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N454casullN454casull MemberPosts: 621 Senior Member
Any recommendations on where to get 50 components? All the local stores don’t carry much for it. 

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  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 24,772 Senior Member
    What components are you looking for?

    I don’t load for it but, I’m gonna try to shoot a deer with one tomorrow. 😎
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  • N454casullN454casull Member Posts: 621 Senior Member
    Really just need bullets. I can find lots of the Expensive stuff but would like to find some “cheap” ones for busting rocks. 

    And then really anything brass and powder as well. All the local stores just don’t carry any of it. I’ve searched and found a few places online but am just wondering if anyone has had any experience good or bad with a place in particular. 

    Someday I’d like to shot a deer or hog with it just because. 
  • JayJay Senior Member Posts: 3,937 Senior Member
    No experience loading it. I’ve shot it some. For busting rocks, while surplus ammo isn’t cheap, seems like you’d have to load and shoot a lot of ammo to break even on the equipment it takes to load it. Palmetto had a sale on 50 ammo not long ago that didn’t seem horrible. 
  • JayJay Senior Member Posts: 3,937 Senior Member
    Just the powder bill on that one would scare me.. 😮
  • N454casullN454casull Member Posts: 621 Senior Member
    Jay said:
    Just the powder bill on that one would scare me.. 😮
    It’s all scary lol even primers. 
  • Ernie BishopErnie Bishop Senior Member Posts: 7,580 Senior Member
    Can't help on where to find components.
    Which one do you have?
    Ernie

    "The Un-Tactical"
  • N454casullN454casull Member Posts: 621 Senior Member
    Bushmaster BA50
  • tennmiketennmike Senior Member Posts: 27,457 Senior Member
    That's one of the harder one to find components for reloading.8# jugs of powder are necessary due to the  HUGE powder charge. Bullets are hard to find now, and primers are being gouge priced at astronomical prices. None of my usual sources has had anything for over a year now. I stocked up a long time ago so I have brass, primers, bullets, and powder. Hard to find anything at all for most reloading, and .50 BMG is really hard. Primers for $200 per hundred is outrageous.
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  • Gene LGene L Senior Member Posts: 11,979 Senior Member
    Many presses won't fit a 50 die.  Lee's large single stage press (Cast Classic)  will work if you remove the inside bushing.
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  • bullsi1911bullsi1911 Moderator Posts: 11,355 Senior Member
    Oddly enough, those are the only primers my local cabelas has in stock. That same box of CCI 50BMG primers, sitting on the shelf, in a security enclosure... all alone
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  • tennmiketennmike Senior Member Posts: 27,457 Senior Member
    Gene L said:
    Many presses won't fit a 50 die.  Lee's large single stage press (Cast Classic)  will work if you remove the inside bushing.
    My press is an RCBS press built specifically for the .50 BMG. It's cast iron construction O-Frame. I wouldn't trust a C-Frame at all; too much spring in the frame. My Corbin Bullet Making press will also do .50 BMG and is actually easier to use. Lots more leverage with that press.
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  • N454casullN454casull Member Posts: 621 Senior Member
    I had the opportunity to pick up the Lee press made specifically for the 50 from a friend for a good deal and that’s what ended up getting me started down this road. 
  • tennmiketennmike Senior Member Posts: 27,457 Senior Member
    I had the opportunity to pick up the Lee press made specifically for the 50 from a friend for a good deal and that’s what ended up getting me started down this road. 
    Best single piece of advice I can give you is to LUBE THE CASES when sizing. Or invest in an 8# hammer to remove stuck cases from the sizing die. :D Another one that will eat your shorts if you fail to do it; remove that crimp in the primer pocket. They have some serious crimp on some cases. Loading 50BMG is fun, just a bit different. And the 750 grain A-Max is definitely the sex without the mess.  :)
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  • N454casullN454casull Member Posts: 621 Senior Member
    I’ve read to many times to count about the case lube recommendation. I’m starting to get the idea it’s not just opinion or a joke lol. I also read a ton, not to use the lee lube that comes with it. The press I got still has a full tube so I guess he didn’t use any. 

    I’ve never had to remove a primer crimp and tips on that? 
  • jaywaptijaywapti Senior Member Posts: 4,981 Senior Member
    When I loaded for the 50 in the 90s the only place's I was able to get all the component's was from one of my distributor's, and not all distributor's carried 50 stuff as it was not as much in demand as it is now.

    JAY
    THE DEFINITION OF GUN CONTROL IS HITTING THE TARGET WITH YOUR FIRST SHOT
  • Uncle FesterUncle Fester Senior Member Posts: 1,431 Senior Member
    tennmike said:
    Gene L said:
    Many presses won't fit a 50 die.  Lee's large single stage press (Cast Classic)  will work if you remove the inside bushing.
    My press is an RCBS press built specifically for the .50 BMG. It's cast iron construction O-Frame. I wouldn't trust a C-Frame at all; too much spring in the frame. My Corbin Bullet Making press will also do .50 BMG and is actually easier to use. Lots more leverage with that press.
    Curious:  if you used 1 pound jugs, how many shots per jugs would you legitimately get?
  • jaywaptijaywapti Senior Member Posts: 4,981 Senior Member
    At 246 grs per case you will get 28.4 loads

    JAY
    THE DEFINITION OF GUN CONTROL IS HITTING THE TARGET WITH YOUR FIRST SHOT
  • Gene LGene L Senior Member Posts: 11,979 Senior Member
    Wow!  Expensive reloading!
    Concealed carry is for protection, open carry is for attention.
  • Uncle FesterUncle Fester Senior Member Posts: 1,431 Senior Member
    jaywapti said:
    At 246 grs per case you will get 28.4 loads

    JAY
    Do you use a car funnel to add powder? ;-)
  • tennmiketennmike Senior Member Posts: 27,457 Senior Member
    tennmike said:
    Gene L said:
    Many presses won't fit a 50 die.  Lee's large single stage press (Cast Classic)  will work if you remove the inside bushing.
    My press is an RCBS press built specifically for the .50 BMG. It's cast iron construction O-Frame. I wouldn't trust a C-Frame at all; too much spring in the frame. My Corbin Bullet Making press will also do .50 BMG and is actually easier to use. Lots more leverage with that press.
    Curious:  if you used 1 pound jugs, how many shots per jugs would you legitimately get?
    7,000 grains per pound divided by 235 grains per powder charge(MY preferred charge) = 29.78 powder charges per pound. Buying pound jugs is just silly as to loading for  .50BMG. 
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  • gunner81gunner81 Member Posts: 488 Member
    jaywapti said:
    At 246 grs per case you will get 28.4 loads

    JAY
    Do you use a car funnel to add powder? ;-)
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