Cost of affordable but durable 50 cal. for civilian use.




 
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November 16th, 2004  
mdvaden
 
 

Topic: Cost of affordable but durable 50 cal. for civilian use.


I was shopping for rifles today - looking really, for next spring. I plan to get a .223 and a 7mm Rem. mag.

Maybe next year or following, I'd like to get a 50 cal. for a fun gun to take to the gun club range out here.

At a Portland firearms shop today, I saw a 50 cal. weapon from about 1932 - apparently used by Brits - so I was told. The shop employee said it was a .55 before, but converted to a .50 barrel to meet civilian limitations.

They wanted $9000 for the weapon. It had a short stand - bipod of sorts - with 2 holes, apparently for driving stakes to hold it in place. Apparently, much of the cost on this one was due to collectability - although it was in fine condition.

This thing was not exactly what I'd call a typical rifle. It had what looked like a 8 - 10 shot magazine on the top, and was fitted with a rifle opticle scope. Shooter lays down, and it looks like the left hand reaches under the armpit to hold an extra handle underneath.

Anyway, this thing must weight 60 pounds.

Have you seen any .50 weapons that are styled more like a hunting or sniper rifle style at, say, one third that weight? i think the caliber is .50 BMG

If so, do you know the cost? And what do the rounds cost to practice with?
November 16th, 2004  
03USMC
 
 
Did it have a Monopod? Might be a Boys Anti-Tank Rifle. They were actually manufactured in Canada for the British and Common Wealth Troops as an anti-tank Weapon during WW2 the original caliber was .55.

They were Also issued to USMC Raider Bn's during WW2. 2ND Raiders used a Boys shot down a taxiing Japanese sea plane during the Makin Island Raid in 1942.
November 16th, 2004  
A Can of Man
 
 
Funny it's not in my Janes Guns Recognition handbook.
I have two versions, one from 2002 and one from 1996.
Then again the '96 version left out the M-60!
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November 16th, 2004  
03USMC
 
 
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Originally Posted by the_13th_redneck
Funny it's not in my Janes Guns Recognition handbook.
I have two versions, one from 2002 and one from 1996.
Then again the '96 version left out the M-60!

The Boys is pretty obscure. It was never great for it's intended purpose and I believe was taken out of USMC service after the New Britian Campaign.

My question is what do you hunt with a .50 BMG round?

Check Barretts website for civilian versions 4500.00 per base weapons.
November 16th, 2004  
A Can of Man
 
 
An Elephant. lol.
Seriously I think people only get it so that they have a .50 cal and for no other real purpose. I find it very hard to believe any civilian needs a .50. I think home defense is a pretty weak argument and hunting... unless you have Elephants where you live that are OKed for hunting... :P
November 16th, 2004  
mdvaden
 
 
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Did it have a Monopod? Might be a Boys Anti-Tank Rifle. They were actually manufactured in Canada for the British and Common Wealth Troops as an anti-tank Weapon during WW2 the original caliber was .55.
The salesman did say it had been intended for tanks.

It's a bit old, but it was beautiful looking weapon for it's age.

Yes, it did have a monopod with a horizontal bar on the ground rather than a bipod or tripod.

THE 13th REDNECK IS RIGHT...

No hunting. I'd like one purely for a big caliber fun gun.

We have one gun range here - Tri County Gun Club, which would be an appropriate place to take one of those.

Yeah, it's no hunting round. If my memory is still intact - can't those rounds penetrate about 6" to 9" of concrete?
November 17th, 2004  
A Can of Man
 
 
Something insane like that lol
November 17th, 2004  
mdvaden
 
 
Insane - Maybe

Fun - probably

If what I heard about the ammo is true, maybe it's not too insane. I heard rumor that the rounds can be acquired to $2 to $3 - that would be nice. I have not verified that yet.

But I pay about $1 per round for my 7 mm mag.

And I saw a box of Weatherby mag. the other day for $90 for a box of 20 - that's near $5 a round. (I don't shoot Weatherby)

So if a .50 is a few buck a round - the real extra expense should be the gun itself.
November 17th, 2004  
Redleg
 
 
Sounds like a fun project...

I've seen 50. BALL ammo for $2 and up..
Do a google search for "50. ammo cost", or something like that...
November 17th, 2004  
egoz
 
http://world.guns.ru/sniper/sn01-e.htm
tons of sniper rifles there, but you won't find anything "light." The Marines and Army have a new .50 that can be broken down and carried in pretty small pieces. You might want to Google that, can't remember the name. But .50cal rounds can cost you a pretty penny to fire. A friend of mine has some exotic ammo and that costs him about $50 a round.