500 S&W Mag vs 50 Beowulf vs 45-70

Discussion in 'The Powder Keg' started by BattleRifleG3, Mar 12, 2004.

  1. BattleRifleG3

    BattleRifleG3 Retired Moderator

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    Western PA
    In my great quest for grizzley bear defense gun, I'm looking to compare these three cartridges.

    Since 50 Beowulf is based on 7.62x39mm, one built on the AK platform may be a better idea than an AR for close range due to higher capacity of cheap mags (AK-74) and the more rugged nature of the action.

    But how does it compare to 45-70 and 500 S&W Mag?
  2. abolic

    abolic G&G Newbie

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    there's .50 AE, 458 SOCOOM for AR's

    too. I gather that they are about 45-70 ballistics, but of course, available in a lw, rapidfiring autorifle, which has the option of firing .22lr, 223, 300 Whisper, .30 AK, .50 bmg, and many autopistol loads, too. So I would not waste my money, or my training time, on any lever action. A bear attack is likely to be at night. Luminous sights are a $100 drop in thing for the AR, and a $300 custom deal for the lever action.
  3. Shaun

    Shaun Retired Moderator

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    Nashville, TN
    BRG just get a BFR in 45-70 and you should be good I am going to AK after a Kodiak/Brownie in 06 and the sidearm I will have is the Ruger Super Blackhawk in 45 Colt using 300gr JSP's at 1200fps
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