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Link Posted: 8/22/2017 3:28:07 PM EST
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OP much congrats on finding one of those rare gems.

Enjoy your thumper.
fnh
Link Posted: 8/22/2017 3:50:52 PM EST
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I like loading .44 Mag and .45 Colt with 10 or 11 grains of Unique for a nice, soft-shooting load behind 240 or 250 grain hardcast.

I wonder if that would make for a safe load in a case as big as a Linebaugh, with so little powder and so much space inside the case. Flashover is no joke.
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Going that mild in such a huge case is probably a good reason to look up loadings using "Trailboss". It's "fluffy" and does a great job of occupying un-used space in huge cases. You see it a lot in the CAS circuit because it fills up those old black powder era cartridge cases very well. Should be a natural fit for a soft shooting .500L load if anybody has ever bothered to work up a load for it or if one is qualified to do it themselves.
Link Posted: 8/22/2017 3:52:33 PM EST
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Hell, you can launch satellites with that round!
Link Posted: 8/22/2017 3:59:33 PM EST
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This thread reminds me of a story posted here many years ago about a little old man bringing his custom hand cannon to the range.

Now I need to go find said story. 

ETA:  Found it!!

How about the little old fella that showed up at the range withthe 500 A-Square . . . . . . pistol !

NOTE: This is the no shit truth. I was present and I am relating this to the
best of my memory.

An old friend of mine and I were out at the French Creek PA public range about
8 years ago. French Creek was (is?) a pretty nice range with about 12 100yard
lanes, a 25 yard pistol range, and an area to shoot clays. We were both working
over our Glock 23's and our hunting rifles . . . deer season was only a month
away and all of us know that it takes at least 3000 rounds for an ARFCommer to
get "ready" for the hunting season. At the time my main hunting rifle
was a 1943 Enfield No4 Mk1 that I had purchased at Boscov's for $40 . . . man
those were the good old days .

It was getting later in the afternoon and we were getting reay to pack our
stuff up. The range was getting crowded and we both had our Ruger MkII's in the
Jeep - we were getting ready to head out to our private hunting reserve and
bust some small game. Then, about three lanes to our left, a little older fella
starts bringing forward his rifle cases and stacking them up at his station.
When he finished, he started unpacking his stuff and lo and behold - the first
case had what I remember to be an LAR Grizzly or some sort of single shot .50
cal. At this point, all shooting on the range had ceased - this rifle had
pretty much grabbed the full attention of everyone on the range.

Before I go any furthur, let me describe this "little old fella". He
was about 5' 4" and weighted perhaps 120 pounds soaking wet before a good
crap. He appeared to be in his late sixties. He had that particular hunched
over stance that told of a life spent working hard outdoors with his hands. The
top of his sunburned head was completely bald, but there was a fringe of wild
2-3 inch long hair sticking out at the base of his skull and at his temples . .
. kind of a Woody Allen meets Friar Tuck sort of thing. His clothes probably
would have stood up by themselves if he had taken them off . . . hygiene was
definitely not on this guys list of priorities. He had money (the new Range
Rover and expensive weaponry gave it away) but it was completely obvious to
everyone assembled that this guy was a real, all-American, true blue psycho.
Perhaps the clothes didn't denote insanity, but his constant
stream-of-consciousness conversation with himself just gave it away. Here's a
sample from memory:

HEHEHEHeeee . . . easy now . . . eeeeeasy . . . it's just a little punch and
all the work's done . . . *snicker**snicker* . . . slowly . . don't let little
ol' me down . . . squeeze . . . fuckfuckfuckfuckfuck . . . little more . . . .
BBBBAAAARRROOOOOOOOOOMMMMMMMMMMM!!!! (sound of .50 cutting loose) YOU
SONOFAMOTHERFUCKINSHITBIRDWHORE!!!! A BULLET THE SIZE OF MY MOTHERFUCKIN THUMB
AND YOU MISS (slaps rifle and scope) WHY YOU LITTLE
MOTHERFUCKINASSLICKINWHOREMONGERING PIECE OF SHIT I'm TRADING YOU FOR A
SACKOFSHIT MARLIN!!! (throws spent casing at target)

After a couple of rounds of this, he finally gave up and set the .50 aside. He
pulled out a slightly smaller case and noticing that we were standing right
behind him, signalled for us to step up and check out what was in the case.
Lying in the case, nestled in foam, was the most insane pistol that I had ever
seen.

