I just bought a new S&W 500 today in the 4". I am going to be hand loading and have been doing some research online.
So far it looks like lil'gun, H110, and IMR4227 are pretty popular. I am trying to pick a bullet first and then go from there.
I am wondering what round you guys have found that you like in this gun. I will mostly be using the gun for bear defense. I typically have used cast lead in my 44 and imagine it is probably highly recommended in the 500 as well. I would like to find a copper jacketed round that will hold together well, penetrate, and take the big dog down when needed but if the recommendation is to stick with something like a 440gr. hard cast lead then I'll probably do that.
Anyway, I am excited to get some loads together. Would love to hear your experiences and maybe get some tried and true recipes if you guys are willing to share your favorites.