50 BMG Ammo
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History of .50 Browning Machine Gun Ammunition
Developed in the early 1900's, the .50 BMG still sees wide use to this day. John Moses Browning developed the cartridge by scaling up the .30-06 cartridge to a much bigger size. It has been fired from vehicle-mounted weapons, including WWII fighter aircraft, and is still being used today on helicopters and ground vehicles. The cartridge is also fired from sniper rifles. The cartridge is hardly ever used for hunting, but it would easily kill any living creature on earth.
The standard load for the military fires a full metal jacket bullet weighing 647 grains and travelling just more than 3,000 feet per second. Heavier bullets weighing 800 grains and moving 2,900 feet per second have also been used. These numbers are reached in the M2 heavy machine gun with a barrel 45 inches long. Many sniper rifles barrels are shorter, so the muzzle velocities are correspondingly lower.
The M2HB machine gun is the most famous weapon chambered for .50 BMG, but it is also chambered in the M3 machine gun, and the Barrett M82/M107 family of sniper rifles, the MacMillan TAC-50, and many other precision and anti-material rifles.
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- m82a1` said:
"Federal 50BMG in 660 grain FMJ is an excellent all-round 50BMG round, and as provided here at ammo.com is also a great value, especially in the 100 round box (10 boxes of 10 rounds each). I've been shooting this 50BMG round for almost as long as I've had my Barrett M82A1 and it performs well and I have yet to miss-fire or have issues chambering or cycling the rounds, even if ripping off multiple shots in quick succession [not easy at this caliber]. The brass is high quality and a good reload. I recommend this round to anyone who needs a general purpose FMJ round for practice or competition [caveat, I do not currently compete], for using "ready-made" rounds."