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This is a discussion on 500 S&W within the Wheelguns forums, part of the Armory category; I just left an indoor firing range and test fired 20 rounds of winchester 350 GR. JHP out of a 500 mag with a 8.35 ...


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Old October 16th, 2010, 12:41 PM   #1
 
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I just left an indoor firing range and test fired 20 rounds of winchester 350 GR. JHP out of a 500 mag with a 8.35 ported barrel and was disappointed.



The gun has a good trigger and fair sites but is way to nose heavy for me. But the big problem was when I went to eject the five empty shells they would hang up on the grip and not eject properly. Either the grip needs to be reduced or the hinge needs to be changed to allowing the shells to clear. I was shocked by this and felt this handgun has some issues. Granted this was a range gun that has been fired a lot but I was still very saddened by this.



Is this a problem with all of these guns or did I just get a lemon????
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Old May 20th, 2011, 08:38 PM   #2
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I'm planning to drop some money on this baby, I hope your problem it's not a common one.





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Old May 20th, 2011, 09:03 PM   #3
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I was always taught to spin the cylinder while emptying a revolver of this type.
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Old May 21st, 2011, 05:28 AM   #4
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I have tried one of the shorter barrel 500's and didn't have anu problems.
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Old May 21st, 2011, 05:50 AM   #5
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I want a 460... Cuz I can AFFORD to shoot 45LC, and the 460 is just as good (maybe better) as a hunting round.



I'm perfectly happy with the "Second Most Powerful Handgun on Earth", but one I might actually shoot.



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Old May 21st, 2011, 06:15 AM   #6
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I want a 460... Cuz I can AFFORD to shoot 45LC, and the 460 is just as good (maybe better) as a hunting round.



I'm perfectly happy with the "Second Most Powerful Handgun on Earth", but one I might actually shoot.



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Old May 29th, 2011, 12:38 PM   #7
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The 500 I shot didn't have any problems emptying the cylinder.



Also...its nose heavy probably because its an 8" revolver that weighs almost five pounds empty. Try holding the 10" version and see how it feels.
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I was always taught to spin the cylinder while emptying a revolver of this type.




I was unable to spin it. The empty shell would catch on the grip and hold the cylinder from turning. As I recall that was last October and I have not fired one since. It did group very well for me and I saved the best target and have it somewhere.
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Are the grips factory grips or have they been replaced ?
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Are the grips factory grips or have they been replaced ?


I believe it was factory grips
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Old October 22nd, 2011, 02:46 PM   #11
 
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A friend of mine has had a .500 for years and I don't believe he's ever had any problems with it. aside from paying $50 for 20 rounds.
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A friend of mine has had a .500 for years and I don't believe he's ever had any problems with it. aside from paying $50 for 20 rounds.


At that price, he might want to look into reloading, a basic set-up would pay for itself in six or seven boxes. I don't really hunt anymore, but always really liked big bore handguns, set up for hunting. If you want to really get a handful, try a T/C Contender pistol with a 13in. .45/70 barrel. Just about enough to blow your muffs off your head. I'd like to try the .500, but don't know anyone that has one, but if I ever get the chance 50 bucks worth of fun will be cool.







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Old October 25th, 2011, 03:52 AM   #13
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It certainly is a handful to shoot. I own 2 of them, the 4" and a 10.5" Bone Collector model. To complain about it being barrel heavy seems kinda odd, what did you expect, it's an 8" hunk of steel hanging off the end of a pistol grip... As for dumping the shells, again, it's not exactly a CCW gun, range fun or a bear gun... if it doesn't do the job after 5 rounds, don't think a quick reload will make a hill of beans differance. Admit it, it kicked your butt so bad, after firing 5 rounds your hands were numb and your brain was muddled... it's ok, after all I think you just shot one of the most powerful handguns in the world. I know it made me think twice about shooting it again.
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Would anyone reccommend the snubbie over the long barrel 500? It has always been in the back of my mind to purchase one. I do a lot of hiking/camping when I am out in Washington state and as I said, been pondering it.





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