After talking to him for a few minutes we realized that this guy was absolutely
fixiated with owning and firing the most gonzo crazy assed pistols that money
and insanity could buy. 500 Linebaugh wouldn't even get a rise out of him . . .
if it was designed for a pistol it was by definition boring. The Thompson -
Center was initially appreciated, but soon lost its luster. Then suddenly,
while crushing .338 caliber bullets into a supermax load for one of his SSK
anti-aircraft pistols, he had the idea for the ultimate pistol that would lay
it all to rest. Forever. He immediately called his gunsmith (SSK??) and asked
if they would build him a .50 BMG pistol. They said (and I qoute) FUCK NO. No
one could shoot it and or even hold it up to fire it . . . they simple wouldn't
even consider doing it. The man he spoke to on the phone JOKINGLY said that he
should "limit himself to rounds that can fit into a Weatherby magnum
action". He was joking, but the little old fella took him at his word.

Research soon showed him that the nastiest, most impressive, and dick
stiffening round that could fit into the mammoth Weatherby action was the 500 A
Square - - - a .460 Weatherby Magnum necked up to take .50 BMG bullets. He
called back his gunsmith and related his new plan. The gunsmith (who by now had
probably picked up in the fact that this guy was a loon), told him that he
would not build it because no one would or could shoot it. No one (the gunsmith
stated) could fire such a device without permanent injury. The little old fella
promised proof and hung up the phone,

The next day, he said, he visited his local gunsmith and ordered a braked .460
Weatherby magnum and 20 rounds of ammo. When it arrived, he said that he
promptly whacked off the stock right after the pistol grip. Donning a football
helmet and a PAST shooting glove, he proceeded to video tape himself cranking
off 10 rounds from the bench with this beast. With his hand and elbow still
numb (I'm guessing) he proceeded to mail the video to his gunsmith, reiterating
his idea for a 500 A Square pistol.

Six months later his local gunsmith called and said that he had received a
package. Upon inspection, the package turned out to be a 500 A Square bolt
action pistol. It had a 16 inch long bull barrel with an integral brake in all
stainless. The black fiberglass stock was reminiscent of the old Remington
XP-100 with the pistol grip near the center of gravity so that you could
actually hold it up. With the Leupold, it had to weigh at least 10 pounds. It
was a single shot . . . you had to pull the bolt out of the rear to load it.

In the shipping box was a note. The gunsmith stated that if received videotape
proof of the weapon being actually fired from a standing off-hand position, the
gun was free. Otherwise, there were instructions to contact him for billing.
The little old fella had never had the nerve to fire it yet and wanted to crank
off a couple of rounds from the bench before he broke out the video camera. We
were his first audience.

So here we were on a gorgeous fall day, all staring at this beast. The ammo
came in a nice plastic box . . . I really didn't believe the old guy until I
saw those rounds. It looked like something out of a freakin' A-10. He carefully
pulled the bolt out and dropped a round in. He slid the bolt home and applied
the safety.

He tried to get situated on the bench, but it was too short for him to get into
a position that he was comfortable with. He was obviously completely
pant-shitting terrified of this weapon. He knew that it was going to kick his
ass into a new dimension of hurt, but it's hard to back out with 25 folks stand
around eagerly awaiting your imminent demise.

I donated my field jacket for him to fold up under his elbow and one of the
other folks present found a five gallon bucket for him to sit on to get far
enough back from the bench. With the front of the stock resting on a couple of
shot bags, he took his position behind the monster.

AWFUCKAWFUCKAWFUCK . . . ITS GONNA HURT LIKE SHIT . . . easyeasy . . .
<quiver in voice>. . . fuckin crazy ass gunsmiths . . . slow . . slow . .
. awwwwwwwwwwww (finger tightening) WWWWWWWWWWW . . . .

BAAARROOOOOOOOOMMMMMMMMMMMMM!!!!!!!!!

Fire totally obscured the target and I could feel a punch from the shockwave
from behind the old guy. Shit was blow off of benches for two or three lanes on
both sides of that massive brake. The old fella was pushed clear off of the
bucket and has lying on his back with the pistol in the dirt held in both hands
above his head. As the echoes of that shot were still ringing through the trees
we all could hear the little old fella say . . .

". . . fuck that. I'm paying for this bitch."

Everyone on the range nearly shit themselves laughing.. We laughed so hard that
we couldn't even help the little old fella load up his Range Rover. It was a
solid hour before we trusted ourselves to drive.

