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

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Unread 10-11-2004, 07:55 PM
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Re: anyone hunt with 50bmg? what bullets do you use?

JB1000br,

Unless that was a +40" barrel, I would recommend dropping that velocity down to the 2750-2800 fps range out of 36" barrels.

I have a 36" barreled 50 and with that barrel length I can have driven the 750 gr A-Max to an honest 2830 fps but the primer pockets in the IMI cases actually started to loosen, not to mention, it kicked like a mule!!

Anyway, you will get more velocity with the 20n29 but that is a hot load unless it was out of a +40" barrel.

Not flaming at all, just want to keep guys safe, there is a reason the 50 BMG is loaded to the 50,000-55,000 psi range, that huge case head developes a tremendous amount of bolt trust even at these levels.

Loading to modern magnum 65,000 psi levels can stress an action dramatically.

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

    Thanks JB - 20N29 is now back on the list, as is a longer barrel...
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    Re: anyone hunt with 50bmg? what bullets do you use?

    Bullet selection in the 50 is largely limited by the gun itself.Most of the non-custom guns can't accurately shoot the borerider bullets so they are out.The military surplus stuff has low bc numbers sub.700 and poor accuracy.This leaves you with A-Max and Barnes solids as across the counter bullets.The A-Max would get my nod in a easy to get bullet.The reason the big fifty isn't more popular in the long range hunting arena is many states place a weight limit on big game rifles which puts the pure target rifles out of the equation.If you want an expanding copper-jacketed/lead cor bullet contact Lynn McMurdo who currently holds the world record for smallest 5 shot group in a light gun at 1000 yards at.
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    Re: anyone hunt with 50bmg? what bullets do you use?

    Kirby--gun wanst mine and has since been sold, but thanks for the heads up [img]images/icons/wink.gif[/img]

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