The Big 50 cal poll

Discussion in 'Large-Bore/Small-Bore Rifle/Shotgun' started by Tony22-250, Apr 30, 2009.

which 50 cal rifle is the most accurate at long range?

Poll closed May 10, 2009.
  1. Accuracy International AW50

    2 vote(s)
    25.0%
  2. Barrett M82A1

    6 vote(s)
    75.0%
  3. Bushmaster BA50

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  4. Macmillan TAC 50

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  1. Tony22-250

    Tony22-250 New Member

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    Out of the 4 .50 cal rifles which one is the most accurate at long range 1000 yards+and why?

    Accuracy International AW50
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    Barrett M82A1
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    Bushmaster BA50
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    McMillan Tac50
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    (spelled McMillan wrong in poll oops)
     
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  2. Charlie the sniper

    Charlie the sniper New Member

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    Tony22-250.........Good question.
    I have a weakness for Accuracy International products, but have not shot one in .50 cal (still waiting). I have used Barrett and Steyr HS rifles, both in .50 cal (2000 yards), and both of these rifles are fantastic. To be honest, I guess the accuracy of these rifles is more down to the shooters personal preference (comfort/feel for the rifle and conditions range/battlefield).
    Comparing the two .50 cals I have used, I would say the Steyr was the more refined rifle, but the Barrett gives me more pleasure to shoot. Accuracy ?? nothing between them, then it's the same shooter...me :rolleyes:.

    I would love the opportunity to try all 4 of these rifles on the same range, same day, and same ammo.
     

  3. USMCSpeedy

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    While I haven't had the pleasure of shooting any of them, If I were to purchase one today it would be the Barrett. USMC tested and approved is always good enough for me.
     
  4. Charlie the sniper

    Charlie the sniper New Member

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    Is it true that " the People’s Socialist Republik of Kalifornia)" banned these rifles ???
     
  5. LurpyGeek

    LurpyGeek Active Member

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    Yes, California banned these rifles in the .50 Caliber BMG Regulation Act of 2004. In response, Barrett has refused to sell, repair or service firearms for any California law enforcement agency.

    I don't own any Barrett firearms, but I have a lot of respect for the company. It takes a lot of guts to make a move like that on principle.
     
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    I'll take the USMC tested Barret please. :D
     
  8. USMC-03

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    The only .50 BMG rifles I've fired were Barretts, but I will agree that the shooter makes far more difference in this class than the rifle. I also found several limitations, but these may have been addressed in the last 15 years.

    One is the optics; back in the mid-90's the Corps was using the same 10x Unertl on the M82 as on the M40 and there simply wasn't enough magnification to acquire smallish targets beyond about 1200 to 1400 yards. Also, there were seldom any rifle ranges that went beyond 1,000 yards; the longer distance training ranges were for crew served weapons, with old vehicles for targets, and they weren't conducive to develop sight settings or practicing for one round hits on smaller targets. Lastly, the ammunition at the time was standard .50 BMG ball rounds and accuracy was something left to be desired.
     
  9. Tony22-250

    Tony22-250 New Member

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    The .416 Barrett is Ronnie Barrett's answer to California AB 50, legislation that was passed in 2004 which classified all .50 BMG rifles as "Assault Weapons". This required registration of existing guns and prevented new sales and transfers. Barrett refused to repair some Barrett rifles for the LAPD when Los Angeles passed the first ban on his products...which is a big slap in the face to CA ha ha ha. all it is is a 50 bmg shell cut about an inch and then re- necked to .416 it has better ballistics than the 50 due to its higher velocity but than losses out to the 50 in sheer power by about 3000 ft.lbs at the muzzle. here are the ballistics in no wind conditions.

    50 BMG 750grain Hornady A-MAX
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    Barrett .416 400gr

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    (About the Poll) in truth the McMillan, and the Accuracy International are Tied for sub MOA accuracy but the AI is more economical thus more user friendly. For the Bushmaster it is a 1 MOA gun not SUB MOA. As for the Barrett it is hard to make a gun with so many moving parts sub MOA and barley 1 MOA which makes it come behind the Bushmaster. But don't get me wrong it a great weapon with amazing recoil control and hey.... its semi auto!!!

    Also don't forget that the McMillan holds the worlds longest confirmed kill in 2002 in Afghanistan at 2,430 meters that's 2,658 yards to put that in perspective 1760 yards is a mile.
     
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  10. islenos

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    I used a M82A1 and I don't believe one could do better than perfection.
     
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    GMFWoodchuck New Member

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    Gotta respect Barrett.
     
  12. Trouble 45-70

    Trouble 45-70 New Member

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    My #4 son got to use a Barrett in Iraq and loved it. Then headquarters took it back. As for me, I would flinch every time I pulled the trigger. Not from recoil but from the pain of knowing that every time I pulled the trigger I would be sending $3.50 downrange. Yeah I know, I'm cheap.
     
  13. OBrien

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    $3.50 a shell shoot that's not bad the cheapest up here is bulk ammo at $5 each or you can get a box of 20 at $119.99. Think of that flinch lol.
     
  14. islenos

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    When I was buying .308 of 15 cents a round, I was offered a sweet deal on a .50 and turned it down because I couldn't see myself spending a dollar a round to go shooting.
    Now that .308 is approaching a buck a shot, the ol' fifty don't look to have been a bad deal.