Magnum Research BFR or Smith & Wesson XVR?

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im kicking around the idea of picking up a hunting pistol in 460 S&W. I like the idea of a 200gr .451" Barnes TSX at 2400+fps.

with either gun I would be going with the longest non-compensated barrel (10" BFR or 12" XVR). I plan on mounting a scope on the revolver and use the gun at short rifle ranges (50-150 yards).

the price is pretty much the same ($900 for the BFR and $1100 for the XVR) and I don't think the extra 2 inches of barrel make a huge difference. I also could care less about double action and would likely use the gun strictly in single action. I am however very picky on trigger pull and I know the S&W will have a good trigger but haven't tried a BFR yet.

what are your thoughts on these two guns?

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I have had two BFR’s, they are built he’ll for stout but the triggers were not the best. My XVR has a great trigger out of the box. If I had my choice of all big bore handguns it is Freedom Arms, but not sure if they chamber the 460 or not.
 

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ive looked at Freedom Arms in the past, nice guns but im about positive they don't offer a gun big enough for the 460 S&W. even if they did the price of those revolvers is more then im looking to spend on a hand gun.

good to know about the BFR trigger, It sounds like the XVR is the better choice then.

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How about a smith in 500 magnum? Trigger is beautiful and I have a 4 power leupold on mine. 50 yards is the farthest I’ve shot it but it will lay them in there. I think you can get them without the brake also. Chuck Hawks compared the two and the 500 came out on top except for recoil and penetration.
 

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I have 2 BFR 1 in 45/70 the other in 454 Casull. I have 2 460 Magnums in the S&W, I find the S&W easier to shoot, but then I’ve been shooting double action revolvers for 45 years.
 

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