The .50 Beowulf can trace its lineage to
.50 Action Express, starting with the L.A.R. Grizzly and in modern
times, the Desert Eagle pistol, with significant modification to
improve functionality and safety in the AR-15 rifle.
It was intended to improve the
stopping power at short and medium range, with regards to being compared with
the 5.56x45mm NATO round. One of the key points Alexander Arms uses in
advertising is the round’s ability to penetrate through glass and other vehicle
parts without being deflected from
it’s intended trajectory.
The .50 Beowulf is best described as a
low-velocity, heavy caliber, making its ballistics roughly equivalent to those
.45-70 Government rounds rather than the higher-pressure
rounds tolerated by modern lever-action rifles such as
the Marlin Model 1895. Adaptability is limited due to its use of
the 7.62×39mm bolt face. Although much has been written about its
tactical uses, the
.50 Beowulf is gaining recognition as a sporting cartridge.
It is becoming more widely recognized as being
usable for a wide variety of
North American game, including deer, moose, and black bear.
Each box contains 50 once fired brass shell casings. Headstamps are mixed. This is unprocessed brass sourced from commercial shooting ranges. The casings have been washed and polished, but not resized and may still contain the spent primer. It is recommended that all brass be inspected prior to being reloaded and fired.