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Old 02-21-2004, 08:09 AM
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Who here has heard of the .50 Beowulf ?

We ordered some ammo for the .500 Pistol, and they sent .50 Beowulf ammunition by mistake. Well being curious, we researched it and found the rifle. It's in use by the US Coast Guard now. The bullets are almost identicle to a .500 mag , except the Beowulf's brass, is slightyly fatter and longer (fractional difference, we mic'd it)and it has a rim the same size as a .223. Reason being, its fired from a modified AR-15, and the bullets even fit in a .223 mag. the one that comes with it will hold 7 Beowulfs.

Well, my uncle couldn't resist, he ordered one. Mean looking gun, but after 14 rounds setting the scope, his shoulder was blood shot. It's a blast to shoot, and it leaves huge holes. They claim recoil is like a 20gauge shotgun, well I think its a little worse.

Not sure of the energy, but a 400gr round is 1800fps and a 325 is 1950fps.

Alexander Arms here in Virginia, is the only place making ammo or the guns.

Here is a pic of one of the 400gr rounds

I've attached a pic of a .223, .500S&W,and the .50 Beowulf (in that order)
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Old 02-21-2004, 08:31 AM
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nevermind, just did a search for it, and found several posts. Sorry for this repost.
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Old 02-21-2004, 09:04 AM
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You will find that the head size of the .50 B is the size of the 7.62 x 39, not the .223. If you found that stated somewhere they were mistaken. While the .50 B is designed to work in the AR-15 type rifles, remember the AR-15 can be had in many different calibers and 7.62 x 39 is one of them, as is the 9mm and a bunch of others. I shoot a .458 SOCOM in one of my X15s which is very similar to the .50 B but uses the .308 head size and a .458 Bullet. About the only thing the .50 B and the .500 S&W have in common is the bullet size, both being true .500 bullets. Because of the rebated rim of the .50 B, it headspaces on the mouth, while the .458 SOCOM is bottle necked and headspaces on the shoulder.
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Old 10-15-2004, 04:25 PM
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I was flipping around through some Beowulf stuff today and seen a pic that looked mighty familar. It seems some clown found a good use for my picture. I should have water marked it, theiving hoodlums I tell ya.

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