5.6×50mm Magnum

Type Rifle
Place of origin 22x20px West Germany
Production history
Designer DWM / Friedrick W Heym
Designed 1968-1969
Variants 5.6×50mmR (Rimmed)
Case type Rimless, bottleneck
Bullet diameter 5.7 mm (Bad rounding hereScript error in)
Neck diameter 6.5 mm (Bad rounding hereScript error in)
Shoulder diameter 9.0 mm (Bad rounding hereScript error in)
Base diameter 9.5 mm (Bad rounding hereScript error in)
Rim diameter 9.6 mm (Bad rounding hereScript error in)
Case length 50 mm (Bad rounding hereScript error in)
Overall length 56 mm (Bad rounding hereScript error in)
Rifling twist 330 mm (13 in)
Primer type Small rifle
Ballistic performance
Bullet weight/type Velocity Energy
3.2 g (Bad rounding hereScript error gr) SP1,100 m/s (Bad rounding hereScript error ft/s)1,840 J (Bad rounding hereScript error ft·lbf)
3.6 g (Bad rounding hereScript error gr) SP1,000 m/s (Bad rounding hereScript error ft/s)1,800 J (Bad rounding hereScript error ft·lbf)
3.9 g (Bad rounding hereScript error gr) SP980 m/s (Bad rounding hereScript error ft/s)1,840 J (Bad rounding hereScript error ft·lbf)
Source(s): Cartridges of the World[1]

The 5.6×50mm Magnum cartridge and longside the 5.6×50mmR were developed in Germany as a legal hunting round for Roh deer up to a distance of 200 meters. The two cartridges are dimensionally and ballistically identical except that the Magnum version is rimless. Basically a 222 Remington Magnum with a 3mm longer body.

Typically firing a 3.2-gram (Bad rounding hereScript error gr) bullet at 1,100 metres per second (Bad rounding hereScript error ft/s), this cartridge occupies a useful performance niche approximately halfway between the .222 Remington and the 5.6×57mm, similar to the slightly less powerful .222 Remington Magnum. In North America it is considered a varmint hunting cartridge.[1]


Shoulder angle: 23 degrees

See alsoEdit


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  • 5.6×50 Magnum by Chuck Hawks
  • 5.6×50 Magnum Cartridge dimensions at Steve's Pages
  • Vihtavuori Metric Reloading Guide for Centerfire Cartridges, 2002, page 14

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