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Big, new, S&W

Discussion in 'Handgun Discussion' started by PhysicsGuy, Jan 6, 2010.

  1. PhysicsGuy

    PhysicsGuy Corvallis, OR Resident Science Nut

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    Finally decided to give in and buy an X-frame S&W, I have been wanting one for years, but hate the idea of internal locks. Anyways, I picked up a 460 XVR today, and it is just massive, it makes my 8 3/8" Raging bull look small.

    I opened it up and took a look inside, and it is obvious that S&W has been cutting a lot of corners. "Economically" made parts, and poor machining marks galore, along with poorer fitting than older S&Ws. Luckily, for some odd reason, the lock just disappeared on mine. :paranoid:

    Range review coming soon.


    Here are some pics;

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    Next to a 4" N frame;

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    .45 acp vs .460 S&W;

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  2. magnum

    magnum Springfield American....'nuff said

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    Congrat's, I had the same model. The hiviz front sight is awsome. Now you can reload 3 calibers: 45lc, 454, 460. The hornady 200 gr. sst's are a blast to shoot and somewhat affordable. Also L frame grips work on it. Enjoy.
     
  3. MarkSBG

    MarkSBG Beaverton Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Great looking pistol (from the outside anyway). Looks like a hoot to shoot. Let us know how she does...
     
  4. MonkeyMagic

    MonkeyMagic N/A New Member

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    Congrats! Very nice gun... I am jealous... I would love to have the 500 or the 460.
     
  5. twoclones

    twoclones Tri-Cities, WA Well-Known Member

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    Very nice. Did it come with different muzzle brakes for lead and jacket bullets? That's how my .500 S&W came.
     
  6. PhysicsGuy

    PhysicsGuy Corvallis, OR Resident Science Nut

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    Yes, it came with two brakes/compensators, and two front sights.
     
  7. jmh119

    jmh119 Hillsboro, Oregon Member

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    That is one nice cannon you have there!
     
  8. rodell

    rodell Newcastle, WA Active Member

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    Welcome to the dark side. You'll love it, although I don't recommend a 200 round string. You'll appreciate its size when you fire it. I can tell from your many posts on here you won't be one of those YouTube videos where the XVR ends up behind you!

    Unless you have a very large set of hands, the "L" frame grips help somewhat.

    Bob
     
  9. madcratebuilder

    madcratebuilder Ardenwald, OR Well-Known Member

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    What? No .500? That's one powder consuming sob.
     
  10. twoclones

    twoclones Tri-Cities, WA Well-Known Member

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    Thats my big bore delima. Fun to shoot unless you don't shoot too much.

    Personally, I'm recoil friendly and love shooting my .500 S&Ws. Then one very fun day I fired 50 rounds of 440 grain cast through my 4" revolver and bruised the palm of my hand! Surprised the heck out of me since in the past 55 years I've probably had fewer than 10 bruise!

    It was a couple of weeks before I felt like shooting my .500 again :(
     
  11. PhysicsGuy

    PhysicsGuy Corvallis, OR Resident Science Nut

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    The cost of components for the .500 is what turned me off of getting one of those.
     
  12. twoclones

    twoclones Tri-Cities, WA Well-Known Member

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    It helps if you reload. Last time I crunched the numbers, pulling the trigger of my .500 S&W cost $2.70 for off the shelf cartridges and $0.58 in materials for my hand loads.
     
  13. PhysicsGuy

    PhysicsGuy Corvallis, OR Resident Science Nut

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    Well of course I reload, but what bullets are you using? When I was looking at components, it seemed that most .50 bullets were at least $.50 each. Also I liked the fact that .45 colt and .454 brass was far cheaper :D
     
  14. twoclones

    twoclones Tri-Cities, WA Well-Known Member

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    Montana Bullet Works
    http://www.montanabulletworks.com/default.php
    My spreadsheet says my last batch of 500 pcs was $146 including shipping which comes to $0.29 each.
    My $0.58 figure includes buying new brass from Cabelas and using it 5 times.
     
  15. rodell

    rodell Newcastle, WA Active Member

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    I have no direct experience, but, some have said that accuracy suffers when firing the shorter cased rounds. I'd be interested in your findings. The comments were made in relation to the .460 and the .44 mag.

    I'm sure it is still "minute of milk jug", though.

    Bob