Ring of Fire: Smith & Wesson .460 Magnum

I shoot a fair number of guns and while it’s generally fun, rarely do I see something entertaining/unique that makes me go “wow.” I’m sure some of you have seen rings of fire shoot out of guns before but it was something else to see it in person.

I took some great video of a shooter who had a Smith & Wesson .460 Magnum with a short 3″ barrel. It was taken with my iPhone 6 using the slow motion feature and the quality is pretty impressive. The shooter was using Hornady 200 grain FTX .460 S&W ammo.

Check it out!

Chris Cheng

Chris Cheng is History Channel’s Top Shot Season 4 champion and author of “Shoot to Win,” a book for beginning shooters. A self-taught amateur turned pro through his Top Shot win, Cheng very much still considers himself an amateur who parachuted into this new career.

He is a professional marksman for Bass Pro Shops who shares his thoughts and experiences from the perspective of a newbie to the shooting community. He resides in San Francisco, CA and works in Silicon Valley.



  • TheNotoriousIUD


  • me

    This happens every time I eat at that Mexican joint.

  • Nashvone

    A 200 grain round and that’s all the recoil control he could muster?

    • DrewN

      That load is 1800 fps plus from the 2.75″ barrel. 2033 from 3.5. That might be why.

      • Nashvone

        I understand that he isn’t plinking with a .22 but I would expect the owner of an X frame to be in better control of their gun.

        • DrewN

          Hell, most folks barely shoot ’em. They are like deer rifles that way. I’ve been hunting with the same rifle since 1979 and I doubt very much it has 100 rounds through it lifetime.I have maybe 500 rounds thru my 5″ and that’s it. Ammo is pretty damn expensive as well which doesn’t help.

          • Nashvone

            I understand what you’re saying. I have maybe 300 rounds through my 500. Between the cost of the ammo and the soreness at the end of the day, it doesn’t see near the action that other guns do.

    • NDS

      I have the 4″ 460 and the Hornady 200Gr rounds are very manageable. Massive muzzle blast and noise but smooth shooting. I have some 300Gr Corbon hardcasts that are a “little” spicier haha

  • Rob

    I have this Johnny Cash song running thru my brain ….. Lol

    • Southpaw89

      Beat me too it.

      • milesfortis

        Beat me to the beat me to it

        Little known is that the song was written by his wife. Think of the lyrics from that viewpoint for a minute.

  • Gregory Markle

    This is one of my favorites that I’ve gotten…

  • claymore

    We used to detonate 2 sticks of dynamite in our open top bomb trailer for police training. One day there was a low cloud ceiling and when it detonated there was a similar but much LARGER smoke ring generated maybe 5′ in diameter. Well that ring went straight up and hit the cloud ceiling and bounced off toward the ground. It went up and down about three times with that sound of a fired bullet ricocheting. Craziest thing we had ever seen. Never could find the same conditions to do it again after a bunch of classes.

    • Dan

      That would have been an awesome video.

      • claymore

        After that it was one our minds when we did more shots but could never duplicate it. We did send the lid of a 55 gallon drum skyward after detonating a grenade inside it to show that the old pineapple ones don’t shatter along the lines but break up into many pieces.

  • Guns like these… heavy recoil… you let them buck. Locking it out and trying to keep the muzzle on target like its a Glock 19… that’s going to make you hurt.

    • Nashvone

      You do have to maintain some type of muzzle control or you’ll end up with a hell of a dent in your forehead. Of course, a scar is like a tattoo but with a better story.

    • The Carden Chronicles

      Recoil on the .460 is not that bad. My wife shoots it and the .500 every year at Arizona Game and Fish Outdoor Expo. It’s fun to shoot although it is loud – louder than the .500 IMHO. The nice thing about it is you can also shoot .45LC from it. Shooting the long-colt from the .460 is like shooting very light load .38s from a heavy frame .357- and is a LOT cheaper than .460 factory loads

  • uisconfruzed

    For fun I’d like to know what powder for the 44 mag produces the most flash.
    I’m using Alliant 2400, performance, but not much flash.

    • iksnilol

      I’d recon slow burning powder with a short barrel should do the trick. In short, use blanks with slow powder in a snubbie.

      • uisconfruzed

        I’ve an 8″ Anaconda & a 5 1/2″ Ruger.

        • iksnilol

          Check around on the various forums. Because I don’t do revolvers and I won’t give advice on something that I don’t know. I know at least that blanks give a good flash and should be safe.

          • uisconfruzed

            I haven’t shot one, thx.

  • DAN V.

    Ooooohh. That muzzle blast at 0:03 is just as cool