Can You Hunt With A 50 BMG?
Yes, you can! Initially, the 50 BMG was designed principally as an anti-materiel round. While using the 50 BMG for hunting will certainly end just about anything you shoot it with, it’s also extremely heavy (even in single-shot rifle form)! Because of this, it is something you need to consider when hunting larger game animals.
Cal vs. BMG
What’s the difference between these two? Simply put, the 50 BMG is a type of 50 caliber round. For example, a Ford F150 is a type of truck. The .50 caliber rounds are large.
So any ammunition measuring around .5″ in diameter is considered a .50 caliber. It can be a round bullet, or a .50 for the Smith and Wesson 500 revolver. Or, it can be the 50 BMG round that is designed for the MA-2 machine gun but is now also commonly used in long-range sniper rifles.
So the BMG is a 50, not all ’50s are BMG.
50 BMG’s Shot Range
In general, a 50 BMG rifle has a maximum effective range of a little over 1800 yards. Each maker of a 50 BMG rifle will decide what the maximum effective range is. This varies with barrel length, along with the size of the chambers these rifles are built with.
Elephants And Bears
Can a 50 BMG take out a bear? Yes, it can!
A 50 BMG will undoubtedly do significant damage to a bear! The strength of the 50 BMG is enough to take down any bear, regardless their size and type!
As far as elephants go, yes!
The 50 BMG has over 13,000 pounds of muzzle energy! That is more than enough power to take down any animal on the planet from a standing position!
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