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Hello everyone, I just purchased a new Stainless encore pistol with the stainless .500 S&W Mag 15" barrel with no sights, I once owned the S&W X Frame .500 8 3/8" barrel and had trouble with it locking up, I shot 500 rounds or more through it and continued having trouble even after adjusting loads, changing to harder primers, etc, I finally had enough and got rid of it! I really missed the caliber so when I decided to purchase an encore the S&W .500 was my first choice, I Guess what I'm trying to say is I'm no stranger to the .500 Mag. But man I must say this thing is a beast at the recoil end!! This gun IMO is far worse than the Big S&W X Frame I owned. I put a Leupold FX-II 4x28mm scope on it, and used the Leupold 1 piece dual dovetail base, Anyone on here have experience with the .500 encore? I seen the thread about scopes and bases, I feel confident in my Leupold scope and base holding up, anyone used this same setup? I'm very happy with the gun! cant wait for the rain to stop so I can get out and put some rounds through it.
 

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The good thing about the Encore handgun in 500 S&W Magnum is that once you're used to shooting it, puny rounds like the 460 S&W Magnum will be easy.

You made a good choice in going with the Leupold scope; it should hold up. Your mounts may or may not hold up; I don't have any personal experience with that type. I've gone to SSK Industries' T'SOB mounts for my heavy recoiling handgun barrels since I got sick of other bases looseing up.

My best load for the 500 S&W Magnum uses H110/Win. 296 and 400 gr. Sports Master bullets. This load will do about 1 to 1.5 inches at 100 yards for me off the bench. Since you'll be loading for a single shot handgun, there is no need to crimp the bullets.
 

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Grumulkin said:
The good thing about the Encore handgun in 500 S&W Magnum is that once you're used to shooting it, puny rounds like the 460 S&W Magnum will be easy...
:rofl: That sure helps me with some choices.
 

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You can get some after market grips that will help alot with the recoil. Try to find some like you had on your S&W. I`ve had 2 .500`s, a production model and a Performance Center gun and never had any trouble with ether.
 
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