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.450 rifle

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by tension, Apr 6, 2006.

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  1. tension

    tension Member

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    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.
     
  2. Jim Watson

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    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.
     
  3. tension

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    Thanks

    Thank you. I wonder why he didn't explain it in the book. Very interesting book.
     
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