Bought my 8 3/8" S&W mod 500 about 3 months ago. This revolver is too cool. I started out with Cor-Bon hunting loads but soon decided to roll my own. I presently settled on 335gn ranier bullets with a moderate dose of tightgroup powder. Accuracy is astounding and recoil is such as you can shoot 100 rounds and still feel your hands. I think that recoil is less then my 629 with factory ammo. My next purchase will be the 4" model. Just wondering how other owners of the 500 are doing.
Last edited by Herr Trigger; 10-16-2006 at 12:16 PM.
As a retirement gift to myself, a couple of years ago I bought a PC 500 Hunter. That is the 6 ĹĒ barrel, non-fluted cylinder from the Performance Center. It has a Weaver base on the barrel. I mounted a Weaver 2x handgun scope in Warne QD mounts. Mostly I shoot it with the scope off. I tend to load it with fairly light loads. For jacketed bullets, I like the relatively inexpensive Speer 325 HP. I load this with mild charges of H4227. I donít have a chrono, but I estimate the velocity at about 1200 fps. Accuracy is very good, recoil is mild, and it does a mean job on a 1 gallon milk jug full of water.
For lead bullets, I have gotten 325 FP and 370 FP bullets that I load with Universal. These loads are probably less than 1000 fps. Very accurate and fun to play with.
I use Titegroup for mild loads in other calibers, but the .500 S&W case is so big, I am a little reluctant. Trail Boss looks very promising. It is a low density powder that fills this huge case. Loads for it with lead bullets are available from IMR.
As you can tell, I donít spend much time shooting full power loads. What for? By loading it down, I still have more power than the .500 Linebaugh.
I don't know how any non-rich person can own a gun like this and not handload. Components are a little more expensive than smaller calibers, but not unreasonably, but factory ammo costs a fortune. I load it on my Dillon 550. I gave up on single stage presses 20 years ago.