I have pined and ached for a double rifle for over half my life. Shouldering and shooting them at every oportunity. Drooling over client's doubles in camp whilst smiling politely and asking "if I can have a couple of shots". Handling every-one i possibly could at every gun show I've attended in the last dozen or more years. Purchase price for me being the main obsticle. We'll I'm now able to report that, finaly, after deciding that i'm here for a good time, not a long time, I've placed an order with V.C for a 500. Ken Buch from Kebco making the entire process smooth, enjoyable and totally transperant. A+ guy to deal with. Why a 500, well first.. cause I want one. Second, i wanted something that will replicate the field performance i'm getting from my regular bolt guns used for back-up. Currently relying on a 458 Lott on the buffalo hunts i operate and i believe a .500 should be on par or perhaps even more emphatic regarding "knock-down" effect. I've asked that the weight be kept down to 10.5lbs or less with 23" barrels and ejectors. I don't like carrying heavy guns and am not a new-comer to heavy recoiling rifles. It will be a plain-Jane working rifle with very few, or none, bells and whistles beyond what is supplied as standard. One single rear V sight, 3/4 extended trigger guard, custom stock dimensions and night sight. I'll be asking that it be regulated with Hornaday ammo which is available here in Aus. Is there anything else that I've missed that may be useful on a working gun ? For those .500 users out there what can i realistically expect good handloads to do from 23" barrels ? V.C stocks come standard with a palm swell on the pistol grip. I can choose to retain it or not. My personal preference is to not have it. Comments and reasoning for/against appreciated. What sort of accuracy can be realistically expected from a double like this with handloads, at say 50yds ? I am being measured up in Dallas at the show and have till then to decide on the final touches. General input, comments and advise welcomed. Thanks in advance. Paul.