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Way Out There: Shooting (And Hunting With) The .50 Caliber Browning Machine Gun Cartridge

Way Out There: Shooting (And Hunting With) The .50 Caliber Browning Machine Gun Cartridge

Yenason and Henry must spot the target, figure range, and calculate aim before firing.

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from streack wrote 5 years 12 weeks ago

I have a hard time trying to believe that large amounts of meat is not wasted when an animal is shot by one of these.

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from Jesse wrote 5 years 11 weeks ago

I think the 50 cal is a lil over kill

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from baconboy206 wrote 5 years 11 weeks ago

unless youre hunting whales this seems like a bit of overkill, imagine how much meat is wasted

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from wsimien wrote 5 years 10 weeks ago

Commom man a .50 cal!? I don't think shooting any game a mile out should be considered hunting. Leave this big boy for the Army snipers.

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from buckslayer33 wrote 5 years 10 weeks ago

i do not think that is very sporting. if you want to shoot that far go to a match.

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from Dan the Man wrote 5 years 9 weeks ago

Whatever you want, I guess. I think .50 cal is overkill and it makes me mad when I have to get within 100 yards with my shotgun and these guys can kill something from a mile away. It's not sporting, and I hope they know whre those bullets end up. Hate for it to kill somebody on a pass-through. Besides, the gun looks like it was made by "Nerf".

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from Love2Hunt wrote 5 years 8 weeks ago

Those guns are are massive and a riot to shoot. I have never used it to hunt with and probably never will, but it is a fun gun to target practice with.

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from LesserSon wrote 5 years 1 week ago

No, it's not hunting. It's long-range sniper practice on living targets. Is it a sport? Yes, because it sublimates a violent and dangerous skill into an act that does not kill humans. But hunting? No way. Where is fair chase? You might as well use a smartbomb.

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from hunter4ever wrote 4 years 49 weeks ago

come on do you really need that big of a gun a use a twenty gauge shotgun for anything that i gun hunt (i hunt turkey, deer, rabbit, geese, and ducks) and i have no problem killing any of these with my shotgun

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from Rem700-06 wrote 4 years 49 weeks ago

My first thought is what animal it is you're hunting. If it is Dangerous game of a large variety (i.e. Grizzly/Brown/Polar Bears, Elephant, Hippo, Bison), then it is a lot less ridiculous than hunting an elk with it. Second, long range precision shooting is no easy task. The sheer power and range of the weapon may be a drawback, anything less than 600/700 yards would probably cause too much damage to the animal. If it is challenging to the hunter but still a humane kill, it should at least be considered. I do not own a .50 cal, and probably will never purchase one; why put limitations on those who do?

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from texasfirst wrote 4 years 48 weeks ago

Grizzly with a .50 BMG might be really exciting. I've seen the results of one .50 BMG round on a kill, but it wasn't one where we were worried about meat. Other than that, I don't see an application in the hunting world. Suffice it to say, the .50 BMG is indeed serious overkill.

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from rocketman121 wrote 4 years 47 weeks ago

Hunting with a .50 may not require as much skill to sneak up on an animal, but the person still has to know how to use a rifle. Whether it is sporting or not is not for me to judge. Some people would say using any gun (versus bow-hunting) is not sporting... Just to clarify, I do not hunt with a .50.

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from Jere Smith wrote 4 years 47 weeks ago

The only thing I would hunt with a .50 Cal would be Osama. Or someone like him. I won't judge the guys who want one to compensate for their "shortness" ;) with one though.

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from Jere Smith wrote 4 years 47 weeks ago

Or the "Hatbackwards types wither. ;)

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from Jackson Morgan wrote 4 years 42 weeks ago

I could understand the use of it if you have a deer problem at the edge of a field on your land, but using it a a standard hunting gun is insane.

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from shane wrote 4 years 40 weeks ago

Why are they wearing camo? Do they use scent reduction stuff too?

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from shane wrote 4 years 40 weeks ago

I know they are compensating for one lack, and that's woodsmanship and the ability to get close to game and be stealthy. They could be having a raging party and still shoot deer. Is that hunting?

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from marino05 wrote 4 years 38 weeks ago

The gun John is using is not auto or semi auto it is a single shot. The .50cal BMG is overkill for the hunter who is used to 50yd out to a 300yd ethical kill shot, however these hunters do not see the ignorance in their criticism. John and Wendy are hunting, shooting and enjoying the outdoors together. Isn't this what we all are doing? We should be commending John and Wendy for forging into a new aspect of the hunting and shooting world.

