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Finally got the SS barrel from MGM in .500 S&W Mag in Encore, 26" with Pro-Hunter barrel contour without fluted, throated for Hornady 300 gr. FTX. So far, couldn't be happier. Groups inside 1" ALL day at 100 yards. Powder is Lil Gun at 45.0 gr through chronograph is 2390 average with 19 SD so pretty good on consistency. Recoil is OK with Pro-Hunter stock. I will be hunting with it this year in Indiana unless I arrow buck sooner. Barrel from MGM is perfect fit an finish, doesn't foul at all. No copper buildup after 100 rounds so far. The accuracy is even more impressive when you realize it will be used in shotgun zone of Indiana. So much for slugs now. Looking forward to post mortem a buck for comparison to slugs I reload. The folks at MGM were absolutely terrific to work with in setting dimensions and such. Delivery as about 6 weeks. External ballistics stated Dead on at 100 yds and about dead on at 50 yds. Proved out on range as well. Calculated energy is about 3800 ftlbs at muzzle which should leave a mark for sure.
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Range (yards) Muzzle 50 100 200
Velocity (fps) 2390 2171 1964 1590
Energy (ft.-lb.) 3805 3140 2569 1684
Trajectory -1.5 0.2 0.0 -7.7
 

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What scope are you using?
 

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I have an NEF in 500S&W and it is more or less ballistically equivalent to a 45-70. I have taken it past 300 yards and am able to hit 1 gallon water jugs all day long at that distance. Excellent cartridge in my opinion.

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Searlock,
twist is 1:18. Scope was TC 1.5x5. Switching out since I need little more look see down range. Have to wait til next year for deer since I was fortunate enough to arrow awesome buck this year. I am looking for more eye relief for 3x9 etc.
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I handload and my load is as follows; Speer 325 grain SHP, 47 grains IMR 4227, Federal magnum rifle primer. The magnum primer is basically equivalent to 3 grains of powder so I backed off 3 grains when large rifle primers became impossible to find in my area.

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