.500 S&W Goes Big(ger) With 22Plinkster

A little New Year’s fun with 22Plinkster. He’s been making videos with more than just .22LR for some time now, so this isn’t his first time covering the .500 S&W. It is, however, his first time covering it while it’s loaded with Underwood’s .500 S&W 700 grain Lead Wide Flat Nose ammo. First, a little background.

The .500 Smith and Wesson Magnum cartridge was designed in a collaborative effort between Cor-Bon and Smith & Wesson and was officially announced at SHOT Show 2003. It was Smith & Wesson’s project manager, Herb Belin, who was credited with presenting the idea of the revolver to the company’s sales team. The idea was simple, really: create a revolver – and, of course, accompanying cartridge – capable of delivering greater power than any other handgun made thus far. It was meant to be an awesomely powerful hunting round able to take down all manner of game, and it certainly delivered (and then some).

Today it’s pretty standard to find ammunition for your Model S&W 500 with bullet weights ranging from 300 grain to 500 grain. But Underwood took things a step farther when they came out with 700 grain rounds; these rounds aren’t just super-sized, they’re mammoth-sized.

There are quite a few big, bad-ass cartridges out there that are fantastic for hunting with handguns. In fact, you don’t technically need a massive round to make a deadly impression. I can attest to the fact that my 10mm will drop deer and feral hogs with no problem whatsoever. Then again if you’re going after truly large game and want to use a handgun you will definitely benefit from a .44 Magnum or, yes, a .500 S&W. I will readily admit I would love an opportunity to hunt with a .500 S&W.

Take a look at this somewhat festive video from 22Plinkster. If you have an awesome hunting handgun of your own, drop a picture in the comments (anyone with a .500 S&W want to go hunting?).



katie.ainsworth

Katie is an avid shooter, hunter, military journalist, and Southern girl. Firearms are her passion whether at the range or on a spot-and-stalk after a big buck. She’s a staff writer at The Firearm Blog and writes about guns, hunting, and the military for various publications both online and in print such as Outdoor Life, Handguns, and Shooting Illustrated. Shoot her a message at ainsworth.kat@usa.com


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  • Nashvone

    What’s the point of ammo that isn’t accurate?

    • tts

      The goal isn’t practicality with these things in the first place. Its all about shooting the biggest and heaviest projectile that you can, reasonableness be damned.

      Something like that would be a 1 and done type of shooting for me. As in I’d shoot it once and never again.

      • Nashvone

        Most indoor ranges have pretty hefty fines when you hit things that don’t respond well to bullets. I’ve not had a problem with shooting 300 and 500 grain ammo. Even if this is about the bigger ego contest, I would hope to at least be able to hit a target at a usable range.

    • Jeff

      I wonder if that load is intended for a faster twist barrel? That’s an awful long bullet.

      • Nashvone

        It may be intended for the Big Horn Armory lever action rifle chambered for 500 ammo. At two grand plus for the rifle and $2.50 a round for the ammo, I would rather go for something designed as a rifle combo.

        • Giolli Joker

          IIRC the load was developed by John Ross as a hunting load for the S&W.

    • mosinman

      maybe they were unfamiliar with how the round shoots, or maybe they filched a bit

  • Oldtrader3

    It makes sense that the 700 grain load will shoot high and the standard load will hit the target and shoot lower.

  • Pastor Dan

    Better stick to the generic “fruit drink.”. Grape juice is much too pricey to …. Well, forget the cost; it’s just too tasty to waste like that!

    • DIR911911 .

      fruit , he said grapefruit . . . . blast away!!!

    • Mystick

      “Enemy #10 Can”….