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ⓘ .500 Black Powder Express. In the 1870s the 3¼-inch cartridge was necked down to.45-inches to create the.500450 Magnum Black Powder Express which in turn, when ..



.500 Black Powder Express
                                     

ⓘ .500 Black Powder Express

In the 1870s the 3¼-inch cartridge was necked down to.45-inches to create the.500/450 Magnum Black Powder Express which in turn, when loaded with cordite, became the.500/450 Nitro Express. After the British governments 1907 ban of.450 caliber ammunition to India and Sudan, the.500/465 Nitro Express and the.470 Nitro Express were formed from this cartridge.

                                     

1. Use

The.500 BPE was considered a good cartridge for medium-sized non dangerous game and can still be used for such.

The.500 BPE was never highly regarded for hunting in Africa, yet it was a popular cartridge in India, considered a good general purpose rifle cartridge popular for hunting tigers. Jim Corbett was a user of a.500 BPE rifle prior to switching to a.400 Jeffery Nitro Express double rifle, shooting cordite Nitro for Black loadings this rifle was used to dispatch the first man-eater he shot, the Champawat Tiger.

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