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British Empire Military Bolt Action- YES... Enfield? No

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British Empire Military Bolt Action- YES... Enfield? No

#1 Post by Techsupport » Thu Jun 22, 2017 9:41 am

Seeing as the topic is a little more expanded than the previous board, it might be a good time to look at some others that fit the title, but are not from the lineage of Mr James Paris Lee.

Here is one that I had wanted to own for many years.
The Boys .55 Anti Tank Rifle.
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#2 Post by Hippycrowe » Sat Jun 24, 2017 11:25 am

I heard they kick like a mule

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#3 Post by indy1919a4 » Sat Jun 24, 2017 3:28 pm

Wow, that is nice, is it shootable??? and do you ever see the training kits down there for them which allow you to mount your Enfield to the side of your Boys ???

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#4 Post by Techsupport » Sun Jun 25, 2017 9:30 am

Yes, it's fully functional, and it does have a fair kick to it. But like all the big ones, you just have to hold on to them :pray:

I've fired several different .50 BMG rifles and the Boys does seem to have a little more recoil, although I have only put a handfull of rounds through it. Original WW2 ammunition is pulling up to $100 each from ammo collectors, so not in any hurry to fire the few that I have. I have got a heap of handloads ready to go, though. Made on .50BMG brass (at $8 a pop unless you buy in bulk) that I modified and necked up.
Plus a 50BMG primer isn't cheap, near enough to a dollar each... the 750gn hollowpoints made here in Aus for them are about $2.20 each and then add 225 gn of powder brings them up to a bit under $14 each. Of course, as long as I can get a few reloads out of the cases, the next few hundred will be cheaper :lol:

I would love to get hold of the hardware to mount a trainer on it, but I think the guys at the Smallbore range would get a bit nervous at the sight of it.... they have a hard enough time with my LE trainers!

Just for giggles I entered the rifle and ammo specs into recoil calculator and it printed out this little spreadsheet covering the common calibres for comparison.
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Here is a round alongside .22LR and 7.62 NATO.
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#6 Post by indy1919a4 » Mon Jun 26, 2017 11:41 am

Oh I love that photo of the Boys mounted in the truck... Now I think I would rather have a 50 BMG (aka rat patrol style) but I know those
Desert Units used what they had. But never saw a Boys rifle mounted like that before... It does look nice

But you can not show the cartoon with the gunner in the horses butt with out including the Training film with it...
People may talk... That Disney training film is one of the best.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6gdhU5fag_w

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#7 Post by indy1919a4 » Mon Jun 26, 2017 11:46 am

Techsupport wrote:
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I would love to get hold of the hardware to mount a trainer on it, but I think the guys at the Smallbore range would get a bit nervous at the sight of it.... they have a hard enough time with my LE trainers!

Thank you for the comparison photos.. I was kinda hoping those training kits would be more available down where you live, They really are a nothing in terms of complex pieces and parts, one would think there were be a few kits floating around

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#8 Post by Rapidrob » Mon Jun 26, 2017 1:30 pm

The .55 is classified as a Destructive Device due to being over.50. A club member of mine has one in .50 BMG and I have shot it many times. Plus, .55 Boys ammo is very expensive to buy.
The original muzzle brake is a joke, it kicks like an elephant.

With todays aftermarket muzzle brake it is like firing both barrels of a side-by-side 12 GA shotgun at the same time. Its more of a heavy shove than a painful kick.
The rifle is not balanced well, and it jumps when fired throwing off a quick second shot.
The sights are very basic. Long range shooting at best is minute-of-man. Firing into the viewing slot of a German tank is more of a wish than you actually doing it.
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#9 Post by nmcollektor » Mon Jun 26, 2017 3:16 pm

And don't forget the Destructive Device license you need to own one....

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#10 Post by indy1919a4 » Mon Jun 26, 2017 3:20 pm

nmcollektor wrote:
Mon Jun 26, 2017 3:16 pm
And don't forget the Destructive Device license you need to own one....


You will not need one if your boys has been converted to 50 bmg.. Because the 50 cal round is longer, they are usually single shot because you can not use
the magazine..

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#11 Post by Techsupport » Tue Jun 27, 2017 7:06 am

indy1919a4 wrote:
Mon Jun 26, 2017 3:20 pm
nmcollektor wrote:
Mon Jun 26, 2017 3:16 pm
And don't forget the Destructive Device license you need to own one....


You will not need one if your boys has been converted to 50 bmg.. Because the 50 cal round is longer, they are usually single shot because you can not use
the magazine..
Hmmm.... It's a pity the gun laws in the US are not as easy as Australia. (Very tongue in cheek) The Boys is just a bolt action rifle in most states here.... More to come...

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#12 Post by Dorian_Grey » Mon Jul 31, 2017 9:11 pm

Wow, that's impressive. Just when I thought I had collected just about everything...

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