Dirty Harry's .458 magnum rifle


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Golden Hound
December 18, 2008, 06:14 AM
In "Dirty Harry," Harry uses a hunting rifle in .458 Mag to go after Scorpio. (What is Scorpio using, btw? Some kind of portable takedown rifle?) They even talk about it in the chief's office. "This thing can stop an elephant!" "I don't want to take any chances." It's got iron sights, by the way.

Did anyone catch what make of rifle it was? Anyone know?

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Golden Hound
December 18, 2008, 06:18 AM
OK it's a Winchester 70.

I think he would have been better off with an M14. Going after a guy armed with an MP40, using a bolt action, at night, is kind of bad strategy.

Omaha-BeenGlockin
December 18, 2008, 10:36 AM
They just wanted to show off Dirty Harry's cannon rifle to go with his cannon handgun.

Art Eatman
December 18, 2008, 12:10 PM
My memory has it that it was a Weatherby Mark V in .460 WM, not the .458 Winchester. I mostly recall the yapping about the cartridge, and laughing to myself at the time about how silly Hollywood is.

Acera
December 18, 2008, 01:14 PM
Yeah I agree with Art Eatman. If I remember they had the .460 as a long range sniper rifle. The ranges the shooter engaged his targets was ridiculous with that rifle.

10X
December 18, 2008, 01:48 PM
I remember it as a Winchester Model 70 African model .458 Winchester Magnum.

ken22250
December 18, 2008, 04:27 PM
heres another for the .460 wby
ken

k9870
December 18, 2008, 04:28 PM
no idea on caliber but do know it is definitelly a model 70

rcmodel
December 18, 2008, 04:40 PM
Model 70 Winchester African, .458 Mag.
With factory open sights.

http://www.imfdb.org/index.php?title=Dirty_Harry#Winchester_Model_70

rcmodel

Float Pilot
December 18, 2008, 05:06 PM
Model 70 Winchester African, .458 Mag.
With factory open sights.

Yeap, I have all the Dirty Harry movies.

The bad guy take-down sniper rifle is a Hollywood prop seen in a few movies.

Gordon
December 18, 2008, 09:07 PM
Model 70 African. What a dumb choice Harry! You missed the SOB three times whom a scoped .270 would have blown apart first shot!

k9870
December 18, 2008, 09:21 PM
would any department allow a model 29 and model 70 458? seriously. would common sense allow a 458?:confused:

proven
December 18, 2008, 09:53 PM
i just watched this last night. what fun.

goon
December 18, 2008, 10:07 PM
IIRC, Clint also missed him several times with that rifle.
Come on Clint... You're killin' us here.

Browning
December 19, 2008, 02:12 PM
IIRC, Clint also missed him several times with that rifle.
Come on Clint... You're killin' us here.

Yeah, but give the guy a break. Getting shot at and having an MP-40 chewing up the cover around you is enough to rattle just about anyone (even the great 'Dirty' Harry Callahan). :)

Whoever said the Winchester Model 70 in .458 is right on the money.

http://www.chuckhawks.com/win70_safari.jpg

The Dirtiest Ballistics (http://www.the-dirtiest.com/ballistics.htm)

Dirty Harry's Winchester Model 70 in .458 Win Mag (http://www.the-dirtiest.com/ballistics.htm#Winchester_Model_70_.458_Magnum)

hemiram
December 19, 2008, 02:16 PM
One of my favorite movies. Andrew Robinson should have gotten an award for "Best Creep" for playing Scorpio..

goldie
December 19, 2008, 02:16 PM
firing a 458 mag off a rooftop in an urban area :what:

kcmarine
December 19, 2008, 02:45 PM
firing a 458 mag off a rooftop in an urban area

what??? Speak up now sonny... I'm a bit hard of hearing... I should have brought ear protection...

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