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    Low Powered Rifles

    It seems to me that as far as the media are concerned all rifles are high powered. I've never heard or read about a low powered rifle being stolen or involved in a hunting accident. Is there such a thing as a high power rifle? Aren't they all 'high power'? If you hand loaded a round for a 416Rigby to the bare minimum needed to fire would that be high powered? How is the 'power' of a rifle defined by the media?

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    Im guessing, and thats all it is is a guess, that the cops tell the media they are high power rifles to highten puplic awareness so that us law abiding citesens are more vigialnt with our security.
    The paranoid me thinks its just to make the public in general more anti gun.
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    Just like Tones....

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    Quote Originally Posted by MEB View Post
    It seems to me that as far as the media are concerned all rifles are high powered. I've never heard or read about a low powered rifle being stolen or involved in a hunting accident. Is there such a thing as a high power rifle? Aren't they all 'high power'? If you hand loaded a round for a 416Rigby to the bare minimum needed to fire would that be high powered? How is the 'power' of a rifle defined by the media?

    It doesn't make much sense, I know. Surely someone out there owns a .308?

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    Is it a sound barrier thing?

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    I think it's a media bullshit thing.

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    It makes perfect sense if you look back at the history of firearms.

    Low powered rifles are things that shoot pistol calibers up to 30.30. Back in the day your average cowboy would have a rifle and pistol chambered in the same caliber so rifle calibers were basically the same as pistol calibers.

    Sub machine guns also use low powered rifle ammo.

    As powder technology and action strength improved higher powered rifles cam in with the 8mm mauser probably being one of the early examples.

    Everyone else followed it with 30.06, 303 etc. Until the introduction of the M1 Garand and the gas blowback system these rounds were two high powered to use in the current semi or fully automatic rifle designs.

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    The media love words like "high powered" & "military style" as it looks good in their headlines

    remember when that wacko cunt in Norway shot al those people last year & the media had "dumb dumb bullets" as their buzz word.

    Funny even in NZ if you watch the same story on TV1 & TV3 they can still have enormous discrepancies to each other, even though the basic facts are the same
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tone View Post
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    I think you will still find that is a C/E cat weapon, so should be locked in a steel safe!

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    Ya dont hear about low powered rifles as everyone that buys a 6.5x47mm doesnt go on rampages, they sit at home trying on the girly frilly knickers you get free with each gun.
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    so tell me this is a dumb idea.
    i want to manufacture rifles, the smallest caliber being around the 338 lap. and bigger from there. wild cat cartridges in 458, necked down 50 bmg cases etc.......
    the name of the company will be LOW POWERED.
    so they have to be refered to as low powered when reported on.
    " shot a rabbit with my low powered 416 CHEYTAC........................"
    what do you think?
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