For years after that all one of us had to do was say "fuck that" in
that little old fella tone of voice to send us into gales of laughter.
Sometimes the truth is MUCH stranger than fiction.
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Link Posted: 8/22/2017 4:41:36 PM EST
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Now I need to go find said story. 

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That's fucking great!
Link Posted: 8/22/2017 4:51:49 PM EST
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OP should point it at Best Korea
Link Posted: 8/22/2017 4:52:41 PM EST
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Wow. I've wanted one of those since I was a kid. I still haven't got to try a 500 Linebaugh.

I bought my first gun with my own money when I was 14, it was a 454 For some reason big handguns don't bother me at all, I do have some rifles that make me flinch though.
Link Posted: 8/22/2017 4:58:53 PM EST
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Now I need to go find said story. 

ETA:  Found it!!
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Link Posted: 8/22/2017 6:01:51 PM EST
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I am fucking crying over here.....
Link Posted: 8/22/2017 7:29:42 PM EST
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Going that mild in such a huge case is probably a good reason to look up loadings using "Trailboss". It's "fluffy" and does a great job of occupying un-used space in huge cases. You see it a lot in the CAS circuit because it fills up those old black powder era cartridge cases very well. Should be a natural fit for a soft shooting .500L load if anybody has ever bothered to work up a load for it or if one is qualified to do it themselves.
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Thanks, @Deadeye_Jack and others who replied to educate me. I'll try Trailboss on my next batch of low-recoil loads.
Link Posted: 8/22/2017 7:37:36 PM EST
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Trail Boss is about as fluffy of a powder as you can get.
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Yep, doubleplus-undense.
Link Posted: 8/22/2017 7:56:20 PM EST
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Holy shit thats hilarious.
Link Posted: 8/22/2017 8:15:03 PM EST
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@Cheesebeast

who built it?
Link Posted: 8/22/2017 8:29:34 PM EST
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Better put the BMG on the list too.
Link Posted: 8/22/2017 8:36:11 PM EST
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John Linebaugh - Introduction
Link Posted: 8/22/2017 9:27:15 PM EST
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From all I can gather it was built by John Linebaugh of Linebaugh Custom Sixguns in Cody, Wyoming.

I usually don't buy and then research but this was one of those times.  The revolver was tight (holy crap tight) and the trigger was what it should be.

The marks on the left side of the frame listing the maker and address match my (LOL) 2 hours of after-the-fact internet googlepalooza "research".
Link Posted: 8/22/2017 9:27:30 PM EST
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Hogdons website has loading data
Link Posted: 8/22/2017 9:53:54 PM EST
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I had a 5 1 /2 barrel .500 Linebaugh  for several years. Met John at a gun show and talked with him about an hour before I ordered it. I already hunted extensively with a Freedom Arms .454 in 6". The Linebaugh is a step up in recoil and penetration. John was doing a seminar in Central Texas and brought my gun with him when he came. I shot the first 5 rounds and split the web of my hand between thumb and forefinger on the 3rd shot. Firing the next 2 without flinching was character building and a fellow took a picture of me firing with an arc of blood droplets in the air.
I sold it when my eyes stopped seeing well close up and may still have a set of RCBS dies and some new brass.
Link Posted: 8/22/2017 10:01:11 PM EST
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Laughed the hardest I have laughed in 2 weeks.
Link Posted: 8/23/2017 6:58:20 AM EST
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From all I can gather it was built by John Linebaugh of Linebaugh Custom Sixguns in Cody, Wyoming.

I usually don't buy and then research but this was one of those times.  The revolver was tight (holy crap tight) and the trigger was what it should be.

The marks on the left side of the frame listing the maker and address match my (LOL) 2 hours of after-the-fact internet googlepalooza "research".
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who built it?
From all I can gather it was built by John Linebaugh of Linebaugh Custom Sixguns in Cody, Wyoming.

I usually don't buy and then research but this was one of those times.  The revolver was tight (holy crap tight) and the trigger was what it should be.

The marks on the left side of the frame listing the maker and address match my (LOL) 2 hours of after-the-fact internet googlepalooza "research".
@cheesebeast, if this is a legit Linebaugh, and I don't doubt from what you've said it is, then you stole it.  

I was looking on John Linebaugh's website last night and starting to laugh when I saw the conversion into a .500 Linebaugh was thousands of dolllars, plus of course supplying the base pistol.
Link Posted: 8/23/2017 7:27:57 AM EST
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@cheesebeast, if this is a legit Linebaugh, and I don't doubt from what you've said it is, then you stole it.  

