Tag Archives: .50 BMG

What is it for?

That’s a question most often uttered at the gun counter while the person is looking up at the .50 caliber rifle.   Many of those people asking came out to the factory range day and tried it out.  Just an observation here… but not one person at the range day who watched or tried firing the .50 cal ever uttered that stupid question.  ‘What is that for?”

I did get a lot of questions about if it’s legal to hunt with.  “Yes, with soft point ammo.”  I heard people utter their desires to take elk, mule deer, and bear with it.  Many people actually do and it doesn’t destroy as much meat as people think.    There are a lot of Urban Legends and Myths about the .50 that were dispelled at the range day.

Below are some of the people that when asked, can tell you what the .50 cal is for.

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Bushmaster BA50, .50 BMG Rifle.

This has become my favorite .50 BMG rifle. Okay, I know the audio cuts out… but watch.
My impression is that this is the best production .50BMG on the market. Great action, very accurate, and it’s the softest shooting .50 BMG out there. I’ve shot a number of other big fifties, and this is the softest shooting of all of them.

I like everything about this gun… save for one thing. The trigger pull is not good… But I think it’s going to be able to wear in just fine. Regardless… I think this one to buy. More accurate than an M107, softer shooting too. And it’s half the price. And you can shoot it just as fast with some practice.
Crusader Weaponry could really take one of these to the next level.

.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.