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Posted: 9/16/2004 2:31:22 AM EDT
.44 mag or .500?
Link Posted: 9/16/2004 4:00:06 AM EDT
Hunting what, where?
Link Posted: 9/16/2004 5:38:51 AM EDT
If you're just hunting deer the .44 will do everything you want for less $ and recoil. Is also more versatile.

Link Posted: 9/16/2004 6:04:09 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Hal9k:
Hunting what, where?

Elk, location to be determined
Link Posted: 9/16/2004 6:08:41 AM EDT
I use a 35 rem. It might be a bit light for elk but a great round none the less.
Get a TC contender or encore and you won't have to pic just one cal.
Link Posted: 9/17/2004 8:02:36 AM EDT
I know a guy that has taken over a dozen elk with long barreled S&W 44 mags. He has a ranch with lots of em in the hay meadow so he just sets up in a decent spot and keeps the shots to the head within 75 yards. I've seen him shoot IPSC with a 10mm S&W revolver double action the whole time- he's a hell of a shot. (Plus he shoots in LE competitions)

I'd say stick to the 44 mag so you can get plenty of practice. 500 S&W mag will run a lot of $ for the gun alone- figure in the ammo and you're not going to get a lot of range time which is most important to ensuring you can connect shot A with target A.

Good luck!

Link Posted: 9/17/2004 7:45:39 PM EDT
only reason I'm looking at the .500 S&W is because I can get it at work pretty cheap and they aren't as common as .44's. I wanna be different
Link Posted: 9/17/2004 8:03:08 PM EDT
Glock 20, 6" barrel.

Nothing says I LOVE YOU like 15 rounds of smoking Doubletap 10mm ammo.

Link Posted: 9/17/2004 9:19:25 PM EDT
I think time will prove the 500 SW to be very unkind to D/A Revolvers. The large Smith hits around 80 ounces, do you have a horse to carry it? If you must have the 500 Smith it is also chambered in the Magnum Research BFR which is a very good S/A Revolver. If you want to get it right the first time with a Revolver that will last a life time, get a Freedom Arms chambered for the 454 Casull or 475 Linebaugh.
Link Posted: 9/17/2004 9:28:52 PM EDT
500 S&W... be the bad boy on the block and have the biggest stick!
Link Posted: 9/17/2004 9:29:01 PM EDT
BTW I usually carry a 454 Casull, but often carry a 44 Mag or 45 Colt and I am comfortable with any of them. I would prefer the 44 Mag to the 500 Smith it is too much of a good thing.
Link Posted: 9/17/2004 9:38:56 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Bear_B:
500 S&W... be the bad boy on the block and have the biggest stick!

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