Big, new, S&W

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

  1. PhysicsGuy

    PhysicsGuy
    Corvallis, OR
    Resident Science Nut

    Messages:
    4,134
    Likes Received:
    162
    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;

    IMG_0236.jpg
    IMG_0239.jpg


    Next to a 4" N frame;

    IMG_0242.jpg
    IMG_0243.jpg


    .45 acp vs .460 S&W;

    IMG_0244.jpg
     
  2. magnum

    magnum
    Springfield
    American....'nuff said

    Messages:
    942
    Likes Received:
    26
    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

    Messages:
    1,464
    Likes Received:
    46
    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

    Messages:
    16
    Likes Received:
    0
    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

    Messages:
    1,129
    Likes Received:
    182
    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

    Messages:
    4,134
    Likes Received:
    162
    Yes, it came with two brakes/compensators, and two front sights.
     
  7. jmh119

    jmh119
    Hillsboro, Oregon
    Member

    Messages:
    536
    Likes Received:
    23
    That is one nice cannon you have there!
     
  8. rodell

    rodell
    Newcastle, WA
    Active Member

    Messages:
    399
    Likes Received:
    47
    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

    Messages:
    1,278
    Likes Received:
    190
    What? No .500? That's one powder consuming sob.
     
  10. twoclones

    twoclones
    Tri-Cities, WA
    Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    1,129
    Likes Received:
    182
    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

    Messages:
    4,134
    Likes Received:
    162
    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

    Messages:
    1,129
    Likes Received:
    182
    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

    Messages:
    4,134
    Likes Received:
    162
    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

    Messages:
    1,129
    Likes Received:
    182
    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

    Messages:
    399
    Likes Received:
    47
    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
     

Share This Page