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Tired of Your .50 BMG?

Here’s a Russian anti-tank cartridge that’ll give you something to hanker after

I recently came across a cartridge that I think has untapped sporting potential. It makes Ma Deuce look anemic. It could probably dump a T. rex on its butt, and for those of you who are no longer getting a thrill from your .50 BMG, I give you the Russian 14.5x114mm.

It was developed prior to World War II, and is a step above the familiar Russian 12.7mm, which is roughly equivalent to the Browning round. It’s intended as an anti-tank, anti-personnel, anti-materiel cartridge, like those two, but it packs a lot more oomph. How much? Let us compare:

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