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from Jere Smith wrote 4 years 34 weeks ago

>50Cal BMG is strictly a WARTIME weapon in fully automatic weapons it is not intended for or suitable in a shoulder fired weapon for recreational use. (JMNSVHO) Shooting anything smaller than an Elephant of Polar bear with one is ridiculous in the extreme, I personally would not do it. Incidentally I have fired "MA Deuce" in Wartime and had no qualms about THAT use of it.

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from hunter13 wrote 4 years 28 weeks ago

I think a 50 cal should not be used for hunting because its over kill and if it shoots 500 yards your not realy giving the animal a chance to even know your there wich isnt fair game. I also think there not safe for hunting because If you have a bullet that goed a mile you could hurt or even kill another hunter and not even knowing it.

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from toadster wrote 4 years 25 weeks ago

As primarily a mule deer hunter I use a Browning BLR .234 caliber rifle. I have had success for 23 years in single shot kills out to 450 yards. And have targeted 3" groups out to 600 yrds. If overkill is the argument here any one of you using a larger caliber than me should hang your head in shame. But I think that the real discussion is something other than caliber. It is marksmanship. Can you hit reliably at whatever distance you hunt/target. Other than that I have no argument with the caliber selection nor the use. Besides you can't argue with knockdown power in a .50!

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from K. Oney wrote 4 years 23 weeks ago

this gun is over-powered for anything short of an elephant or cape buffalo. sure would love to turn a woodchuck inside-out from 500 yards, though.

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from mihunter wrote 4 years 22 weeks ago

Way to much...if you want to shoot something over a 1000 yards, shoot at a target. thats not hunting, its target practice at a live animal, which involves no hunting skill whatsoever. stupid...
Dont get me wrong, the .50BMG is a sweet gun but it has no place in the woods.

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from 9PointPrize wrote 4 years 22 weeks ago

I hope that once you finish paying for the gun, you can still afford the ammunition. I would be a liar to say that I wouldn't love to get my hands on one of these. Though, under no circumstances would I be aiming it anything I plan to harvest. Living in Colorado for sometime, I came to really appreciate the stalking, and physical pursuit almost as much as the reward of filling the tag. Even if you don't care for this style of hunting, you shouldn't need to use a round that produces an exit wound the size of a watermelon to stand a pretty fair chance at a successful hunt. There are plenty of 30 cal rounds or even the smaller, faster 7mm rounds that will do the trick.

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from 9PointPrize wrote 4 years 22 weeks ago

I hope that once you finish paying for the gun, you can still afford the ammunition. I would be a liar to say that I wouldn't love to get my hands on one of these. Though, under no circumstances would I be aiming it anything I plan to harvest. Living in Colorado for sometime, I came to really appreciate the stalking, and physical pursuit almost as much as the reward of filling the tag. Even if you don't care for this style of hunting, you shouldn't need to use a round that produces an exit wound the size of a watermelon to stand a pretty fair chance at a successful hunt. There are plenty of 30 cal rounds or even the smaller, faster 7mm rounds that will do the trick.

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from Nycflyangler wrote 4 years 21 weeks ago

Paleolithic hunters used methods like driving herds off cliffs, which would hardly be considered sporting now a days. The concept of fair chase would be totally foreign to them and would be seen ridiculous.

This type of hunting with a large caliber at long ranges is far more sporting than that would be.

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from bassmaster828 wrote 4 years 19 weeks ago

I have shot the .50 cal BMG in my life and enjoyed it thoroughly. As for hunting, elk, as John and Wendy do at such long ranges, I see no problem and am in awe at the control and skill they have with this weapon at the ranges they shoot at. I personally have a gun I sight in for 300 yards and multiplying that distance by factors of three and four are astronomical to me.

Many people may condemn John and Wendy for hunting at extremely long ranges. To me they do this simply out of jealousy because they have never experienced long-range hunting. I think they are simply to ignorant to realize the skill it takes to make shots like that effectively and ethically on game animals. My shooting skills are competent in their own right, but compared to John and Wendy I need to go back to shooting a BB gun and learn everything anew.

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from Sourdough Dave wrote 4 years 18 weeks ago

What's next, killing game by remote control with a Predator drone? Lets get back to stalking to within reasonable range to make a humane and ethical kill. Its called hunting.

