Browning

The .50 Browning began life in 1921 as a military cartridge for a heavy machine gun for support of ground assault. By the end of World War II, it was also a standard cartridge for aircraft for air-to-air combat. Experiments in non-standard military channels resulted in its use for long range sniping, notably by Bill Brophy during the Korean conflict.

Through the years shooters across the country built rifles for the cartridge. Gunsmiths rebarreled Boyes anti-tank rifles with surplus military barrels. Other routes were taken, such as Fred Wells' scaling up of a Mauser action to proper dimensions for the .50 Browning.

Interest in the cartridge for long range shooting grew dramatically in the 1970s and 1980s but really took off with the appearance, and subsequent growth, of the Fifty Caliber Shooters' Association. The Association established competition to further advancement of the cartridge. Several manufacturers started producing guns. Companies such as Accurate, Speer, and Hornady committed themselves to providing reloading components and equipment.

FCSA competition is based on five shot groups at 1,000 yards. The current small group is just over 4.0 inches. Depending on the load, the muzzle energy could be well over 12,000 footpounds. Recoil in most rifles could be considered impressive. Accurate 8700 has been a consistent performer for match loads, and has been used to win trophies in FCSA competition.

.50 BROWNING

Gun

FRESHOUR

Max Length

3.910"

Barrel Length

44"

Trim Length

3.890"

Primer

CCI 35

OAL Max

5.545"

Case

IMI

OAL Min

5.400"

START LOADS

MAXIMUM LOADS

Cartridge

Bullet

Powder

Grains

Vel.

Powder

Grains Vel. P.S.I.

Length Comment

642

8700

205.0

2610

8700

228.0 2930

750

8700

195.0

2322

8700

218.0 2700

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