With a S&W .460 with full power loads and the right bullet...I fear nothing. I'm pretty sure you're gonna shoot whatever it is more than once and it's gonna be close. So be prepared to use that double action trigger.Now this has me curious to see the responses! Handgun hunting for DG sounds way more interesting than going to my office tomorrow. This also sounds like the level of risk taking that might even get my wife to raise an eyebrow.
Yes it's a Taurus Raging Hunter with an 8.75 inch barrel that I will be usingI'd say it's a possibility with the right bullet. The .460 was designed as a high velocity revolver round out to 200 yards. Maybe you could try the CEB 200 grain solid or the 300 grain solid. I'd be looking for penetration more than expansion. Presumably you've got some sort of a barrel on this hand cannon right? You'll need it to develop velocity.
Make sure it's reliable in double action. I'd go and shoot three hundred .45 LC loads just to learn the gun and maybe 100 .460 in load development and practice. Steer clear of .454. It's a pita to load small primer on one shell when all the other take a large primer albeit different large primers.Yes it's a Taurus Raging Hunter with an 8.75 inch barrel that I will be using
Neither traditional revolvers not whitetail hunting were mentioned in the OP, so I presume you're just thinking aloud on a tangent. As I have been shooting these guns since they came out, allow me to indulge.Last I checked traditional revolvers didn't have slings, bipods, or even porting.
Without a scope how much better is an X-frame .460 magnum than say a .45 colt shooting moderate loads on deer sized game? I mean if a keith type bullet in a .45 colt at 1000 fps is good enough for deer, the same bullet screaming along at twice the velocity must make the deer deader from the .460 I understand the need to slap a scope on this gun to take advantage of performance. Still, more weight and bulk.
My definition of traditional revolver is just a bit different.
The 460 is more for range and the 500 is more for up close. I’m speaking of handgun ranges of course. Never tried the 460 but a ported 500 with the 10 inch barrel (approximately- not sure if that is exactly right) is quite reasonable to shoot.Thanks, Forrest. I have always had a little curiosity about the X frame revolvers: never having shot, or even seen one. Good to hear from someone with extensive experience. Without intending to hijack this thread here, but which would you choose for a buffalo hunt? The 460 or 500? To a casual observer like me, they seem to be pretty close, with a lot of overlap.............FWB
As @Bert the Turtle has already said, the .460 was designed for velocity and the .500 for up close brute force. Those were the initial designs.Thanks, Forrest. I have always had a little curiosity about the X frame revolvers: never having shot, or even seen one. Good to hear from someone with extensive experience. Without intending to hijack this thread here, but which would you choose for a buffalo hunt? The 460 or 500? To a casual observer like me, they seem to be pretty close, with a lot of overlap.............FWB
They are highly impractical without hearing protection. You are correct about the instant hearing damage and in the indoor setting unless you are wearing double protection you are still liable to have damage. I fired my 8⅜" once in field after announcing it to the others in the hunting party that I was doing so and to cover their ears. I had electronic earmuffs on. When I fired they shut off and when they came back on all I could hear was groaning. The men behind had instinctively dived for cover at the report when they saw the fireball and shockwave move the vegetation. There was much cussing and groaning as two older gentlemen recovered themselves from diving away what they thought was a grenade going off in my hand. I would not have the experience repeated. When I hunt with the .460 I take something else for the trips in and out of the stand if I am going with other hunters.Some time ago I bought a 5 shot, 3.5” 460S&W PC X-frame revolver. The intended use was brown bear protection.
After shooting it a bit I dropped the idea. Not beacuse it’s heavy which it is, not beacuse it’s very large which, despite a short barrel, it is. Not beacuse of the recoil which although substantial is tamable, but because of it’s tremendous blast. I don't doubt it can be effective against attacking animals but shoot it without hearing protection, and your hearing will be instantly damaged to some extent.
My local shooting club holds a casual style, high power handgun competition every other week. Folks shoot 357 Mags, 44Mags, 10mm Auto, occasional 454 Casull etc. All fairly loud, particularly on an enclosed 25m range. But when I let my 460 rip the range turned silent, and one by one the other 14 people came over to see what kind of mad boom stick I was shooting. Hearing protection is mandatory and everyone was wearing some. It is that loud.
As to the gun itself I gotta say I rather like it. It is demanding and unforgiving to shoot, any mistake and you’re not hitting what you aim at but focus on your actions and it’s ok. The trigger on mine is very good, particularly in SA mode and the rubber grip does an excellent job of taking the edge of the recoil.
Below are some standard olympic handgun targets I shot at 25m free hand. Keep in mind I’m a weak handgun shooter although I’m working on it. The gun is accurate, more so than me.
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and the revolver itself, for size comparison
with 2.5”, 7 shot 357Mag
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with 5” Government 1911
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Compared to the X-frame Glock G20 feels nimble and small in hand. That’s the 3.5” version. A mate of mine has the 8.4” S&W version. With the muzzle brake it’s even louder and because of it’s weight it is difficult to hold steady at the target.