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from Chappellcl wrote 4 years 18 weeks ago

Totally believe in hunting with a .50 Cal rifle. It drops the animal instantly and I believe in shooting them through the rib cavity or about 4 inches down on the neck. Both areas I can care less about the meat on as they are not my favorite areas on the animal. There is no running around after a suffering animal leaving a blood trail. 647 Grain Barnes TSX .510 or .50 Cal with around 248 Grains of 50 BMG Powder does the job nicely and humanely. Guaranteed winner. You can drill a critter with a .22 through the head and kill them, but that is not the goal. One shot one kill and if you smite them down on the first shot, you have done well.

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from Vegas wrote 4 years 17 weeks ago

“its not sporting”… Isn’t that what most hunting opponents say about rifle hunting?

If you have the skill to make a clean kill it shouldn’t matter if you are using a .22lr or a .50bmg at 50 yards or 1760 yards. It takes hours upon hours and hundreds of rounds of practice to have the experience to make that first shot on demand.

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from Rochesterwatch wrote 4 years 15 weeks ago

Some of you commenters should be ashamed of yourselves. It is people like you who fracture the hunting (and gun owning) community and allow the continued abuse of our rights. Especially those of you who would have the use of the .50 banned. "I don't like it, so ban it" is not the precident you want to set. Fair chase? Are you kidding me? First of all, the majority of the hunting that goes on doesn't involve much that you could call "fair chase". As long as the hunter is safe and responsible and harvests the animal without intended cruelty, nothing more should be any of your concern. Maybe a guy who sits in a blind with a high-power rifle doesn't think it's "sporting" to hunt with a .50 BMG, but a guy who ground hunts with a shotgun probably feels the same way about you, and a guy who bow hunts may feel the same about him, and a guy why stalks game with a knife may feel the same way about him. Ever use a quad? Got a trail cam? And how about hunting with dogs? What about small game? Is it ethical to hunt squirells? With a shotgun? Taking game, with any implement at ranges of 800+ yards requires a level of proficiency that few if any of you probably posess. Quit trying to stick it to the other guy just because what he's into isn't your cup of tea.

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from DR angler wrote 4 years 8 weeks ago

Where did u get ur .50 BMG at and how much did u pay for it? Did you have to get any permits?

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from J4huntfish wrote 4 years 5 weeks ago

'' a man's got to know his limitations''

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from polarisgold wrote 4 years 4 weeks ago

I say this looks like a lot of fun. And it might bring me back into the hunting crowd after an absence of 30 years.

I love to see the women get involved as well!!

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from reidnez wrote 4 years 6 days ago

Long-range target shooting, I completely understand the interest in. It is a fascinating and challenging discipline. I do not at all support the ban of these weapons nor the hysteria that surrounds them. I may own one myself one day.

But hunting big game from 1,000 yards? I find that to be about as sporting as launching a tomahawk missile at them from a destroyer 100 miles offshore.

The "gentlemanly" sport of African big-five hunting was always done with double rifles and iron sights. A shot much beyond 100 yards was generally frowned-upon. The whole point was that it takes serious cajones to get that close to an animal which could charge at any moment and toss you like a rag doll, and surely will if you don't hit your mark. It takes no cajones to pop any animal from 1,000 yards, unless that animal has two legs and likes to shoot back.

And 26 misses? What kind of hunt is that? I won't ever take a shot on an animal if I feel that I may miss the vital area and only wound it--let alone miss it entirely.

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from stephenah85 wrote 3 years 48 weeks ago

I live in central Iowa about a mile or so away from a thousand yard range where they hold competitions. I think beyond the sporting match or in the hands of a professional soldier these guns should not be used in the field for hunting. What is the allure in hunting at 1000yds opposed to 30 with a bow or shotgun? Plus, there cannot be much left of an animal when it is harvested with one of these guns.

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from fng wrote 3 years 44 weeks ago

To be honest, FAIR CHASE? no offence, I do honour animals, but if I wanted to kill them in a fair way, itd be with my hands, or handmade weapons. As soon as you take a sling/bow/shotgun/rifle or any force or range multiplier into the woods, as long as you do your part and don't fudge the shot most rifles will MAKE the shot. Bows and shotguns are a bit less forgiving, but still.

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from gyrfalcon wrote 3 years 31 weeks ago

This article was pathetic. They mention hunting in the title, but then completely gloss over it after mention some guy and his ballerina wife use it for "hunting"... Maybe they're hunting ground hogs, or maybe they're hunting Taliban. It's up to the reader to decide!

Might as well just post a link to Wikipedia if the objective of the article was just to give generic facts about the BMG .50 round.

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from gyrfalcon wrote 3 years 31 weeks ago

Many rifles can take down game at 1000+ yards and not inflict as much kenetic damage as a .50BMG bullet.

