the 50 BMG cartridge
50 BMG cartridge was one of the many designs of the most prolific
designers of firearms of the last century, John Browning. Its
overall proportion is very similar to a scaled-up version of '
30-06. It was created near the end of World War 1 and remains
in production today for the US Military and other NATO forces
The .50 Browning Machine Gun cartridge (.50 BMG) was first created
in response to the use of German anti-tank rifles in WW1 and whilst
the rapid increase in amour capabilities on battle tanks rapidly
outpaced the ability of handheld weaponry to penetrate, it has
still been successful on lighter targets .
development culminated with John Browning designing a fully automatic
heavy machine gun, that has served with military force right up
to the present, and has over more recent times it has found a
following in the civilian market, where specialist manufactures
have developed sophisticated target rifles.
such as Barret offer civilian models in both Repeater bolt action
and Semi Automatic rifle configurations as a result of their military
weights typically range from about 630 grains to 800 gains and
muzzle velocity can be as high as 2900 fps with longer barrels.
The brass is roughly 3.9 inches long and overall loaded length
is around 5.7 inches.
such as Hornady and Barnes have over the past decade or so, have
responded to the rapidly growing civilian market and have offered
a range of projectiles for enthusiasts to load their own ammunition.
all target or benchrest shooters now use sophisticated muzzle
brakes to displace most of the recoil generated by this impressive
caliber, thus allowing its use in lighter rifles than those typically
used in military applications.
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