Title:
Gun chamber
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
The present invention provides a gun chamber configured for accepting an efficient gun cartridge where the efficiency of the gun cartridge is determined by determining the water weight volume of the cartridge; determining the bore diameter of the gun barrel; determining the weight of the bullet; and calculating the efficiency rating of the cartridge by multiplying the water weight volume by the bore diameter and dividing by the bullet weight. The efficiency rating is optimal between 110 and 145 when the water weight volume is determined in grains, the bore diameter is determined in thousandths of inches and the bullet weight is determined in grains. One such 50 caliber gun cartridge has a casing diameter of approximately 0.688 inches and neck portion which accepts a bullet having a bore diameter of approximately 0.510 inches. The case has a length ranging from 1.90 inches to 2.5 inches measured from the primer to the mouth of the neck.



Inventors:
Ramirez, Henry Gene (Pacheco, CA, US)
Ramirez, Gabriel A. (Pacheco, CA, US)
Application Number:
10/758845
Publication Date:
12/09/2004
Filing Date:
01/16/2004
Assignee:
Henry Gene Ramirez
Gabriel A. Ramirez
Primary Class:
Other Classes:
102/501
International Classes:
F42B5/02; (IPC1-7): F42B30/00
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Primary Examiner:
WEBER, JONATHAN C
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
CAPSTONE LAW GROUP LLP (1810 GATEWAY DRIVE, SAN MATEO, CA, 94404, US)
Claims:

We claim:



1. A gun configured to accept an efficient 50 caliber gun cartridge having a proximal and distal end for propelling a projectile comprising: an action; a barrel; and a chamber for housing a gun cartridge comprising: a rimless cylindrical casing having a diameter of approximately 0.688 inches at the distal end and a shoulder at the proximal end angling inward as a means to allow easier feeding in a machine gun; a primer mounted on said cylindrical casing; and a neck portion extending distally from the shoulder wherein said neck portion has a mouth for accepting a projectile having a bore diameter of approximately 0.510 inches; wherein said casing has a length ranging from 1.9 inches to 2.5 inches measured from the primer to the mouth of said neck; and wherein said length of said casing is dependant upon water weight volume of said casing, said bore diameter of said mouth, and weight of the projectile.

2. The gun of claim 1, wherein the chamber is configured to house the cartridge and the projectile with a combined maximum length of 4.0 inches.

3. The gun of claim 1, wherein said water weight of said casing in grains multiplied by said bore diameter of said mouth in thousandths of an inch divided by said weight of the projectile in grains is greater than or equal to 110 and less than or equal to 145.

4. A gun chamber for use with a gun action and barrel, and configured for accepting an efficient 50 caliber gun cartridge having a proximal and distal end for propelling a bullet of a predetermined weight comprising: a case section proximal to the action and configured for housing a cartridge case having a diameter of approximately 0.688 inches at the distal end; a free bore section proximal to the barrel and distal end of the cartridge; a shoulder section at the proximal end angling inward from the case section; and a neck portion located between the shoulder section and the free bore section wherein the neck portion is configured for accepting a cartridge having a mouth with a bore diameter of approximately 0.510 inches for accepting a bullet; wherein the case section has a length ranging from 1.9 inches to 2.5 inches; and wherein the length of the case section is dependant upon water weight volume of the casing, the bore diameter of the gun barrel, and the weight of the bullet.

5. The gun chamber recited in claim 4, wherein the water weight of the casing in grains multiplied by the bore diameter of the mouth in thousandths of an inch divided by the weight of the bullet in grains is greater than or equal to 110 and less than or equal to 145.

6. The gun chamber recited in claim 4, wherein the shoulder section angles inward at angle of 25 to 30 degrees.

7. The gun cartridge recited in claim 4, wherein the case section, the shoulder section, the neck section and the free bore section have a maximum length of 4.0 inches.

