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.338 Lapua Magnum VS .50 BMG

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.338 Lapua Magnum

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MSRP:

$29.42

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$29.42

New Price:

$32.69

MSRP:

$68.21

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$68.21

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$75.79

Gun Specifications

Specifications

.338 Lapua Magnum

.50 BMG

Height

2.77

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Average FPS

2927

Average Grain

254

Average Energy

4831

Recoil

3.33

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Ballistic Coefficient

597.14

Gun Stats

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Gun Descriptions

About The .338 Lapua Magnum Ammo or .338 LM Ammo for short, is a rimless bottlenecked centrefire cartridge mainly developed for sniper rifles capable of taking out long ranged targets. The loaded 14.93 mm cartridge can penetrate body armor that is considered above military standard at ranges climbing up to 1,000 meters. Although, the maximum effective range of .338 Lapua Magnum Ammo has been recorded at 1,750 meters. Manufacturer The beauty that is .338 Lapua Magnum Ammo was a result of a joint venture between the Finnish rifle manufacturer, SAKO, the British rifle manufacturer, Accuracy International, and the Finnish ammunition manufacturer, more commonly known as Nammo Lapua Oy. Uses The .338 Lapua Magnum Ammo is the ultimate centrefire rifle cartridge and since it specializes in long ranged targets, it’s the perfect choice for military snipers. Thanks to the bullet’s long effective range and the accuracy it provides, it’s the first choice for sniper rifle users during wars. However, it’s reputation just doesn’t end in the military, when the target is beyond 1,500 meters, the hunters’ first choice is .338 Lapua Magnum Ammo. Regardless the type of game they are hunting, the choice is always .338 LM Ammo because of the excellent and accurate results it is capable of yielding. This combat proven rifle round provides incredible performance, penetrating power and precision in the essential role of long range shooting.

The 50 Browning Machine Gun, sometimes known as the 50 BMG, is a 50 in (12.7 mm) caliber cartridge that was created for the M2 Browning heavy machine gun in the late 1910s and entered formal service in 1921. The machine gun was initially produced during World War I, and despite being cumbersome, the tank began to find its place on the battlefield—it was also resistant to most rifle and artillery shots. The 50 BMG cartridge has a 290-gram capacity (19 g). The round is a scaled-up version of the 30-06 Springfield, but it has a case wall with a long taper to make feeding and extraction easier in different guns. This cartridge's rifling twist rate is 1 in 15 in (380 mm), with eight lands and grooves. The 50 Browning Machine Gun is employed in anti-materiel rifles in addition to the M2 Browning heavy machine gun. There is a wide range of ammunition available, and match grade ammunition has boosted the use of 50 caliber rifles by allowing for more precise firing than lesser quality rounds. During WWII, the 50 BMG was principally utilized for anti-aircraft duties in the M2 Browning machine gun, both in its "light barrel" aircraft mount form and the "heavy barrel" (HB) version on ground vehicles. Depending on the powder and bullet type, as well as the weapon from which it is shot, the 50 BMG round may create between 10,000 and 15,000 foot-pounds force (14,000 and 20,000 J). The 50 BMG's trajectory suffers less "drift" from cross-winds than smaller and lighter calibers due to the high ballistic coefficient of the bullet, making it an excellent option for high-powered sniper rifles.

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