Agreed! After you put it down, you know that you were shooting something. The .50 AE is much easier to handle.9MAK said:500 has more noise, more recoil and tons more energy & and like all ammo these days, expensive.
Exactly! I shoot full load .44's in my S&W 629 8 3/8" and in my Ruger SBH 4 5/8" barrel and neither one does this to me...lol...Bunnyman said:Depends on the .44.
The 500's only available in *huge* revolvers; the smallest they come is the 4" Smith X-Frame, with no small amount of muzzle brake to tame it. The .44 comes in all sizes, and with a huge variety of loads, so a hot .44 in a scandium-framed 329PD would be pure pain, while a mild .44 in, say, an 8" Raging Bull is probably quite pleasant. My experience is limited to an 8" 629 with mid-range factory loads, so YMMV.
According to Cartridges of the World, the 500 has *twice* the muzzle energy of .50 AE in a standard factory load, about the same amount as .30-06. Yikes.
It depends on what you want it for. For simply a "fun gun" the DE is a blast. But it's a pretty expensive plinker. If it's for hunting and carrying through the woods, the S&W gets the nod. It's a more effective round with a better selection of bullets.doink67 said:Today I shot a .50 AE Desert Eagle, and it was incredibly fun! I want to know what people think about the S&W Model 500's recoil, price (ammo included), and power compared to the .50 AE Desert Eagle.