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.500 BPE
Type Rifle
Place of origin22x20px United States
Case typeStraight walled, rimmed
Ballistic performance
Bullet weight/type Velocity Energy
440 gr (Script error g) 1,900 ft/s (Bad rounding hereScript error m/s) 3,530 ft·lbf (Bad rounding hereScript error J)

The .500 BPE or Black Powder Express was first used in a Purdey Double Express rifle in the 1860s. [1] It is very similar to the .50-140 Sharps cartridge.

The cartridge usually fires a 440 grain bullet with a speed of 1,900 ft/s (Bad rounding hereScript error m/s) and a muzzle energy in the current Kynoch factory load of 3,530 ft·lbf (Bad rounding hereScript error J).

The round was originally used as a tiger hunting caliber, although it also saw use on elephants in some cases.


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