.50 BMG Shockwaves

I have a little video up on YouTube that always gets the most enlightened of comments.

Like this video here.  The Comment that just illustrates the frustration is like this one:

LOL I dont even think youd have to hit the thing with that, the bullet whizzing past a prairie dog would be enough to kill it. Mind you kind of an expensive way to get rid of vermin aint it

Sorry, I didn’t edit the comments… Just Cut and Paste so you can see what’s going on without having to actually go dip into those dank waters.

There are so many misconceptions about “The Fifty” that it’s almost as if it’s some mythological beast… One day, it’s going to be like talking about Dragons or something.

The .50 doesn’t put out head ripping shockwaves.  It’s only 2700 to 2800 FPS in most loadings.  Which puts it at the same speed as say a .308 or a good old .30-06.  In fact, the cartridge is really nothing more than a big .30-06.   What gives the .50 the range and power, is that the projective is just so big and heavy.  Bullets weight in from 650 to over 750 grains… which is impressive.  The .50 BMG’s slug alone is larger than some rifle cartridges.  Firing a .50 BMG rifle is a lot of fun.  It’s impressive.  The blast is huge.  The power that it puts out is staggering.  But the bullet zipping past something in a near miss isn’t going to do anything to it other than making it soil its self.

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