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.460 S&W vs .500 S&W

hey i was wondering if anyone knew which caliber would be better in bear country, the .460 or the .500. I have heard that the .460 is more powerful, but the .500 is a larger bore, so please enlighten me!

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Re: .460 S&W vs .500 S&W

The 460 is capable of higher muzzle energy

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The 460 has a greater case capacity and can produce more foot pounds of energy. Here are some published loads:

460 S&W: 335 grain at 2064 fps out of an 8 3/8ths barrel for 3169 foot pounds / Efficacy 513
460 S&W: 300 grain at 2080 fps out of an 8 3/8ths barrel for 2882 foot pounds / Efficacy 467
460 S&W: 395 grain at 1796 fps out of an 8 3/8ths barrel for 2829 foot pounds / Efficacy 458
460 S&W: 360 grain at 1864 fps out of an 8 3/8ths barrel for 2777 foot pounds / Efficacy 450
500 S&W Corbon load: 325 grain at 1800 fps 2338 foot pounds / Efficacy 459
500 S&W: 360 at 1843 fps out of an 8 3/8ths barrel for 2715 foot pounds / Efficacy: 440
500 S&W Corbon load: 440 grain at 1625 fps for 2578 foot pounds / Efficacy: 507
500 S&W: 700 grain at 1300 fps out of an 8 3/8ths barrel for 2627 foot pounds / Efficacy 516

Compare loads at: http://www.handloads.com/loaddata/de...Powder&Source=
Muzzle energy / Efficacy calculator http://billstclair.com/energy.html