.475 No.2 Nitro Express
Type Rifle
Place of origin Britain
Bullet diameter .483 in (Bad rounding hereScript error mm)
Neck diameter .510 in (Bad rounding hereScript error mm)
Shoulder diameter .547 in (Bad rounding hereScript error mm)
Base diameter .576 in (Bad rounding hereScript error mm)
Rim diameter .665 in (Bad rounding hereScript error mm)
Case length 3.49 in (Bad rounding hereScript error mm)
Overall length 4.26 in (Bad rounding hereScript error mm)
Primer type Berdan 0.254 inch
Ballistic performance
Bullet weight/type Velocity Energy
480 gr (Bad rounding hereScript error g) 2,200 ft/s (Bad rounding hereScript error m/s)5,170 ft·lbf (Bad rounding hereScript error J)
500 gr (Bad rounding hereScript error g) 2,150 ft/s (Bad rounding hereScript error m/s)5,140 ft·lbf (Bad rounding hereScript error J)
Source(s): Barnes & Amber

The .475 No. 2 Nitro Express is a British rifle cartridge.

One of several rounds (including the .470, .475, and .476 Nitro Express)[1] designed and introduced between 1905 and 1910,[2] after the British Army banned the .450, in India and the Sudan,[3] all with comparable performance,[4] the .475 No. 2 was used in a number of double rifles. In addition, Jeffery chambered a slightly less powerful loading in his rifles.

A good general purpose round, it is suitable for all big game,[3] though somewhat overpowered for anything in North America.[3] Its power is almost identical to the .458 Winchester Magnum,[3] with a larger diameter bullet; whether this is an advantage remains in dispute.[5]

The standard factory load used a 480 gr (31.1 g) slug over 85 gr (5.51 g) of cordite, while Jeffery used a 500 gr (32.4 g) bullet which dropped 0.6 in (15 mm) more at 200 yd (180 m).[3]

See alsoEdit


  1. Barnes, Frank C., ed. by John T. Amber. Cartridges of the World (Northfield, IL: DBI Books, 1972), p.229, ".476 Nitro Express".
  2. Barnes and Amber, p.229, ".475 Nitro Express".
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 Barnes and Amber, p.229, ".475 No. 2 Nitro Express".
  4. Barnes and Amber, p.229, ".476 Nitro Express".
  5. Barnes, and Amber, p.229, ".476 Nitro Express".


  • Barnes, Frank C., ed. by John T. Amber. ".475 No. 2 Nitro Express", in Cartridges of the World, pp. 228–9 & 236. Northfield, IL: DBI Books, 1972. ISBN 0-695-80326-3.

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