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English Cartridge Series - 500 BPE
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Old 01-11-2006, 12:42 PM
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Default English Cartridge Series - 500 BPE

I was speaking to a gentleman the other day about a cartridge very similar to this and it got me thinking that I might just put it up here.

The cartridge that I use is about 2.100" which falls between the 2" and 2 1/4" listed here. I have made the 3 1/4" but it is no fun to shoot... to my way of thinking. However, it does put out quite a flame, lots of smoke and an absolutely thunderous 'boom'.

But the 500 Black Powder Express did make the transition to smokeless (500 Nitro) quite easily and was very popular for heavy game. When I was into African cartridges it seemed as if hunters and/or guides had them in their batterys.

Here in the states I believe that one or more of the Sharps mfgs offer it in Sharps, falling block and/or rolling block persuasion. Prices seem to be about $1000 and up.
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