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Largest legal calibre here in Aus?

Post by subatom » 16 Jul 2013, 8:39 pm

Hi guys,

Bit of a curiosity here is all... What's the largest calibre rifle a civi can legally own here in Aus?

Thinking of a long range target rifle and my imaginations getting away from me a bit, hehe.
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Post by John445 » 17 Jul 2013, 10:02 am

This is a bit trickier than you'd think...

I believe according to the letter of the law it's 50 cal. Supposedly we should just be able to get one as per any other with our reasons for needing one either being target shooting or hunting.

But from what I've read a lot of people have been rejected saying that target shooting or hunting isn't sufficient reason for that calibre specifically, even though strictly speaking we should be able to have them... Some have managed to get them, others have not.

Varies a little by state too I think.
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Post by agentzero » 17 Jul 2013, 10:48 am

50 cal *droooool*

My dream rifle for one day hopefully :D
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Post by Lorgar » 17 Jul 2013, 11:21 am

John445 wrote:This is a bit trickier than you'd think...

I believe according to the letter of the law it's 50 cal. Supposedly we should just be able to get one as per any other with our reasons for needing one either being target shooting or hunting.

But from what I've read a lot of people have been rejected saying that target shooting or hunting isn't sufficient reason for that calibre specifically, even though strictly speaking we should be able to have them... Some have managed to get them, others have not.


Target shooting has been the only successful way to get one AFAIK. As you say though, it's not just a matter of just ticking the box then popping down to the local gun store to pick one up.

I know of a few people who have managed to get them, but it was after having to go to court and spend thousands on legal fees to show that they were allowed to have one. That's the worst part of the whole thing, having go through the legal BS and spend a fortune in order to get something which you should be able to have according to the written laws.

The hypocrisy of this is what gets to me. If they can demonstrate reasons why citizens shouldn't be allowed them, and make them illegal that's one thing. But to say you can have one then bury you in red tape and other political rubbish is BS.

338 mag is about the limit that everyone can readily get, with little/no questions asked. Even if your state technically allows them, the powers that be don't want you to have one.
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Post by Harper » 18 Jul 2013, 10:51 am

Lorgar wrote:
John445 wrote:But from what I've read a lot of people have been rejected saying that target shooting or hunting isn't sufficient reason for that calibre specifically. 338 mag is about the limit that everyone can readily get, with little/no questions asked.


Yet if you apply for a 338 Lapua Mag you'll likely get shut down :roll:
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Post by Seik » 18 Jul 2013, 11:01 am

Harper wrote:
Lorgar wrote:
John445 wrote:But from what I've read a lot of people have been rejected saying that target shooting or hunting isn't sufficient reason for that calibre specifically. 338 mag is about the limit that everyone can readily get, with little/no questions asked.


Yet if you apply for a 338 Lapua Mag you'll likely get shut down :roll:


Lapua must be a scary word if you work in the Government.
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Post by subatom » 29 Jul 2013, 3:25 pm

Thanks all,

Realistically I expect I won't get anything more than a .308 or 300 win mag, but it's nice to dream about something bigger. He he.
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Post by jordy » 29 Jul 2013, 3:28 pm

subatom wrote:Thanks all,

Realistically I expect I won't get anything more than a .308 or 300 win mag, but it's nice to dream about something bigger. He he.


Good for you, dreams are about all we can have here in Aus if you're interested in a more serious calibre firearm.

Let anyone have one and we'll all start shooting down planes apparently :roll:
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Post by Sniper73 » 09 Nov 2013, 9:24 am

Hi All,

I am only new here but spent a long time in the Army as a Sniper playing with alot of different weapons. Now getting to what was asked!

You can have a .50cal if you can justify why that calibre is needed.

Most ranges in Australia are restricting large calibres because of what is around the range and the distance the projectile can travel. That is what I am lead to believe!

I know that in most military ranges we could shoot our .50cal rifles because of safety and mantles behind targets were oversize... :lol:
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Post by Warrigul » 09 Nov 2013, 9:39 am

A bit off topic, did you all see where the CGC Australia are now calling the .50 cal an anti- aircraft round? Just the first step in another hysterical campaign I reckon.

Really, when are they all going to wakeup, I would like to see them try and ban the sale and use of high powered cars using the same reasoning.
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Post by Brute » 09 Nov 2013, 9:52 am

Warrigul wrote:A bit off topic, did you all see where the CGC Australia are now calling the .50 cal an anti- aircraft round?


:lol:

Yeah I saw something a while a go too. Was a statement from a police figure of some sort saying you "could shoot down planes" with them, and that was the concern.

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Post by on_one_wheel » 09 Nov 2013, 2:28 pm

People have taken down planes with a Stanly knife before to.
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Post by Kelix » 09 Nov 2013, 2:39 pm

on_one_wheel wrote:People have taken down planes with a Stanly knife before to.


These ******'s that think people are going to shoot down planes... I wonder if it's occurred to them that a plane is miles up and travelling at hundreds of KM an hour.

I gotta say, if I was on a plane and knew someone on the ground was shooting at me with a rifle, I don't think I'd be worried...
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Post by subatom » 19 Nov 2013, 10:06 am

Kelix wrote:These ******'s that think people are going to shoot down planes... I wonder if it's occurred to them that a plane is miles up and travelling at hundreds of KM an hour.


Need a few hundred metres windage adjustment on your scope.

I don't recall any having quite that much range of adjustment :lol:
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Post by Hilux2003 » 20 Dec 2013, 10:46 pm

In NSW, probably 10gauge or .775" cannon, black power loaded.

Your next best will also be black powder at 0.75" & if your using the heavy stuff, it packs a decent "thump".
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Post by 6mmdasher » 21 Dec 2013, 12:06 am

I don't think cal is the problem, its what your local range has been approved with reguarding with the danger zone blueprint! If you have a baffled range it is not so bad, but with our range we shoot out over the sea and we are limited to the trajectory of a 7mm Rem mag. The 50 bmg out does this so it will be up to your range approval guidelines
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Post by boyou » 21 Dec 2013, 7:57 am

6mmdasher wrote:I don't think cal is the problem...


Logically, no.

In fuzzy/panic ridden legislator logic, yes.

50 Cal! Scary remember! Think of the childen riding in planes!

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Post by Sloth » 26 Dec 2013, 9:10 pm

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