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.50 BMG: Bolt action or semi-auto

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by SonicBlue03, Apr 10, 2009.

  1. SonicBlue03

    SonicBlue03 Snohomish Well-Known Member

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    Some of you might in fact own .50's and have opinions, and I would be curious what your feedback is on a question a buddy of mine and I were discussing.

    This was done only as a hypothetical. I have no strong opinion because I'm sure both offer their own benefits (cost alone being one of those bennies.)

    But let's assume money doesn't exist, or there's no price on either. If you had to choose a .50 BMG (anti-personnel/vehicle, target shooting, or just blowing **** up) what kind (semi-auto/bolt action) would you choose and why?
     
  2. Scott

    Scott Battle Ground Well-Known Member

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    I would have to say Grizzly Big Bore 50 cal single shot. Used this a few times and it is the most accurate 50 I have ever seen. Check them out. It is a bolt action and with this type of weapon if you hit your target you do not need a follow up shot.

    Scott
     
  3. dr drae

    dr drae Seattle Member

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    Bolt action. IMO a .50 is designed for precision long distance work (1K yds) so the need to punch off 10 rds quickly doesn't make sense to me. If you miss with the first round, you'll probably have to adjust windage/elevation/etc and in that time throwing a bolt (if you're experienced) only takes a second...
     
  4. SonicBlue03

    SonicBlue03 Snohomish Well-Known Member

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    I was tending to argue toward the bolt action vs. semi-auto just from an inherent accuracy perspective. I suppose the discussion even goes more toward bolt action. vs. semi-auto in any caliber. I have more semi-autos than bolt actions in my safe, but both types serve different purposes for me.
     
  5. jordanvraptor

    jordanvraptor Oregon City, Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Barrett 82 semi auto. If you are dealing with multiple vehicles you would want the ten round capacity and quicker followup shots. Beyond that you'd have to go crew served with an M2.
     
  6. motoman98

    motoman98 Gresham, OR Active Member

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    Cobb FA50: Bolt aspects for accuracy, mag fed, and fast reloading if you need it.
     
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