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Old January 14, 2007, 07:06 AM   #1
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500 S&W Shot Load

I have a friend who is going to accompany me to Alaska on a Caribou hunt/Fishing float trip and he's going to carry his S&W 500. He's looking for information on or a source for shot loads for his pistola. Has anyone here developed a shot load for the S&W 500 or know of a source of such ammo. He's going to carry it loaded with 500 Grain Hard Cast while we're on the river, but when in the bush he want to tag a couple Ptarmigan with it. Any info on this would be much appreciated. I'm going to be carrying my .44 Mag for which I can load speer shot cups if I get the urge to shoot Ptarmigan. Thanks
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Old January 15, 2007, 09:27 PM   #2
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You did not make it too clear if you can reload your own. If’n you can…..

Here is a really nice illustrated article copyrighted by Junior Doughty over at

It’s a shotshell for the 44 Magnum but the principals can be adapted to the 500 S&W.

Be aware that you will need to take responsibility for shot weight and adjustments to the powder charge when assembling a similar load in the 500S&W.

Maybe someone else can help in that area.

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Old January 16, 2007, 01:24 AM   #3
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Shot out of any rifled barrel flies in a spiral, sending the shot string, who knows where. The patterns have huge holes in them. A good .22 pistol would be better for sitting birds.
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Old January 16, 2007, 07:30 AM   #4
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I have loaded 357 shot shells similar to the link that Slip posted and they were decently effective.

I would think that with Ptarmigan though, that you may want a larger shot size like 4-6. The 500 will give you extra capacity so this won't be such the trade off it is in the smaller rounds.

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Old January 16, 2007, 01:57 PM   #5
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Thanks for the replies guys. Looks quite straightforward. I do load, but we love 200 miles apart, so it would be a pain to help him with this. He does have local friends who will be able to help him. I'll post any relevant info later if he has any success with it.

Thanks again for your replies.
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