.500 Black Powder Express

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.500 BPE
Type Rifle
Place of origin  United Kingdom
Case type Straight walled, rimmed
Ballistic performance
Bullet weight/type Velocity Energy
440 gr (29 g) 1,900 ft/s (580 m/s) 3,530 ft·lbf (4,790 J)

The .500 BPE or Black Powder Express was first used in a Purdey Double Express rifle in the 1860s. [1] It is very similar to the .50-140 Sharps cartridge.

The cartridge usually fires a 440 grain bullet with a speed of 1,900 ft/s (580 m/s) and a muzzle energy in the current Kynoch factory load of 3,530 ft·lbf (4,790 J).

The round was originally used as a tiger hunting caliber, although it also saw use on elephants in some cases.


  1. ^ McCarthy, Daniel. "Mini Compendium of Big Bore Cartridges by Daniel McCarthy". Archived from the original on 26 March 2009. Retrieved 2009-03-18.