Ammo availability: 45 Win Mag VS .50AE


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brigadier
October 17, 2007, 01:22 AM
I want to build a semi-auto magnum handgun and I want to use rimless ammo that is reasonably available. That pretty much limits things to .45 Win Mag and .50AE. Honestly, I REALLY love the .45 Win Mag and dislike the .50AE but I can make the .50AE work if need be. However, I am going to side entirely with ammo availability. It seams that the .45 Win Mag is loosing popularity while the .50AE is gaining popularity at the same speed. I am really concerned with the long term lifespan of these rounds, meaning, which one is going to be most easily accessible nationally over the next 20 years. Your thoughts?

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SDDL-UP
October 17, 2007, 01:43 AM
I can't say that I get off on "ultra magnum" type handgun rounds - IMO that's what rifles are for. The 50 AE, 440 Cor-Bon, 500 S&W, 480 Ruger, etc. all fall into this category - FOR ME.

The 45 Win. Mag. on the other hand is on the upper end of what I consider "reasonable" for handgun power. 45 Long Colt, 44 Mag. 45 Win. Mag. all of these rounds can do about anything you can reasonably ask of a handgun and they don't need huge ported barrels and shooting gloves.

I'd go with a 45 Win. Mag.

Sonic
October 17, 2007, 03:03 AM
Do you have any preference about the make of pistol you will use for these magnum pistol cartridges? Choices are pretty limited. The only pistols produced in any quantities for the .45 Winchester Magnum cartridge were the Wildey and LAR Grizzly. The Wildey is still in production, but the Grizzly isn't, though for now it is still pretty easy to find used Grizzlys if you do some looking. For the .50 AE cartridge, the Desert Eagle is by far the easiest .50 AE pistol to find. LAR did make some Grizzly's chambered in .50 AE before production of the Grizzly pistol ended, but the total number of .50 AE Grizzlys made was much lower than the total number of .45 Winchester Magnum Grizzlys made, so the .50 Grizzlys are much less common than the .45s.

AMT/IAI (the makers of the original magnum semi-auto pistol, the .44 automag) also made the Automag IV and V pistols, which were chambered in the .45 Winchester Magnum and .50 AE cartridges respectively. However, not very many of these IV and V series Automag pistols were made before production ended, so they are pretty hard to find. I wouldn't recommend them in any case. One of the main reasons they went out of production so quickly was because they had a reputation for being unreliable.

So if you prefer a Wildey or Grizzly pistol go with the .45 Winchester Magnum, and if a Desert Eagle suits you go with the .50 AE (you might be able to find a Grizzly in .50 AE too). If you decide to go with a Grizzly, consider yourself warned about the magazines, which are both expensive and becoming increasingly difficult to find.

jonnyc
October 17, 2007, 06:08 AM
Hmmm...hen's teeth or rocking-horse poop...which is more plentiful?
Neither is available to any great extent. Of the two, I see a bit more .50AE, but that's not saying much.

trbon8r
October 17, 2007, 08:38 AM
Unless you're made of money or don't shoot very much reloading is practically mandatory for either of those two calibers.

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