I was looking on John Linebaugh's website last night and starting to laugh when I saw the conversion into a .500 Linebaugh was thousands of dolllars, plus of course supplying the base pistol.
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I saw the base price of a .500 conversion on his site and I went .

I doubt this kind of pricing mistake would have happened in a shop in Wyoming...or probably anywhere West of the Mississippi.
Link Posted: 8/23/2017 7:40:04 AM EST
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I had a 5 1 /2 barrel .500 Linebaugh  for several years. Met John at a gun show and talked with him about an hour before I ordered it. I already hunted extensively with a Freedom Arms .454 in 6". The Linebaugh is a step up in recoil and penetration. John was doing a seminar in Central Texas and brought my gun with him when he came. I shot the first 5 rounds and split the web of my hand between thumb and forefinger on the 3rd shot. Firing the next 2 without flinching was character building and a fellow took a picture of me firing with an arc of blood droplets in the air.
I sold it when my eyes stopped seeing well close up and may still have a set of RCBS dies and some new brass.
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I am starting to flinch and I haven't even fired a round yet.  I still have a parallel set of scars on the top of my hand from getting bitten by a Detonics Combatmaster I owned in the 80s.  It was chopped down in all the wrong places and the factory should have just sharpened the slide rails to make it cut your hand more cleanly.

I was at an indoor range, snatched my Combatmaster from my IWB rig, and fired one round.  Whoa Nelly.  It took a lot of paper towels to staunch the flow.  It also took a while to completely clean the blood and flesh off the pistol.

It ended my love affair with that pistol (which jammed pretty frequently even when it wasn't railroading your hand).  I was forced to admit I bought it primarily for the name, which I still think is about as 80s cool as it gets.

Detonics Combatmaster

Link Posted: 8/23/2017 8:37:16 AM EST
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I saw the base price of a .500 conversion on his site and I went .

I doubt this kind of pricing mistake would have happened in a shop in Wyoming...or probably anywhere West of the Mississippi.
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@cheesebeast, if this is a legit Linebaugh, and I don't doubt from what you've said it is, then you stole it.  

I was looking on John Linebaugh's website last night and starting to laugh when I saw the conversion into a .500 Linebaugh was thousands of dolllars, plus of course supplying the base pistol.
I saw the base price of a .500 conversion on his site and I went .

I doubt this kind of pricing mistake would have happened in a shop in Wyoming...or probably anywhere West of the Mississippi.
Agreed.  Please tell me this pawn shop was in Massachusetts as that would make the story all the better (I grew up in southern NH, so well aware of the wonderful Mass gun laws).
Link Posted: 8/23/2017 8:39:45 AM EST
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I had a 5 1 /2 barrel .500 Linebaugh  for several years. Met John at a gun show and talked with him about an hour before I ordered it. I already hunted extensively with a Freedom Arms .454 in 6". The Linebaugh is a step up in recoil and penetration. John was doing a seminar in Central Texas and brought my gun with him when he came. I shot the first 5 rounds and split the web of my hand between thumb and forefinger on the 3rd shot. Firing the next 2 without flinching was character building and a fellow took a picture of me firing with an arc of blood droplets in the air.
I sold it when my eyes stopped seeing well close up and may still have a set of RCBS dies and some new brass.
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"Real" power .454's are a lot to handle.  The .500 Linebaugh sounds crazy.  I can't wait to read OP's first range report!
Link Posted: 8/23/2017 8:41:47 AM EST
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Hand cannon.

Sounds like fun...
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Agreed.  Please tell me this pawn shop was in Massachusetts as that would make the story all the better (I grew up in southern NH, so well aware of the wonderful Mass gun laws).
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Yep.  Massachusetts.

You never know what you will find behind the Iron Curtain.

I wouldn't be surprised if I could soon trade some Levis and a case of Coke for a T-72.
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I saw the base price of a .500 conversion on his site and I went .

I doubt this kind of pricing mistake would have happened in a shop in Wyoming...or probably anywhere West of the Mississippi.
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cool.
that's why I asked; that was a smoking deal for a real Linebaugh gun.
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Yep.  Massachusetts.

You never know what you will find behind the Iron Curtain.

I wouldn't be surprised if I could soon trade some Levis and a case of Coke for a T-72.
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Agreed.  Please tell me this pawn shop was in Massachusetts as that would make the story all the better (I grew up in southern NH, so well aware of the wonderful Mass gun laws).
Yep.  Massachusetts.

You never know what you will find behind the Iron Curtain.

