5.6×50mm Magnum, second from right
|Place of origin||West Germany|
|Parent case||5.6×50mmR (Rimmed, 1968)|
|Case type||Rimless, bottleneck|
|Bullet diameter||5.70 mm (0.224 in)|
|Neck diameter||6.48 mm (0.255 in)|
|Shoulder diameter||9.00 mm (0.354 in)|
|Base diameter||9.56 mm (0.376 in)|
|Rim diameter||9.60 mm (0.378 in)|
|Rim thickness||1.14 mm (0.045 in)|
|Case length||50.00 mm (1.969 in)|
|Overall length||61.30 mm (2.413 in)|
|Rifling twist||350 mm (1 in 13.77 in)|
|Primer type||Small rifle|
|Maximum pressure||380.00 MPa (55,114 psi)|
|Source(s): Cartridges of the World|
The 5.6×50mm Magnum (designated as the 5,6 × 50 Mag. by the C.I.P.) 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
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.). 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). In North America it is considered a varmint hunting cartridge.
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.
- Barnes, Frank C. (1997) . McPherson, M.L., ed. Cartridges of the World (8th ed.). DBI Books. pp. 347, 374. ISBN 0-87349-178-5.
- C.I.P. TDCC datasheet 5,6 × 50 Mag.
- C.I.P. TDCC datasheet 5,6 × 50 R Mag.
- RWS centerfire rifle cartridges in calibre 5,6 x 50 Magnum