A novices journey so far....
I sent this off to John Gallagher a few years agoÖ.
A few months ago I got this back
So now I had both a new gun and new caliber to get to know. Itís been a fairly warm winter for us here this year so Iíve been able to get out and shoot a few times in temps from 10-30 above! whoohoo!
There was something funny about getting a new blued gun after spending north 2K in that I found myself almost afraid to touch it! Like it was something fragile. I suppose itís just that ďnew carĒ thing. Once you get it dirty and put the first scuff on it reality sets in and you use it for whatís for!
I had acquired a 450gr 3 hole Ballisticast mould a couple years ago from Wildwill and had a bunch casted up. I loaded some up over 15gr HS6, stood in front of target at only 15yds and let em fly not really knowing what to expect as far as recoil or how accurate I could shoot this beast. Well, I got a case of perma-grin and put 5 close to each other standing offhand.
Now that I had some confidence I broke out the 450gr LilGun loads and the chrony. John shot/sighted the gun with 440gr CP over 29gr LiigGun. I shot several load over the chrony and ended up at 28.5 gr at just over 1300fps. That one lets you know when you touch it off! I did manage to put a few fairly close together at 25yds. First shot I did a 6 oíclock hold and thatís where it hit, just off the bottom edge of the paper, so I aimed at middle for the next rounds. Pulled the last one. Iím off to a start!
Well, my goal with the 500L is to work up an accurate 525gr load at 1100ish. From what I've read it hits like a freight train, out penetrates almost everything else handgun and with less recoil than the full house, standard 500L load of 450gr at 1300ish. I borrowed this 525gr gc LBT mould from a guy on another forum so I could do some casting and testing. Turns out they weigh 540gr cast from my wheel weights lubed with gas check.
I've worked up a load. 23gr LilGun at 1150ish. Here's 10 rounds rested with that load at 25yds. Average 1143fps.
First shot was low right, second was high left. I settled down, concentrated on a good consistent firm grip and put the next 6 at about a 2 inch group. Then shot a flyer and called that one. Last shot was not quite back where it should have been. I think I'm off to a good start and now just need trigger time.
I pulled the cylinder after shooting 5, turned it over and the brass fell out. This load does not have the recoil the 450gr at 1300ish does. I need a taller front sight blade though. I did the math, called John Gallagher and have one coming. Easy with the DX base. This thing is just a blast to shoot! What hoot! Iím lovin getting to know the 500 Linebaugh.
The other day I did some standing off hand shooting with 450gr HS-6 and the 540gr loads at 25yds. Iím getting there. I'm also doing more accuracy testing with 22.5gr LilGun instead of 23. 22.5 is 1097fps
The other day did shoot 12Ē steel at 40ish yards off hand with the 450gr hs6 and 540gr 22.5grLiGun loads. No problem ringing the steel and it sure is fun. Time now to start shooting longer ranges at paper to see what I can do.
Iím enjoying getting to know my new friend!