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.50 bmg for hunting longrange

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Unread 02-23-2008, 02:59 PM
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.50 bmg for hunting longrange

got a message i haven't posted in awhile, busy at work and some playing.
got a new mcmillan stock in last evening. bought the remington bdl pattern in forest green with black and white marbeling, pillars too.... wow ! she's purdy, going on my 300 rum.

working the details out for a barrett model 99 single shot .50 bmg....

besides hornady a max's, barnes has a few, but, what else is there for a hunting (expanding , non fmj) bullet ??

would like like to punch holes in things large and small, as well as lr elk....

got my cow elk last season at 723 yards with my 300 rum....so a bmg is not really needed, but it sure would be neet to send a 750 gr. .50 cal at one......
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Unread 02-23-2008, 04:32 PM
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Do you really need an expanding bullet if there is already a .5 inch hole? I have seen some cast bullets with humongous hollowpoints, but no other jakceted hunting rounds.
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Unread 02-23-2008, 04:38 PM
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I found these on the net, no experience with them yet.

50 bmg & 12 GA FOSTER SLUG

I believe Richard at wildcat is also make some 50 bullets. I am still getting my gun settled in and haven't shot any game with the AMAX yet. I hear they can be explosive if you hit a bone.
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Unread 02-23-2008, 07:34 PM
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Everything I've seen has just left a 1/2 inch hole. We shot a 55 gallon drum full of water and recovered an Amax. It looked mostly intact, only deformed a little. I have a new never fired Barrett 99 for sale if you want to drive to Wyoming. I also have lots of ammo and components.


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Unread 02-24-2008, 04:38 PM
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sent you a pm. whatta ya want for it.
i am in the dealing/ordering stage right now for a barrett 99 with the standard acc's plus a bushnell 3200 10x scope and rings for 3300 plus 50 shipping, from rsr thru a dealer friend.
scope and rings going into storage, and a 6.5-20x50 30mm luppy is going on.

as for hunting /target loads, most states have a no fmj bullet law for shooting big game. so an a-max is not considered as such.

just getting into this type of cannon, so i have lots to learn........

also for some reason, i cannot log on here from my cell phone, so i can read, but not reply.

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Unread 02-25-2008, 11:27 PM
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Having been hunting using a 50 for several years, have tried several bullets for game. I too figured the Amax would work well, given the expanding bullet requirements. WRONG!!! They expand about the same a grenade.
In 40 years of hunting I have never seen such destruction of a body.
I have tried some bulets made by a fellow in Mesa AZ, his work well. Richard Graves at Wildcat made some 750 gr RBBT hollow points that performed very well for me, wish he could make another batch or 10.
Talking with Tom Berger today he informed me that Berger will be making a 50 cal hunting and match type bullet very soon.
Long Distance is BETTER than being there
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Unread 02-26-2008, 04:24 PM
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great news on bergers !

how is a lee press for loading 50's ?
there is a company on gunbroker selling a lee press and 50 dies real cheap, plus the usual acc's with the press.

seems awful cheap, thinking its junk ???

what loads are you using ? seating depth, as in seated how far from the lands for best accuracy ???
or is this the same as loading for normal smaller cartridges......

anyways, cinch, soon as my money gets here from my poyer l1a1a sale . we'll work out the details, be patient please, you can mark your barrett as sold.

thank you...
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