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Do I really need a 50bmg?

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Unread 10-26-2013, 08:28 AM
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Do I really need a 50bmg?

I've considering buying a 50 bmg for 5 years now. I have several extreme long range rifles such as a 338 Allen mag. 300 Thunderhulk which are more than capable of shooting out to 3000yds with pin point accuracy. I have always wanted a 50 but fear I will be disappointed with the Accuracy I do not know what I would gain besides energy over my existing rifles. At one time I had a 408 cheyenne tac and was extremely disappointed in the accuracy so I tore it apart and built the Allen mag? Thoughts
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    Unread 10-26-2013, 09:09 AM
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    Re: Do I really need a 50bmg?

    I was looking at buying the Accuracy International AX50. Probably top it off with a night force beast or a premier.
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    Re: Do I really need a 50bmg?

    You'll gain 2 things. An expensive conversation piece and an expensive to reload platform. Wow factor, yes. Practical... not really.

    It all distills down to how much money you have and what you percieve is a good return on investment.

    Me, I'd get more enjoyment out of an expensive call girl than a 50 cal.
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    Re: Do I really need a 50bmg?

    Do you need one? Probably not.....but whenever my wife asks me, "don't you have enough guns? do you really need another one?" My answer is always "YES!" You sound like you already have a nice collection going, so you probably don't NEED one....BUUUUUTTTTTTTT......if you have the money, and you want one, I say DO IT! You can never have enough guns!
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    Re: Do I really need a 50bmg?

    Brian... You can only shoot one at a time......

    My issue with another caliber is then I have to buy all the ancillary stuff to reload it and that usually is as much as the rifle is...

    It's a long slippery slope......
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    I have never shot a 50 are they accurate? Am I better off building a custom or buying a high end factory rifle. I have a press would just need to buy dies and a suppressor
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    Re: Do I really need a 50bmg?

    TH:

    1. Please provide more detail on the level of accuracy you consider acceptable and at what distances.

    2. Target rifle or for hunting?

    3. There are high end "factory" 50's (established configurations, not assembled to order):

    a. AI's AS50, AW50, and AX50
    b. Armalite's AR-50A1B and AR-50A1BNM (the second their "Match" version)
    c. Ashbury's ASW50
    d. Barrett's 82A1, 95, 99, and 107A1
    e. DTA's HTI
    f. McMillan's TAC-50 (-A1, -A1-R2), and 50 LBR (the last a benchrest version)
    g. SIG Sauer's SIG50
    h. Steyr's HS 50 and HS 50 M1 (the former a match winner)

    4. Plus a LOT of custom builders - build to the accuracy level you deem acceptable

    So there are a lot of available alternatives. See line note #6 (pink) on my rifles page.

    I agree with Greywolf18, if you have the money, go for it. That noted, doing your homework before putting your money down is prudent. CLEARLY communicate your accuracy requirements and see what the suppliers are willing to commit to - "commit" (to me) meaning provide you a target with 5 shot group of the size and at the distance in your accuracy "spec" PLUS provide the associated load data.

    Enjoy and God Bless!
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