There are a lot of people that shoot the 50BMG and if it had terrible recoil then they wouldn't.
Weight has a great effect on felt recoil (Recoil velocity) you can have a rifle that weights 5
pounds and produces 40 ft/lbs of recoil energy but 20+ ft/sec recoil velocity that kicks like a
mule take the same load (The same ft/lbs of recoil energy) and shoot it in a 10 pound rifle
and you will reduce the recoil velocity for all practical purposes to 10 ft/sec recoil velocity.
And it will be very mild.
This is what happens to the big calibers when weight is added. even though they produce
70 + ft/lbs of energy they will /may only have 10 to 20 ft/sec recoil velocity and feel very mild.
Most people feel comfortable with 30 to 40 ft/lbs of recoil energy and a recoil velocity of 10 to
15 ft/sec and the 50 BMG can have a recoil velocity of 15 ft/sec if it weights enough.
The Barret light 50 (M82 A1) weight is 29 pounds but it has a recoil operated action(The barrel
moves back to operate it) and this reduces some of the felt recoil and in addition it has a Fish
gill type brake that reduces recoil even more .
So with all or these things combined it is very manageable and exciting to shoot.
The bolt actions have a locked breach and depend solely on weight and the muzzle break
to reduce recoil so they are generally heaver (40 to 60 pounds).
I would have to say that the big 50s are more manageable than most of the dangerous
game rifles! and the reason is most dangerous game hunting rifles weigh 7 to 10 lbs
and have a high recoil velocity.(Kick like s#*T).
The one thing that is bad however is muzzle blast. with 250 + grains of powder there is a lot
happening at the muzzle end.
So if you don't like the recoil of a 300 win mag without a break then the 50 BMG is not for you.
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