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.50 AE 350 Gr. JSP

- Never fired one, no other info. MRI recommended.

Specs:

 Caliber - .50; Bullet Weight - 350 Gr.;  For 6 " barrel, Muzzle Velocity - 1252 fps.; Muzzle Energy - 1217 ft-lbs. View the graph For 10 " barrel, Muzzle Velocity - 1418 fps.; Muzzle Energy - 1561 ft-lbs. View the graph ;

   

.50 AE 300 Gr. JHP

- Interesting cartridge. Jacketed Hollowpoint, but unlike other JHP bullets this one has copper jacketing over the whole surface of the bullet, so no lead is exposed even on the tip. Fired so far 2 boxes. Reliable feeding and shooting, not a single jam. Very clean. IMHO kicks and handles like Samson .300 gr rounds. Although muzzle flash is somewhat lesser. Well, it is very big for the handgnu anyways ;) MRI recommended.

Specs:

 Caliber - .50; Bullet Weight - 300 Gr.;  For 6 " barrel, Muzzle Velocity - 1438 fps.; Muzzle Energy - 1376 ft-lbs. View the graph For 10 " barrel, Muzzle Velocity - 1664 fps.; Muzzle Energy - 1842 ft-lbs. View the graph ;

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.50 AE 325 Gr. SJHP

- Sometimes referred as GDHP, Gold-Dot Hollow point. I just got 200 rounds, the only .50 AE round I have seen so far, that has nickel cases. Never fired though, yet. MRI recommended ( although, they are referring to it as - CCI Lawman ).
    The cheaper ammo I've found so far is 40% cheaper than MRI prices. ( compare 22$ for box of 20 at MRI and 13.00$ for the same ). Here goes the number - 1-888-900-HUNT & their web http://www.wholesalehunter.com
If anyone has fired them, please share the information ;)

Specs:

 Caliber - .50; Bullet Weight - 325 Gr.;  For 6 " barrel, Muzzle Velocity - 1378 fps.; Muzzle Energy - 1369 ft-lbs. View the graph, for 10 " barrel, Muzzle Velocity - 1590 fps.; Muzzle Energy - 1822 ft-lbs. View the graph.

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.50 AE 325 Gr. JHP

- Don't have exact specs on this one, however the report is that you better stay away from this one with your DE. This round causes the same symptoms as the Fiocchi 142 Gr. JTC. In other words produces too much residue, that causes the lockup. i.e. the slide will get jammed closer to the battery, and it's real hard to clear that jam. As usual the gas chamber is too contaminated and the piston gets stuck in there, and/or the slide can't move on the frame rails because of the residue. If large amounts are fired, you're most likely facing the danger of gas system clogging, which is one of the worst things to your DE could happen.
    According to John, after switching to this round the gun started jamming (lockup jam) after every 5-7 rounds. As soon as he switched to different type of ammo(first a good scrubbing was required though ), the problem was cleared :)

Specs:

 Caliber - .50; Bullet Weight - 325 Gr.; 

Contributed by John Mare

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IMI


   IMI (Israeli Military Industry) ammunition is being imported in US under Samson name. If applicable the IMI production line name is added. e.g. Samson Ultra is IMI Ultra line ammunition.

   

.50 AE 350 Gr. FMJ

- No info.

Specs:

 Caliber - .50; Bullet Weight - 350 Gr.; Muzzle Velocity - 1235 fps.; Muzzle Energy - 1185 ft-lbs.; - View the graph

   

.50 AE 350 Gr. JHP

- No info.

Specs:

 Caliber - .50; Bullet Weight - 350 Gr.; Muzzle Velocity - 1235 fps.; Muzzle Energy - 1185 ft-lbs.; - View the graph

   

.50 AE 350 Gr. JSP

- oIn my gun they are very accurute. The recoil (seems) much less than the 300/325gr rounds. The recoil also is alot slower than with those rounds; it reminds me of shooting a VERY big .45. Even my friend, who just closeses his eyes and looks away whenever he touchs off a .50 round, said they were "nothing" to shoot. :) These are hard to find; I ordered mine direct from MRI, @ $22/box. Ouch. I'm hoping my dealer will be able to get them cheaper in quanity.
As far as fouling/residue, I only shot one box of 350's, and about six boxes of MRI 300's and Samson 300's, so??? Seems to me, that the .50 is a "clean" round overall - much, much more so than the .45 (my P14-.45 looks VERY dirty after only 2-3 clips through it). Samson rounds are dirtyer than MRI/Speers, though. Oh, and all MRI/Speer rounds are now using nickel-plated casings, but there seems to be a large supply of the older ones still floating around.
Feeding? Hmm, very good, when I did my part. With the slower recoil, I had a tendency to lighten my grip and let the gun "roll back" more, which does cause jams. They do seem to make the gun roll more, all of the others seem to come directly back. Maybe it's just me, though?

Specs:

 Caliber - .50; Bullet Weight - 350 Gr.; Muzzle Velocity - 1235 fps.; Muzzle Energy - 1185 ft-lbs.; - View the graph

Robert Coon.

   

.50 AE 300 Gr. FMJ

- Never fired one, no info, should be very similar to his 300 Gr. JSP brother to shoot.

Specs:

 Caliber - .50; Bullet Weight - 300 Gr.; Muzzle Velocity - 1380 fps.; Muzzle Energy - 1268 ft-lbs.; - View the graph

   

.50 AE 300 Gr. SJHP

- Fired 500 rounds. Provides reliable feeding, good for target shooting. It is the same to shoot as IMI 300 Gr. SJSP. MRI recommended. Very clean round. Recoil felt is milder than with CCI Gold Dot 325 Gr. althugh when .50 caliber round is hammering you it is not very easy to tell which one was easier to take ;) My impression is that this round kicks less.

Specs:

 Caliber - .50; Bullet Weight - 300 Gr.; For 6 &guot; barrel, Muzzle Velocity - 1380 fps.; Muzzle Energy - 1268 ft-lbs.; - View the graph, for 10 " barrel, Muzzle Velocity - 1666 fps.; Muzzle Energy - 1847 ft-lbs.; - View the graph.

   

.50 AE 300 Gr. SJSP

- Fired 420 rounds. Good for target shooting, provides reliable feeding. Muzzle flash is extreme, recoil and muzzle flip are reasonable for this caliber. Can't tell the difference with IMI 300 Gr. SJHP round. MRI recommended.

Specs:

 Caliber - .50; Bullet Weight - 300 Gr.; For 6 " barrel, Muzzle Velocity - 1380 fps.; Muzzle Energy - 1268 ft-lbs.; - View the graph, for 10 " barrel, Muzzle Velocity - 1669 fps.; Muzzle Energy - 1727 ft-lbs.; - View the graph.

PS. Don't know about its hunting qualities though. Looks impressive :) If you ever hunted with .50 AE would be very nice & interesting to hear your opinion about.

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