Certainly words of wisdom,something for me to ponder upon and look more closely at the 500NE. I may just try this bore out as well who knows!. I agree if it weighs the same or less, has maybe a tad more recoil, but with the benefit of more punch it should be counted. I know it may sound stupid, maybe a disaster but has anyone used this on large feral pigs or some other wild animals? I ask as I plan to hunt some brown bears and or moose some day.. Thanks once again and happy Friday!