The best design philosophies start with phrases like, “Bigger is better." That must have certainly been the case when John Browning designed the 50 BMG round. His initial idea was a scaled up 30-06 along with a scaled up machine gun to handle it. The 50 cal BMG was born to be an anti-vehicular and anti-air round and entered service in 1921. It’s been used in every conflict the U.S. Military engaged in since 1921 and is still a favorite anti-material round of the armed forces.
The round has been adopted by rifle shooters in a variety of semi-automatic, bolt action, and single shot rifle platforms. The 50 BMG is capable of reaching extreme ranges, making it a favorite of long range shooters. The 50 BMG is a massively powerful round, capable of throwing a 750-grain round at 2,820 feet per second and delivering over 13,000 foot pounds of energy. This massive amount of power is a challenge to control, but makes it possible to hit targets at beyond a mile.
Clubs like the Fifty Caliber Shooter’s Association hold matches across the country for 50 cal shooters to come and prove their mettle. If you are looking to feed the beast with some quality and accurate ammunition, we offer a selection of cheap 50 cal ammo that’s hard to beat at Ammunition Depot.