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DANGEROUS GAME 500 JRH aka 500 S&W SHORT - Mono-Metal

SKU: 44DG 400/20
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aka 500 S&W SHORT
400 gr. Mono-Metal WFN @ 1,350 fps / ME 1,620 ft lbs
20 Round Box

ITEM 44DG 400

At the time of this writing (02-19) I’ve long wanted to introduce a line of mono-metal, non-expanding, dangerous game loads for our large handgun and 45-70 offerings. These new “Dangerous Game” (DG) loads are super high quality, very powerful, and will live up to their namesake.


Mono-metal bullets have a few advantages (a couple of disadvantages too) over typical non-expanding hard cast bullets. These advantages may or may not be meaningful to each individual, depending on your usage. The advantages are that they are cleaner burning/firing than hard cast bullets. Also, hard cast bullets can smear their nose profile when they hit large bones at close range/high velocity. When the flat nose smears and changes shape, it can impact straight line penetration. The disadvantages are cost and case capacity issues…….mono-metal bullets made of copper or brass alloys are lightweight for their length. As an example, the 380 gr. bullet used in our DG 45-70 load is as long as a 500+ gr. hard cast bullet, depending on its alloy. This means that (for example) the 45-70 casing, with its limited capacity, will have much less propellant capacity when this long bullet is seated into it, so with this limited powder/case capacity, we have to get creative in choosing a propellant that will give us the velocity we need, but not burn so fast as to raise pressures beyond 43,000 PSI. The case capacity issues become more complex with casings that are much smaller than 45-70, like say a 44 Mag. casing. Lead-based bullets are heavy for their length and generally allow for much more case/propellant capacity. By choosing correct propellants, we can generally get great velocity from the long-for-weight mono-metal bullets. We’ve long ago learned that flat nosed, lightweight, mono-metal bullets penetrate far deeper (in a straight line too) than the typical lead-based bullet of similar weight—FAR DEEPER!

This is strictly a personal taste/belief issue, but after having killed a LOT of big critters over many decades, it’s obvious to me that no handgun cartridge that is designed to be fried from a typical packing sized revolver is the equal, or even close to, the equal of a typical high powered elk-rifle cartridge like a 338 Win. mag. or 300 Win. mag., etc. When using revolver cartridges as a dangerous game stopper, in a packing (much smaller than the S&W X frame) revolver, they start with a purpose designed 454 Casull. I know many folks have used non-expanding 44 magnum loads to kill dangerous game, but for me, the 454 Casull and up (480 Ruger/475 Linebaugh, 500 JRH or Linebaugh) is where effective stopping cartridges start. Also, I’ll put a plugin for the quality and strength of the Freedom Arms model 83 and the Magnum Research BFR as two packing sized revolvers that are high quality and are chambered in 454 Casull. These revolvers will generally fit into most holsters made for the Ruger Super Blackhawk.

There’s a prevailing argument that any double action revolver is faster and therefore better than a single action revolver, should a bear be on top of you or should a buffalo be goring you. I disagree and would argue that practice with any revolver is the key to proficiency under any set of circumstances. I’ve been carrying single action revolvers chambered in 454, 475 and the various 500’s, for 35 years and since I have shot them a lot, (including in the dark while using a flashlight) I find no advantage in using a double action revolver. When the manipulation of the firearms control features become second nature, the exact types of those features matter little.

I see the 500 JRH as more practical than the 500 Linebaugh due to bullet diameter, (.500 versus .510 inch) but they are basically the same cartridge and how anyone could call one more effective than the other is beyond me. The 50 cal. revolvers, with proper ammo, are truly devastating to big animals.

If you’ve followed my writings or practices for very long, you know that I do not believe in the industry wide duplicitous practice of using extra-long barreled laboratory test barrels to establish our advertised velocities. These types of industry practices generate false high velocities that a person would never get for an actual firearm made for field use. Instead, we use real firearms. Below see the velocities we obtained with our firearms with this new DG 500 JRH load. The 5.5-inch BFR revolver is mine. If I can find a 7.5-inch BFR, I’ll add those ballistics to this document at a later time.

➤1,351 fps -- BFR, 5.5-inch

Item 44DG 400 - Exterior Ballistics Charts for several Muzzle Velocities


Muzzle Velocity @ 1800 fps for Item 44DG 400


Muzzle Velocity @ 1700 fps for Item 44DG 400


Muzzle Velocity @ 1600 fps for Item 44DG 400


Muzzle Velocity @ 1500 fps for Item 44DG 400



Muzzle Velocity @ 1400 fps for Item 44DG 400



Muzzle Velocity @ 1300 fps for Item 44DG 400



Muzzle Velocity @ 1200 fps for Item 44DG 400



Muzzle Velocity @ 1100 fps for Item 44DG 400



Muzzle Velocity @ 1000 fps for Item 44DG 400


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