Description:

RELATED APPLICATIONS

[0001] This application is a continuation-in-part of U.S. application Ser. No. 10,352,732 filed on Jan. 27, 2003, which is a divisional of U.S. application Ser. No. 09/413,828 filed on Oct. 6, 1999 and issued as U.S. Pat. No. 6,532,876 on Mar. 18, 2003.

FIELD OF THE INVENTION

[0002] The present invention relates to a gun chamber, more particularly, a lightweight short gun chamber configured for accepting an efficient, high velocity gun cartridges.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

[0003] Gun manufacturers for rifles and machine guns are continuing in search for a lighter and cost effective weapon.

[0004] The 50 caliber Browning Machine Gun (BMG) was developed in 1917 from John Browning's design. Its intended use was as an anti-aircraft battery and anti-tank weapon. It was not intended to be used as an anti-personnel weapon. It remains the largest and most heavily used machine gun today.

[0005] The original loading was an 800 grain bullet at 2650 feet per second velocity (fps) out of a 46″ barrel. It was later loaded with a 900 grain bullet at 2500 fps. Currently the 50 BMG is loaded with a 650 grain bullet at 3000 fps. The bullets may be AP (armor piercing), API (armor piercing incendiary), APT (armor piercing tracer), ball (steel-cored) or FMJT (full metal jacket tracer). It is designed to be effective past 2000 meters or 2500 yards.

[0006] The 50 BMG is no longer used as an anti-aircraft battery. Today it is used for defense on armored personnel carriers, the Bradley fighting machine, and stationary mounted to provide cover for troops. Its long-range capability at 2000+ yards makes it valuable for extreme long-range sniping use when chambered in bolt-action rifles designed around the cartridge. These bolt-action rifles require a special custom-built action to accommodate the large 50 BMG cartridge.

[0007] The 50 BMG began to gain popularity among civilians as a 1000-yard target rifle. To feed the public's interest in the cartridge gun makers developed more sophisticated and more accurate target rifles around this cartridge. Many gun manufacturers began putting on the market their own designs for 50 caliber target rifles, most of which were single-shot. As the popularity of the 50 caliber grew among civilians, the military became interested in it as a long-range sniper cartridge. Now almost all 1000-yard match records are held by the 50 caliber.

[0008] Law enforcement and the military have found that when the 50 BMG is adapted to shoulder-held weapons it is far superior to any other shoulder-held weapon in use today. Its large projectile (650 and 750 grain FMJ, of which the 650 grain is most popular) at high velocity translates into awesome power for the shooter.

[0009] The 50 BMG suffers from a number of disadvantages including extremely large muzzle flash, very loud report, short barrel life due to throat erosion, and extremely large heavy rifles necessary to accommodate the cartridge. The BMG firing rate is also limited due to chamber size resulting in long bolt travel. As a machine gun (M2 Browning) the 50 caliber weighs 150+ pounds, and requires 2 to 3 men to set it up. When chambered in a bolt-action sniping type weapon its disadvantages sometimes outweigh its advantages. Also tremendous muzzle flash is a problem. When shooting in the evening or at night the muzzle flash can be easily seen for more than three miles. When shooting low to the ground or from a prone position it kicks up large clouds of dust. This is mainly due to the huge case capacity (overbore) and to the shortening of the barrel, which was necessary to adapt the cartridge to a sniping style rifle. With the shortened barrel a large drop in muzzle velocity occurred. Velocity drops an average of 300 fps.

[0010] The 50 caliber has always been valued by the military as an effective and hard-hitting cartridge. It has been used as a platoon support weapon but not as a squad support weapon because of its weight and bulk. Even in a sniping rifle design it is still too cumbersome to carry in many cases.

[0011] A significant problem most civilians have with the 50 caliber target rifle is its expense as the guns range from $4000 to $10,000. The ammunition is very expensive, and the components with which to reload for such a rifle are very expensive. The loading press is a special press that is much larger than a standard loading press and about 4 times the cost. The loading dies are larger diameter dies, almost twice the size of standard loading dies, and 10 times the price. Primers for the 50 caliber BMG are a unique design and only fit the 50 BMG. These primers vary from 0.50 to $1 each, depending upon the source.

