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anyone hunt with 50bmg? what bullets do you use?

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Unread 10-07-2004, 01:03 PM
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anyone hunt with 50bmg? what bullets do you use?

and what has been the results of the impacts?
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    Unread 10-07-2004, 03:06 PM
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    Re: anyone hunt with 50bmg? what bullets do you use?

    Barnes makes an x bullet for the 50. Order direct. My 50 is to big to lug around the mountains. Wish I could though.

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    Unread 10-07-2004, 06:46 PM
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    Re: anyone hunt with 50bmg? what bullets do you use?

    Ring,

    Here in Montana you have to use an expanding bullet for big game hunting with any firearm so that really cuts the options down.

    I have tested the Barnes X, I believe it is the 600 gr Version I ordered from Arizona Ammo Comp. They are great looking bullets but my rifle did not care for them all that much.

    Plenty accurate for hunting out to 600 yards or so but I would not feel confident at any range past that with the accuracy level I was getting.

    I use the 750 gr Hornady A-Max exclusively. It holds well under moa out to 1000 yards in my rifle and is technically an expanding bullet to satisfy the legal folks.

    On antelope and deer size game there really is not much expansion but there is not need for it.

    For larger game such as elk, the 750 gr A-Max may open up more and with a load packing 6000 to 10,000 ft/lbs of erergy depending on impact range combined with a .510" bullet of 750 gr weight, if the bullet did open up on solid bone, you may loose the back half of whatever you shoot.

    The X bullet would be a better choice for heavier game simply because of its limited expansion characteristics.

    I would also agree, my 50 weights 35 lbs and while that is not overly heavy for a 50 BMG, it is to heavy for this kid to pack around in the field to much.

    Good Shooting!!!

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    Unread 10-08-2004, 04:54 AM
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    Re: anyone hunt with 50bmg? what bullets do you use?

    I am surprised that there isn't more discussion about using the 50 for hunting in this forum. From the type of discriminating sportsmen on this forum, it seems that this would be THE place to get knowledgable input on the gun and loads. Other sites usually contain arm chair warriors. My opinion anyways.

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    Re: anyone hunt with 50bmg? what bullets do you use?

    The reason for that, might be that the "ultra-long range hunting" section was eliminated in the spring [img]images/icons/frown.gif[/img]
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    Unread 10-08-2004, 08:47 AM
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    Re: anyone hunt with 50bmg? what bullets do you use?

    I always come across things way to late. Damn! Anybody have stock in Enron that there looking to dump, because I'm in the mood to buy.

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    Unread 10-08-2004, 08:32 PM
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    Re: anyone hunt with 50bmg? what bullets do you use?

    I use HSM ammo 750 grain Hornady A-max @ 2800 fps and 14,000 ft lbs of muzzle energy, still i limit my shoots to 800yards, I also use a LRB 1500 newcon to get exact yardage. I do handload the 50bmg too, but have not had enough time to develope my best load yet
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