I wouldn't be surprised if I could soon trade some Levis and a case of Coke for a T-72.
Link Posted: 8/23/2017 1:49:05 PM EST
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OK, I got brass on the way from Starline and Hornady dies as well.

Now to find .511 bullets.  The weights appear to go from 350gr up to 540gr.  

I have 2400, H110, W296, Blue Dot, but no Trailboss yet.  I have CCI350 primers.

Life insurance is paid, need to get a fresh set of Mechanix gloves from Wallyworld...and some bandaids.  Maybe the big ones for my forehead?

Note to self: Stop whimpering.

MAGA and grab life by the pussy.  

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OK, I got brass on the way from Starline and Hornady dies as well.

Now to find .511 bullets.  The weights appear to go from 350gr up to 540gr.  

I have 2400, H110, W296, Blue Dot, but no Trailboss yet.  I have CCI350 primers.

Life insurance is paid, need to get a fresh set of Mechanix gloves from Wallyworld...and some bandaids.  Maybe the big ones for my forehead?

Note to self: Stop whimpering.

MAGA and grab life by the pussy.  

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Beartooth Bullets sells a 450 grain slug designed for the .500 Linebaugh.
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Thanks!  I am looking at Beartooth, Cast Performance and Montana Bullet Works.

Much smash!
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Life insurance is paid, need to get a fresh set of Mechanix gloves from Wallyworld...and some bandaids.  Maybe the big ones for my forehead?
Note to self: Stop whimpering.
MAGA and grab life by the pussy.  
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OP, when ever I let some one shoot my 454, I load one bullet at a time until I am sure they can keep control of the gun thru recoil...I would recommend the same for you...
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Have shot a lot of 44 and 45 LC loaded hot with cast bullets.  Bought a Ruger in 454 casull, that pistol with heavy loads shot single handed put a bad tremor in my right hand.  Eventually I got to where I could shoot IDPA without much of a tremor.  I would sure like to try a to try a .475 linebaugh. Waiting for pics of pistol!
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I follow the same approach with introducing new shooters to a seriously recoiling firearm (my definition of "serious recoil" is about to change irrevocably) but I was told specifically to not load a single round on its own without empty cases in the rest of the chambers of the Linebaugh for support.

Something to do with ?bending the loading gate?

It is new to me!
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When are you picking it up? It sounds like you made a nice score.
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I like loading .44 Mag and .45 Colt with 10 or 11 grains of Unique for a nice, soft-shooting load behind 240 or 250 grain hardcast.

I wonder if that would make for a safe load in a case as big as a Linebaugh, with so little powder and so much space inside the case. Flashover is no joke.
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Trail Boss loads

I think this was written before there was Trail Boss powder
http://www.sixguns.com/tests/Tt500.htm
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I didn't get it until today.  I will post some potato pics tomorrow.

Holy shit is all I have to say.

Some brass and a tiny bit of ammo arrived today as well.  I knew .500 Linebaugh was big, but until you hold it in hand next to a .44 Magnum round it doesn't really sink in.

The fake stag grips are certainly fake as fake can be.  They are made of polymer (a fancy type of plastic) and match the grips Brownell sells.

Right now a set of Hogue Micarta grips (I wanted something smooth) will have to be fitted as a stop-gap until I can find a proper set of wood grips.

The revolver hasn't been fired in a long time.  There is a line of dust inside the chambers of the cylinder and under the grips.  It appears this was the 233rd revolver Linebaugh put together judging from the added marks.

I can't get over how tight the lockup is.  It doesn't wiggle, it doesn't shake.  It doesn't move at all.  Zero!  All my other revolvers have some play in them.  

The insidious thing about this beast is how "small" it is.  It is smaller and lighter than my Dan Wesson .44.  

I am back to being scared.

Hold me, GD.

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I wasn't kidding about the potato cam I took the pics with.  I will try and do better next time.

The money shot is how big the .500 load is next to the 240gr JSP .44 magnum load.
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If you want to do it right, contact John's son Dustin about making you a set of grips. It will be expensive, but worth it.
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You should me scared .... cool gun and all I guess, but enjoy your broken wrist!
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I know you're kidding but here is my take

Have shot the 45/70 with 405 gr and it wasn't too bad. The thing is with the cowboy grips with a heavy load slips in the hand, the curvy part of the handle causes the gun to rotate back.

Now if you had more of a square back grip that doesn't allow slip it hurt.

OP sounds like he's use to the 44 and for me the secret always way to stay flexible and not try to man handle a big gun.

