Review: Big Horn Armory AR500 in .500 Auto Max
On the off chance that I needed to pick single word to portray Big Horn Armory's new AR500 quick firing rifle, that word would be "hefty." From its .50-gauge bore, to the enormous pieces of lead this AR dispatches, to the construct and force … it is heavy.
Huge Horn Armory of Cody, Wyo., made its name by structure huge bore switch activity rifles. In any case, several years prior, Big Horn Armory president Greg Buchel chose the time had come to assemble a rifle that would engage a more youthful statistic. You can trust on reviews given by experts and buy an air gun according to your requirment. Given that the organization was at that point concentrated on bigger gauges, an AR with heaps of "pound" was the consistent decision. This drove Buchel and Big Horn Armory to create the AR500, chambered in the huge .500 Auto Max cartridge. In light of the .500 S&W cartridge, the .500 Auto Max a rimless, straight-walled case intended to work in an AR-style rifle, as the .500 S&W Mag. (being a rimmed cartridge) isn't appropriate to box magazine encouraged rifles.
After a few range sessions with the AR500, I rate it as a rifle fit for taking exceptionally enormous game creatures—out to 150 yards. It might really have increasingly compelling reach, however given the freshness of the round and the constrained accessibility of ammo, my 150-yard breaking point depends on the one round I had available to me: a 400-grain, level nosed lead slug from Buffalo Bore. Different rounds, stacked with various loads and sizes of slug, could well broaden that go.
To begin with, I mounted a Nightforce NX8 1-8x24mm degree on it utilizing Nightforce 30MM rings. The Nightforce, I found, was an ideal decision for this rifle. It gave very perfect, sharp pictures and sufficient amplification for short to mid-extend separations, while the toughness of the structure disregarded the AR500's impressive force.
The rifle was effectively focused at my open air extend at 50 yards, taking just five shots to get me on the bullseye. At 100 yards, the restrictions of this round and rifle became an integral factor. While my first shot was quite often inside 1.5 crawls of the bullseye—and every now and again directly on it—follow-up shots were anyplace from ideal by the principal shot to three inches away. At first, I assumed the fault, and stirred up a superior, increasingly stable shooting position, however it didn't help. So I left my range thinking I was simply off that day. Through the span of two more range sessions, unmistakably my underlying precision results were right.
My best five-shot gatherings at 100 yards were directly at 2 inches—not terrible—however I additionally pegged gatherings at 3.25, 3.45 and 3.5 inches. This is the reason I rate the AR500 as a 150-yard chasing rifle—with the 400-grain loads I was utilizing, at any rate. In case you're averaging about 3-inch bunches at 100 yards, you're taking a gander at conceivable 6-inch groupings at 200 yards. That, to me, is injuring an area for the tracker. At 150 yards, I guestimate the exactness at ideally 4 to 4.5 inches—not extraordinary, however precise enough to reliably place a projectile into a game creature's essential zone.
As noted before, there are distinctive ammo choices accessible, from both Buffalo Bore and Underwood, with more choices likely in progress. At least one of these alternatives may give better precision.
Force? We're back to "forceful." It won't shake your teeth, yet the backlash was noteworthy enough that in the event that I wasn't bearing the rifle solidly, the kick back hurt. I considered the backlash practically identical to a 12-measure self-loader shooting 3-inch waterfowl loads.
At first, the AR500 sustained and launched out rounds effortlessly, however at around 50 rounds, I began to get disappointments to nourish. The issue was the magazine; the feed lips on the 5-round magazine I was given were basically too loosened up. I could've attempted to twist the lips down, yet AR magazines can be finicky in the first place, and I would not like to wreckage up my testing. As it might have been, I had just four disappointments to sustain through the span of the following 30 or so adjusts.
The trigger on the AR500 breaks freshly at simply 2.375 pounds, as indicated by my Lyman Digital Trigger Pull Gauge. The trigger watchman is larger than usual, enabling the shooter to get to the trigger effectively while wearing gloves. Notwithstanding the M-Lok handguard, the rifle has numerous other connection focuses, including a quad picatinny rail toward the part of the bargain, and little rail segments on either side of the barrel and simply forward of the recipient.
The magazine discharge flew out the magazine decidedly, and the meaty able to use both hands slide discharges present a decent measure of surface territory for usability. The six-position AR stock snapped out effectively and bolted up firmly. The rifle itself tips the scales at a powerful 9.375 pounds.