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Old March 25, 2018, 08:47 PM   #1
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Wildcat idea: 500 S&W case + .510 barrel + 50 BMG bullets

I can't have been the first person to think of this for a 510 Whisper type of cartridge, so someone tell me if this has already been done so I can just copy them.

Take a 500 S&W case and seat a 50 BMG bullet into it. Bam, 30-40-ish grains of powder capacity. Whisper territory.

Of course the 500 S&W uses a 0.500" bore, so you would need a custom 0.510" barrel with a longer throat to allow those longer bullets. Not sure how to specify the throat or what a good value would be.

I was thinking about using the Bauska BBK-02 Magnum action I have for this. I made up a dummy cartridge and with the BMG bullet it will feed from the magazine. The rim is slightly smaller, 0.556" for the 500 vs 0.588" for the 338 Lapua. A difference of 0.032", but the extractor seems to grip it just fine.

So, lets see what everyone else thinks about this.
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Old March 26, 2018, 05:52 AM   #2
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Would the case be long enough to handle that large a bullet and still leave you with any powder room?

I think most .50 projectiles for the BMG are about 2 inches long. Even with minimum seating that would only leave an inch or a bit more for powder...

I think you'd be really hard pressed to make this work, but it is quite intriguing.

I know the .510 Whisper uses .338 Lapua cases that have been cut back to just shy of 2 inches... But, it has to be necked to seat the bullet, which means you get a bit more powder capacity.
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Old March 26, 2018, 07:21 AM   #3
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I've read that the .500 case doesn't work well from stack magazines, something about the rim getting locked up with the extractor.
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Old March 26, 2018, 06:50 PM   #4
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Freewheeling here....subsonic isn't my "thing" (though I am working on a .45-70 for these:
https://www.lehighdefense.com/collec...ant=3410532292)

But why not neck-up a .505 Gibbs a teeny bit? With 750's, and a slow-burning powder?
That action would be perfect for it.
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Old March 26, 2018, 07:11 PM   #5
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Underwood makes ammo for the 500 S&W with 700 gr. bullets at 1200 fps.
I believe Ranger Rick offers 700 gr. bullets.
They are flat nose so I don't know how well they will feed in different actions.

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Old March 27, 2018, 05:46 AM   #6
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"Underwood makes ammo for the 500 S&W with 700 gr. bullets at 1200 fps."

Those are basically flying thermoses. The bullets have very little taper. Because of that, they're significantly shorter than a .50 BMG bullet.
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Old March 27, 2018, 08:57 AM   #7
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Since rimmed cases are problematic when used in magazine why not use a rimless case like the 500 Auto Max

or better yet just get a AR500 and load subsonic

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Old March 27, 2018, 09:03 AM   #8
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Many rimmed cartridges have been used in magazine-fed semi-automatics over the years.

Rimlock is a fairly rare happening and every case I've ever seen has been the result of a damaged magazine or operator error in loading the magazine.
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Old March 27, 2018, 06:17 PM   #9
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Many rimmed cartridges have been used in magazine-fed semi-automatics over the years
Yep
Including my fave the 54r. Dragunov, PSL, SV-98 and the modern Vepr- all mag fed. Most collectors also are familiar with the SVT-40 autoloader.
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Old March 28, 2018, 05:59 AM   #10
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Not just rifles, either...

Colt & Smith & Wesson .38 Special target semi-autos.

LAR Grizzly .357 Magnum.

Desert Eagle .357, .41, and .44 magnums

Dozens, if not hundreds, of different .22 LR chambered semi-autos.

And let's not forget the British Bren gun, one of the most successful and effective light machine guns of all time.
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