[Video] Guy Accidentally Chops Down Tree With S&W .500 – “WATCH OUT! MOVE! MOVE!”

October 28 2014
by GSL Staff
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There’s no question that S&W’s .500 Magnum round packs some serious firepower. The handgun round can produce over 3,000 ft/lbs of energy in certain loadings.

One shooter learned just how powerful the round is when he fired it for the first time earlier this month.

In a video posted to Youtube, a man fires a S&W Model 500 at a target near some trees.

The resulting shot actually took down a pretty decently sized tree pretty quickly.

His friends shout “Watch out! Move! Move!” as the shooter runs a little too quickly and a little too far given the actual threat in the video.

The damage done to the tree is pretty impressive.

Here’s some info on the round from Wikipedia:

The .500 S&W Magnum is considered the most powerful commercial sporting handgun cartridge by virtue of the muzzle energy it can generate.[citation needed] Cor-Bon (now a Dakota Ammo brand) who together with Smith & Wesson developed the .500 S&W Magnum cartridge, offers several loads which include a 325 gr (21.1 g) at 1,800 ft/s (550 m/s), a 400 gr (26 g) at 1,625 ft/s (495 m/s) and a 440 gr (29 g) at 1,625 ft/s (495 m/s). Compared to the next most powerful commercial sporting handgun cartridge, the .460 S&W Magnum, which can launch a 325 gr (21.1 g) at 1,650 ft/s (500 m/s) or a 395 gr (25.6 g) at 1,525 ft/s (465 m/s), the .500 S&W Magnum produces about 15% to 40% more muzzle energy than the .460 S&W. The .500 S&W Magnum comes into its own when used with heavier bullets, particularly those with weights of 500 gr (32 g) or greater. When possible these bullets should be seated as far out as possible to take advantage of the complete cylinder length, so as to maximize the powder capacity which the case can provide.

Several manufacturers currently produce the S&W 500 Magnum cartridge, with some of the top-performing rounds delivering 3,031 ft·lbf (4,109 J) of energy with a 350-grain (23 g) bullet traveling at 1,975 feet per second (602 m/s). It is claimed to be the most potent handgun cartridge on the market and provides power similar to long-established wildcat cartridges such as the .375 JDJ (J. D. Jones) and pistol loadings of the .45-70 Government. Indeed, some rounds use bullets weighting almost 1 oz. (28 g ~ 440 gr.), which are sent at about 1,500 ft/s (460 m/s) – essentially the same performance of a 12 gauge shotgun slug.

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