A .300 Winchester Magnum can reach out to 1000 yards and take down game, you just need to account for the ~30' drop at that range.

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from BigBboy25 wrote 3 years 31 weeks ago

Terrible writing, this came from the article, way to support the ethics of long range hunting:

"There can be mishaps as well. Some years ago, John was hunting elk on a day when the thermometer registered 10 below zero. This was a cows-only hunt, and he found a monster lady elk at over 1,000 yards. But he had to shoot that same LAR Grizzly from an unsteady rest, and the scope whacked him so hard that his right eyebrow fell down over his eye. The shot missed, and so he held his detached eyebrow in place with his hand and got back on the gun. Once again the shot missed, and the scope smote him in precisely the same place. To make matters worse, the elk moved, and John had to wait, his cheek on the steel stock, forehead gushing, until he got a third shot. This one was good, but by now his cheek had frozen to the rifle. You can still see the stain on the steel where he had to tear himself away."

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from wookie308 wrote 3 years 29 weeks ago

Assuming shot placement is in the vitals there shouldn't be much in the way of meat loss, if you're shooting at 1k plus yards. The downside is if you're closer then you can kiss a good chunk of meat goodbye. Same goes for if you miss your target, these rounds travel at such velcity that a near miss will rip flesh from body. Not exactly what I would call humane or sporting. That said when I was a Gunnersmate in the Navy we were told that we could not use the M-2 on human targets, equiment only. At the far end of accurate scoped shooting these guns hit out beyond a mile pushing up to two. In the belt fed granddaddy of these rifles the effective range is 4.2 miles. It's highly doubtful you'll see many of these rifles in your neck of the woods, besides the price tag of the gun and optics you have to figure that the military surplus ammo runs about $5 round. I don't know for sure but I can bet the match stuff runs more. All said and done, leave this gun on the range or on the battlefield where it belongs.

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from BaldEagle1938 wrote 3 years 17 weeks ago

What I like about reading these comments is belief that: The way I hunt shows "woodmanship" or "sportsmanship" and insofar as you do not hunt like I do, I lack the skills and the character shown by a true hunter. This might make you feel holy, but it does nothing for an intelligent dialog. Rather than trying make others feel unworthy, try walking in the other fellow's moccasins. I own a Blue Grass Armory Viper (.50BMG) but I have not thought seriously about hunting with it. So I read this gallery with interest. My gun weighs about 25 lbs. with scope, and at 72 years, walking though the Woods with it rather than my 7mm Mauser or my Marlin .44 seems unrealistic. So hunting with the .50 is an entirely different proposition.
As for you that think my hunting with a crossbow, compound bow, a handgun, flintlock, cap lock or any modern scoped firearm gives me an unsportsmanlike advantage over my prey, I suggest that you seriously considering harvesting your animals by chasing them down on foot and killing them with a club, a rock or Bowie Knife.

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from BaldEagle1938 wrote 3 years 17 weeks ago

Some miscellaneous comments on other posts: Commercially loaded .50BMG are expensive. I reload them. I use 210 grains of H-50 BMG powder and 650 grn.(nominally) APIs; although I have experienced great accuracy out to 1200 yrds., they are not suitable for hunting (Incendary). The bullets I would use are govt. surplus; since the Geneva convention prevents the use of expanding bullets, they are solids. The wound channel, if no obstruction is met, would be similar to .50 Minie...with minimal expansion. It will be a through the body shot. Care must ALWAYS BE taken when using solids since they usually pass through the body and will cause collateral damage behind the intended target. I suggest that the external ballistics table in this gallery should be studied.
Most of the negative comments generated by this gallery are based not on factual data, but on "feelings." Feelings and outright ignorance are the basis for anti-gun attitudes throughout our culture. Firearms are tools. As tools they are neither good nor bad, but useful. Like any other tool, good or bad results from motives and knowledge of the person using the tool.

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from LAKEM0NSTER85 wrote 3 years 16 weeks ago

HA they've never lost an animal or had to track one...NO $#1T!! you're left with a hole you can stick your leg through!! Good kills but must be terrible waste of meat.

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from Oregon Jim wrote 2 years 45 weeks ago

I love to shoot long range targets, but I do not shoot game at extreme distances. This article speaks of missed shots at an elk by an experienced shooter as if it were no big deal, but in my view it is a HUGE deal. It is a serious lack of hunting ethics. You can blame missing the vital zone on weather conditions or just plain excitement and the world will forgive you, but when you miss an elk ENTIRELY, the only excuse is that you very foolishly took a shot that you knew you should not have taken.