[0012] Also the 50 BMG is what is classified as an inefficient cartridge. Inefficient cartridges, whether they be sporting or military design, burn a more than average amount of powder to gain a small increase in velocity and ft-lbs. of muzzle energy. To illustrate inefficiency in more understandable terms, a helpful example is a trawler that can be moved across water at 9 knots using two 120 horsepower engines. To increase the speed at which the trawler moves across the water to 10 knots would require two 200 horsepower engines. This is a vast increase in power and fuel consumption for a one knot gain in speed. Although the 50 BMG cartridge was designed to be fired in a Browning machine gun with a 46″ barrel, even with that lengthy barrel a great deal of powder remains unburned. This unburned powder is due to the fact that there was much more powder in the case than the bore can consume efficiently, which was also the reason for the large muzzle flash.

[0013] Another 50 caliber cartridge is the 500 Whisper. The 500 Whisper was built on the shortened 460 Weatherby case, the same as the alternate embodiment of the present invention. The difference between the two is that the 500 Whisper was built on a shortened 460 Weatherby case, 2.5″ overall case length. This cartridge was intended as a subsonic round. Subsonic means velocities at 1100 fps or slower. The cartridge uses a 750 grain bullet and was intended for long-range sniping use with no sound. The 500 Whisper was built on a 24″ barrel rifle.

[0014] The 500 Whisper suffers from too small of a case capacity which results in an inefficient cartridge. The small capacity is a result of the 500 Whisper being designed to be subsonic thus it is only useful as a subsonic sniping round. It is not useful for a squad, infantry or attack rifle. Additionally, the Whisper 500 was designed for firing in an urban setting so the marksman could remain undetected and still penetrate a kevlar helmet at 600 yards. The gun cartridges of the present invention are more versatile and capable of much higher velocity and penetration of a kevlar helmet at much greater ranges (in excess of 2000 yards).

[0015] Yet another 50 caliber cartridge is the 50 Caliber Spotter Round. This was built on a shortened 50 caliber BMG case. The case had an overall length of 2″. It was intended as a spotter round in tank artillery and occasionally used in machine guns in aircraft. It came into use during WWII and has not been used since. This cartridge uses a shortened 50 BMG case but the rim size of 0.804 inches is too large to fit any shoulder held weapons. Moreover, it will only fit guns already fitted for the 50 BMG.

[0016] There are a number of terms associated with guns, bullets and cartridges that are defined and used herein as follows:

[0017] Barrel Life (Throat Erosion): The condition of overheating and eroding the throat area (the part of the chamber where the bullet contacts the rifling) of a rifle barrel by large amounts of slow burning powder down a relatively small bore.

[0018] Cannelure: Circumferential groove(s) around a bullet or cartridge case. Used for identification, to hold lubricant, or to crimp case into.

[0019] Capacity: Volume; ability to contain a substance

[0020] Disintegrating bullet: A bullet made of a carbon powder pressed together under high pressure so the bullet fragments are turned back to powder when hitting extremely hard substances, such as steel or concrete walls.

[0021] Efficient: Marked by an ability to use the most effective and least wasteful means of accomplishing a purpose or doing a task.

[0022] Efficiency: Performance of a task with little or no wasted effort; capability to produce desired results with a minimum expenditure of energy.

[0023] Force Multiplier: A means of increasing the firepower of an individual, a squad (a seven to twelve man team), a platoon (four to five squads), or a company (four to five platoons) without adding additional personnel or equipment.

[0024] Inefficient: Wasteful of energy in performing a task; or underpowered and therefor incapable of performing a task to optimal standards.

[0025] Overbore Capacity: Any cartridge that has a volume too large in relation to bore diameter with normally available powders.