YMMV
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I know you're kidding but here is my take

Have shot the 45/70 with 405 gr and it wasn't too bad. The thing is with the cowboy grips with a heavy load slips in the hand, the curvy part of the handle causes the gun to rotate back.

Now if you had more of a square back grip that doesn't allow slip it hurt.

OP sounds like he's use to the 44 and for me the secret always way to stay flexible and not try to man handle a big gun.

YMMV
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You should me scared .... cool gun and all I guess, but enjoy your broken wrist!
I know you're kidding but here is my take

Have shot the 45/70 with 405 gr and it wasn't too bad. The thing is with the cowboy grips with a heavy load slips in the hand, the curvy part of the handle causes the gun to rotate back.

Now if you had more of a square back grip that doesn't allow slip it hurt.

OP sounds like he's use to the 44 and for me the secret always way to stay flexible and not try to man handle a big gun.

YMMV
Everyone always brings up the 45/70 guns when big recoiling revolvers are being discussed. Maybe it was just the loads but the BFR i shot wasn't bad at all. Nothing like a 329 or even my encore in 500 S&W
Link Posted: 8/30/2017 1:40:09 PM EST
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Call John up and ask him about the number.

Other than being "The Man" when it comes to big bore revolvers, his work is some of the highest quality you will find out there. Not fancy, just Swiss watch like tolerances and workmanship and understated design.
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Thanks for the suggestion!  I just got off the phone with Mr. Linebaugh and he is a great guy to talk to and extremely helpful.

He grabbed the build sheet from his files and it was made in 2002.  The fellow he made it for lived in the town I bought the revolver in.

I got great info on loads, bullet choice, powders, what NOT to do, etc.  He told me I basically stole it for 700 bucks!

I am looking forward to shooting it with moderate power loads (he gave me a recipe that propels a 410gr bullet at just under 1000fps).  He said you won't find a deer that will absorb that load.  He said you can see daylight through the hole!
Link Posted: 8/30/2017 1:44:06 PM EST
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Thanks for the suggestion!  I just got off the phone with Mr. Linebaugh and he is a great guy to talk to and extremely helpful.

He grabbed the build sheet from his files and it was made in 2002.  The fellow he made it for lived in the town I bought the revolver in.

I got great info on loads, bullet choice, powders, what NOT to do, etc.  He told me I basically stole it for 700 bucks!

I am looking forward to shooting it with moderate power loads (he gave me a recipe that propels a 410gr bullet at just under 1000fps).  He said you won't find a deer that will absorb that load.  He said you can see daylight through the hole!
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Yea, you literally got the deal of the decade on that revolver.
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Oh my.

I think I might have to have one of those too.  

Link Posted: 8/30/2017 2:27:16 PM EST
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If you think you'd like to try it first with smooth grips, IM me and I'll send a set of fake ivory Ruger Bisley panels.
Should fit right on that.
Link Posted: 8/30/2017 2:58:34 PM EST
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If you think you'd like to try it first with smooth grips, IM me and I'll send a set of fake ivory Ruger Bisley panels.
Should fit right on that.
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Thanks for the offer!

I just received a set of Micarta (Hogue) that will need slight fitting.  The smooth grip idea might not be my best approach if it causes the gun to really squirrel around in my hand.  The next stop is probably to contact John Linebaugh's son about a set of custom wood grips as the poster above recommended.
Link Posted: 9/1/2017 4:21:42 PM EST
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Only ten rounds have been fired so far.  I have to receive bullets to go much further, but the recoil level was a shocking surprise.

The 435gr 950fps Grizzly Cartridge factory round was a total and complete PUSSYCAT to shoot recoil wise.  It shocked the hell out of me.

No, not kidding.  I am certain that another 100 grains of bullet weight and more velocity would push this thing to the ludicrous zone, but this is well within my recoil tolerance.

I expect trouble to start brewing at 1100+ fps.

Whodathunkit?
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Only ten rounds have been fired so far.  I have to receive bullets to go much further, but the recoil level was a shocking surprise.

The 435gr 950fps Grizzly Cartridge factory round was a total and complete PUSSYCAT to shoot recoil wise.  It shocked the hell out of me.

No, not kidding.  I am certain that another 100 grains of bullet weight and more velocity would push this thing to the ludicrous zone, but this is well within my recoil tolerance.

I expect trouble to start brewing at 1100+ fps.

Whodathunkit?
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That, or you are a portly stabilized human shooting platform!
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