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Which gun has more power?

Discussion in 'Handgun Discussion' started by Oregonhunter5, Feb 11, 2013.

  1. Oregonhunter5

    Oregonhunter5 2C IDAHO Well-Known Member

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    .44 mag
    500 s&w
    I thought the 44 since its a mag.
    Does that make it the most powerful handgun out ther?
     
  2. mosinguy1

    mosinguy1 out by the ocean Active Member

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    No the S&W 500 was designed to be the most powerfull commercial handgun cartridge.
     
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  3. Biggreendiesel

    Biggreendiesel Eugene New Member

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    44 mag was once upon a time the most powerful handgun around. Nowadays I dont think it even makes the top ten...
     
  4. mrblond

    mrblond Salem OR Well-Known Member

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    I think the only ammo you can buy for a S&W 500 is 500 Mag so buy default, all S&W 500's are 500 mag. I may be wrong though, Its been a while since I looked at them. I will say though its not something you take to the range and put a box of ammo through. You have that numb, tingly feeling in your hand after about 5 shots.
     
  5. Nwcid

    Nwcid Yakima and N of Spokane Well-Known Member

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    I don't have a .500 S&W so I know little about it.

    I do have a .50 AE though.

    Here are some specs;

    .44, 240 gr (16 g) Bonded JSP* 1,500 ft/s (460 m/s) 1,200 ft·lbf (1,600 J)
    .500 350 gr (23 g) JHP (Jacketed Hollow Point) 1,975 ft/s (602 m/s) 3,031 ft·lbf (4,109 J)

    So the .500 has over 2x the energy.

    .50 AE 325 gr (21 g) JHP 1,400 ft/s (430 m/s) 1,415 ft·lbf (1,918 J) Even at 100 yards this bullet still makes over 900ft-lbs of energy vs the .44 which is down to about 600 ft-lbs.


    Info on "magnum", http://hunting.about.com/od/ammo/g/glossary_magnum.htm
     
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  6. BillM

    BillM Amity OR Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Most powerful handgun? Probably TC Contender.
     
  7. civilian75

    civilian75 Hillsboro, OR Well-Known Member

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    While talking 44Mag and 500S&W, check the 460S&W. Alsmost the same energy as the 500S&W but with faster bullets, hence, flatter trajectory. From Wikipedia:
     
  8. Goat Herder

    Goat Herder Kent, WA Member

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    +1 on the 460. no comparison between the S&W 500 and 44 mag. But the 460 is arguably more "powerful" with more muzzle energy. I was at WCA shooting when the dude next to me shot a 460. The flash/fireball and the booom was so big that I briefly lost vision and consciousness as I was aiming at my own target. I had to put down my weapon, back away from my booth, and wait for him to finish.
     
  9. salmonriverjohn

    salmonriverjohn N.W Oregon coast, Gods country Well-Known Member

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    I'll tell you this, a good friend of mine down here on the coast who is a retired Marine Corps. colonial EOD officer and boy howdy you ought to see the 45-70 revolver he made, now that's one mean 6 shooter.
     
  10. civilian75

    civilian75 Hillsboro, OR Well-Known Member

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    Hunting with 460SW is a blast, pun intended. You definitely want hearing protection. Else, after a couple of shots, you won't need it. :D

    S&W did a great job with X frame. Many design features implemented make a literal "hand cannon's" recoil bearable.
     
  11. jluck

    jluck Really,Really, Close to Newport Oregon 97365 Voted #1 Member

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    This...I have been asked not to fire my .460 at our local range when "others are there". It was a no-brainer for me when I studied the ballistics and price of ammo. I got mine for bear control when riding ATV's. I love it, I can muster 5-7" groups at 100yds open sights, to me that is just fine for a handgun.

    It is a remarkable round!

    And to answer your question...There is no comparison in the 44 and 500. The 44 will shoot like a 22 after firing the 500 (S&W).

    Also, with the 460 you have caliber versatility, 45LC, 454 casull and 460 mag all from the same cylinder.
     
  12. BillM

    BillM Amity OR Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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  13. mrblond

    mrblond Salem OR Well-Known Member

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    I bet that 600 Nitro would break your wrist if you tried to shoot it without a bench or bag support. Honestly I can't see how anything bigger then the SW 500 would be really be field usable.






    Ok you win, but I'm going to keep looking. I bet some idoit made a 20mm handgun somewhere.[/QUOTE]
     
  14. estate10mm

    estate10mm Hillsboro Member

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    Guys, I have a 4 inch stainless S&W 500 for sale with ammo... Trade for a sig 229 plus cash... you guys can find out for yourselves... :) the 500 is one wicked round though...
     
  15. Oregonhunter5

    Oregonhunter5 2C IDAHO Well-Known Member

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    How much?
    I would like to have one that I can pass around at Xmas to shoot with the family.
     
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  16. estate10mm

    estate10mm Hillsboro Member

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    Sorry to hijack the thread, but oregonhunter5, a pm has been sent