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Old 08-10-2011, 01:07 AM   #1
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Default .50 Beowulf experience, anyone have some?

im interested in getting a .50 beowulf upper and i was wondering if anyone had any information about it maybe experience, i want to know the recoil of it and applications in hunting.
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Old 08-10-2011, 01:40 AM   #2
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i went 458 socom. the problems i had with the 450 bushmaster and 50 beowulf is they use pistol bullets with a small range of choices none of which are particularly designed for hunting. need to modify mags to make the 450 and 50 work.

any of the big AR rounds you really need to reload to get the most out of them.

they are all in the same general power level and felt recoil of my socom is about that of a 20ga shotgun.
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I concur with Jon, including the felt recoil.

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Can your Beowulf do this?

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The 458SOCOM.
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The 458SOCOM.
+2 for the 458 SOCOM.
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im interested in getting a .50 beowulf upper and i was wondering if anyone had any information about it maybe experience, i want to know the recoil of it and applications in hunting.
~Now you done got me started ~


A few months ago I was asking the same question. They (members)
ended up talking me into the .458 socom upper by RRA. It's not without
it's faults. See my link below.

I just finished my 3rd and first successful range expedition to sight in my
scope on the .458 Socom.

The uppers both cost about the same.
The rounds cost roughly the same.

My problems with the .458 socom
- One of the bullet manufactures made a bullet too fat to fit into the barrel.
- When trying to sight in my first scope:
* the kick of the round, caused the crosshairs to drift,
* the scope mount to break,
* the lenses inside the scope to chip
* and finally the cross hairs to snap! (please look out for this when choosing your scope)
- Also the feed ramp (don't know what it's called in the AR) doesn't feed well on the hollow-points i bought and puts scratches on all rounds (JSPs). Will need to file down. 1 in 5 are FTFs

Must see to avoid the mistakes i made

The Kick: I shot 30 rounds on Sunday and have a significant bruise and
I don't bruise easily. That many rounds makes you feel like you tenderized
your upper pectoralis major with a 24 oz drywall hammer.

(I have shot 1oz slugs from a Mossberg in great quantities and had no
problem at all)

Now that I think about it, it kicks like a mule.
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This is the 3-day after bruise.
WARNING - I'm showing skin
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This is the 3-day after bruise.
WARNING - I'm showing skin
Your doing something wrong in your stock to shoulder weld. From the location of that bruise your letting the point of the stock rest too high up or too low.

The socom works best using usgi mags. Almost all feed issues are mag related. Pmags arent so great for it.

I make my own socom ammo so i cant comment on factory ammo. Ive never fired a single factory round through mine.

Cheap scope on either the 450 50 or 458 are liekly to experience failure. Cheap scope is not the way to go on this rifle. My socom even batters the nikon african monarch to bits.
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Your doing something wrong in your stock to shoulder weld. From the location of that bruise your letting the point of the stock rest too high up or too low.
I was thinking that same thing, but this is the first time using this scope on an AR (will post pictures later), I was trying to get a good feel on my cheek that I could consistently do while getting a full picture through the lenses. (i got a big head, might need to raise the scope even higher to get the buttstock lower?

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The socom works best using usgi mags. Almost all feed issues are mag related. Pmags arent so great for it.
I'll have to check out those USGI mags because the 10-round ones that came with the spikes tactical do suck. The top of the mag that holds the first round in place sucks and scrapes the shells. But i also think some of it could be that feed ramp. it's quite sharp and very machine cut. No filing or ramping type shape to it. the hollow points have a wide edge on the front that catches on the bottom of the ramp. (bullets shown in previous link)

Another thing I would like was a 20" barrel for the .458. This is going to be used for hunting and a 16" isn't necessary.

All in all, i would like to see him get the Beowulf so i can compare his experience to mine.

It's it's freakin' amazing and puts the .458 to shame, i might have to get another upper!!!
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I have owned my RRA 458 SOCOM for nearly three years. My RRA upper had many problems none of which are the 458 Socoms round fault. There are a lot of people who have had problems with their RRA uppers. Mine had a tight chamber that was very rough. It had parkerizing or some kind of black gunk in it. It took a lot of hand lapping with flitz to clean that up. My bolt was assembled incorectly. I also installed an adjustable gas tube which made the gun run smoother.
As far as mags go, not all mags are created equal. The feed lips can be adjusted to get the correct angle.
As far as ammo goes, I have had some issues with Corbons 405 gr. load. With a tight/dirty RRA chamber and and a slightly out of spec round you will have issues. I would get one of Marty's case sizing gages and check your ammo and if it out of spec contact the manufacturer.
The Socom has recoil comparable to a 20 gauge, cheap scopes wont work.
I have had a Vortex Strike Fire red dot and a Millet DM1 on mine without a problem.
I have killed over 200 hogs with my 458 and it is one of the best rounds ever designed for the AR platform. I bought 2 of the RRA uppers one was good to go the other one sucked. I have fixed the bad one and it now runs perfectly. It is my favorite gun.
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