[0026] Sniper: One that fires at exposed men or equipment of an enemy at a long distance.

[0027] Firing Platform: A means of feeding cartridges and extracting fired cartridges from a weapon firing the cartridge projectiles. The firing platform may be part of a handgun, rifle, or machine gun (fixed or portable).

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

[0028] The present invention provides a smaller shorter, lighter gun chamber for the firing platform for efficient 50 caliber cartridges. This chamber housing for shorter actions and barrels which translates into a significantly better controlled weapon; one that can be easily carried and shouldered by an individual. The present invention, with its shorter action-less bolt travel-can result in greatly increased firing rate. Most notably, in automatic weapons. In addition, since the present invention results in a much smaller and lighter firing platform, a significant savings is realized during manufacturing and logistics of shipment and storage of weapons and ammunition. The savings are a result directly from the present inventions volume and weight reduction. Additionally savings resulting from the present invention is also derived thru less operating personnel without a decrease in weapon effectiveness.

[0029] Also, the cartridges of the present invention can be made on much shorter barrels with much less or virtually no muzzle flash, and shorter actions, which translates into a much more easily controlled weapon, and one that can be carried and shouldered by an individual. Thus, the cartridges of the present invention allow rifles to be designed that are much less cumbersome than the 50 BMG, and still allow second and third shot capability without losing the point of aim.

[0030] The present invention provides a firing platform for efficient cartridges determined by the water weight volume of the cartridge; determining the bore diameter of the gun barrel; determining the weight of the bullet; and calculating the efficiency rating of the cartridge by multiplying the water weight volume by the bore diameter and dividing by the bullet weight. The efficiency rating is optimal between 110 and 145 when the water weight volume is determined in grains, the bore diameter is determined in thousandths of inches and the bullet weight is determined in grains. There are 7000 grains in one pound. One such efficient 50 caliber gun cartridge has a casing diameter of approximately 0.688 inches and neck portion which accepts a bullet having a bore diameter of approximately 0.510 inches. The case has a preferred length ranging from 1.90 inches to 2.5 inches measured from the primer to the mouth of the neck.

[0031] The present invention has other objects and advantages which are set forth in the description of the Description of the Preferred Embodiments. The features and advantages described in the specification, however, are not all inclusive, and particularly, many additional features and advantages will be apparent to one of ordinary skill in the art in view of the drawings, specification, and claims herein.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

[0032] FIG. 1 is a side view of the preferred embodiment of the gun cartridge of the present invention.

[0033] FIG. 2 is a side view of the chamber reamer associated with the gun cartridge shown in FIG. 1.

[0034] FIG. 3 is a side, cross-sectional view of the preferred gun chamber configured to accommodate the preferred gun cartridge depicted in FIG. 1.

[0035] FIG. 4 is a side, cross-sectional view of a standard gun assembly housing the preferred gun chamber of the present invention.

DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENTS

[0036] The present invention is a small light, short gun chamber that provides a platform for efficient cartridges. The small format of the gun chamber provides the housing for small lightweight efficient cartridges and thus results in significant manufacturing and logistical savings and a lighter firing platform while assuring effective ballistics. In addition, the unique size of the present invention makes possible a significant increase in firing rate due shorter bolt travel.

[0037] In an effort to make the 50 BMG more manageable for target shooters and military sniping use, have shortened the barrel from 46″ to 28″. The shorter barrel resulted in lowered muzzle velocity of 2500-2700 fps. A much smaller case, with a more efficient powder charge, is utilized in order to get the same velocity as the shortened barrel 50 BMG. This is accomplished by utilizing a particular ratio between the case capacity, bullet weight and bore diameter of the gun barrel. Thus, applying the efficiency ratio of the present invention, at least 120 grains less powder can be utilized with the same bullet (650 grain FMJ) in a smaller case and still produce the same muzzle velocity as the full 50 BMG, with much longer barrel life and much less muzzle flash.

