Yes, and no. In other words I plan on carrying one and I hope I never have to use one, but really want it if I do need it.
Bullets are definetly going to be too expensive just to go ad shoot but as much as I like to shoot I have a feeling I will have it at the range some. I imagine either one would draw a little attention!
are you going on a dangerous game hunt?? A .44 mag will take care of nearly everything in North America.. and the ammo is cheap and readily avail.
I have a ruger superblkhawk in 44mag.. I've taken several deer and hogs with it. Not trying to talk you out of buying one. but personally I dont think I would ever need a caliber that big.. If you get one , be sure and show and tell.
I have to admit that while I have absolutely no use for a .500, I am fascinated by the caliber and would like to own one--in the same way I would like to have a 1,000 horsepower Bugatti, or to go over Niagara Falls in a Kevlar and Carbon fiber barrel while listening to "Flight of the Valkyres at full volume. I'm something of a wuss about recoil, but my need for a light mountain rifle led me to have a custom ultra light built in .300 Win mag--5 pounds without a scope and 6 1/2 with scope, sling, mounts, and 4 rounds. I thought it would be murder, but with the muzzle brake, it's really mild--about like a light .270.
The main reason I hear folks buy thethe big S&Ws, especially with the short barrels, is for bear protection in Grizzly Country. I had a friend years ago who carried a .357 while fishing in Alaska. So I sent him a quote from one of John Gierach's fly fishing books where he says that in Alaska they call that caliber the "bear tickler," and that the main protection you get from it is that you shoot the bear 5 times then run away while he is busy laughing at you.
But if any of you do buy a .500 for, let's say, your primary concealed carry weapon, I have a great backup or boot gun to recommend: try the Smith and Wesson 13-ounce .357 Scandium with a 1 3/8 inch barrel, laser sights, and no brake. So far I have not fired mine even with plus-p loads, but it's my underestanding that touching off a full-bore 125 grain JHP changes life on earth as we know it. I suspect when I do use the heavy round the first time, I'll end up with the laser situated in such a position that I can administer my own prostate exam.
GS owns every pistol ever made. I've shot his 500 S&W. It's a nice gun. Kicks about twice as hard as a 44 mag. The best kick I've ever had from a pistol is GS's 30-06 Thompson Contender with a 220 grain slug. I think but I'm not sure, that he had a .300 Wby Mag barrel machined for the contender. I'll ask him when he gets back from Costa Rica.
If your looking for protection and just packing some heat, I think it's a little big, but I like big. Buy that 500 and scare everybody. It's a nice gun.
I'm with MrBill on get one as big as you like. I hunted with hanguns for years all with iron sights, all revolvers. Most extensively with a 6" Freedom Arms gun in 454 Casull and a little with a custon built by John Linebaugh in .500 Linebaugh. Ballistics ran 340gr at 1700 and 440gr at 1300. They're both more than you needed for anything (except brown bear) in North America. Either would shoot longways through the biggest boar. But I shot quite a few whitetail, hogs, and a few squirrels, turtles, and cantelopes. There is no such thing as too big if you can shoot it well and place your shots. I used to (when I could still see iron sights) be able to place the first 5 shots out of the Freedom Arms gun in a 5 inch circle at 100 yards. Made neck shots on whitetail out to that range.
The Smith revolvers are considerably more powerful than either of these but with the compensator recoil a little less. Get em and have fun.
definetly not considering it for a concealed gun as I love my little .38 for that. I can slip it in my back pocket and actually forget I have it.
These 2 S&Ws are really not "needed," more of a want I guess you could say. Actually, I'm lying, its just 100% want I am planning on trying to get up to AL within in the next couple of years and that is teh only thing I'm using to actually make it a reasonable idea, becausequite frankly if I have a grizzly on my ass I want alot lead heading towards him. I probably will hunt with it some, mostly to use for ridding our lease of hogs. I really wanted to make sure it was a good shooting gun before I dropped the $$ on it. Anyone have any expierence with teh 460xvr? It looks like a mean little gun also with scope and accessories.
I try the Smith and Wesson 13-ounce .357 Scandium with a 1 3/8 inch barrel, laser sights, and no brake. So far I have not fired mine even with plus-p loads, but it's my underestanding that touching off a full-bore 125 grain JHP changes life on earth as we know it.
i got to test fire one before i bot mine...... got lucky cuz the s&w reps were at our local police range across the road from the gun shop i was in
i test fired several different guns for the price of the bullets and you understand right....... that little 357 will rock your world
i carry 38+P in mine........ i figger most o'the powder of 357 rounds is burning in the atmosphere insteada the barrel anyway
muzzle blast from hell............. bet it's a real hoot to shoot one in the dark (sumpin i ain't done yet)