Your opinion. Most powerful sniper rifle??

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  1. calebjay

    calebjay New Member

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    I would have to say Barrett 50 cal.
     
  2. sputnik1988

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    The power of a rifle is derived from the cartridge, not the rifle itself. While the .50 BMG is a very powerful round at over 14,000ft lbs of energy, the Soviet 14.5×114mm cartridge has upwards of 33,000 ft lbs of energy, thus making it a much more powerful round, neither cartridge is actually meant to be anti-personnel and was designed for armor and equipment.
     
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  3. calebjay

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    the bullet doesnt tell how powerful it is all the time. it is just like a shotgun is more powerful than a 22 no matter what kind of bullet is in the shotgun!!!!
     
  4. sputnik1988

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    That's because they are different cartridges... A .22 is a rimfire rifle cartridge, the shotgun fires shotgun shells.

    All a firearm does is ignite the primer and guide the round. The projectile does the damage, not the gun...
     
  5. calebjay

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    How about a 410 to a 12
    Guage then
     
  6. sputnik1988

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    The one on the left is a .410, the right is a 12 gauge. There is a major difference in size.
     

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  7. calebjay

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    and the twelve gauge bullet is more powerful
     
  8. sputnik1988

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    Much more powerful, shotgun shells just like all ammo come in different loadings, so one 12 gauge shell may be more powerful than another 12 gauge shell. But yes, a 12 gauge is much more powerful than a .410.
     
  9. calebjay

    calebjay New Member

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    It could be like that for sniper rifles too one is more powerful
     
  10. sputnik1988

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    The higher the grain (weight) of the bullet, generally the more powerful, so yes a 800 grain 50 bmg will be more powerful than a 647 grain 50 bmg. It also depends on the length and how 'hot' the cartridge is loaded.

    It is possible for a smaller cartridge to be more powerful depending on many variables.

    Rifles themselves are only designed to propel a round. if you were to have a Barrett M95 chambered in .22lr and a hunting rifle in 338 Lapua, obviously the 338 would be more powerful.
     
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  11. willfully armed

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    Posts like this leave me speechless.
     
  12. Colby

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    It does leave you kinda scratching your head trying to figure out where to begin.
    So you don't.
     
  13. sputnik1988

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    I almost walked away after that one, thankfully I have an unecessary amount of patience.

    :rolleyes:
     
  14. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    sounds like a kid with too much time on their hands to me.:eek:
     
  15. sputnik1988

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    I blame Call of Duty...
     
  16. 303tom

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    I am kinda like willfully armed, I was not going to say anything, BUT, I have just one thing to say..........WHAT ?..............
     
  17. cottontop

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    cottontop
     
  18. c3shooter

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    Fraankly, the question of "power" is completely irrelevant- the deciding factors are accuracy and range. More power does not always equal longer range. And if you cannot hold on target, what difference does power make?

    While the .50 BMG certainly ranks up near the top, there are Soviet and Chinese rifles in a heavy machine gun caliber that are larger and more powerful. There are cartridges smaller than the .50 BMG that have longer range (better bullet design).

    Time to put this one to bed. Say goodnight, Gracie.
     
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