If your were going to buy one would it be a 460 or 500? I'm debating which to get. Any input would be nice. Either way it will be the 10.5" barrel. Will be using it for bear, moose, and elk hunting in the future. Mainly bear and moose.
Leupold is def going on top of whatever I buy. Just wondering what guys shoot and for what reasons. I like both rounds that's what makes it hard. I've shot both also and see no noticeable difference in recoil and accuracy.
I agree with your choice of scope. I don't own either but I've shot both several times. Either one is as accurate as the other. If your buying factory ammo and you don't reload, the 500 ammo is a little more costly than the 460. But if you reload they are probably pretty close.
I have the 460.... in the 8 inch xframe
when I made the choice it was easy 3 different types of ammo you can shoot even though I reload...this was before all this ammo not on shelves [censored] but you will see 45lc 454 or 460 faster then the 500 these days...
I have a vx3 2.5-8 on top of mine an love it got it about 3 years ago
last year midway had hornady blems ther 200 ftx it was 100 bullets for 25# I got 400 of them that should last me a few years
if you're a handloader, the 500. if not, 460. or better yet, both. but the 10.5 is too big for me. you would need a shooting stick to shoot that accurately. when i buy one of those i will probably get the 4" and shoot open sites.
I considered both of these at one time as well. I got on a kick to get into big bore hand guns. I did a lot of research. Settled on the 460. After reading reviews for the guns and the factory ammo shot out of the guns. I came to the conclusion that the 460 was very accurate at longer distances. Was more versatile because it could shoot 3 cals instead of just one. I was all ready to bite the bullet and order one. SO I started trying to find dies and components. I had a real hard time, I'm sure some things will come back in. But I just checked Midsouth, midway and optics planet. Non of them have RCBS 3 die carbide sets in stock. If you don't reload that's not an issue.
Then I went to a local shop and held one. (I know I should have done this first.) WHOOO they are huge, I'm 5' 7". And they are just monsters. So with the price of the gun and the lack of availability of reloading components. I passed and got a Ruger Black Hawk Hunter in 44 mag to handgun hunt with. Taken one doe with it last year. But I still had the big boomer itch. So I got a Ruger Alaskan in 454 Casull. WHAMMMOOOO that fit the bill for me.
If I would buy one for your intended purposes, I would do what the fellas have said above, nice scope and I think some of them actually come with a lower weaver rail to mount a bi pod on or something.
Please get this one, so I can be jealous of you for all time.