.470 NE versus .500 NE Felt recoil

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  1. ffow

    ffow New Member

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    I recently bought a Merkel in a 500 NE; I already owned one in 470 NE. Both fit me perfect, same length of pull. The 500 feels like it may weigh 1/2 lb less due to the bores and the same OD barrels, but I haven't weighed them. I was a 470 fan and have probably run around 600 rounds through that rifle. I got the 500 and was prepared for a huge jolt; but nothing dramatic. To be honest the felt recoil was less than the 470 to me. The thing is to try the two calibers out and see which one you like.
     
  2. vette447

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    I have shot both and ended up with a 500 NE. However, I was much is a similar situation of the one Double D described above. I was looking to order a 470 NE and found a good deal on a beautiful 500 NE so I jumped on it. I do not regret it at all. When I shot both in one setting, I could tell a slight increase in recoil from the 500 vs the 470 but it was not bad. I have since shot my 500 a decent amount and it is enjoyable to shoot. I posted a short (and grainy) video of me shooting a watermelon and water jug with my 500 NE in this forum. It is dramatic display and was a lot of fun. You really can't go wrong with either.

    I too hope to take my 500 NE on a buff and/or elephant hunt sometime. I may even take it on a lion hunt this year.
     
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    500 NE has my vote.
     
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  5. matt85

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    gonna toss another vote towards the 500 NE. i just bought a 505 Gibbs with the purpose of imitating the 500 NEs performance (600gr .505" at 2100 fps).

    if i wanted something smaller then a 500 NE for a double, id go with a 450 NE 2.35". ive never been interested in the 470 NE but thats just me as there isnt any thing wrong with the cartridge.

    -matt
     
  6. AZDAVE

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    I haven't shot a 470 but have a 450 that fits me and is pleasant to shoot. My first taste of shooting a double was a 500 NE. A good friend owns it and we just couldn't come to terms on a sale. So I started looking and now have my 450, 405win, 9.3x74 and 500BPE and love them all. My felt recoil estimate of the difference from your 9.3 to 470 would be proportional of the difference in the recoil from a 308 to your 9.3. The difference from a 450/470 to the 500 would be a 338WM 225gr to your 9.3. Get one that fit and practice allot and you will find double more fun to shoot than any bolt gun.
     
  7. PHOENIX PHIL

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    Seems I remember you're not in the Phoenix area. But if you are in the Phoenix area to shoot, I'd love to see that double.
     
  8. matt85

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    just realized I made a typo in my post, I meant 450 NE 3.25".

    -matt
     
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    Phoenix Phil no I am down close to Sierra Vista. I am up your your way a few times a year. Maybe the next time up I can coordinate to meet you at Cabelas or Bass Pro depending on which side of town you are on, and bring my 450 and 405 up with me. or if you are down my way?
     
  10. PHOENIX PHIL

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    I don't get down that way very often. I used to deer hunt in 36B, but the trouble on the border and the risks associated with the drug runners spooked us out. I'm not terribly far from Bass Pro so that may work. If you want to do some shooting, there's a range not too far from there that I shoot at.
     
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    Phoenix Phil Yea understand the border crap and deal with it all the time, Haven't hike our mountains unarmed since the 80's. Kinda sad. Shooting always sounds good. My OCT is already slammed. So maybe we can look at something in NOV, let me see what I can shake out of the schedule. Have a great day
     
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    .500 N.E gets my vote.

    This is my own V.C and a good N.T bull.
     

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