Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Engadine, Upper Peninsula, Michigan
I had a Handi Rifle in 500 S&W. It didn't show me anything to compare with my .45-70s. Recoil was more, components cost more, recoil was more, and trajectory sucked. I load 405 .45-70s to 1950 fps. It does all I can see and need out to 400 yards or more. I have never had anything walk. I've missed a fox at 400 yards. but that's pilot error. But I killed fox and coyote at the same 400. I never had a deer go more than two jumps, and I've taken them at 300 plus. I might like a .500 if T Rex was smashing my front door! It's a pistol round not a rifle cartridge, don't expect it to perform like one.
Over the .500, I much prefer what I call my .45-70 short...my .445 Super Magnum. It beats the .500 in cost and recoil. A nice PISTOL round that is happy in a rifle.
Keep both eyes open and make the first shot good.
The growing Handi/Sportster/Pardner/Topper Family: .22 WMR, .22-250. 223, Two Superlight 7mm-08s and one Superlight .243, standard .243, .30-30, 16.5 inch .30-40, .308, 32-20, 18 inch .356/.358 Win., Two 16.5 inch .357 Max., 18 inch 38-55. 16.5 inch .445 Super Mag., .45LC, 16.5 and 22 inch .45-70s, .50 Huntsman SS, .410, 20 ga., 12 ga., 20 ga. Pardner Pump, Versa-Pack .410 - .22