[Largest Caliber Rifle]

Discussion in 'General Rifle Discussion' started by CarCrash, Jan 17, 2008.

  1. CarCrash

    CarCrash New Member

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    Whats the largest caliber rifle that you can actually use (light enough to carry)?
     
  2. ScottG

    ScottG New Member

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    Prolly [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n7FeeamC4qk"]this one[/ame], but I don't think you can carry it....
     

  3. matt g

    matt g New Member Supporter

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    .50 BMG of some sort.
     
  4. jeepejeep

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    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!
    [ame]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CQJSZs-euZU[/ame]

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

    BillM Active Member Supporter

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    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.
     
  6. jeepejeep

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    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!
     
  7. BillM

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    Check this: [ame]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AHfzdQ8HWoI[/ame]

    Wow.
     
  8. jeepejeep

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  9. BillM

    BillM Active Member Supporter

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    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!
     
  10. deadin

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    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.
     
  11. BillM

    BillM Active Member Supporter

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    OK--- go here: http://www.wdlr.org.uk/stensby/firearms.htm

    Scroll down until you come to the "wall of guns". The big one in the middle
    is a 2 bore rifle. OP wanted the "largest caliber rifle that you can carry",
    this might be it! 1.325" bore diameter, a 2 bore round ball weighs 3500
    grains.
     
  12. jeepejeep

    jeepejeep New Member

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    OK Carcrash, you are the OP on this. Clarify your meaning of "light enough to carry". Do you mean portable at all or light enough to be truly useable as in target shooting or hunting and carrying all day?:confused: :D
     
  13. matt g

    matt g New Member Supporter

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    I've humped a 32 pound M240B with ammo, so the term "light enough to carry" is relative to the poor bastard that has to carry it.
     
  14. jeepejeep

    jeepejeep New Member

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    LOL I guess I mean easily carried by your average guy. At my age, I'd tip over after about 100 yards carrying that thing!!:D
     
  15. matt g

    matt g New Member Supporter

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    Mind over matter brother, mind over matter. I was 6', 185 lbs back then.
     
  16. bangbanggunns

    bangbanggunns New Member

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    Now he's 5' 185lb.
     
  17. matt g

    matt g New Member Supporter

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    Now I'm, 6', 215 lbs. I've long since lost muscle mass and chubbed up a little.
     
  18. shoez

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    I've heard of this thing called a .585 Nyati. Invented by PH Ross Seyfried for Cape Buffalo, in fact Nyati means cape buffalo in many African Languanges. It is usually chambered in magnum Mausers. With a 750 grain Barnes bullet it has 10,620 foot pounds of energy. I do NOT need to pull the trigger on one of these, as it has something like 10 times the recoil of a .30-06!!!! BTW, I got this info from "Cartridges of the World, 10th Edition".
     
  19. RED

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    About the biggest...

    ... I would want to carry for sport would be something like the .458 Win Mag or the .416. Why anybody in the CONUS would like to take that kinda beating is beyond me.:rolleyes:
     
  20. MarkoPo

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    I went to Cabela's yesterday and on the gun counter was a 50 BMG for sale. It was $2999.00 for the rifle. I went and checked out the ammo for it, the stuff they carried was $83.00 for 10 rounds. The guy at the counter said it only kicked about as bad as a .223. It had some sort of reverse recoil venting on the end of the barrel that actually propels the rifle in a forward manner when shot. He said it sounds like shooting a cannon off when fired though. I guess the employees were allowed to try it out one day. It was a mean looking gun, but not one I would want to carry for a long distance.