alaskan vs s&w 500

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    gunfreak116

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    Quick question guys. is the recoil of the 2 inch alaskan in .454 casull the same better or worse than the 4 inch s&w 500? straight up fun gun and i like the short length just curious of the differences. thanks

     
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    I can't vouch for the difference, but my 454 Alaskan is a good pinker with 45 Colts. Mid range hand loads with 250 bullets are pretty snappy, and the top end loads should be fun. If you're in NE PA, you could try mine.
     
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    I would get the alaskan. The ability to use 45 colt makes it worth it alone.
     
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    Get the S&W 460 you can shoot 45 lc ,454 and 460 mag . 3 guns in 1
     
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    Get a longer barrel..a 2" barrel is NEVER enough for them big ole lead slinging monsters...you would get BIG boom..and slow lead....
    http://www.shootingtimes.com/2011/01/03/handgun_reviews_rgrrh/

    My brother has a Ruger Redhawk in 44 Mag..I believe its either a 6" or 8" (after looking online, its the stock 7.5") and can and does take large hogs at over 200 yards with it...
     
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    I own a 454 Alaskan and a 460, have shot a 500, but do not own it. So my results may be different than what you would expect.

    It depends on the load honestly, BUT that being said, I find the 454 Alaskan to have more "felt recoil" than the 460 and 500 with equal types of a load. Now there is not apples and oranges here, but I do have and have shot buffalo bore loads in both the Alaskan the 460 (not the 500 since it is a friends). The high power out of hte much lighter gun is INSANE, with 325 bullet, I was scared I was going to eat the front sight of the Alaskan. The 460 is MUCH more manageable with the 360gr buffalo bore bullets. Dont get me wrong, it was stout, but the 454 makes it feel like the gun blew up in your hand.

    Here is a few videos of a friend and others shooting my 460 with 200gr hornady ammo and the 454 alaskan with 240gr hornaday ammo. Enjoy.


    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_b2Nil-8ui4]454alaskan.AVI - YouTube[/ame]
    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A4QHQ73SMsU]4602.AVI - YouTube[/ame]
    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vwh1otBfaeg&NR=1]4601.AVI - YouTube[/ame]
     
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    breadman thanks for the offer lol but I live down in bama.
     
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    Good info there guys thanks. Gonna keep reading for now. Power loss was a concern for me somewhat. I mean its mostly for fun but i didn't want to have the recoil of a 454 or 500 and getting muzzle velocity and power of a strong 44 load.
     
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    gunfreak116

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    Do they offer the smith 460 in a mid length the site only shows the long barrels. I'm OK with a little more than the Alaskans 2 inch, but I don't want a really long gun either.
     
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    While harder to find, they do make the 460 in a 4 inch barrel. They also make the 500 in a 4" barrel as well as a 2.75" barrel. The 2" 500 is pretty hard to find lately.

    4" 460
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    2.75" 500
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