View Full Version : .50 Alaskan

December 7, 2004, 02:48 AM
.50 Alaskan. Does any one use this caliber or have info on it?

I think it might be a good caliber for a guide gun but I am worried about penetration aspecially on big boned animals like eland.

Will a 45-70 not perform better on penetration.

I hunt distances less than 100yards.

Thanks!!! :rolleyes:

Rich Lucibella
December 7, 2004, 09:34 AM
I hunt with one....have hunted Africa with both a 50 AK and a 45-70. Hunted TX hog with both and CAN Bear with the 50. My breakdown 45-70 carries better than the larger 50 AK.

However, it's like the comparison of the .338 WinMag vs .375 H&H; .308 vs 30-06; .38 vs .357. In other words, there's nothing the 45-70 can do that the 50 AK won't do a bit better....the only question is whether you need the extra power (don't understand the penetration concern on Eland).

I had 3 Cape Buff on my 45-70 hunt....it worked well. However, if I had it to do over, I think the 50 AK, pushing a 430 grainer at over 2,000 fpm is a better bet.


December 7, 2004, 09:50 AM
I think the 50 AK, pushing a 430 grainer at over 2,000 fpm is a better bet.

At that speed I'd prefer a 430 pounder :D

December 11, 2004, 01:42 AM
Mental math gives 2,000FPM as roughly 20-30mph... *Imagines the devastation 430 grains at 30mph could cause.*

December 11, 2004, 03:50 AM
I guess if you hit them in the eye you might cause them to run off a cliff and die, so yeah, could still be considered lethal. lol

Rich Lucibella
December 11, 2004, 09:53 AM
Mental math gives 2,000FPM as roughly 20-30mph
Cowled, the math is correct; the units are wrong. I think you meant 2,000FPS. That comes out to about 1,350 MPH.....BIG difference.

December 11, 2004, 03:40 PM
Now now, Rich... I'm not the one who started the FPM thing. I was just the one to play around with it! : :D