.577/500 No 2 Black Powder Express
|.577/500 No 2 Black Powder Express|
Illustration of the 2¾-inch and 3⅛-inch .577/500 No 2 Black Powder Express cartridges
|Place of origin||United Kingdom|
|Case type||Rimmed, bottleneck|
|Bullet diameter||.507 in (12.9 mm)|
|Neck diameter||.538 in (13.7 mm)|
|Shoulder diameter||.560 in (14.2 mm)|
|Base diameter||.641 in (16.3 mm)|
|Rim diameter||.726 in (18.4 mm)|
|Case length||2.83 in (72 mm)|
|Overall length||3.40 in (86 mm)|
|Primer type||Kynoch #31A|
|Source(s): "Cartridges of the World"|
The .577/500 No 2 BPE was developed as a black powder round some time before 1879 by necking down the .577 Black Powder Express to .507-inches (12.9 mm) for use in single or double rifles, as well as a variety of Martini-based lever rifles.
Like the .450 Black Powder Express, the .577/500 BPE came in several case lengths, the most common having a 3-inch case. A 3⅛-inch variant would later be loaded with cordite to become the .577/500 Nitro Express.
For some time the .577/500 No 2 BPE was loaded with cordite to become the .577/500 No 2 Nitro for Black, the same cartridge loaded with mild loadings of cordite, carefully balanced through trial to replicate the ballistics of the Black powder version.
The .577/500 No 2 BPE was a popular cartridge in India for hunting all thin-skinned game up to tiger. Like the .500 Black Powder Express, the .577/500 No 2 BPE was never popular in Africa, not being powerful enough for thick-skinned game such as elephant.
Moderately popular in its day, the round has long since ceased to be offered commercially.
- Barnes, Frank C, Cartridges of the World, ed 13, Gun Digest Books, Iola, 2012, ISBN 9781440230592.
- Wieland, Terry, Nitro Express: The Big Bang of the Big Bang, retrieved 20 Jun 16.
- .577/500 No 2 Black Powder Express, cartridgecollector.net, retrieved 20 June 16.