to get the .204 Ruger and .500 S&W Mag barrels mounted and bore sighted, on the 1871 Buffalo Classic .45-70 rifle I'd picked up awhile back. Fit and finish make the rifle look new again, and the stubby .500 barrel actually looks pretty cool with the longish forend.
The .204 I shot first, and the first thing I noticed was an absolute lack of recoil. None. I've got a 69A Winchester .22 LR that 'kicks' more than this gun does! Amazing to watch things disappear in the scope.
Put the .500 barrel on, and loaded it with the 500 gr. Hornady's loaded with about 30 gr. of H110. Recoil was brisk, about on a par with the 350 Hornady's in the .45-70 I'd been shooting on this rifle with it's 32 inch barrel. It COULD get unpleasant after awhile with the curved steel buttplate and the warmish 325 gr. Hornady's, though it's not as uncomfortable as some other big-bore vintage levers I've shot in the past.
Can't speak to accuracy, other than they'll stay on pop cans a ways out, it was giving us a typical spring 'frog choker', with attendant 30 kt. winds...accuracy over the bags at established range to come.
First impressions are that these are truly bargains! $86 out the door for the .500 barrel, $116 got the fluted .204 heavy at 24". I'm thinking next up will be a couple of .45 Colt barrels with the intention of turning one of them into a .460!
Nothing earth shattering, just had some fun and wanted to share.....