in 50ae is a mellow dream to shoot and I will easily go through a box (of reloads) in a trip to the range without worry of and adverse affects to my hands or wrists. But my big old heavy Dan Wesson 44mag has more felt recoil than my Desert Eagle in 50ae.
     
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