Just for the fun of it I'm considering rebarreling a Ruger # 1 presently chambered in 7 Rem Mag to 500 Nitro Express. What do you think the recoil will be like in what will be around a 9 1/2 lb. gun?
OUCH.I am guessing severe. The .500 NE doesn't bother me, but I am using an almost 12 lbs double rifle that fits me like a glove.
Just ran the recoil calculator real quick. The ruger has 22.5 ft.lbs more recoil energy (105 vs 82.5) than my rifle due to lighter weight.
Mine was stout but not as bad (sharp) as my 458 lottI'm interested if we have some forum members that have owned a Ruger #1 in .500 Nitro Express and their feedback.
How was the perceived recoil? I know Ruger #1's in heavy calibers can be stout kickers.
I've dreamed of this, with a 26" semi bull barrel, at least 11# weight.
I've emailed JD Jones at SSK industries, and in a #1, he strongly recommended a muzzle break and a Coil-Chek stock, neither features of which I wanted.
On page 421 of Pierre van der Walt's book, African Dangerous Game Cartridges, he has a picture of PH John Harris, shooting an elephant with said gun and caliber, weighing 7 pounds 9 ounces ( ouch!). The elephant didn't like it.
I still want one, just like to know feedback from actual users.