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Old 05-12-2007, 09:07 PM   #1
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I was watching something on History Channel the other day on trick shooters. It was very interesting and had segments on Annie Oakley, John Wesley Hardin and Buffalo Bill and Bill Hickock. They also had some demonstrations by modern sharpshooters and trick shots. They had some guy (I didn't get his name) shooting the most powerful calbre handgun. I thought it was a .50 calibre, but he had one larger! It was HUGE, a cannon!! Does anyone know what calibre is the largest commercially available in the US?

When I watched it I said, "I WANT THAT FOR CHRISTMAS!!!"


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Old 05-12-2007, 10:35 PM   #2
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If I recall correctly there was a black powder pistol made back then in the neighborhood of a .68 caliber. The largest caliber available commercialy today is that bolt action 50BMG pistol. The largets practical (and I use the word practical loosely here) is the 500S&W.

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The largest caliber for a handgun is the S&W model 500 in .500 S&W Magnum (expect to see that one in the next Dirty Harry movie). There is also the Desert Eagle chambered in .50 Action Express (most impressive at the local indoor range), only problem seems to be finding ammunition for the thing.

At a local gun show there was a speedloader with six rounds of .50 BMG sticking out of the thing. Just what you need for taking care of the saber-tooth squirrels in your yard (aim between the eyes, they charge when wounded). I want to see the revolver that feeds!!
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Post 1968 the largest allowed is .50 caliber. The .50 AE had to be redisgned because it was originally larger than .50.
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Some company in Austria (?) made a HUGE 11+ lbs. revolver that fires .600 nitro express. But as far as I know, it is not a production gun, it is on demand only.

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