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Pretty sweet new hand cannon

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I ran across this online, guess it's smith's competition for the Ruger Alaskan. Pretty sweet I must say, other than the fruity colors and crap they pawn along with it. The versatility of the 460 would be nice being able to shoot 45 colt/454 also, but I think the 460 designed as a fast round for longer range is more suited to a longer barrel. I'd definitely go with the 500, mainly because I actually do go fishing/hiking in Grizzly country and would want the most power.

I've got a Ruger Alaskan in 454 now, and I love shooting it even in full house 454 rounds. Definitely will check out this smith when it's available, but I don't know at this point if I'd actually trade up to it. The added power would be a plus if I ever did have to use it against a grizzly, but the Ruger 454 carries one more round which would be nice in a stressful situation. Plus the Ruger is lighter weight/smaller, and has the Ruger reliability. The Smith's MSRP is outrageous, but street prices should be much lower. I don't know, maybe I'll use my state dividend this year to buy the Smith and have both.

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Ben said:
I'd love to try out a 500 mag sometime, from the reviews I've read it seems like 454 has a worse reputation for being a painful shooter. With the hogue grips on my Ruger it doesn't bother me at all so I figure 500 should be ok.

einzelherz said:
2000lbs from 2.75" bbl?
Should be close, the full house 500 mag rounds in a longer barrel will be 2600 lbs energy or more. I know the tests with my 2.25" Ruger 454 showed about .25% energy loss from the 7.5" barrels.
it's just that the barrel pressure data we've been working on at work seems to reflect a need for about 4 inches to get most of your charge out. if it's 2600 at 7 in, i would think 2000 would happen around 5.
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