Smith & Wesson S&W500 8″ Hunting Revolver


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I bought the 4 inch version of the 500 S&W about four years ago. While I was waiting for the gun to arrive I did extensive reading about loads, bullets, reloading and shooting done by others. I reload all my ammo for economy and quality reasons. I have put in excess of 1200 rounds down range with this gun. Early articles talked about an erratic pressure problem with the 500. The solution to the erratic pressure problem was published as using a rifle primer. Starline made cases designed for the rifle primer so I use only those cases. I decided that low power loads (for the 500) was the starting point. I used a published load of 10 grains of Unique behind a 350 grain bullet. When I shot the gun the first time I loaded one round in the cylinder. There were reports of potential doubling with this gun due to recoil and poor grip. When the gun went off I was surprised. there was very low recoil. I worked up to full power 350 grain bullet loads using H110 and W296. I felt that the gun had...[Read More]

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