Discussion in 'On Topic' started by ReiKo, Apr 14, 2008.
Help a newbie out... Looking around...
Any good information sites? Boards?
I thought about getting into it
then I decided it was a waste of cash
You only live once...
Not enough land for me to shoot one.
you only retire once too.
I'll find some...
I'll worry about that later...
I want to join this crew.
im looking at getting M82a1 fuck bolt actions
AR15.com has a decent .50 forum.
The board itself sucks, but there are those who say a lot of information is available: www.biggerhammer.net
Now that I'm back from my vacation (thanks Glen) I can give some input on .50s. My dad has a McMillan. It's the benchrest action and barrel stuffed into the sporter stock.
What do you want to know?
There's 9klbs of .50 brass on GL.
Or you never retire if you spend all of your money when your young.
i want a 50 so damn bad but i need a rem 700 in .308 first
Who are some good manufacturers of the .50s? Anything specific I should look for?
The 2 biggest manufacturers are probably McMillan and Barrett. I know Armalite makes a .50 also, and I'm sure that there are more manufacturers too. What you should look for depends on what you want to do. If you are looking for excellent machining and are interested in any sort of competition, I'd take the McMillan. If you want a lighter rifle and you figure you need a semi-auto then you'll want the Barrett. My personal opinion is that, while the Barretts are fine rifles, it looks like the soviets made them. They are the AK47 of the .50 world. I've seen a number of them and I've never been impressed by the machining. Now, I always get the "well, real operaters use Barretts" argument. That's fine. If I were going into battle I'd take the Barrett too. It's semi auto, it's lighter than the McMillan, and I wouldn't feel bad if I scratched it. In real life though the odds of any of us using a .50 in battle are basically zero. Keep in mind too that the longest recorded sniper kill ever (the Canadian sniper in Afghanistan) was made with a McMillan TAC-50.
McMillan builds completely custom rifles too, so if you want something specific they can do it for you. All the Barretts I've seen are "of the shelf" models. I don't know if you have any opportunity for significant customization from Barrett.
Thanks for the info...
Anymore is appreciated...
What else do you want to know? Ammo is very expensive, but you can reload and save a little money. If you can get military ball ammo that's probably your cheapest option. We don't usually shoot more than 5 rounds out of the rifle each shooting trip, so we just reload what we want to shoot and bring it with us. Of course you'll need a special press to reload the .50. We use this press setup. http://shopaltura.com/product_info.php?products_id=16055&osCsid=da812d2db70add150eea92dcc161a4ef It's hard to find good places to shoot it around here. Of course, none of the ranges will allow it, and sometimes it's tough to find enough distance to shoot it up at my parents' cabin. Once one of the forest rangers in the area came to investigate what we were doing. He was a few miles away and he heard "explosions" and wanted to make sure we weren't setting off explosives.