50 AE Bullets

50 AE Bullets for Reloading

The 50 Action Express was developed to deliver even greater power than the 44 Magnum, and it certainly does. Few handguns can chamber this round, however, and even more powerful pistol cartridges have since entered the market since the late 1980s. That makes 50 AE ammo hard to find, which alongside its hefty price tag means it is a great candidate for reloading.

The 50 AE .500 diameter bullet commonly weighs 300 or 325 grains. These are loaded to muzzle velocities in the ballpark of 1,400 to 1,550 fps, ensuring tremendous power as well as recoil. SAAMI’s max pressure for the 50 AE is set at 36,000 psi (more than half what they specify for the 223 Rem). 50 AE bullets for reloading are still available from several manufacturers. While you may wish to load 500 S&W Magnum bullets, doing so is impossible in practice – the revolver bullet is simply too long for the semi-auto case to contain.

Reloaders often note that an especially strong crimp is needed to prevent bullet setback in the 50 AE. You’ll also want to be especially vigilant for charging errors, for the obvious reason that you don’t want so powerful a round to blow up anywhere near your face.

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  1. Berry's 50 Caliber Bullets - 300 Grain Round Shoulder – 500 Count


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    Cost Per Bullet 25.0¢ per bullet
    Bullet Weight 300 Grain
    Bullet Caliber 50 Action Express, 500 S&W Magnum
    Quantity 500
    Bullet Type Total Metal Jacket (TMJ)
    Manufacturer Berry's
    Manufacturer SKU 00198
    This is not loaded ammunition. If you don’t load your own ammo, then ordering component bullets like these would be a waste of your hard-earned cash.

    Do you have a strong urge to load some strong handgun ammo? Then check this out –.50 cal projectiles by Berry’s! Ideal for all your 50 AE and 500 S&W Magnum crafting needs!

    Berry’s does make an exceptional target projectile. This 300 grain round shoulder bullet features a swaged lead core and electrochemically bonded jacket, which is perfectly concentric and incapable of letting hot propellant gasses vaporize lead off the core. An indoor range may not let you fire .50 cal ammo, but a total metal jacket is still going to serve you well by keeping your barrel significantly cleaner.

    Berry’s restrikes each bullet after it has been electroplated to ensure it is precisely 0.625" in overall length. They recommend a 2,000 fps max velocity regardless of whether you’re loading 50 AE or 500 Mag. Look in your reloading manual or on preferred powder manufacturer’s website for load data, or use cast or jacketed load data for bullets of the same profile and weight.
  2. Berry's 50 Caliber Bullets - 350 Grain Round Shoulder – 500 Count


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    Cost Per Bullet 28.0¢ per bullet
    Bullet Weight 350 Grain
    Bullet Caliber 50 AE, 500 S&W
    Quantity 500
    Bullet Type Round Nose
    Manufacturer Berry's
    Manufacturer SKU 86248
    This is not loaded ammunition. These are component bullets, which haven’t got the cases, propellant and primers they would need in order to be fired right out of the box. Don’t order this unless you are a handloader!

    Berry’s has .50 cal pistol enthusiasts all taken care of! This .500” diameter 350 grain projectile is perfect if you want 500 rounds of 500 S&W Magnum or 50 Action Express target ammunition without having to mortgage your house.

    This is a round shoulder projectile – essentially a total metal jacket with a broad, flat nose profile that’s optimal for shooting targets. Each bullet features a swaged lead core that was electroplated with copper to create a bonded jacket which ensures zero lead exposure to hot propellant gasses. Optimal if you’re trying to prevent barrel fouling to the greatest extent possible! Berry’s restrikes their bullets following electroplating, thus ensuring they all adhere to exact dimensions.

    This bullet’s OAL is 0.720". Berry’s recommends a COAL of 2.100" for 500 Mag; 1.575" for 50 AE. Regardless of which .50 cal ammo you’re loading, Berry’s advises against exceeding a muzzle velocity of 2,000 fps (any faster could cause core/jacket separation). Cast or jacketed data for similar bullets are applicable to these bullets as well. Please note that these bullets aren’t intended for 50 BMG.

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