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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