500 Smith and Wesson Magnum
.500 Smith and Wesson Magnum is one of the latest products from Smith and Wesson. It is a cartridge for revolvers and was launched by the company in early 2003. Not many revolvers are yet launched which can handle the .500 Smith and Wesson Magnum. Among the ones which can hold it is the blockbuster revolver Smith and Wesson Magnum 500.
The .500 Smith and Wesson generates tremendous pressure when shot. Hence the cylinder, holding it, has to be extra thick to sustain the pressure generated. Hence the handguns, which handle this cartridge, have only 5 rounds instead of the conventional 6 rounds.
When it leaves the muzzle, the .500 S & W generates, about 2,500 foot-pounds of energy. This is about 30% more energy then the 1800 foot-pound generated by .454 Casull. .454 Casull was once known as the most powerful cartridge ever produced. Also .500 Smith and Magnum has comparatively lesser recoil. The Model 500 Smith & Wesson Magnum revolver is considered to be the heaviest and most powerful handgun ever made in the history of handguns. When loaded with the .500 Smith and Wesson Magnum cartridge makes a deadly combination. The gun after its launch made waves across the world. It helped Smith & Wesson continue its dominance in the arms and ammunition industry.
The .500 S & W Magnum carries .50 caliber bullets with 1.62 case length and 0.065 rim thickness. It can carry a heavy 270-grain bullet and shoot it at speed of 1600 feet per second. This result is achieved with the industry standard 8 1/2 inch barrel. The energy with which the bullet is shot is significantly more then its competitors like the .454 Casull or a .44 Magnum. The cartridge can be used to shoot all animals from deer to the brown bear or even the big African elephants.
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