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.458 SOCOM – The Best Big-Bore AR-15 Cartridge?

The .458 SOCOM adds some serious punch to an AR-15, but is it the best of all the AR big-bore cartridges?

.458 SOCOM – The Best Big-Bore AR-15 Cartridge?

The .458 SOCOM was designed specifically to add punch to the AR-15, but is it the best of the big bores?

Big-bore AR-15s first hit the scene in 2001 with the launch of Alexander Arms’ .50 Beowulf. Suddenly hunters and shooters had the option of stepping up from the common intermediates of the day to a hard-hitting big-bore cartridge. Let’s face, small-bore high-velocity cartridges like the .223 Rem appeal to some, but others prefer throwing huge chunks of lead at moderate velocities. If you wanted to blow great big holes in things, create all kinds of carnage, and stop man or beast dead in their tracks the .50 Beowulf was your ticket to ride. Basically, the .50 Beowulf neatly shoehorned the performance of a...

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