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    Default Maybe a silly question....

    but what's the difference between .50 Alaskan and 500 S&W. Are they the same caliber? I can't really find any info elsewhere online. Is the .50 Alaskan longer ( I'm thinking it is).

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    Bullet dia. is not the same between the two.

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    I don't have the dimensions of the 500 S&W case, it uses 0.500" dia bullets and as I recall is about 1.6" long. It was developed as a handgun cartridge.

    The 50 Alaskan was developed by taking the .348 winchester case and blowing it out to take a 0.510" dia bullet and a nominally 2" long case. It was developed as a lever action rifle round. Here is a pretty good read on it.
    www.z-hat.com/The%20Fifty.htm

    There have been some revolvers built to take the 50 Alaskan, but IMHO, a 2" long case in a "revolver" kinda defeats the purpose of a reasonably sized and weight gun to pack on your hip.

    Also the 500 S&W was predated by the 500 Linebaugh, which is a 50 Alaskan cut down to 1.4", and using the 0.510" dia bullets.

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