It’s impossible to even think about 500 Magnum without remembering when Dirty Harry called the 44 Magnum the most powerful handgun in the world. Of course, it’s actually the 500 Magnum that wins that honor, as it is currently the most powerful production handgun cartridge on the market. That makes it a worthy caliber for handgun hunters, one capable of dropping game of all sizes. For those interested in some serious power, Taurus is now manufacturing their Raging Hunter in 500 Magnum. The popular hunting revolver has proven itself as a well-balanced, reliable gun, and this magnum addition just makes it better.
For 2023, Taurus is making a few additions to their popular Raging Hunter family. First up is the new Raging Hunter 500 Magnum, a revolver that will send some seriously big bullets down range. Second, but no less fantastic, is the addition of a 10.5-inch barrel model 460 Magnum Raging Hunter. That gun features a proprietary compensator designed to somewhat mitigate felt recoil and muzzle rise from the magnum cartridge.
The 500 Magnum Raging Hunter promises to be an excellent choice for handgun hunters in 2023. It features the Taurus double lock system, for reliable cycling with high-pressure magnum rounds, just as all Raging Hunters do, and it’s made to withstand hard use. This gun will be available in a range of barrel lengths, giving gun owners a choice of whether they want a 500 Magnum best suited to hunting large game, use as a backcountry carry gun, or for range use.
Then there’s the newest addition to the 460 Magnum lineup, the 10.5-inch barrel model. This revolver has a custom compensator, which is its most unique and useful feature. The muzzle device is made to reduce the felt recoil of 460 Magnum for the shooter, which improves accuracy and speeds up follow-up shots (an especially useful feature if you’re using it for defense against predators). It also has top and bottom Picatinny rails, making it easy to mount optics to the gun. As for that bottom rail, it’s a great place to put a bipod or weapon-mounted light or laser.
Handgun hunting is a sport that’s picked up a greater following in recent years, and the addition of more magnum options to the Raging Hunter line should draw even more people. With these guns, it’s possible to hunt everything from coyotes to deer to elk. And thanks to the overall design of the Raging Hunter line, these guns don’t produce the aggressive, snappy recoil of many other magnum revolvers. These guns are a legitimate choice for new or seasoned hunters, and they’re also plain fun to shoot.
MSRP for the Taurus Raging Hunter in 500 Magnum and the 460 Magnum with 10.5-inch barrel are not known at this time.