I had the plain jane 500 smith with the 8 and whatever inch barrel a few years back. It was SUPER accurate with just open sights. What I ended up doing is mounting a T/C Recoil Proof scope on it and shot about 15 rounds through it before the crosshairs started to rotate clockwise inside the scope. Recoil proof? Not so much. Then I went to a Eotech 515 (i think?) red dot. Its the one that doesnt run on AA batteris because it is supposedly more recoil proof. After the scope mount coming loose two differnt times and finally getting a good thread locker on the screws and some epoxy between the scope mount and top strap, it finally stayed put during fire. It proved to be more than most mortal men could hope for as far as accuracy is concerned, just quite a large setup. At our range, we had 80 yards to the base of our backstop which is at least 35 feet tall with a good steep bank. I was shooting 3" trees standing freehand half way up the bank. It was a sick setup to say the least. I really miss it. It was sacrificed to obtain a titanium coated XIX Desert Eagle in 50A.E. So I guess 100 yards with a good scope with the 500 smith is no biggie, probably 150 with a good steady shooting support, and the 460 is supposed to shoot even flatter than that.
Both are lots of fun and after shooting them with open sights at bowling pins @ 50 yds I quickly became very impressed with their accuracy. The recoil is stout but there is worse. I would think that if you are a hunter they would be great. If you like to shoot a lot I think you would be better off with something else. The recoil may wear you out and also the ammo will empty your bank account quickly. The worst recoiling handgun I have fired is an S&W 340PD which is their Scandium alloy J frame. When loaded with 357 rounds it is brutal. Most people don't shoot a second or third round. Good luck, Peter.
I have the standard 8 inch .460 and the performance center .500, both shoot great.
One issue with the .500: the ejector rod will loosen and back out the ejector star preventing cylinder closing. Of course this is specific to this one revolver and not worth the hassel of returning to S&W. As far as scoping, I just put a cheapo Bushnell Trophy Red Dot on it and it has held up just fine. Have found the very best bullet to use is the Remington 385 grain Jacketed Spire Point. They are pricy at about $65.00 a 100, (that is up from $27.00) but dang do they shoot. The .460 is a shooter too, excellent long range accuracy.
That all said, if you want REAL long range accuracy, get the T/C Encor and scope them with the Burris 3X12 handgun scope, They are excellent scopes for long range shooting.
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