[0038] Gun chamber accepts a gun cartridge can be housed (fitted) into smaller lightweight firing platform for use in fixed wing aircraft and helicopters. Such weapons will provide effective long-range firepower with standoff distance for protection. This lightweight weapon provides a force multiplier without the sacrifice of additional weight/cost.

[0039] The gun chamber when used in an automatic 50 caliber machinegun is light enough to be used in operations providing a force multiplier of heavy weapon capabilities, heretofore not available to platoon size elements. The unique size of the gun chamber translates into a significant increase in firing rate. Additionally, the gun chamber is sufficiently small in size so that it can be housed (fitted) into 50 caliber bolt action and semiautomatic weapons such that it is a firing force multiplier without loss in ballistics.

[0040] The gun chamber is configured to receive high efficiency cartridges with a 0.688 inch diameter case and a maximum overall case length of 2.4 inches. The result is a cartridge with the largest diameter case that is short enough to feed through a standard magnum length action and fit a standard magnum bolt face, and still have the capability of holding a minimum of 150 grains of powder. The bullet, from the cannelure forward (which is the part of the bullet that protrudes from the case), will always be 1½″ long. This remains a constant.

[0041] All of the cartridge embodiments described below, are constructed by applying the efficiency ratio of the present invention. Based on a desired bullet weight and cartridge length, the bore diameter is then determined.

[0042] FIG. 1 depicts a cartridge 10 for propelling bullet 12. Cartridge 10 is constructed of casing 14 filled with propellant or powder 16 and primer 18 (a stainless steel cup contacting propellant 16). Striking primer 18 with sufficient force ignites propellant 16. Casing 14 has a rim 20 at proximal end 22 followed by extractor groove 24. At distal end 26, casing 14 angles inward at an angle of 30 degrees to reduce the diameter of casing 14 to support bullet 12. The angled section is known as shoulder 28, which ends at neck 30 of cartridge 10 and the angle is referred to as the shoulder angle. Bullet 12 is inserted into cartridge 10 at mouth 32 and supported in cartridge 10 by neck 30. As previously discussed, the water weight volume is determined by filling cartridge 10 up to base 34 of neck 22. The bore diameter is determined by measuring the diameter 36 of bullet 12.

[0043] The cartridges for the chamber have a bore diameter of 0.510 inches to accept a 50 caliber bullet. The cartridges have an approximately 30 degree shoulder angle on case 12 to create a positive head space on cartridge 10. The shoulder angle may be altered to allow easier feeding in semi-automatic and fully automatic machine guns. A smaller shoulder angle (i.e., less steep) allows for easier feeding. Additionally, the smaller angle allows for easier extraction in all types of guns (bolt action, semi-automatic, and fully automatic). However, there is a trade off with respect to the degree of the shoulder angle. Steeper angles allow the cartridge to maintain the powder in the case longer when ignited. This results in a more efficient burn and thus a more efficient cartridge chamber in a smaller weapon.

[0044] In bolt action rifles, these better chamber extraction mechanics do not justify decreasing the shoulder angle, and thus a 30 degree shoulder is preferred. However, in semi-automatic and automatic machine guns, the better chamber feeding and extraction mechanics do justify a reduction in efficiency by decreasing the shoulder angle. Accordingly, a 25 degree shoulder angle is preferred for use in semi-automatic and fully automatic guns.

[0045] FIG. 3 depicts a chamber 44 configured by reamer 40 depicted in FIG. 2 to accept the efficient gun cartridge 10 depicted in FIG. 1. Gun 42 includes chamber 44, barrel 46, and action 48. Chamber 44 is housed within gun 42 as depicted in FIG. 4. As shown in FIG. 3, chamber 44 is defined by chamber walls 50 having a case section 52, shoulder section 54, neck section 56, and free bore section 58. The case section 52, shoulder section 54 and neck section 56 are machined to accept gun cartridge 10 of the present invention. Free bore section 58 is for aligning projectile 12. Reamer 40 is constructed and used such that the lengths of the chamber are 0.005 inches larger than the cartridge to a tolerance of +0.005/−0.000 inches, diameters are 0.004 inches larger than the cartridge to a tolerance of +0.001/−0.000 inches, and angles are the same to a tolerance of ±1.0 degrees.

