S&W 460 XVR compensated

Discussion in 'Specialty Handgun Hunting' started by Buffalobob, Dec 4, 2008.

  1. Buffalobob

    Buffalobob Writers Guild

    Jun 12, 2001
    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.
  2. jwp475

    jwp475 Well-Known Member

    Feb 4, 2005

    To answer your qestion, yes ear protection is required with or without a brake. If you need to protect your life then just shoot, ear protection or not.

    IMHO you would be better served by a more compact weapon such as a Ruger Bisley in 45 Colt loaded with 325 to 335 grain wide flat point hard cast bullets loaded any where from 1200 to 1400 FPS Anywhere in that range will do the job very effectively and exit most if not all of the time.

    Shooting the shorter cased 45 colt, 454 ammo in the longer 460 cylinder chamber is not conducive to good accuracy

  3. Buffalobob

    Buffalobob Writers Guild

    Jun 12, 2001
    Well, that was not the answer I wanted to hear. But I appreciate it anyway. Sometimes what we want to do and what we should do are different. About a year ago or so, Kirby Allen told me to just get a 45 Long Colt but I keep wanting something more "glamorous" even though I am a terrible shot with a pistol.

    Thanks for the advice.

  4. MagMan

    MagMan Well-Known Member

    Dec 20, 2002
    As jwp said most definitely yes.....in case you didn't hear me I said yes.

    I have a compensated 45 ACP and I let a fella shoot it. I've never shot it without muffs but he did. By the wincing he was doing there was no doubt it was loud and I think he even peed in his pants a little. You don't need that.:D
  5. MachV

    MachV Well-Known Member

    May 31, 2001
    Kirby's advice on the 45lc is very sound...pun intended. Have not shot a 460 yet but have a lot of years with the Casull. The Ruger Super Red Hawk I currently use is Mag-na-Ported. Made the mistake of finishing off my antelope this year with a fullhouse 454 load, not only did it pregut the goat but the ringing in my ears was noticably worse afterwards.
    It however is quite mild with full 45lc loads and after years of shooting both have come to the conclution that more is not nessisarly better. I took a big whitetail this year with lite 250 grain Casull loads that did more than get the job dun, are more acurate and easier to get the follow up shots off than if I was useing the he-man loads.
    IMHO Save yourself some funds and your ears and go with the old reliable 45lc.
  6. Redheaded stepchild

    Redheaded stepchild Member

    Jan 8, 2009

    I love mine. :)

    BTW, it has a progressive twist rate barrel.

    The 45 and 454 won't pattern worth squat.

    It is however, very accurate with 460 loads.

    The see-thru mounts from S&W are aircraft grade and do not move like many other mounts do.

    Here is a kit just for bears.

    Product: Model 460ES - Emergency Survival Kit

    I am sure I would not feel recoil with the pucker factor in play.
  7. jamiehenderson

    jamiehenderson New Member

    Jun 8, 2013
    I have just bought the XVR 460 with the 14" barrel and muzzle brake. I have shot it at a target with stock sights at 100 yards, and all I have to say is wow! This gun is very accurate out of the box with stock Hornady 200 grain ammo. It is very loud and I suggest using earplugs and earmuffs both if you are shooting repeatedly. Bottom line, I love this handgun and cant wait to scope it and do some hunting.
  8. meatyrem

    meatyrem Well-Known Member

    Sep 3, 2010

    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.
  9. BPMboss

    BPMboss Member

    Apr 10, 2013
    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.