Model 555 Packer 50ae from 1990s
Bought 50 new and the 'short bbl' length has dis-suaded me from more juice and bullet weight, regarding the 500we cylinder thats now available. Though still very interested in the 500we, in fact, there is a used 7.5 bbl PG nearby (which would be great) that I could get at a reasonable price. But am looking specifically to order another FA 45 caliber regarding some other things that have in mind, for right now. BTW, I passed on a new 454 Packer when working in Montana many years ago, they wanted a $grand more, even then.
Interesting, the 50ae Packer drew blood the 1st time I shot it. Attributing in-part to the seemingly 'quick' recoiling 325g 'factory' ammo designed for the desert eagle, on a very cold winter morning - but really everything being not ideal on my part 20 years ago.
Therefore, this gun both forced and helped me to approach all big bore and magnum guns differently; with personal reloads, stance & finger position, muscle relaxation, breathing and gripping method.
Regarding slower powders now used .... really think these have help me a great deal, in terms of stout loads being more manageable. The easiest handling, in this case being a .50ae big & accurate load (for my 'testing' use), turned out to be a 400g Sierra over about 99.9% used capacity with w296. With the 'aid' of Quickload ... also experimented successfully with a slow Norma powder but cannot recommend.
I do want to try 4227 sometime regarding another full case load. Have had a lot of fun with caliber and am fine to shoot this revolver plus someday will even try reduced loads in regards to volume shooting, as needed.
Have gone up to a much much heavier resized bullet (successfully) in this .50ae revolver but cannot recommend that either, especially in a cartridge that primarily headspaces from its case mouth, even though a tapered body.
IMO, a bullet that big and heavy is not ideal in a packable pistol though a rimmed case and 'heavy roll' crimp would be much more suitable for sure.