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    Guys - how the heck do you afford the ammo?!

    Speaking this evening with a shooting buddy - and he was describing some shooting he did recently where a guy had a Barrett (the 10 shot semi I believe) - and had had to pay around $5 a pop for ammo from Ronnie.

    Cheapest he'd seen was what was probably Milsurp for Ma Deuce and that had maybe been belted - it was $2 a pop and, no guarantees either!!

    OD - is it you as one who owns and shoots .50 BMG? I guess if I had one (I still want!) - I'd reload but heck - can't be that many reloads to the pound of powder!!

    One very desirable rifle but - heck - spendy ain't in it!!
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    My buddy has one. Guess its all in what ya want to spend your money on. Fun to shoot, but pricey all right.
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    33 reloads per pound of powder. I mostly reload but can still buy Milsurp 100 round linked belts for around 150.00 at the gunshows here.

    Awhile back I got an ammo can of 500 pulled API bullets for 70 bucks.

    A box of primers (500) cost about 70 bucks...but I recently bought another 500 for 17.00 because they had been sitting in a gun shop for so long that the owner just wanted to get rid of them.

    It is so much fun to shoot that I am building another...in fact I just came out of my shop doing just that. This will be a lightweight .50 that has all of the best attributes of several designs and it will have a 10 shot magazine. Im going to try to keep it around 15-16 pounds. For those interested, you can see the progress with pictures here...

    http://www.homegunsmith.com/cgi-bin/...ST;f=3;t=19045

    I love the .50. Personally, I think everybody ought to own one just to scare liberal polticians. After shooting the .50 awhile, every other caliber just seems so.....minor.

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    One day, one day. Unfortunately, there are still several other guns that I want first, and I try to get a good stock of ammo for each weapon. So, it will be a while.

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    33 reloads per pound of powder
    Ahh - HG it was you I musta been thinkin of and not OD ... but heck, that's a fast way to use powder!

    Your project looks great - and some nice machining going on ... I'll try and follow that as you progress.
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    P95...
    the reloading isnt so bad...I can still get milsurp 5010 powder for around 25 bucks for 8 pounds...some of the cheapest powder out there at gun shows.

    As for the project...thanks for the compliments. I get tired of the shellholder design where you have to remove the bolt to place a shell in it. After studying some of the various designs out there, making a regular bolt action isnt that hard to do.Well see what the final weight will be...
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    My brother has one. First, he doesn't shoot it very often because there aren't a LOT of ranges that are .50 BMG compatible. But when/where he can shoot it he either reloads or buys his ammo in SERIOUS bulk and it lasts him about two years.

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    Your brother must be a good dude...

    Have you ever shot it ?
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    I saw .50 surplus here at the last machine gun shoot for a buck a round.

    It didn't last long. I saw crates of it going out the gate.

    I would also like to have one... just need to figure out how to conceal it.

    At the last MGS I also saw a 20mm bolt action rifle. Reload those babies!
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    Quote Originally Posted by HotGuns View Post
    Your brother must be a good dude...

    Have you ever shot it ?
    Yep...


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    Nice !
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    OD - is it you as one who owns and shoots .50 BMG? I guess if I had one (I still want!) - I'd reload but heck - can't be that many reloads to the pound of powder!!
    No Sir Chris, it isn't me (although I'd love to own a Barrett M82A1). I do shoot a buddy's converted Boys Anti Tank Rifle, maybe I had mentioned that?
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    I do shoot a buddy's converted Boys Anti Tank Rifle
    Oh my - well Dan that'll do LOL! That is some piece of equipment alright. I forget - is that 20mm? I seem to recall an old Eastwood movie where they employed one of those against a safe.
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    Chris a bud of mine owns a 50 ( or actually his wife does ) its a hoot , but they have some pensions to fall back on for initial purchase of ammo ( they got a deal on tracer stuff , and damm i t will light big round bales off quick ) and now reload , he is talking to me about turning down some brass rod to his needs for a quality bullet , but i suspect i am not machinest enough to stay in tolerance .
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    Originally Chris, they were .55 caliber. They have to be converted to .50 BMG unless you're willing to register it as a "destructive device" (which you could rightfully say they are ).



    http://www.btinternet.com/~ian.a.pat...ipinfantry.htm
    If you scroll down to Anti-tank weapons, you will find a few more pictures and some specifications.
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