I'd like to build a .50 bmg for me


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klover
February 19, 2006, 09:47 PM
Ran into one site with plans for sale, but still under construction.
I'd love to build one since I am in no hurry to have one and they cost so much.
A take down model would be my first choice. Thanks and God bless.

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Slimjim
February 19, 2006, 09:56 PM
Ran into one site with plans for sale, but still under construction.
I'd love to build one since I am in no hurry to have one and they cost so much.
A take down model would be my first choice. Thanks and God bless.

You can buy a whole rifle for about 2500 from Serbu. BAT machine makes some awesome .50 BMG recievers for that price also.

CDignition
February 19, 2006, 10:15 PM
I would put my 338 Lapua up against any 50 cal up to 2000+ yards... I think theres more flexibility in the 338, more brass options and less work to make good ammo for the gun...:)

Slimjim
February 19, 2006, 10:17 PM
I would put my 338 Lapua up against any 50 cal up to 2000+ yards... I think theres more flexibility in the 338, more brass options and less work to make good ammo for the gun...:)

Yes, but the .338 does cost more for ammo though. Where as .50 ammo is cheaper.

CDignition
February 19, 2006, 10:20 PM
only if you are buying match grade ammo for the 338... Black hills is $65 bux for 20 rounds...the 50 BMG is not match grade and pretty dismal performance(I have seen guys shooting 30" groups at 500 yards..they were happy..my 338 goes under 3",lol)

Loading your own, the 338 is not bad...1.40 ea for brass, and 300 SMK arent that expensive

garrett1955
February 19, 2006, 11:03 PM
I would put my 338 Lapua up against any 50 cal up to 2000+ yards... I think theres more flexibility in the 338, more brass options and less work to make good ammo for the gun...:)



you really think you can be consistant at 2000+ yards???

klover
February 19, 2006, 11:55 PM
I have a machining hobby I'd like to apply to build a bigger rifle. Buying a barrel and some parts makes sense in $2500-$3000 rifles.
Bought both 375's for under $1700.

I'd like to build, as in really build a .50 bmg rifle. ;)

garrett1955
February 20, 2006, 03:56 PM
I have a machining hobby I'd like to apply to build a bigger rifle. Buying a barrel and some parts makes sense in $2500-$3000 rifles.
Bought both 375's for under $1700.

I'd like to build, as in really build a .50 bmg rifle. ;)


I have the .50 cal rifle construction manual by bill holmes.

its not bad, there are blue prints and detailed instructions to follow.

the gun that is produced looks something like the serbu.

it was a good read, but I have no machining experience, so a little over my head...

50 Shooter
February 20, 2006, 05:59 PM
There's also www.maadigriffin.com for a basic/cheap design for a .50 BMG rifle.

CD,
Who told you there wasn't .50 BMG match grade? Barnes, Hornady, Lapua and some smaller companies make match projo's for the .50. Hornady's AMAX is listed as having a BC of 1 as with other match rounds for the .50. The world record for a .50 BMG is under 3" at 1000 yards.

Comparing a .338 match round to someone shooting regular .50 BMG ball is like comparing apples to oranges.

ServiceSoon
February 20, 2006, 07:14 PM
wouldnt that require a mfg license?

50 Shooter
February 20, 2006, 07:36 PM
No, you're allowed to make a rifle for self use.

Finding someone other then a friend that's a machinist (and willing) to build it for you might pose a problem. Most machinists won't make the parts as it could be considered manufacturing a firearm.

Mad Bodhi
February 20, 2006, 07:41 PM
I strongly suggest you become a member at http://www.homegunsmith.com. The guy's on their are incredibly talented and you'll get lot's of help and ideas.Alot of the site is hidden from non members.A paying member (30 bucks a year) has access to the library where you can download plans for everything from scratch built .50 bmg's, and myriad other weapons as well as tooling plans like rifling machines and entire books like Gunplumbers Fal book,military manuals,all the Home workshop guns series by Bill Holmes,Machinist handbook, etc.A monster resource that's well worth it.I really can't recomend it enough.

klover
February 21, 2006, 12:20 AM
I hit the jackpot! Don't know why I didn't ask THR sooner than this!

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