Everyone knows that a 50 Cal is powerful, but just how powerful is it? In a previous video, I shot through a pine tree with a 50 Cal round. Now we are going to test different 50 BMG bullets and see if we can shoot through an oak tree! A pine tree can be waterlogged, but an oak tree is harder. So, just how powerful is a 50 Cal?
The first rounds that we are going to be using are the American Marksman 50 BMG M33 Ball ammunition with a Full Metal Jacket (FMJ) 660-grain bullet. The M33 Ball ammo has a soft steel core and is primarily used for training by the military. However, because of its steel core, this allows the 50 BMG to punch through some targets a lead core bullet wouldn’t be able to go through. However, will it go through an oak tree?
Then we move onto the Triple R Munitions solid brass 650 GR match ammo. In the previous test, the solid brass bullets punched through the pine tree without any issues.
Next up is the 50 BMG API (armor-piercing incendiary) 647 GR FMJ with a solid steel core. The solid steel core of the API does some severe damage to steel plates. You can see that video here.
For the grand finale, we shoot the M1 633 GR incendiary rounds. These are a bit of a wild card since I haven’t shot them before.
The rifle I’m using is the Barrett Model 99 rifle is a single shot bullpup rifle that was introduced in 1999, hence the name. The M99 is a single shot bullpup 50 caliber rifle. It is the most affordable 50 caliber rifle that Barrett makes and my test rifle for when I do 50 BMG tests. Side note: It is also extremely accurate. In 2001 a shooter set a world record at 1,000-yards with the M99 shooting a 5-shot group that measured 4.09″.
As you saw in the video, the four different rounds of 50 BMG punched through the oak tree with ease. So, that answers the question. I would suggest not hiding behind an oak tree if someone has a 50 Cal.
The video shows the carnage done to the tree, but here are the exits next to the bullets. Watch the video and let us know in the comments how you thought the test would turn out and which rounds you would pick for your 50 Cal rifle.
The Striker M33 had no issues punching through the tree. It has a small entrance, but it went through without an issue. The video shows the steel core continuing through the tree smoothly until it hit the ballistic gel. The M33 made it through new Bill (the Clear Ballistics ballistic block) but bounced off of old Bill. So shedding that copper jacket slowed down the round. Also, the shedding of the jacket deviated the bullet off course.
The silvertip API ammo exited the tree, but the exit is hard to see on the camera. However, given that the softcore ammo exited, it is no surprise that the API was able to pass through the tree.
For the solid brass 50 Cal round, it went through both ballistic gel blocks and caused massive cavitation. The solid brass didn’t seem to shed much velocity or deviate.
Lastly, the incendiary ammo created the most dramatic footage. The cavitation was not as significant as the solid brass, but it did go through both blocks and burn the first block.