Long range shooting is for paper targets.

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from Rochesterwatch wrote 4 years 15 weeks ago

Some of you commenters should be ashamed of yourselves. It is people like you who fracture the hunting (and gun owning) community and allow the continued abuse of our rights. Especially those of you who would have the use of the .50 banned. "I don't like it, so ban it" is not the precident you want to set. Fair chase? Are you kidding me? First of all, the majority of the hunting that goes on doesn't involve much that you could call "fair chase". As long as the hunter is safe and responsible and harvests the animal without intended cruelty, nothing more should be any of your concern. Maybe a guy who sits in a blind with a high-power rifle doesn't think it's "sporting" to hunt with a .50 BMG, but a guy who ground hunts with a shotgun probably feels the same way about you, and a guy who bow hunts may feel the same about him, and a guy why stalks game with a knife may feel the same way about him. Ever use a quad? Got a trail cam? And how about hunting with dogs? What about small game? Is it ethical to hunt squirells? With a shotgun? Taking game, with any implement at ranges of 800+ yards requires a level of proficiency that few if any of you probably posess. Quit trying to stick it to the other guy just because what he's into isn't your cup of tea.

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from buckslayer33 wrote 5 years 10 weeks ago

i do not think that is very sporting. if you want to shoot that far go to a match.

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from Love2Hunt wrote 5 years 8 weeks ago

Those guns are are massive and a riot to shoot. I have never used it to hunt with and probably never will, but it is a fun gun to target practice with.

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from Rem700-06 wrote 4 years 49 weeks ago

My first thought is what animal it is you're hunting. If it is Dangerous game of a large variety (i.e. Grizzly/Brown/Polar Bears, Elephant, Hippo, Bison), then it is a lot less ridiculous than hunting an elk with it. Second, long range precision shooting is no easy task. The sheer power and range of the weapon may be a drawback, anything less than 600/700 yards would probably cause too much damage to the animal. If it is challenging to the hunter but still a humane kill, it should at least be considered. I do not own a .50 cal, and probably will never purchase one; why put limitations on those who do?

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from shane wrote 4 years 40 weeks ago

Why are they wearing camo? Do they use scent reduction stuff too?

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from streack wrote 5 years 12 weeks ago

I have a hard time trying to believe that large amounts of meat is not wasted when an animal is shot by one of these.

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from Jesse wrote 5 years 11 weeks ago

I think the 50 cal is a lil over kill

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from wsimien wrote 5 years 10 weeks ago

Commom man a .50 cal!? I don't think shooting any game a mile out should be considered hunting. Leave this big boy for the Army snipers.

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from Dan the Man wrote 5 years 9 weeks ago

Whatever you want, I guess. I think .50 cal is overkill and it makes me mad when I have to get within 100 yards with my shotgun and these guys can kill something from a mile away. It's not sporting, and I hope they know whre those bullets end up. Hate for it to kill somebody on a pass-through. Besides, the gun looks like it was made by "Nerf".

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from texasfirst wrote 4 years 48 weeks ago

Grizzly with a .50 BMG might be really exciting. I've seen the results of one .50 BMG round on a kill, but it wasn't one where we were worried about meat. Other than that, I don't see an application in the hunting world. Suffice it to say, the .50 BMG is indeed serious overkill.

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from rocketman121 wrote 4 years 47 weeks ago

Hunting with a .50 may not require as much skill to sneak up on an animal, but the person still has to know how to use a rifle. Whether it is sporting or not is not for me to judge. Some people would say using any gun (versus bow-hunting) is not sporting... Just to clarify, I do not hunt with a .50.

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from Jere Smith wrote 4 years 47 weeks ago

The only thing I would hunt with a .50 Cal would be Osama. Or someone like him. I won't judge the guys who want one to compensate for their "shortness" ;) with one though.

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from shane wrote 4 years 40 weeks ago

I know they are compensating for one lack, and that's woodsmanship and the ability to get close to game and be stealthy. They could be having a raging party and still shoot deer. Is that hunting?

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from marino05 wrote 4 years 38 weeks ago

The gun John is using is not auto or semi auto it is a single shot. The .50cal BMG is overkill for the hunter who is used to 50yd out to a 300yd ethical kill shot, however these hunters do not see the ignorance in their criticism. John and Wendy are hunting, shooting and enjoying the outdoors together. Isn't this what we all are doing? We should be commending John and Wendy for forging into a new aspect of the hunting and shooting world.

