5.6×50mm Magnum

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5.6×50mm Magnum
5.6×50mm Magnum, second from right
Place of originWest Germany
Production history
DesignerGünter Frères
Parent case5.6×50mmR (Rimmed, 1968)
Case typeRimless, bottleneck
Bullet diameter5.70 mm (0.224 in)
Neck diameter6.48 mm (0.255 in)
Shoulder diameter9.00 mm (0.354 in)
Base diameter9.56 mm (0.376 in)
Rim diameter9.60 mm (0.378 in)
Rim thickness1.14 mm (0.045 in)
Case length50.00 mm (1.969 in)
Overall length61.30 mm (2.413 in)
Rifling twist350 mm (1 in 13.77 in)
Primer typeSmall rifle
Maximum pressure380.00 MPa (55,114 psi)
Ballistic performance
Bullet mass/type Velocity Energy
3.2 g (49 gr) SP 1,100 m/s (3,600 ft/s) 1,840 J (1,360 ft⋅lbf)
3.6 g (56 gr) SP 1,000 m/s (3,300 ft/s) 1,800 J (1,300 ft⋅lbf)
3.9 g (60 gr) SP 980 m/s (3,200 ft/s) 1,840 J (1,360 ft⋅lbf)
4.1 g (63 gr) RWS TMS 920 m/s (3,000 ft/s) 1,735 J (1,280 ft⋅lbf)
Source(s): Cartridges of the World[1]

The 5.6×50mm Magnum (designated as the 5,6 × 50 Mag. by the C.I.P.[2]) is a centerfire, rimless, bottlenecked rifle cartridge that was developed in 1970 by Günter Frères of the Deutsche Waffen und Munitionsfabriken (DWM).

Parent case 5.6×50mmR Magnum[edit]

In 1968 Günter Frères of the Deutsche Waffen und Munitionsfabriken (DWM) had developed the parent case the rimmed 5.6×50mmR Magnum (designated as the 5,6 x 50 R Mag. by the C.I.P.[3]). According to the official C.I.P. (Commission Internationale Permanente pour l'Epreuve des Armes à Feu Portatives) rulings the rimmed 5.6×50mmR Magnum can handle up to 340.00 MPa (49,313 psi) Pmax piezo pressure. That is 40.00 MPa (5,802 psi) less Pmax piezo pressure than the rimless 5.6×50mm Magnum.


The 5.6×50mm Magnum and 5.6×50mmR Magnum cartridges were developed in Germany as legal hunting cartridges for small game, fox, chamois and roe deer at ranges up to and over 200 m (219 yd).[4] In North America it is considered a varmint hunting cartridge.[1]

Related cartridges[edit]

This cartridge occupies a useful performance niche approximately halfway between the .222 Remington and the 5.6×57mm, similar to the slightly less powerful .222 Remington Magnum and the .223 Remington.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Barnes, Frank C. (1997) [1965]. McPherson, M.L. (ed.). Cartridges of the World (8th ed.). DBI Books. pp. 347, 374. ISBN 0-87349-178-5.
  2. ^ C.I.P. TDCC datasheet 5,6 × 50 Mag.
  3. ^ C.I.P. TDCC datasheet 5,6 × 50 R Mag.
  4. ^ "RWS centerfire rifle cartridges in calibre 5,6 x 50 Magnum". Archived from the original on 2013-09-21. Retrieved 2013-09-20.

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