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CarCrash 01-17-2008 09:11 PM

[Largest Caliber Rifle]
Whats the largest caliber rifle that you can actually use (light enough to carry)?

ScottG 01-17-2008 10:58 PM

, but I don't think you can carry it....

matt g 01-18-2008 12:21 AM

.50 BMG of some sort.

jeepejeep 01-18-2008 12:25 AM

Those punt guns werereally more light artillery!!

I think the 460 Weatherby or 458 Lott are the biggest calibers around right now. The old British Express rifles were awesomw though. I think Holland and Holland had a 500 that was pretty stout! Here's a video of the 577 T-Rex that looks pretty sick too! LOL!

Check out the muzzle flash some of the times when the barrel is inside the shooting tunnel.

BillM 01-18-2008 01:48 PM

Practicality and availability aside, it would be a 4 bore black powder
cartridge gun. Or maybe a 2 bore---I've heard that some were made but never seen one.

jeepejeep 01-18-2008 05:47 PM


Originally Posted by matt g (Post 14434)
.50 BMG of some sort.

Powerful for sure and yeah you can carry them but I took the OP to mean in the field as in hunting. I sure wouldn't want to carry a 30-35 lb. rifle all day! He did not specify that so I guess the big .50 just might be it!

BillM 01-18-2008 07:09 PM

Check this:


jeepejeep 01-19-2008 02:28 AM


Originally Posted by BillM (Post 14517)

OMG What a CANNON!!! Wonder what that thing costs per shot?!?!

BillM 01-19-2008 04:39 AM


Originally Posted by jeepejeep (Post 14540)
OMG What a CANNON!!! Wonder what that thing costs per shot?!?!

Probably not too bad. 2000 gr cast lead bullet, some powder and primer.
Maybe a couple of bucks for components. For sure a handload situation,
you are not going to find 4 bore ammo at Wally World. The gun itself
if it's an original is worth big bucks.

Most I ever paid for one shot was $20. 20mmx138mm cartridge, Solothurn
anti-tank rifle. WooHoo!! Worth every penny!

deadin 01-19-2008 02:56 PM

Holland & Holland makes a .700 Nitro Express. I seem to remember that it takes a couple of years to get one and they're around $60,000+
Shoots 1000 gr bullets ME + ~8900 foot pounds. (Has been pushed to 15,000 ft lbs) Recoil around 196 ft lbs. $100 per round for commercial ammo.
Gun weight is 14 lbs.

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