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Old 05-28-2013, 3:55 PM
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Default 460 S&W Compensator

I just bought a S&W 460 XVR. It has two compensators, one for lead the other for jacketed ammo.

Why are there two different ones? Can I shoot either lead or jacketed using one type of compensator only? Which one?

.460 XVR owners or those in the know, please chime in.
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Old 05-28-2013, 4:01 PM
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I believe the shorter one that has the holes next to the front sight is used for jacketed bullets. The longer one that has the port in front of the sight is for lead bullets. They say that if you use the shorter one with lead bullets, it will cause a bunch of lead fouling on your front sight.
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Old 05-28-2013, 4:57 PM
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If you shoot lead rounds using the comp made for jacketed bullets it might cause the compensator to "weld" itself to the barrel and make it nearly impossible to remove. That is why the lead comp doesn't have the holes on top, to discourage lead fouling.
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Old 05-28-2013, 7:03 PM
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I read a while back that using the lead comp for both types is just fine.
I've almost always shot heavy cast out of my 460V with a few jacketed in for practice. I've never had any issues using the lead comp for jacketed bullets or lead free Barnes bullets.
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As everyone said, you can use the comp meant for lead with both lead and jacketed rounds but don't shoot lead rounds with the comp for jacketed rounds.

The comp for jacketed rounds should reduce muzzle flip more than the lead one because of the holes on top.

Haven't done a side by side comparison yet. Something to try next time I get to take the beast out.

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Thank you all for the response. I mostly use hard cast lead (cheaper) so I'll just leave the "lead" comp in place when I go to the range. I just hate to carry both of them at the range and lose one by accident.
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Old 05-29-2013, 12:52 PM
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If you do some research you'll find that at one time someone made an insert that eliminated the comp altogether. I've searched far and wide, can't find one.
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Found it. Forgot it was just fabricated for personal use. Someone should make these, I'd buy one in a second.

http://www.biggamehunt.net/reviews/s...on-460v-review
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Found it. Forgot it was just fabricated for personal use. Someone should make these, I'd buy one in a second.

http://www.biggamehunt.net/reviews/s...on-460v-review
There was an un-ported insert sold by S&W for a short period, but it's discontinued now. It was made for hunters who wanted to reduce sound at the expense of more recoil.

See post #6
http://smith-wessonforum.com/s-w-smi...ml#post1017746
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I remember calling Smith about this a while ago. They acted like the holeless comp was never produced.
Wonder why they stopped producing it? Must of had "issues".
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