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from Chappellcl wrote 4 years 18 weeks ago

Totally believe in hunting with a .50 Cal rifle. It drops the animal instantly and I believe in shooting them through the rib cavity or about 4 inches down on the neck. Both areas I can care less about the meat on as they are not my favorite areas on the animal. There is no running around after a suffering animal leaving a blood trail. 647 Grain Barnes TSX .510 or .50 Cal with around 248 Grains of 50 BMG Powder does the job nicely and humanely. Guaranteed winner. You can drill a critter with a .22 through the head and kill them, but that is not the goal. One shot one kill and if you smite them down on the first shot, you have done well.

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from Vegas wrote 4 years 17 weeks ago

“its not sporting”… Isn’t that what most hunting opponents say about rifle hunting?

If you have the skill to make a clean kill it shouldn’t matter if you are using a .22lr or a .50bmg at 50 yards or 1760 yards. It takes hours upon hours and hundreds of rounds of practice to have the experience to make that first shot on demand.

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from baconboy206 wrote 5 years 11 weeks ago

unless youre hunting whales this seems like a bit of overkill, imagine how much meat is wasted

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from LesserSon wrote 5 years 1 week ago

No, it's not hunting. It's long-range sniper practice on living targets. Is it a sport? Yes, because it sublimates a violent and dangerous skill into an act that does not kill humans. But hunting? No way. Where is fair chase? You might as well use a smartbomb.

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from hunter4ever wrote 4 years 49 weeks ago

come on do you really need that big of a gun a use a twenty gauge shotgun for anything that i gun hunt (i hunt turkey, deer, rabbit, geese, and ducks) and i have no problem killing any of these with my shotgun

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from Jere Smith wrote 4 years 47 weeks ago

Or the "Hatbackwards types wither. ;)

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from 9PointPrize wrote 4 years 22 weeks ago

I hope that once you finish paying for the gun, you can still afford the ammunition. I would be a liar to say that I wouldn't love to get my hands on one of these. Though, under no circumstances would I be aiming it anything I plan to harvest. Living in Colorado for sometime, I came to really appreciate the stalking, and physical pursuit almost as much as the reward of filling the tag. Even if you don't care for this style of hunting, you shouldn't need to use a round that produces an exit wound the size of a watermelon to stand a pretty fair chance at a successful hunt. There are plenty of 30 cal rounds or even the smaller, faster 7mm rounds that will do the trick.

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from Nycflyangler wrote 4 years 21 weeks ago

Paleolithic hunters used methods like driving herds off cliffs, which would hardly be considered sporting now a days. The concept of fair chase would be totally foreign to them and would be seen ridiculous.

This type of hunting with a large caliber at long ranges is far more sporting than that would be.

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from stephenah85 wrote 3 years 48 weeks ago

I live in central Iowa about a mile or so away from a thousand yard range where they hold competitions. I think beyond the sporting match or in the hands of a professional soldier these guns should not be used in the field for hunting. What is the allure in hunting at 1000yds opposed to 30 with a bow or shotgun? Plus, there cannot be much left of an animal when it is harvested with one of these guns.

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from fng wrote 3 years 44 weeks ago

To be honest, FAIR CHASE? no offence, I do honour animals, but if I wanted to kill them in a fair way, itd be with my hands, or handmade weapons. As soon as you take a sling/bow/shotgun/rifle or any force or range multiplier into the woods, as long as you do your part and don't fudge the shot most rifles will MAKE the shot. Bows and shotguns are a bit less forgiving, but still.

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from gyrfalcon wrote 3 years 31 weeks ago

This article was pathetic. They mention hunting in the title, but then completely gloss over it after mention some guy and his ballerina wife use it for "hunting"... Maybe they're hunting ground hogs, or maybe they're hunting Taliban. It's up to the reader to decide!

Might as well just post a link to Wikipedia if the objective of the article was just to give generic facts about the BMG .50 round.

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from gyrfalcon wrote 3 years 31 weeks ago

Many rifles can take down game at 1000+ yards and not inflict as much kenetic damage as a .50BMG bullet.

A .300 Winchester Magnum can reach out to 1000 yards and take down game, you just need to account for the ~30' drop at that range.

