Largest caliber rifle ?

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    Largest caliber rifle ?

    I was not able to find this previously posted. I believe some members here would be interested in this. Following is a link to a short article and video. http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Governm...ts-Are-40-Each


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    16"/50 caliber Mark 7 gun. Kind of hard to tuck into the pocket however.

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    I did some more googling and found an article from Feb of 2012. Three rifles were made. The rifle in the video is the smallest and lightest at 50 pounds. The other two are over 100 pounds. The caliber is .905

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    Does this count? It's in 4.10 caliber (not .410).

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M40_recoilless_rifle

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    Quote Originally Posted by ANGLICO View Post
    16"/50 caliber Mark 7 gun. Kind of hard to tuck into the pocket however.
    Good call, but not necessarily a rifle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NH_Esau View Post
    Good call, but not necessarily a rifle.
    Just having fun. But I did get to actually adjust live fire from them............. Whole places go away........................... too much fun.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ANGLICO View Post
    16"/50 caliber Mark 7 gun. Kind of hard to tuck into the pocket however.

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    Not technically center fire either, is it? (loaded with powder bags?). I'll go with this:
    http://www.militaryfactory.com/image...urrentPic=pic3

    105mm, solid fixed case with a center fire primer, rifled bore.

    I can't think of a reason to disqualify the M40 recoilless rifle (darn). Good find!

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    Quote Originally Posted by NH_Esau View Post
    Does this count? It's in 4.10 caliber (not .410).

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M40_recoilless_rifle
    Ummmm, I believe it does

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    Quote Originally Posted by ANGLICO View Post
    16"/50 caliber Mark 7 gun. Kind of hard to tuck into the pocket however.

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    If these qualify then the largest would be the 18.1 inch 45 caliber guns of the Yamato and the Musashi. The correct term IIRC for one of these type guns was "Naval Rifle".
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    Wow. That's no bunny gun. NICE.

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    Quote Originally Posted by atctimmy View Post
    If these qualify then the largest would be the 18.1 inch 45 caliber guns of the Yamato and the Musashi. The correct term IIRC for one of these type guns was "Naval Rifle".
    The OP was a center fire rifle. If we're opening ordnance to any rifled barrel, we can talk rail guns. 800mm (31.00 caliber):

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schwerer_Gustav

    The U.S. Army Ordnance Museum in Aberdeen, MD has a display model of a U.S. rail gun for coastal defense.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ANGLICO View Post
    Just having fun. But I did get to actually adjust live fire from them............. Whole places go away........................... too much fun.

    Got to prowl around the Normandy coast some years back. Looked at the German coastal artillery emplacements near Pointe Du Hoc. Really impressive! Many feet of reinforced concrete (15 or so?) covered with many more feet of earth (somewhat more than 15?). Then we came upon one that had been engaged by the battleships Arkansas and Texas. There was a hole through the whole thing! I entered that gun emplacement through the hole rather than going around to the front to enter. The German gun was still there. Must have been about 8-10 inches but I wasn't familiar with the type. The massive breech was split into thirds, rent by the application of unimaginable force to the steel of the breech. The barrel was still there too. Lying in broken sections upon the grass in front of the opening. The anti-aircraft shield that protected the gunners from sky born dangers was near 3/4-inch thick, obviously hardened steel. It was swollen and distorted horribly and split outward. My English friend and host pointed to this split saying: "that's likely where a gunner or two went out."

    The Arkansas had "only" 12-inch guns and the Texas had "only"14-inch guns.
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    The wife and I visited the USS Missouri at Pearl Harbor. Just touching one those big guns is quite an experience and is very humbling. The majority of the tour "Guides" were volunteers all that had served on those old battleships. I just happened to hear a converstion between one of old Navy Vets and an old Army Vet while standing next to one of those massive guns. After the normal "ribbing" was over, the Army Vet made a statement to the Navy Vet, something to this effect. "I sure was glad that you Navy boys was around to help us out. I actually saw them big shells going over my head, looked like a bunch of Edsels, sounded like a bunch of Edsels too. When we finally made it over to where them shells hit, there wasnt nothing alive, even them grasshoppers that ate everything was dead".

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