[0046] The efficient cartridge embodiments disclosed herein are divided into two categories. The first is a shorter cartridge for use with short-range infantry support weapons, with barrel lengths of 18-22″, bullet weight 650 grains, and maximum effective range 1000 yards. The second are longer cartridges for use with long-range sniper weapons, with barrel lengths of 26-28″, bullet weight 650 grains, and maximum effective range of 2500 yards.

Case Dimensions

[0047] 1

Short Range
1.90″
Case head size0.688″
Overall case length1.90″
Overall cartridge length3.40″
Long Range
2.15″2.32.352.475″
Case head size0.688″0.688″0.688″0.688″
Overall case length2.15″2.3″2.35″2.35″
Overall cartridge length3.65″3.80″3.85″3.85″

[0048] Of the cartridge embodiments, the 1.9″ cartridge is the preferred shorter-range cartridge as it provides the maximum velocity, and maximum power with the shortest cartridge. The 2.475″ case (3.975 cartridge length) is the preferred long-range cartridge as it provides the maximum power in a cartridge that fits in standard hunting magazines.

[0049] All of the cartridges below have an efficiency ratio between 110 and 145 and are for use in chamber 44.

Efficiency Ratings of Cartridge Embodiments with 30 Degree Shoulder

[0050] 2

Efficiency Ratings of Cartridge Embodiments with 30 Degree Shoulder
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Case
Capacity
Measured
by WaterX Bore
Weight(thousandths of/Bullet Weight=Efficiency
Case(grains)inches)(grains)Rating
1.9″
139.5510650109.45
139.5510550129.35
139.5510500149.29
2.15″
161.67510750109.94
161.67510650126.85
161.67510550149.91
161.67510500164.90
2.3″
174.92510750118.95
174.92510650137.24
174.92510550162.20
2.35″
181.67510750123.54
181.67510650142.54
2.5″
196.17510750133.40
196.17510650153.92
Alternate
Embodiment
156.67510650122.93
156.67510550145.28
Prior Art
50 BMG
298.20510750202.78
298.20510650233.97
NOTE:
7000 grains = 1 lb.
Most efficient cartridges are highlighted

[0051] Chamber 44 and cartridge 10 fulfill a need expressed by various law enforcement and military personnel for a small weapon with the power of a 50 caliber plus second and third shot capability. It had to be mobile and light enough to carry. In these times of military spending cuts it could not require a great amount of money to develop and manufacture.

[0052] 1.90″ Cartridge—This cartridge is useful for battlefield weapons, similar to the AK47 (7.62×39), which was designed to be effective in a battle situation, which usually takes place at less than 300 yds. The Russians designed the 7.62×39 to be a short-range cartridge that would be very effective in jungle or heavy brush. Long-range capability was not needed in most battle settings. The 7.62×39 was designed with a fairly large bore diameter of 0.311 (7.62 mm) on a rather short case of 39 mm in length. Using a 125 grain steel-core bullet the Russians found that in normal battle situations of 100 to 200 yards, the cartridge had enough power to go through car doors and heavy sheet metal, which was all that was needed for a soldier's weapon. Muzzle velocity was 2150 fps with 1200 ft-lbs. of muzzle energy in a 20″ barreled machine gun. Over fifty million of these rifles have been produced to date in almost every Communist country.

