50 bmg Barrett
This is a discussion on 50 bmg Barrett within the Defensive Rifles & Shotgun Discussion forums, part of the Related Topics category; Originally Posted by flh
Oh yes we offered him money for letting us shoot, he declined our offer.
The rifle was a bolt gun .
August 16th, 2019 11:47 PM
650 grains a shot on semi auto is as fun as you think it is. Not like belt fed, but still a hoot. With the bi-pod up front and mono-pod on a beanbag in the back, and 27lbs of rifle, the cross hairs hold nice and still! 800m was a breeze. 1000m took some steady breathing, but was no harder than hitting the 400m with an M16.
Originally Posted by flh
August 17th, 2019 12:21 AM
I built a Maadi Griffin kit in the 80's With surplus ammo I could keep all shots on a 6' target at 1000 yds . When I started reloading with premium bullets the groups easily shrunk in half. After destroying the third scope, I traded it off.
But it was fun to shoot! and everyone wanted to shoot it at least once! But it was a scope eater!
August 17th, 2019 12:27 AM
Last one I bought in 2010, they recommended the leopold Mk4. Saw a video of just that scope on a 50 in slow mo, the tube flexed more than I'd ever have suspected. And that was what they recommended as something that could withstand the forces at work. Before that era, few scopes would have passed that testing of the Mk4.
Originally Posted by dangerranger
August 17th, 2019 12:39 AM
Two of the scopes were steel Weavers from their El Paso days.they were supposed to be able to hold up to anything. If I had built another I would have built on a longer barrel and added more weight! The guy I sold it too built a 40 lb cradle to shoot it from. He still has it. DR
August 17th, 2019 12:51 AM
I went through 2 MK 3's and one MK 4.
At least they had lifetime guarantees. One lasted 7 rounds. One lasted around 30 or so. One lasted about 300 or so. The MK 4 I have on there now has a few thousand through it.
Heres a fact...
50 BMG's are hard on scopes.
August 17th, 2019 02:09 AM
The weight sure keeps the recoil down :)
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August 17th, 2019 03:07 AM
The local indoor range has one to rent, and when you do, you get one round. (I haven't shot it yet.)
When it is rented, the RO comes into the range and tells everyone to stop firing and step to the back of the room, and "be ready". Even doubled up with my earplugs and 26 NRR earcups, it is L-O-U-D.
What impresses me is that the range is maxed out at 30 yards. Must be one heck of a backstop. I've heard that a 50 can punch a hole in cinder block wall at over a mile.
August 17th, 2019 08:52 AM
I have had the opportunity to shoot 2 different .50bmg rifles. The first was a Barrett bolt action with the big chevron type muzzle break on it and the recoil was not bad at all. The blast from the muzzle break was another story! The 2nd rifle I shot was somewhat of an odd rifle that was a single shot and used some thread on set up to close the chamber. Odd rifle, looking back on it I wonder how safe it was to shoot. Anyway, that thing had a bunch of felt recoil to it!
The day I shot the "odd" .50bmg I also got to shoot 2 variation of S&W 500 magnums! yeehaw! Great fun!