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Old March 15th, 2013, 06:11 AM   #16
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The Beowulf is the paintbrush of death. If you are looking for short range defense then this will get the job done. However the only downfall is ammo. Most places are selling these bad boys in a box of 20 for $30-$50 and the 200 round bulk are $300-$500. Better make your shots count. The good thing is ammo is more available. I remember when my bud got one when it first came out, he was on a waiting list for almost a year to get ammo. Good luck and have fun.

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Old March 15th, 2013, 06:22 AM   #17
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I have a Beowulf, complete upper and lower assembled by Alexander Arms. I have never had a misfeed or feed issue of any sort. I have mostly fired my reloads. Even 6 years ago or so when I got it I knew it would be expensive to feed so I bought dies and brass and stocked up on bullets for it. I shot it a good bit the first couple of years I owned it. I also had the muzzle break on it from day one. Feels similar to a shotgun when you shoot it as the recoil spring absorbs a lot of recoil. I don't shoot it as much now in favor of other things but I am glad I have it and it is not for sale.

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Old March 15th, 2013, 06:42 AM   #18
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Take a look at 300 blackout.

http://m.youtube.com/#/watch?feature...%3DtgKjbySsAik

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Old March 15th, 2013, 08:02 AM   #19
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Been playing with that one myself. Think 20 rounds of .30/30, or if you have a can go heavy and quiet.

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Old March 15th, 2013, 08:17 AM   #20
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I've had a 50 beo for seven years or so.

Have shot approx two hundred rounds of factory 325gr and 400gr rounds.

The Alexander Arms upper is on a RRA Lower. RRA lowers are know for a tight fit and this lower is tight, but not so tight as to present an issue.

I have an A2 upper on it. Not really into optics all that much. Its zeroed at 25meters.

The buttstock is the MAGPUL that has a lock on it to ensure that the stock does not collapse due to recoil.

Feeds and fires generally w/ no issues. Perhaps, one in 40-50 rds will fail to eject fully.

Some of the 20rd steel C mags (holds 7 rds 50 beo) that I have do not hold the bolt open on the last round- not a biggie.

I dont find the recoil all that difficult, but after 10-20 rds, I'm ready for a rest.

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This is an interesting review on this round. I wouldn't buy or use one but there are lots of calibers that I don't care for.

http://www.gunsandammo.com/2011/07/1...wulf-good-for/

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Old March 15th, 2013, 05:16 PM   #22
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I have a Beowulf, complete upper and lower assembled by Alexander Arms. I have never had a misfeed or feed issue of any sort. I have mostly fired my reloads. Even 6 years ago or so when I got it I knew it would be expensive to feed so I bought dies and brass and stocked up on bullets for it. I shot it a good bit the first couple of years I owned it. I also had the muzzle break on it from day one. Feels similar to a shotgun when you shoot it as the recoil spring absorbs a lot of recoil. I don't shoot it as much now in favor of other things but I am glad I have it and it is not for sale.
Same here... factory built AA upper with brake. I too stocked up on brass and bullets back when I got mine... hand loading is a must IMO. Something about a 334 gr JHP going 1950 FPS gets me excited...

Over the YEARS I've had two MAYBE three stoppages due to cartridge feeding but during the range session it was a "one time" deal... so to me fucntioning has never been a concern.

I've pounded one sow with it and it was immediate lights out... If not fo all the current mess surrounding AR15's, I'd be working on a .458 SOCOM build... maybe when all this blows over.

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Old March 15th, 2013, 09:18 PM   #23
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SOOO my 30 round 5.56 mags are REALLY 10 round 458 socom mags? And thus NY SAFE Act Legal right.. :)

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I have a 5.56mm upper now, so this would be an option for the rifle, I can always swap it back to 5.56 in a pinch. I reload so I would probably do that for this, since ammo is pricy and scarce..

The coolness factor is definitely a plus. I was most concerned on is it reliable, feeding those rounds, that is the only thing holding me back...
yeah but in a shtf sanario lugging around 2 uppers and 2 different kinds of ammo is extremely impractical. The 50 baowolf is a good hog hunting round but would be my last choice if things went sour. I'd even pick a 9 over it if I had to

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yeah but in a shtf sanario lugging around 2 uppers and 2 different kinds of ammo is extremely impractical. The 50 baowolf is a good hog hunting round but would be my last choice if things went sour. I'd even pick a 9 over it if I had to
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Old February 24th, 2017, 11:16 AM   #26
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Alexander Arms .50 Beowulf magazines: I'm a believer on using OEM magazines for whatever firearm it is - or getting the mag from the supplier of that OEM mag. Brand "X" mags usually have a poor reputation for fit or function. I ordered some AA mags on 12-6-16. AA has given me three expected delivery dates and all have failed. The next stated delivery date is the end of March, 2017. I was able to find a genuine mag on GunBroker so I am able to use the carbine. (What a blast!) I tried a standard AR mag and it compared favorably to the AA mag, but was not 100% reliable. I'm not ready to modify any of my standard AR mags as they work well with 5.56 and .300 blackout. I will next try some HEX mags as the package stipulates that they are designed to use the .50 Beowulf (aka 12.7x42). The AA mags are manufactured in Israel and the shipping distance may account for some of the delay. Anyway, submitted FWIW...

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