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500 JRH - aka 500 S&W SHORT b

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BUFFALO BORE 500 JRH - aka 500 S&W SHORT Ammo
440 gr. Hard Cast FN @ 975 fps
20 Round Box


Due to a large number of requests over the years and my affection for this effective big game cartridge, Buffalo Bore is announcing a line of different loads in 500 JRH. Item #44B is a 440gr. hard cast, gas checked, flat nosed, .500 inch diameter bullet @ an advertised velocity of 975 FPS out of the typical 5.5 to 6 inch barreled revolver. This is the very bullet we use to manufacture our Item #44A, but it is running 350 fps slower, in order to be a mild recoiling load that still has a high degree of utility……even though it is going 350 fps slower than Item #44A, it will still penetrate 5 to 6 feet through muscle and bone. It will not hit as hard because of its lower velocity and therefore will not do as much damage along its path, but with that big flat nose, it will still make a 50 caliber hole along that terminal path. This bullet is hard cast, properly lubed and gas checked and will not cause lead fouling in any normally functional barrel.

Since wild animals and wild criminals roam mostly in low light, we’ve been able to engineer a flash retarded powder for the making of this load. Being blinded by your own muzzle flash at the time of imminent danger is very bad tactically and could cost your life or the lives of loved ones.

As an added bonus, this ammunition can be used/fired in any 500 S&W chambered firearm.

The 500 JRH cartridge was designed by gun builder Jack Huntington (775-355-6898) to fit the Freedom Arms model 83 and other similarly sized revolvers. As such, it has nearly the same case head (.006 smaller in diameter) as the 500 S&W. With its slightly smaller case head, it will fit the tight ratchet system of the Freedom Arms model 83 and will still work great in any 500 S&W firearm…but if you want a smaller more packable revolver than the giant X Frame S&W, this cartridge fits right into any converted Ruger Blackhawk, Red hawk or FA model 83.

Magnum Research (BFR) has been making their fine factory revolver chambered in the 500 JRH (Pillager Model) for years, but sales have been limited due to a lack of factory ammunition, which is why Buffalo Bore has come on-board.


Anytime you use a hard recoiling cartridge in a middleweight (such as the Magnum Research, FA model 83 or Ruger Black hawk conversion) or lightweight revolver, the recoil of fired cartridges acts as a kinetic bullet puller for the remaining unfired cartridges in your cylinder. Our bullet is designed with a special crimp groove that is custom fitted to our crimp die, so we get very little bullet pull or “crimp jump”. I repeatedly fired 4 rounds in my Magnum Research 5 shot cylinder and then measured the remaining fifth round. Every time, that fifth round had grown in length by about .020 inch after being exposed to the recoil of four firings. There is enough room in the cylinder for that over-all cartridge length to grow by over .100 inch and still let the cylinder rotate. So, if you shoot three rounds (for example) and then reload, just be certain to rotate your cylinder so that those two cartridges that were already exposed to recoil and have started to grow, will be fired first, the next time you shoot.

See my below real-world velocities from real-world firearms, not laboratory test barrels.

?   989 fps -- Magnum Research Pillager -- 5.5 inch barrel
1009 fps -- S&W X frame 500 S&W -- 9-inch barrel


The modest gain in velocity from the BFR with a 5.5 inch barrel, versus the longer 9 inch barrel of the 500 S&W, is likely due to the looser tolerances of the S&W..i.e. bigger barrel/cylinder gap, bigger chambers, etc.  There is much more to internal ballistics than barrel length alone.



Item 44B - Exterior Ballistics Charts for several Muzzle Velocities


Muzzle Velocity @ 1400 fps for Item 44B



Muzzle Velocity @ 1300 fps for Item 44B



Muzzle Velocity @ 1200 fps for Item 44B


Muzzle Velocity @ 1100 fps for Item 44B



Muzzle Velocity @ 1000 fps for Item 44B



Muzzle Velocity @ 900 fps for Item 44B


Muzzle Velocity @ 800 fps for Item 44B


Muzzle Velocity @ 700 fps for Item 44B


Field Proven pistol and handgun ammo. Maximum firepower ammo. Best ammunition for pistols and handguns for sale. Buffalo Bore. Strictly big bore. Strictly Business.

You must be 18 or older to order ammunition. Ammunition must ship UPS ground. Due to Department of Transportation regulations, we cannot accept returns on Ammunition. Make sure to use the correct ammunition in your gun. Check local laws before ordering.

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