We've haven't discussed this one much around here. At least not that I'm aware of.
The .500 Wyoming Express in a Freedom Arms 83. Seems like the ultimate packing gun to me. I've been intrigued by it and Freedom Arms revolvers ever since I fondled a FA several years ago. What an impressive wheelgun. I know there are some who dis the FA 83 cuz it has no transfer bar safety and FA says in the owners manual to not carry it with one in the chamber, making it a "4 shot". Others will say they are too tight. That a BFR is as accurate and a better value. But, I don't want to start those debates. Each to his own. Personally I'd love to have a Freedom Arms Premier grade. Just because it's a Freedom Arms Premier grade! Maybe I will at some point.
I've done a bunch of reading on the .500 WE and it seems like it's all a guy could ask for in a packable belt gun. I think what makes the .500we is the gun you can get it in. Kind of like the WSM's in a rifle. It's not so much the cartridge alone but the whole package. Short action, light handy guns. Like my 325 wsm Kimber. 8mm rem mag punch in a 23" barreled 7lb rifle including the scope.
I think a 500 WE in a 6 inch barreled FA 83 could possibly be the one "do it all" handgun. Packable, but able to kill any big game animal on the planet. It sure tempts a guy to sell a couple 45's to get one 50!
So what do you think of the 500we? Anyone around here have one that will chime in?
Here are some links to several good articles and a pick I downloaded off the net of a 4 3/4 FA 500WE next to a smith 357 686.
44, 454, 500we