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    Default Re: .500 S&W. Bullet for Buffalo.

    Quote Originally Posted by TStone View Post
    He will be backed but I would prefer him to kill it himself, preferably with his first shot. If the .500 S&W is not capable of that it would be better if he use a caliber that is.
    Craig Clintworth at Mkonto Gunsmithing built a lot of black powder rifles, did a lot of black powder hunting, and he once told me that a slow 500 grain piece of lead can kill anything.

    Maybe give him a call, and ask his opinion.

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    Default Re: .500 S&W. Bullet for Buffalo.

    A hole made by a 50 cal bullet must be similar to an expanded 375 bullet, which is capable of taking Buffalo.
    So a mono solid will penetrate enough, so no reason why it can't work.
    Client must just make sure of the shot, and give it some time before a slow follow up
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    Default Re: .500 S&W. Bullet for Buffalo.

    Quote Originally Posted by MyLani View Post
    A hole made by a 50 cal bullet must be similar to an expanded 375 bullet, which is capable of taking Buffalo.
    So a mono solid will penetrate enough, so no reason why it can't work.
    Client must just make sure of the shot, and give it some time before a slow follow up
    I shot a buffalo bull earlier this year using my .375 H&H and a Peregrine 300gr bullet. The recovered .375 bullet measured 14mm, a .500 bullet measures 12.7mm. Very many buffalo have been killed with 300gr solids from .375 H&H rifles, before premium expanding bullets became available. The .500 S&W with a solid will probably kill quicker than a .375 with a solid.

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    Default Re: .500 S&W. Bullet for Buffalo.

    Quote Originally Posted by TStone View Post
    The .500 S&W with a solid will probably kill quicker than a .375 with a solid.
    Before anything, let the client go buy the heaviest hard cast / solids he can find, and chrony them in his rifle.

    This will tell you how safe to use in the field.

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