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tension
April 6, 2006, 07:06 PM
I am reading African Rifles and Cartridges" by John "Pondoro" Taylor. He mentioned that the .450 rifle was prohibited in India but I can't find why.
I'll bet someone on this forum knows.

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Jim Watson
April 6, 2006, 08:32 PM
The Colonial Office was worried that insurgents could take .450 sporting rifle ammunition away from hunters and break it down for components to reload .577-.450 MH brass for their captured military rifles. So the .450 BPE and NE were banned from India and the Sudan. I think that is giving the wogs more credit than they deserve, but it was government policy. It let the various gunmakers bring out new non-.450s for the same job, which had to help sales. Things like .470 NE originated by Evans but popularized by Rigby and practically everybody else to this day; .465 H&H, .476 W-R, and .475 Jeffrey.

tension
April 6, 2006, 08:36 PM
Thank you. I wonder why he didn't explain it in the book. Very interesting book.

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