Monster Magnums

Monster size, weight, power, penetration, muzzleblast, recoil, accuracy and great fun are at-hand, as it were, for those capable of using these beasts. Make no mistake, the traditional 97-pound weakling shouldn’t even think of shooting them. The .500 is the “baddest,” closely followed by the .460. Strength of the individual shooting them is important. If you aren’t strong enough, hold the gun steady while squeezing off an off-hand shot accurately; they are little more than a serious handicap to the hunter.

Weighing in at around 72 ounces, it takes a strong individual to hold them and squeeze off a shot. Add a scope and the weight goes up. But without a scope, few are capable of matching the inherent accuracy of the guns. Physical strength in handling the recoil — particularly the .500 with heavy bullets and max loads — is important. Taking a hit to your forehead during recoil from one of these guns is an extremely unpleasant and often costly experience, likewise, eating an improperly mounted scope. You have to be a match for the gun physically, and more than a match for it mentally. Any tiny fear creeping into your mind about what is going to happen after the fuse is lit and I guarantee a screw up of one sort or another is in the make.

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