Poor Man's .50 Cal.

Discussion in 'Firearms' started by jim, Aug 17, 2006.


  1. jim

    jim Monkey+++ Founding Member

    My question, is there a meaningful substitute for the .50 cal rifles that are so wildly popular? Is there something of a lesser caliber that can send out a medium to large caliber slug to long ranges with good accuracy? I know that the fifty is very hard to match much less beat, but hopefully, there are some options.

    jim
     
  2. sniper-66

    sniper-66 Monkey+++ Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    The .300 win mag or the .338 is about as good as it gets until you get to a .50. There are some other rifles out there, but nothing that many can afford. The great thing about a .50 is that being military, the rounds are numerous and relatively cheap to come by.
     
  3. phishi

    phishi Psy-Ops Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    Is there something of a lesser caliber that can send out a medium to large caliber slug to long ranges with good accuracy?

    jim[/quote]

    What are you hoping to achieve with this round? Target shooting, hunting, what?

    Not a flame, but it would help some steer you in the direction that you are hoping to reach.

    phishi
     
  4. E.L.

    E.L. Moderator of Lead Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

  5. 155gunner

    155gunner Monkey+++ Founding Member

    The .338 Lapua Magnum is da' bomb!
     
  6. ghostrider

    ghostrider Resident Poltergeist Founding Member

    .300 WIn Mag with a 180 or 190 grain bullet is still hard to beat way out there where bullets don't expand.
     
  7. jim

    jim Monkey+++ Founding Member

    Thanks gents. I am basically looking for a toy to shoot at long ranges, but perhaps also to kill a deer out past the ranges I normally shoot them.

    A friend told me about the .378 Weatherby Mag. and he thinks that a Barnes X bullet in spire point might be what I'm looking for if such a slug exists.

    Those .338's sound good, and I'd been thinking that the .300 Win Mag. was the most bang for the buck around.

    jim
     
  8. Quigley_Sharps

    Quigley_Sharps The Badministrator Administrator Founding Member

    30x378 338x378 or 338 Laupa or 338 rum or 300 rum
     
  9. Valkman

    Valkman Knifemaker Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    The .416 is supposed to out-perform the .50, and this from a guy I met that loads rounds for a living. They shoot alot doing testing and loves that round.
     
  10. sniper-66

    sniper-66 Monkey+++ Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    Yes, but the rounds are almost double the .50 and very little option on types.
     
  11. Valkman

    Valkman Knifemaker Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    Aren't they both in the "real expensive" range? :)
     
  12. sniper-66

    sniper-66 Monkey+++ Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    The .50 FMJ remanufactured rouns run form a $1.30 to $1.70. I "heard" that the .416 run in the neighborhood of $2.50 to $3.00 a round. Even the $1.50 rounds that I shoot, I shoot sparingly, hence why I bought a bolt and not a auto loader.
     
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