577 CORDITE, 600 CORDITE. ELEPHANT GUNS
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577 CORDITE, 600 CORDITE. ELEPHANT GUNS

577 CORDITE, 600 CORDITE. ELEPHANT GUNS




      

577 CORDITE, 600 CORDITE. ELEPHANT GUNS


577 CORDITE, 600 CORDITE. ELEPHANT GUNS

Formerly big game hunters, like Sir Samuel Baker and others, used eight and four bores for elephant shooting, loaded with from fourteen to sixteen drams of black powder and a spherical ball or a cylindrical bullet with hardened point. These huge arms have gradually gone out of use, being replaced by the .577 and .600 cordite rifles.

The .577 drives a bullet of 750 grains with a velocity of 2,050 feet and possesses a striking force of 5,680 foot pounds. The .600 Jeffery is the most powerful rifle made, not excepting the four bore. Its bullet weighs 900 grains, powder charge 100 grains cordite, velocity 2,000 feet. Both the striking force and the velocity vary somewhat with climate, being 2,000 feet and 8,000 pounds in England, compared with 2,100 feet and 8,700 pounds in India.

Mr. Jeffery naively states that owing to the recoil this rifle cannot be shot accurately at long range. I should roughly estimate the recoil at a hundred pounds and a man standing near it when it is fired should place pads in his ears and stand on his toes. I can safely recommend the arm to the hunter who is looking for power and deadliness.

Askins, Charles. Rifles and Rifle Shooting. New York: Outing, 1912. Print.

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