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.50 Browning Machine Gun

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.50 Browning Machine Gun at AmmoGuide.com
SPECIFICATIONS
Bullet Diameter:
.511 in.
Max Overall Length:
5.450 in.
Case Capacity (est):
289.4 gr. water
Primer Size:
.315 in.
 
NOMINAL PERFORMANCE
Bullet Weight:
647 gr
Muzzle Velocity:
2980 fps
Muzzle Energy:
12764 ft-lbs
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The .50 Browning Machine Gun cartridge (.50 BMG) was inspired by the effectiveness of German anti-tank rifles of WWI. John Browning subsequently developed the fully-automatic heavy machine gun and ammunition, adopted by the military in 1923. The cartridge remains in use today not only by the U.S., but all over the world.

In relatively recent developments, the .50 BMG's role has expanded. It is now employed in sniper-rifle configuration - its heavy, hign-velocity, low-drag bullet providing thousands of yards of effective range. The US military began using the .50 BMG for this purpose after it had been effectively adapted by the civilian market for use in long-range match competition. The current use of the .50 BMG in the military and police sniper role is perhaps the most recent example of how America has been advanced by civilian marksmanship and hunting programs.

Despite its hefty price tag, use of the .50 BMG rifle by sports shooters has steadily risen over the past decade. Sophisticated rifles from such companies as McMillan and Barrett fetch prices of $7000 or more, while simpler designs are available in the low $2000 range. Many .50 BMG rifles are capable of consistently producing groups under 3 inches at 1000 yards.

Nominally, the .50 BMG propels a 720 grain bullet at 2910 fps, producing nearly 13,000 ft-lbs of muzzle energy. Benchrest rifle employ weight and special muzzle porting (applying muzzle blast rearward) to maintain recoil at manageable levels. Because of the intensity and redirection of muzzle blast, special consideration must be given to personnel positioned to the sides of the shooter.

Keith Pagel, Contributing Editor of Very High Power Magazine, has contributed 2 articles to AmmoGuide: 
"A Brief History of .50 Browning Machine Gun Cartridge Development" 
at http://ammoguide.com/cgi-bin/article...el0507
"Some variations on a .50 BMG theme" 
at http://ammoguide.com/cgi-bin/article...el0510

In 2004, the anti-gun lobby drew first blood against the .50 BMG in California with the passage of AB 50. This henious legislation classifies .50 BMG guns as "assault weapons", even single-shot rifles weighing as much as 40 pounds. The law also requires registration of existing guns and effectively bans future sales and transfers. In the first federal vote targeting the .50 BMG, in June 2005 Congress rejected an attempt by Congressman Moran (D-VA) to ban the export of .50 BMG rifles. For more information on .50 BMG legislation, visit the Fifty Caliber Institute at http://fiftycal.org/

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Available .50 Browning Machine Gun Loads

Bullet Make
& Wt. (gr)
    Powder
Type
    Charge
(gr)
    Muzzle
Vel. (fps)
    K. E.
(ft-lbs)
    Barrel
Len. (in)
              Owner     

600 Hawk  --Subscribers Only--
  2940
  11521
  33.0
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    noodles   
600 Barnes  --Subscribers Only--
  3060
  12481
  30.0
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    stigma   
600 Barnes  --Subscribers Only--
  3120
  12975
  30.0
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    stigma   
633 Mil Surplus  --Subscribers Only--
  2630
  9726
  33.0
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    biggman   
642   --Subscribers Only--
  2930
  12244
  44.0
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    stigma   
645 API  --Subscribers Only--
  2498
  8941
  24.0
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    ridurall   
647 Barnes  --Subscribers Only--
  2623
  9889
  30.0
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    ridurall   
647 Speer  --Subscribers Only--
  2629
  9934
  45.0
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    ammoguide   
647 Barnes  --Subscribers Only--
  2656
  10139
  30.0
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    ridurall   
647 Speer  --Subscribers Only--
  2688
  10385
  45.0
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    ammoguide   
647 Speer  --Subscribers Only--
  2744
  10822
  45.0
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    ammoguide   
647 Barnes  --Subscribers Only--
  2820
  11430
  30.0
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    dealer   
647   --Subscribers Only--
  2851
  11683
 
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    stigma   
647 IMI  --Subscribers Only--
  2910
  12171
  38.0
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    bigdogcrise   
647 Speer  --Subscribers Only--
  2915
  12213
  45.0
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    ammoguide   
647 Speer  --Subscribers Only--
  2932
  12356
  45.0
  View
    ammoguide   
647 Speer  --Subscribers Only--
  2960
  12593
  45.0
  View
    stigma   
647 Speer  --Subscribers Only--
  3024
  13144
  45.0
  View
    ammoguide   
650 Mil. Surplu…  --Subscribers Only--
  2690
  10449
  30.0
  View
    ridurall   
650 M-33  --Subscribers Only--
  3155
  14373
  45.0
  View
    stigma   
655 ADI  --Subscribers Only--
  3029
  13350
  45.0
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    ammoguide   
700 Barnes  --Subscribers Only--
  2652
  10937
  45.0
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    ammoguide   
700 Barnes  --Subscribers Only--
  2687
  11227
  45.0
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    ammoguide   
700 Barnes  --Subscribers Only--
  2910
  13168
  45.0
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    ammoguide   
700 Barnes  --Subscribers Only--
  2978
  13791
  45.0
  View
    ammoguide   
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