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from BaldEagle1938 wrote 3 years 17 weeks ago

Some miscellaneous comments on other posts: Commercially loaded .50BMG are expensive. I reload them. I use 210 grains of H-50 BMG powder and 650 grn.(nominally) APIs; although I have experienced great accuracy out to 1200 yrds., they are not suitable for hunting (Incendary). The bullets I would use are govt. surplus; since the Geneva convention prevents the use of expanding bullets, they are solids. The wound channel, if no obstruction is met, would be similar to .50 Minie...with minimal expansion. It will be a through the body shot. Care must ALWAYS BE taken when using solids since they usually pass through the body and will cause collateral damage behind the intended target. I suggest that the external ballistics table in this gallery should be studied.
Most of the negative comments generated by this gallery are based not on factual data, but on "feelings." Feelings and outright ignorance are the basis for anti-gun attitudes throughout our culture. Firearms are tools. As tools they are neither good nor bad, but useful. Like any other tool, good or bad results from motives and knowledge of the person using the tool.

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from toadster wrote 4 years 25 weeks ago

As primarily a mule deer hunter I use a Browning BLR .234 caliber rifle. I have had success for 23 years in single shot kills out to 450 yards. And have targeted 3" groups out to 600 yrds. If overkill is the argument here any one of you using a larger caliber than me should hang your head in shame. But I think that the real discussion is something other than caliber. It is marksmanship. Can you hit reliably at whatever distance you hunt/target. Other than that I have no argument with the caliber selection nor the use. Besides you can't argue with knockdown power in a .50!

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from 9PointPrize wrote 4 years 22 weeks ago

I hope that once you finish paying for the gun, you can still afford the ammunition. I would be a liar to say that I wouldn't love to get my hands on one of these. Though, under no circumstances would I be aiming it anything I plan to harvest. Living in Colorado for sometime, I came to really appreciate the stalking, and physical pursuit almost as much as the reward of filling the tag. Even if you don't care for this style of hunting, you shouldn't need to use a round that produces an exit wound the size of a watermelon to stand a pretty fair chance at a successful hunt. There are plenty of 30 cal rounds or even the smaller, faster 7mm rounds that will do the trick.

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from bassmaster828 wrote 4 years 19 weeks ago

I have shot the .50 cal BMG in my life and enjoyed it thoroughly. As for hunting, elk, as John and Wendy do at such long ranges, I see no problem and am in awe at the control and skill they have with this weapon at the ranges they shoot at. I personally have a gun I sight in for 300 yards and multiplying that distance by factors of three and four are astronomical to me.

Many people may condemn John and Wendy for hunting at extremely long ranges. To me they do this simply out of jealousy because they have never experienced long-range hunting. I think they are simply to ignorant to realize the skill it takes to make shots like that effectively and ethically on game animals. My shooting skills are competent in their own right, but compared to John and Wendy I need to go back to shooting a BB gun and learn everything anew.

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from Sourdough Dave wrote 4 years 18 weeks ago

What's next, killing game by remote control with a Predator drone? Lets get back to stalking to within reasonable range to make a humane and ethical kill. Its called hunting.

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from DR angler wrote 4 years 8 weeks ago

Where did u get ur .50 BMG at and how much did u pay for it? Did you have to get any permits?

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from J4huntfish wrote 4 years 5 weeks ago

'' a man's got to know his limitations''

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from polarisgold wrote 4 years 4 weeks ago

I say this looks like a lot of fun. And it might bring me back into the hunting crowd after an absence of 30 years.

I love to see the women get involved as well!!

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from BigBboy25 wrote 3 years 31 weeks ago

Terrible writing, this came from the article, way to support the ethics of long range hunting:

"There can be mishaps as well. Some years ago, John was hunting elk on a day when the thermometer registered 10 below zero. This was a cows-only hunt, and he found a monster lady elk at over 1,000 yards. But he had to shoot that same LAR Grizzly from an unsteady rest, and the scope whacked him so hard that his right eyebrow fell down over his eye. The shot missed, and so he held his detached eyebrow in place with his hand and got back on the gun. Once again the shot missed, and the scope smote him in precisely the same place. To make matters worse, the elk moved, and John had to wait, his cheek on the steel stock, forehead gushing, until he got a third shot. This one was good, but by now his cheek had frozen to the rifle. You can still see the stain on the steel where he had to tear himself away."

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from wookie308 wrote 3 years 29 weeks ago

Assuming shot placement is in the vitals there shouldn't be much in the way of meat loss, if you're shooting at 1k plus yards. The downside is if you're closer then you can kiss a good chunk of meat goodbye. Same goes for if you miss your target, these rounds travel at such velcity that a near miss will rip flesh from body. Not exactly what I would call humane or sporting. That said when I was a Gunnersmate in the Navy we were told that we could not use the M-2 on human targets, equiment only. At the far end of accurate scoped shooting these guns hit out beyond a mile pushing up to two. In the belt fed granddaddy of these rifles the effective range is 4.2 miles. It's highly doubtful you'll see many of these rifles in your neck of the woods, besides the price tag of the gun and optics you have to figure that the military surplus ammo runs about $5 round. I don't know for sure but I can bet the match stuff runs more. All said and done, leave this gun on the range or on the battlefield where it belongs.

