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Old December 2, 2010, 04:45 PM   #1
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getting the 50 cal itch ( again ) ... no, not the Browning...

Already have a custom Marlin lever gun, in 50 A.E.... got a 50-70 Martini single shot... just bought a box of 50 beowolf ( I needed a couple for cartridge collections )

now... what to do with the rest of the box ???

I'm not an AR type of guy... any magazine fed bolt actions that the 50 beowulf cartridge could work through ??? maybe modify another Marlin for the 50 A.E's bigger brother ??? thoughts...
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Old December 2, 2010, 04:56 PM   #2
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How about the S&W 500 lever action
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Old December 2, 2010, 05:04 PM   #3
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Old December 2, 2010, 05:06 PM   #4
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is there a 500 S&W lever gun ???
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Old December 2, 2010, 05:20 PM   #5
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I have seen a few 500A&W lever guns around, I will try to find a link.
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Old December 2, 2010, 06:09 PM   #6
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you could use any short action rifle to shoot the 50 beowulf. it would be an awsome cartridge in a bolt gun. thats a good idea... to bad suppressors are "illegal" in illinois. you may have just help me decide my next bolt gun build....
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Old December 2, 2010, 06:15 PM   #7
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I don't have the cartridges yet, ( just came into Midway the other day, they should get to me tomorrow ) & I haven't checked the books... is the case head the same as a .308 ??? ( I think it, like the 50 A.E. also has a rebated rim ) if so, I already may have a donar rifle or two...

a detatchable mag gun would be nice though... I wonder how far they have to massage the feed lips to allow those big 50's to pass ???
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Old December 2, 2010, 06:55 PM   #8
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You can use any action that can take a WSM or RUM, the base diameters are close to the 50AE. The problem will be the rebated rim on the 50 AE, it's .517 instead of the .530 on the WSM/RUM. Take an action with an extractor with lots of travel.
Krieger offers barrels in 50 AE.
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Old December 2, 2010, 07:01 PM   #9
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was thinking an old Enfield might make an interesting project... maybe modify the action to eccept Alexander Arms Magazines ( the 5 round looks perfect ) but 7 or 10 could be cool... composite stocks are common for these... could make a neat little ( I hate this word ) tactikool carbine... a great close range hunter / hog buster... loading dies are available... brass is a bit tougher, but could just reload factory ammo, if thats the easiest way to get them... 50 A.E. bullets I already have should work ???
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Old December 2, 2010, 07:14 PM   #10
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Heres a link to the 500 levergun, looks like a sweet rifle.
How is the 50 AE from a rifle?





http://www.bighornarmory.com/products/carbine.php
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Old December 3, 2010, 07:29 AM   #11
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thanks for the link... I was sure I had seen one before... just couldn't remember where...

as far as the 50 A.E. Marlin... it's a beast... turned that sweet shooting 44 Mag lever into a literal beast... we even had to glass the fore arm, just to keep things together reliably... of course thats shooting hot custom cast bullet loads... 10 rounds in the tube gives great capacity for a big bore... I bought the Marlin new, just for this conversion... shot a couple of tubes full of 44's, then turned it over to my builder... now... you can barely tell that it's not a stock 44 Marlin... er... well... except for the opened up loading gate, the bigger diameter of the tube mag & outer barrel diameter... & of course the seriously big hole in the muzzle end

I have not spoken to my builder for suggestions yet on a non AR platform for the 50 Beowulf... but so far, I like the Enfield Idea, with a composite stock, & "frenched" in Alexander Arms 5 round removable box mag...
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