Smith And Wesson 500

Smith And Wesson 500 - Buchel is a fighter for doing things right, and he also realizes that some of his customers may use his rifle to save their lives. Each of these rifles – as well as the others that come out of his shop are handcrafted.

The parts may be machined, but the rifles are hand assembled in his small shop. I reviewed the Model 89 in August 2014 here. Not everyone can pony up around $2,500 for a lever action rifle, but the Model 89 is not a rifle for everyone.

Smith And Wesson 500

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Nor is the S&W Model 500 a revolver for everyone. The velocity target was 2,000 f.p.s., and that is easily achieved with 300-grain bullets from the 8 3/8" barrel. Instead of headspace on the rim, the .500 S&W Magnum headspaces on the muzzle of the 1.625" long box.

The bullet diameter is 0.500", rather than the otherwise normal 0.510" to avoid conflict with the BATFE and the National Firearms Act, which defines a destructive device as greater than 0.500" in diameter. All Types  (1,000+) Auction  (17) Advertisement  (

1,000+) Still, the grandpa who brought us to the power dance was still very much in the running.In early 2002, S&W Product Manager Herb Belin proposed making a new revolver—called the X-frame—that could handle the most powerful repeating

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pistol cartridge. This new revolver would be made of stainless steel, with a five-shot cylinder and - initially, anyway - have an 8 3/8" barrel and, of all things, a K-frame sized round butt profile to accommodate most

hands The revolver debuted at the 2003 SHOT Show, along with a companion in .460 Smith & Wesson Magnum, which we will look at sometime in the future. Search full text for listings Show weapons only Show with images only Show non-weapons only A couple of years after its introduction, I had the opportunity to take the .500 S&W Magnum on a bison hunt in Oklahoma.

Our host was Bill Boothe, a retired police officer and firearms instructor for the Oklahoma City P.D. Lanky Bill was blessed with huge hands to wrap around the X-frame grip and nerves of steel. I watched him pick off golf balls at 100 yards with an iron sight Model 29 in .44 Mag.

Thompson/Center offers the .500 S&W Magnum in its Pro Hunter Katahdin single-shot carbine. New England Firearms (Harrington & Richardson) fielded a single-shot carbine and slide rifle for the large half-inch, but it ceased production in early 2015 as part of Remington Outdoor Company's bankruptcy.

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Engineers at Fémáru és Szerszámgépgyár NV (Metal Products and Machine Tool Factory Company) in Budapest developed a military-grade sidearm by combining the R-61's lightweight alloy frame with a 4" barrel chambered in 9mm Makarov, which is how the PA-63 was born. Then

In 1935, Smith & Wesson prided itself on being the source of the most powerful handguns in the world. That mantle was almost sacred until Ruger began chambering its Blackhawk revolver in .44 Mag. At the same time, S&W introduced it in 1956. Then, four years later, Utah's

gunsmith Dick Casull his .454 Casull with 33 percent more velocity and nearly 75 percent more energy than the .44 Mag The race for power was on and soon gunsmiths such as Wildey J. Moore (1973), John Linebaugh (1986 and '88), Evan Whildin

from Action Arms' .50 AE and Ruger (2003) about the top of the heap in handgun power.. Freedom Arms, the first to bring a .454 Casull to market as a factory revolver, swooped in with its .500 Wyoming Express in 2005. That s

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owning that the field became crowded would not be an exaggeration. The first shots of the .500 S&W in a Ransom Rest found it attaching the recoil stop to the rest, and a couple of extra clamps were required to keep the Ransom from jumping around the firing bench.

Not only were eye and hearing protection mandatory, careful shooters found they needed to double ear pro with muffs over plugs and side shields on their shooting glasses due to the significant draft from the revolver's muzzle brake.

By the way, that muzzle brake was necessary to keep the recoil at a manageable level. Even then, it remained a handful. Today, Smith & Wesson offers two general iterations of its X-frame .500 S&W Magnum.

Its standard model S&W500 is available with either a 4" barrel or standard 8 3/8" barrel. The Performance Center revolvers are available with 3 1/2", 7 1/2" or a 10 1/2" barrel and several other upgrades. Yes, there are some revolvers and single shots out there with more power. But the .500 S&W Magnum

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has clearly established itself as the big dog on the truck. In 2009, a semi-retired architectural engineer who is also a gun geek came up with a lever-action rifle designed around the .500 Smith & Wesson Magnum. Greg Buchel took the proven design for high-powered lever-action rifles—the John Browning-designed Model 1886 Winchester

— and scaled it back halfway to accommodate the newcomer's cartridge. Since it was about halfway between a Model 1886 and a Model 1892 pistol caliber, he named it the Model 89 and founded Big Horn Armory. In the rifle, you can expect 150 to 300 f.p.s. increase

in muzzle velocity from the revolver, depending on bullet weight. The .500 S&W Magnum is a serious cartridge, and the pistols built around it are as well. While Smith & Wesson was developing its new revolver, the Cor-Bon

, led by Peter Pi, busy designing the new cartridge. The maximum design pressure is 60,000 p.s.i., but to facilitate extraction of the half-rimmed cases from the revolver cylinder, most factory ammunition is loaded to 50,000 p.s.i.

Pi's design with the hemispherical case showed brilliant forethought, as the case feeds smoothly through the tubular magazine on Big Horn Armory's Model 89 lever action rifle. He gave me a few pointers on how to control the big revolver, and I took a young bull with a single shot at about 40 yards.

Make no mistake, the .500 S&W Magnum is capable of taking any land animal cleanly provided you can shoot. A few years later Boothe, Paul Pluff, who at the time was media manager for Smith & Wesson and another writer, and I went to South Africa with X-frames and enjoyed a very nice safari in the East Cape.

I took a nyala and a blesbuck on that trip, and everything it hit planted the animal's nose in the rush of dirt mail.

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