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from BaldEagle1938 wrote 3 years 17 weeks ago

What I like about reading these comments is belief that: The way I hunt shows "woodmanship" or "sportsmanship" and insofar as you do not hunt like I do, I lack the skills and the character shown by a true hunter. This might make you feel holy, but it does nothing for an intelligent dialog. Rather than trying make others feel unworthy, try walking in the other fellow's moccasins. I own a Blue Grass Armory Viper (.50BMG) but I have not thought seriously about hunting with it. So I read this gallery with interest. My gun weighs about 25 lbs. with scope, and at 72 years, walking though the Woods with it rather than my 7mm Mauser or my Marlin .44 seems unrealistic. So hunting with the .50 is an entirely different proposition.
As for you that think my hunting with a crossbow, compound bow, a handgun, flintlock, cap lock or any modern scoped firearm gives me an unsportsmanlike advantage over my prey, I suggest that you seriously considering harvesting your animals by chasing them down on foot and killing them with a club, a rock or Bowie Knife.

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from LAKEM0NSTER85 wrote 3 years 16 weeks ago

HA they've never lost an animal or had to track one...NO $#1T!! you're left with a hole you can stick your leg through!! Good kills but must be terrible waste of meat.

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from Oregon Jim wrote 2 years 45 weeks ago

I love to shoot long range targets, but I do not shoot game at extreme distances. This article speaks of missed shots at an elk by an experienced shooter as if it were no big deal, but in my view it is a HUGE deal. It is a serious lack of hunting ethics. You can blame missing the vital zone on weather conditions or just plain excitement and the world will forgive you, but when you miss an elk ENTIRELY, the only excuse is that you very foolishly took a shot that you knew you should not have taken.

Long range shooting is for paper targets.

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from Jackson Morgan wrote 4 years 42 weeks ago

I could understand the use of it if you have a deer problem at the edge of a field on your land, but using it a a standard hunting gun is insane.

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from hunter13 wrote 4 years 28 weeks ago

I think a 50 cal should not be used for hunting because its over kill and if it shoots 500 yards your not realy giving the animal a chance to even know your there wich isnt fair game. I also think there not safe for hunting because If you have a bullet that goed a mile you could hurt or even kill another hunter and not even knowing it.

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from mihunter wrote 4 years 22 weeks ago

Way to much...if you want to shoot something over a 1000 yards, shoot at a target. thats not hunting, its target practice at a live animal, which involves no hunting skill whatsoever. stupid...
Dont get me wrong, the .50BMG is a sweet gun but it has no place in the woods.

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from reidnez wrote 4 years 6 days ago

Long-range target shooting, I completely understand the interest in. It is a fascinating and challenging discipline. I do not at all support the ban of these weapons nor the hysteria that surrounds them. I may own one myself one day.

But hunting big game from 1,000 yards? I find that to be about as sporting as launching a tomahawk missile at them from a destroyer 100 miles offshore.

The "gentlemanly" sport of African big-five hunting was always done with double rifles and iron sights. A shot much beyond 100 yards was generally frowned-upon. The whole point was that it takes serious cajones to get that close to an animal which could charge at any moment and toss you like a rag doll, and surely will if you don't hit your mark. It takes no cajones to pop any animal from 1,000 yards, unless that animal has two legs and likes to shoot back.

And 26 misses? What kind of hunt is that? I won't ever take a shot on an animal if I feel that I may miss the vital area and only wound it--let alone miss it entirely.

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from Jere Smith wrote 4 years 34 weeks ago

>50Cal BMG is strictly a WARTIME weapon in fully automatic weapons it is not intended for or suitable in a shoulder fired weapon for recreational use. (JMNSVHO) Shooting anything smaller than an Elephant of Polar bear with one is ridiculous in the extreme, I personally would not do it. Incidentally I have fired "MA Deuce" in Wartime and had no qualms about THAT use of it.

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from K. Oney wrote 4 years 23 weeks ago

this gun is over-powered for anything short of an elephant or cape buffalo. sure would love to turn a woodchuck inside-out from 500 yards, though.

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