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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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Friends and Customers, 08-18-20


All shooters are being inconvenienced with what is happening to our society and the rush it is causing on ammo supplies. We have LOTS of ammo in stock and are making more at a huge volume on a daily basis. If our web site allows you to order any item, that means it is in stock—WE DO NOT TAKE ORDERS FOR ITEMS WE DO NOT HAVE! So, please do not email and ask if items are in stock. If they aren’t, the shopping cart will not take your order.

We have hundreds of customers to get orders to on a daily basis. In order for us to accomplish this for our customers, we ask the following.

  1. Be sure of what you are ordering. You are going to get what you ordered.

  2. Do not contact us and ask to change an order you’ve already placed. When we manually change orders it requires a lot of time that we do not have during this rush and it keeps us from serving all of our customers. If you’d like to change an order, we can no longer do that till things slow down, so simply place another order for more product, but PLEASE, NO MORE CHANGES after the fact!

  3. We NEVER have and never will take ammo exchanges or returns and then turn around and re-sale that ammo to unsuspecting customers as factory new ammo—this is not safe nor is it fair to customers who are buying what they think is new and safe ammo. No ammo is tamper proof! So please stop asking to exchange or get a refund for ammo you ordered, but have changed your mind about.

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These measures are hopefully temporary and will not be needed for long as we enjoy the interaction with our customers, so please, for the time being, be mindful of all those others who are also trying to get ammo during what I think is a societal meltdown/emergency. Hopefully, we can serve you all. We want you and your families to be armed and safe and we wish you the best during these trying times. My biggest concern is that things will worsen yet more, for a while. Until things straighten out in our government and society, we will have to streamline our customer service in order to serve all customers. Thank you for your understanding.

Good shooting and God bless,

Tim Sundles

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