Everyday shooting is fun, but some times I just want to experience something extreme- something that few people experience. When it comes to rifle shooting, the big 50 BMG definately falls into this category. What’s so exciting about the 50 BMG? (Doesn’t take much imagination, but I’ll elaborate none the less 🙂 ). The 50 BMG is powerful. If you’re used to loading .223 Remington, you’re used to powder charge weights in the 25.0 grain range. With 50 BMG, you’re looking at charge weights in the 250.0 grain range- yes: 10x the powder as compared to .223 Remington! That sounds like a lot of fun. Then there’s the “reach” of the 50 BMG rifle. Want to shoot out to a mile (1760 yards)? – the 50 BMG has you covered!
Let’s take a quick look at the dies required for loading 50 BMG. Here we see the basic rifle die sets from Lee Precision for .223 and 50 BMG next to each other. From left to right: .223 Remington sizing/depriming die, 50 BMG sizing/depriming die, 50 BMG seating die, .223 Remington seating die.
The 50 BMG dies are so big, they have larger threads (1 1/4″ x 12 TPI as opposed to the standard 7/8″ x 14 TPI). Some reloading presses have a removable bushing (such as the Lee Classic Cast 50 BMG Single Stage Press Kit) so that you can use either size of dies. Everything related to the 50 BMG is just plain massive!
Let’s look at the 50 BMG cartridge to see just how powerful this class of rifle is.
Wow! I haven’t yet had the opportunity to actually shoot a 50 BMG rifle, but I’m sure looking forward to it. Hard to imagine pushing a 700 grain projectile 3000 fps, but that’s just what the 50 BMG can do. There are just a couple of challenges that I need to overcome before I can “get into” 50 BMG. First, I need to find a rifle, and second I need to find a place to shoot the rifle. I’m sure I’ll get that chance, but for now it’s just a dream really. I have a complete 50 BMG reloading kit, and some military ammo, and some ideas. 🙂
I suppose this dream is like a lot of the projects and aspirations that we all contemplate- it takes some patience and time for things to line up, and some times it’s just fun to ponder grandiose ideas and to wait for the right time.
Anyone out there shooting and reloading 50 BMG? What kind of groups are you getting at 1000 yards, and how do your reloads compare to factory ammunition? One day we can compare notes.