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    Default 500 S&W case dimensions

    I have searched here but could not find the case dimensions for the 500. Really all I need is outside diameter and length.
    None of my reloading manuals list it. I'm building a cartridge slide and am hoping I that 45/70 is close in diameter, or maybe somethinmg else I have on hand will work as a substitute..

    Thanks y'all....

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    Quote Originally Posted by reuben_j_cogburn View Post
    I have searched here but could not find the case dimensions for the 500. Really all I need is outside diameter and length.
    None of my reloading manuals list it. I'm building a cartridge slide and am hoping I that 45/70 is close in diameter, or maybe somethinmg else I have on hand will work as a substitute..

    Thanks y'all....

    reuben...
    I typed "500 S&W" and picked one of the references (Wikipedia) and found these dimensions:

    Type Centerfire (.50 caliber) Place of origin United States Production history Designer Cor-Bon / Smith & Wesson Designed 2003 Manufacturer Smith & Wesson Specifications
    Bullet diameter .500 in (12.7 mm)
    Neck diameter .526 in (13.4 mm)
    Base diameter .526 in (13.4 mm)
    Rim diameter .556 in (14.1 mm)
    Rim thickness .056 in (1.4 mm)
    Case length 1.625 in (41.3 mm)
    Overall length 2.10 in (53 mm)
    Primer type Large pistol

    Note the primer specification.

    All current 500 Smith cartridges use the large rifle cartridge, but when they were first introduced, the pressure spec was to be 50,000 psi. About the time they raise the spec to 60,000 (or 65k, I am working from memory here). Hogdon's 2009 Annual reloading magazine has a bit of the catridge's history and it is FASCINATING reading.

    It also has a bunch of load data.

    Larry (Lost Sheep)

    disclaimer: I do not vouch for the dimensions. Wikipedia is a reader-supported site and the information there is NOT MINE. The official arbiter of dimensions and pressures is SAAMI.

    Also, the Hogdon book points out that various different cartridges can vary as much as 7% difference in volume while the exterior dimensions are identical. Work your loads up carefully and if you change brands of cartridge, do it all over again (at least near the top end of the power range).

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    500 S&W case dimensions

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    Default trying again

    try this.....
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    There's a pretty good selection of loads at the Hodgdon web site as well, http://www.hodgdon.com .

    Brian

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    Question

    Ok! I'll ask. What is a cartridge slide? And what does it have to do with a 500 S&W?
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    Default sliding...

    I'm building a cartridge slide, which is simply a leather slot with cartridge loops sewn in that will allow you to carry extra ammo on your belt (it slides through your belt).....
    I need to build a few but I don't shoot a 500, and I was hoping that something I do shoot was close enough....
    With a .526 case diameter I might have to aquire a few cases. I shoot .338 but honestly don't recall the case dimension right now.

    Thanks for the specs. I on't know why my search just turned up garbage...

    ciao ya'll..

    reuben..

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    I got .492-.512 for the 338 case. The body of the case at the neck then again before the belt.

    .542-.550 for a 300 wsm case.

    .526 for a loaded 500 S&W

    hope this helps.

    --BTW I can never get anything from the search function either. It always says my search words are too common.

    If you live in the valley I can give you 5 rounds of 500 s&w.
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    I live near talkeetna...
    I apprciate the offer.. however I will be in Wasilla this week and can get them from a buddy. I was just hoping to be able to use something I have and get a bit ahead of the game.....
    Thankls again!!!

    reuben....

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    Default Search Problems:

    I got the dimensions for the case from Wikipedia at
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/.500_S&W_Magnum

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