I had my 629 Classic and .500 X frame out cleaning them tonight after the weekend shooting and the thought occurred to me: Why not a 6 shot S&W X-frame 44 Magnum? When everyone else is convering 6 shot revolvers to 5 shot larger bores this would be something different!
With the X frame and 6 shot recessed cylinder you could really put some zip in the old .44 Mag. Have a 400 gr bullet mold made up and seat the bullet way out / long so the case could really hold some powder. Loaded to 65,000 psi or .460 S&W levels would put the .44 mag in whole new light. Sectional density should be up their with the .500 600 gr bullets and the load should shoot thru a bear or moose longwise even after shattering some bones along the way.
Part of the fun would be publishing loads "For S&W X frames only - not for use in Rugers and other weaker guns". Smith owners could also talk down to Ruger owners about their Redhawks and Super Redhawks shooting loose and not holding up under the normal X frame loads. Of course the X frame is a little bit heavier than the SRHs but that shouldn't be an issue.
Making the barrel shouldn't be too bad as the X frame uses a shrouded barrel. Not sure if a .500 cylinder could be sleeved for a 5 shot or a whole new cylinder would have to be made. N frame parts should work to convert it to a 6 shot if a new cylinder was made.
Wonder what it would cost to pursue this pipe dream and who I get to do the work?