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Dirty Harry's .458 magnum rifle

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Golden Hound, Dec 18, 2008.

  1. Golden Hound

    Golden Hound Well-Known Member

    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?
  2. Golden Hound

    Golden Hound Well-Known Member

    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.
  3. Omaha-BeenGlockin

    Omaha-BeenGlockin Well-Known Member

    They just wanted to show off Dirty Harry's cannon rifle to go with his cannon handgun.
  4. Art Eatman

    Art Eatman Administrator Staff Member

    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.
  5. Acera

    Acera Well-Known Member

    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.
  6. 10X

    10X Well-Known Member

    I remember it as a Winchester Model 70 African model .458 Winchester Magnum.
  7. ken22250

    ken22250 Well-Known Member

    heres another for the .460 wby
  8. k9870

    k9870 member

    no idea on caliber but do know it is definitelly a model 70
  9. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

  10. Float Pilot

    Float Pilot Well-Known Member

    Yeap, I have all the Dirty Harry movies.

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

    Gordon Well-Known Member

    Model 70 African. What a dumb choice Harry! You missed the SOB three times whom a scoped .270 would have blown apart first shot!
  12. k9870

    k9870 member

    would any department allow a model 29 and model 70 458? seriously. would common sense allow a 458?:confused:
  13. proven

    proven Well-Known Member

    i just watched this last night. what fun.
  14. goon

    goon Well-Known Member

    IIRC, Clint also missed him several times with that rifle.
    Come on Clint... You're killin' us here.
  15. Browning

    Browning Well-Known Member

    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.


    The Dirtiest Ballistics

    Dirty Harry's Winchester Model 70 in .458 Win Mag
    Last edited: Dec 19, 2008
  16. hemiram

    hemiram Well-Known Member

    One of my favorite movies. Andrew Robinson should have gotten an award for "Best Creep" for playing Scorpio..
  17. goldie

    goldie Well-Known Member

    firing a 458 mag off a rooftop in an urban area :what:
  18. kcmarine

    kcmarine Well-Known Member

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

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