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Thread: What size for 500 S&W Pistol to get

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    What size for 500 S&W Pistol to get

    I looking at NOE molds So wonder what size both ways. 501 etc. and what weight. For shooting not hunting

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    I had a X-frame S&W 500 with 4" barrel.
    I have a .501 550gr Round Nose Plain Base 3 cav. NOE mold from a group buy, I don't know if NOE still offers it? It dropped boolits right at .501 with COWW alloy.

    I also have a Iron 3 cavity Ballisti-cast mold 385gr RF. I only mention that, because I prefer that lighter boolit (to the NOE 550gr) for target shooting with the 4" X-Frame.

    I also have the Lee 440gr. I prefer this with a GC for Hot loads.

    that's my 2


    PS, I wouldn't want anything lighter than 350gr

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    I was looking at his 383 Gas checked but he has it not in stock every time i looked in any flavor. Slim Pickings in 500.

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    yeah, NOE is nearing the end of his year end sale, I bet it's slim pickings in all calibers.

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    A note on sizing for the 500.. Heavyweight LFN style boolits in this caliber will often grow as they age harden, depending on the antimony in the alloy the can grow as much as .0015" so a word of caution may be in order, if you size to fit throats with these, I would not load a considerable amount of rounds and allow them to sit on a shelf, as they may not chamber in a few months. I would load what I intend to shoot in a given amount of time and shoot them within that period.
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Abbreviations used in Reloading

BP Bronze Point IMR Improved Military Rifle PTD Pointed
BR Bench Rest M Magnum RN Round Nose
BT Boat Tail PL Power-Lokt SP Soft Point
C Compressed Charge PR Primer SPCL Soft Point "Core-Lokt"
HP Hollow Point PSPCL Pointed Soft Point "Core Lokt" C.O.L. Cartridge Overall Length
PSP Pointed Soft Point Spz Spitzer Point SBT Spitzer Boat Tail
LRN Lead Round Nose LWC Lead Wad Cutter LSWC Lead Semi Wad Cutter
GC Gas Check