[0053] Using the 650 grain bullet a rifle would be capable of 2100 fps in a 20″ barrel, with muzzle energy of over 6000 ft-lbs. With a 500 grain bullet at 2300+ fps in the same barrel muzzle energy would be an impressive 6500 ft-lbs. This would give the foot soldier an unbelievably powerful rifle that could stop armored personnel vehicles, disable trucks, cars and aircraft on runways by damaging the engine blocks out to 500 yds. Yet it would still be efficient out to 800 yards. At that range it would still have over 2500 ft-lbs. of muzzle energy. The rifles could be made on a semi-auto or bolt action, or could be adapted to small machine guns or as door-mounted machine guns in helicopters to give troops cover. This would be a force multiplier to any squad or platoon. It would greatly increase the group's firepower without adding extra personnel. In addition, the rifle would still be capable of 1000 yd. sniper shots. This cartridge could be made, if so desired, on a Mauser-style bolt action rifle already in existence.

[0054] 2.15″ Cartridge—This cartridge has the same powder capacity as the alternate embodiment discussed below, but overall length would be 1″ shorter allowing it to feed through the magazine of a bolt action rifle with chamber 44. The cartridge will hold 135 grains of powder, have a muzzle velocity of 2600 fps and muzzle energy of 10,000+ ft-lbs. from a 28″ barrel. It would easily have 1000 yd. capability for sniping and be able to take out armored vehicles out to 600 yds. The cartridge could also be loaded with a 500 grain steel-core bullet with a muzzle velocity of 2800 fps, which would reduce recoil yet still maintain the power level necessary to take out armored vehicles and troop carriers.

[0055] The target velocity for this cartridge is 2500 fps because the most-used 1000 yard military target cartridge is the .308 Winchester (7.62 NATO), which shoot 168 grain match grade bullets at 2450 to 2550 fps muzzle velocity. The alternate embodiment cartridge, with its 2600+ fps muzzle velocity, not only duplicates the 308's velocity but exceeds it. The 2.15″ has the same powder capacity as the alternate embodiment but is more than an inch shorter in overall cartridge length. This makes it adaptable to a magazine style rifle so it can be a repeater.

[0056] 2.3″ and 2.35″ Cartridges—The 2.3″ provides higher velocity with the 650 grain bullet, which would duplicate the 50 BMG in a 28″ barrel. Muzzle velocity with the 650 grain bullet would be 2800 to 2850 fps and would still be adaptable to short-action machine guns. The rifle would have muzzle energy of over 12,000+ ft-lbs.

[0057] The 2.35″ cartridge has optimum powder capacity in a Mauser-style bolt action rifle. The overall cartridge length would be 3.85″, which would still allow it to feed in a Mauser-style magazine with a length of 3.9″. It would have muzzle velocity of 2900 fps with a 650 grain steel-core bullet, and muzzle energy of 13,000+ ft-lbs. Even with this much power the rifle would still have half the muzzle flash of a 50 caliber BMG and twice the barrel life, and do it using 100 grains less powder than the 50 BMG case can hold.

[0058] The 2.35″ has a muzzle velocity exceeding 2900 fps with a 650 grain bullet and 2700 fps with a 750 grain bullet. This cartridge would duplicate the muzzle velocity of the original 50 BMG (which used a 46″ barrel), but in a rifle having a 28″ barrel. A rifleman armed with a 50 caliber rifle and the 2.35″ cartridge of the present invention, could easily hit parked enemy vehicles out to 9000 ft., nearly two miles away. With a good spotter and scope to watch for impacts and make proper adjustments, the rifleman could easily score hits on engines and cockpits on parked planes on runways. This cartridge has the capability of penetrating five houses. It is capable of penetrating 10″ of solid concrete or 2″ of solid steel.

[0059] 2.5″ Cartridge—This cartridge is outside the preferred length range and thus is not as practical as the preceding cartridges. It can efficiently exceed the 3000 fps muzzle velocity with a 650 grain bullet. However, it would be strictly a single-shot cartridge because its overall length is 4″. An action would need to be designed around the cartridge to make it a repeater, or a 3.9″ magazine could be altered to accept it.

