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millerts
02-23-2011, 8:23 PM
Starting to do so research for deciding what kind of .50 cal rifles that are legal in California.

I like the challenge of shooting long range...1000+ yards.

Any suggestions?

Librarian
02-23-2011, 8:27 PM
No new .50 BMG rifles are legal.

Other varieties in the .50 caliber group are fine.

Munk
02-23-2011, 8:31 PM
.50 DTC is a popular choice.

Cato
02-23-2011, 8:34 PM
You can't buy .50 BMG shoulder fired rifles anymore. You can get a .50 cal semi auto ex-machine gun though.

There are calibers very close to .50 BMG that are superior in many ways.

Even .308 or 30 06 can reach 1000 yards.

IrishPirate
02-23-2011, 8:35 PM
any shoulder fired rifle not chambered for the .50 BMG. i think that .50 DTC is the "standard replacement" for lack of owning a .50 BMG RAW in the PRK

dan12580
02-23-2011, 9:04 PM
if you find yourself in south texas stop by and shoot one.

Secret
02-23-2011, 9:31 PM
what about a bolt action .50?

Librarian
02-23-2011, 9:52 PM
what about a bolt action .50?

Anything .50 BMG is no-go. PC 12275.5 (b)The Legislature hereby finds and declares that the proliferation and use of .50 BMG rifles, as defined in Section 12278, poses a clear and present terrorist threat to the health, safety, and security of all residents of, and visitors to, this state,
PC 12278 (a)As used in this chapter, a ".50 BMG rifle" means a center fire rifle that can fire a .50 BMG cartridge and is not already an assault weapon pursuant to Section 12276, 12276.1, or 12276.5, or a machinegun, as defined in Section 12200.

(b)As used in this chapter, a ".50 BMG cartridge" means a cartridge that is designed and intended to be fired from a center fire rifle and that meets all of the following criteria:

(1)It has an overall length of 5.54 inches from the base to the tip of the bullet.

(2)The bullet diameter for the cartridge is from .510 to, and including, .511 inch.

(3)The case base diameter for the cartridge is from .800 inch to, and including, .804 inch.

(4)The cartridge case length is 3.91 inches.

(c)A ".50 BMG rifle" does not include any "antique firearm," nor any curio or relic as defined in Section 178.11 of Title 27 of the Code of Federal Regulations.

(d)As used in this section, "antique firearm" means any firearm manufactured prior to January 1, 1899.
PC 12280 (a)(1)Any person who, within this state, manufactures or causes to be manufactured, distributes, transports, or imports into the state, keeps for sale, or offers or exposes for sale, or who gives or lends any assault weapon or any .50 BMG rifle, except as provided by this chapter, is guilty of a felony, and upon conviction shall be punished by imprisonment in the state prison for four, six, or eight years.

No mention of action - bolt, pump, semi-auto, nail-on-a-board.

Write Winger
02-23-2011, 10:06 PM
Go with the .416 Barrett. You can get an upper for your AR15 here:

http://www.tactilite.com/vmchk/models/view-all-products.html

Closest thing you can get to a .50BMG.

FuzzyBrows
02-23-2011, 10:19 PM
havent you heard? the .50BMG was designed to take down helicopters from the air and kittens.

+1 i think 7.62x51 NATO would suite your long range needs. some cats here swares by .338 Lapua round when it comes to GOIN' THE DISTANCE.

Jpach
02-23-2011, 10:36 PM
Go with the .416 Barrett. You can get an upper for your AR15 here:

http://www.tactilite.com/vmchk/models/view-all-products.html

Closest thing you can get to a .50BMG.

Actually 50 DTC would be the closest, especially since its actually the same bullet diameter and is formedd off of 50 bmg brass.

Bagelthief
02-23-2011, 10:37 PM
If your firm set on going BIG TIME, I personally would opt for something like the 375 Cheytac for my "really reach out and touch something!!!" rig.

The ballistics for that round are off the hook! Hardly anything the .50 BMG can hold a candle to, thats for sure...

408 Cheytac isn't bad either...

After that though, I would say .338 Lapua is a great round to have fun with. If you don't want any of those...Then a 7mm mag, .270 or even just .308 will do perfectly fine out to 1k...

So are you planning on starting from 1k and moving up to like 2.1 or 2.2k? Or are you going to remain static at that number?

Because unless you start to push ranges past 1300 yards or so, then is not really cost effective to go with the .338 and above...


Have fun picking your next caliber!

paulpalaska
02-28-2011, 3:19 PM
Take a look at my Sako TRG-42 in .338 lapua mag.It will shoot 1000ydrs all day.I sold my Armerlite A-50 a2 for this kit.I just moved from Alaska to cal.E-mail for pics@paulp680371@hotmail.com.Just enter sako trg-42 .338 lapua mag in search and my thread will be there--thanks-Paulpalaska

lelandEOD
02-28-2011, 3:36 PM
Well, after years and years of repeated terrorist attacks by .50 Caliber weilding maniacs, I can clearly see how the Legislature came to this conclusion:

(b)The Legislature hereby finds and declares that the proliferation and use of .50 BMG rifles, as defined in Section 12278, poses a clear and present terrorist threat to the health, safety, and security of all residents of, and visitors to, this state,