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Or perhaps another serious game stopping bullet?

I'm not 100% sure how long the 50 BMG bullets are, but if they could somehow fit inside the length of a shotshell, perhaps a metallic one, wouldn't this be perfect for hunting or... whistles... some SHTF use? Of course velocities would be drastically slower, but still...

Even 20ga could work it if it would fit lengthwise, though its velocity would be lower. Perhaps a good subsonic option?

Or would the rifling twist be way off for such a long and heavy bullet?

Ok, say the 50 BMG is too big for anything but a breech loader. NEF comes to mind. But what about other big game stopper bullets, like the 0.458" ones made for the 45-80, 450 Marlin, 458 Win Mag, and more?
 

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give it a try BRG. Worst that could happen is it wouldn't work. Best that could is to come up with a fantastic round.
 

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BattleRifleG3 said:
Or perhaps another serious game stopping bullet?

I'm not 100% sure how long the 50 BMG bullets are, but if they could somehow fit inside the length of a shotshell, perhaps a metallic one, wouldn't this be perfect for hunting or... whistles... some SHTF use? Of course velocities would be drastically slower, but still...

Even 20ga could work it if it would fit lengthwise, though its velocity would be lower. Perhaps a good subsonic option?

Or would the rifling twist be way off for such a long and heavy bullet?

Ok, say the 50 BMG is too big for anything but a breech loader. NEF comes to mind. But what about other big game stopper bullets, like the 0.458" ones made for the 45-80, 450 Marlin, 458 Win Mag, and more?
You can do that now, with current sabot shells by at least two manufacturers I know of. A .500 diameter payload pocket will take the .50 BMG bullet. The technical problems: the .50 BMG bullet is way long and pointy, so you'll need a single shot breechloader to be able to get the thing in the chamber. At .500 diameter in a 12 gauge there is no barrel contact against the bullet, which is going to cause an accuracy issue. The big protruding pointy part of the .50 BMG really plays !!!! with your roll crimping tool, likely have to be a "hand rolled" crimp on these puppies. Still, when you get past all that, you could be the only kid on your block with a 12 gauge, .50BMG, armor piercing tracer load. Why not just throw a grenade? :D
 

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H&R rifled barrel slug guns seem like an idea. I already have a smoothbore 12ga, all I'd need is the extra barrel. Where would I find these sabots for 50 or 458 caliber bullets in a 12 or 20 ga?
 

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Actually, for a reloader, the sabot with the .50 diameter, .50 deep payload pocket can take anything that has a 1/2" hub and a head diameter of .750 or less. There are some industrial rivets out there that meet that dimension set......... (Ok, so we've tried it, and it was fun, but a regular hammerhead lead slug is easier to load and works about the same)
There are some Mil/Police applications for these special slugs, since an officer can insert the payload after the shell is loaded and roll crimped. We've seen everything from soft rubber plugs to steel flechette rounds made up for this type shell, NONE of which need to get into the hands of the wrong folks...........
 

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BattleRifleG3 said:
H&R rifled barrel slug guns seem like an idea. I already have a smoothbore 12ga, all I'd need is the extra barrel. Where would I find these sabots for 50 or 458 caliber bullets in a 12 or 20 ga?
PM on that one. Don't want to be pushing anyone's product on the posts.
 
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