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S&W 460 XVR compensated

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Unread 11-09-2013, 11:57 PM
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Re: S&W 460 XVR compensated

Originally Posted by Buffalobob View Post
I am looking at the 460 XVR as a bear protection gun because it will shoot the 45 long colt, 454 Casall and finally the 460 S&W. I do not like high recoil pistols and it comes with a compensator so it seems like it would be good for me. I can load it down light with the 45 long colt for practice and for shooting dumb grouse. But for a bear in the dark, I can load up hard cast bullets in the 460 cases at really terrible pressures and velocity.

The question on the table is for a compensated pistol will I need earmuffs. My hearing is long gone but I can still feel pain if I forget and shoot a braked rifle without my muffs on. I do not wish to screw a brake on and off every night before I go to bed. I really do not wish to have a protection pistol that requires earmuffs. I understand that the compensated pistols will cause some amount of night vision loss but it has an integral rail for a light on it.

My other choice is a Desert Eagle Auto in 50 AE but they are not supposed to work well with hard cast bullets.

First and foremost YES ear muffs!!
460 is very versatile, and yes there are many women shooting them too.
I had a SRH .454 that was non-ported and I still had to wear ear protection as I did not like the ringing in my ears. And I don't see any problem with the .454 and some good heavy boolits for bear.
Also there can be a solid (unported) cap that goes in place of the brake, but still need to wear muffs.
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Unread 11-28-2013, 10:45 PM
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Re: S&W 460 XVR compensated

As meatyrem said hearing protection is a must with this revolver! Muzzle flash in the dark is quite a show with my hunting load, 40.6gr of lil' gun under 300gn XTP mags. Not blinding though. I have to say unless these are brown bear or grizzly the 460 is a bit much. Furthermore, I'm a not a "recoil sensitive" shooter really and a heavy ball high pressure load in the 56,000 psi range is pretty stout but certainly not unmanageable. Especially in a high stress situation. I would personally recommend a lighter, faster to action platform for bear protection though. Those big beasts can be on ya in a hurry if they want to! My uncle experienced a would be black bear attack in northern pa a few years ago. He had a 357 4" holstered and a 7mm mag shouldered. His guide was unarmed. They turned at the sound of a "snort of sorts" in my uncles words, and a 480lb black bear was running at them fast. The guide, who is a good friend of ours and a seasoned hunter said they were less than 25yds away from the beast when he heard two sharp cracks from the 357 and watched the bear go into a nose dive ending up about ten yds from their feet. Both shots hit top skull area closer to the base of the neck. Point is....you don't need a cannon for protection from bear. You need a weapon that you trust! A weapon you have confidence in shooting well and more than likely quickly. Giants like the 460 are slower to action.
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