[0060] 2.475″ Cartridge Embodiment (Preferred 50 BMG Replacement)—As explained, the 50 BMG has a barrel length of 46 inches. However, applying the present invention allows for a cartridge for a 50 caliber machine gun with a 26 inch barrel that achieves muzzle velocity similar to the 50 BMG. This cartridge has a case length of 2.475 inches; bore of 510, bullet weight of 650 grains (optionally 750 grains), a 25 degree shoulder, and a case head diameter of 0.688. To further increase the semi-automatic and fully automatic feeding mechanics of the cartridge, the cartridge case 14 is tapered by increasing the diameter by 0.025 inches distal end 26 to the proximal end 22.

[0061] The cartridge has an approximate case volume of 192. Applying the efficiency calculation, the cartridge as an efficiency rating of 142, which is within the accepted tolerance. This is the preferred cartridge for achieving the maximum muzzle velocity for use with a 50 caliber bullet weighing 690 grains in a 26 inch barrel.

[0062] Alternate Cartridge Embodiment—The alternate embodiment provides the ability to change an already existing rifle that an individual owns or could afford to buy into a 50 caliber rifle of single shot design. This cartridge is also adapted to any military or law enforcement application using rifles on hand without the requirement of purchasing a complete new gun. A simple barrel installation and bolt-face alteration would be required. A .308 Win. (7.62 NATO) or a .300 Winchester Magnum rifle, which are the two most common cartridges for sniper use in the world, could be easily adapted to this cartridge.

[0063] Comparisons: 3

7.62 NATO.300 Win. Mag.Present Invention
Bullet weight168 grains168 grains650 grains
Barrel length28″28″28″
Muzzle velocity2550 fps3050 fps2600 fps
Muzzle energy2600 ft-lbs3500 ft-lbs10,500 ft-lbs

[0064] An alternate embodiment uses a 460 Weatherby case (a belted magnum). The 460 Weatherby case is a 45 caliber to begin with and holds approximately 120 grains of powder.

[0065] Case dimensions—compared to the 50 BMG: 4

50 BMGAlternate Embodiment
Case head size0.804″0.603″
Overall length of case3.910″2.900″
Overall cartridge length5.450″4.400″

[0066] By opening the case neck and pushing the shoulder of the Weatherby case forward by {fraction (1/10)}″ the resized case now holds approximately 125 grains of powder (estimated). A reamer is required that is custom-built to these specifications. A standard Ruger No. 1 hunting rifle, originally chambered for .45-70 Gov., and re-barreled it to 50 caliber can be used with the custom reamer, the Ruger is re-chambered for the 50 caliber.

[0067] Chamber 44 gives the foot soldier added mobility. He can carry a rifle five times as powerful as what is normally carried into the battlefield. It provides confidence to the troops knowing that the firepower is readily available when needed. It allows a sniper to retain his invisibility because of the minimal light signature, which is due to the virtual elimination of muzzle flash. Also, the useful life of the weapon is increased greatly, which is very cost-effective for the military or law enforcement.

[0068] Law enforcement has always had a concern about over-penetration. The shorter cartridges would be adaptable for law enforcement use because the 1.90″ cartridge would still have the power of a 50 caliber, but would not over-penetrate. The law enforcement application is easily adapted to use disintegrating bullets to eliminate ricochets.

[0069] The present invention revolutionizes military small arms. It turns light infantry weapons into light heavy weapons. The weapon is “light” since it can be carried and fired by an individual. But, the weapon is “heavy” since it has five times the firepower of a normal shoulder-fired weapon.

[0070] From the above description, it will be apparent that the invention disclosed herein provides a novel and advantageous gun chamber and efficient cartridge. The foregoing discussion discloses and describes merely exemplary methods and embodiments of the present invention. One skilled in the art will readily recognize from such discussion that various changes, modifications and variations may be made therein without departing from the spirit and scope of the invention. Accordingly, disclosure of the present invention is intended to be illustrative, but not limiting, of the scope of the invention, which is set forth in the following claims.