.500 N.E. 3''

Reloading data for .500 N.E. 3'' cartridges and specifications for cases and loads in this caliber.
Product number: CID_855
Load data for caliber ".500 N.E. 3''"
The .500 Nitro Express 3" (NE 3") is a big-game hunting cartridge developed by W.J. Jeffery & Co. in the early 20th century. It is a powerful cartridge designed for hunting large and dangerous game in Africa and other parts of the world.

The .500 NE 3" uses a .510-inch diameter bullet and has a case length of 3 inches. It delivers high muzzle energy and velocity, making it capable of taking down animals such as elephants, buffalo, and rhinoceroses.

The cartridge has a long history of use in Africa, where it has earned a reputation for being a reliable and effective cartridge for hunting large game. However, due to its size and power, it can be challenging to shoot and produces significant recoil, which requires proper technique and equipment to manage.

The .500 NE 3" is typically used in double-barrel and single-shot rifles, although some bolt-action rifles are also chambered for it. It remains a popular cartridge among big-game hunters and has been used to take down some of the largest and most dangerous animals on the planet.

You find .500 N.E. 3'' with all common powders and bullets by clicking the 'Loads in this caliber' button above.

Technical Specifications (based on the respective safety standard - see more details in tab 'Datasheet' if available)

Caliber: .500 N.E. 3''
Cartridge Type: Rimmed
Bullet Diameter: 0.512 '' | 13.00 mm
Primer Size: Large Rifle Magnum (LRM)
Max. Case Length (l3):3'' | 76.17 mm
Max .Cartridge Length / OAL:3.75'' | 95.25 mm
Maximum Standardized Pressure:40611.2 psi | 2800 bar
The Commission internationale permanente pour l'épreuve des armes à feu portatives ("Permanent International Commission for the Proof of Small Arms" – commonly abbreviated as C.I.P.) is an international organisation which sets standards for safety testing of firearms. (The word portatives ("portable") in the name refers to the fact the C.I.P. tests small arms almost exclusively; it is ordinarily omitted from the English translation of the name.) As of 2015, its members are the national governments of 14 countries, of which 11 are European Union member states. The C.I.P. safeguards that all firearms and ammunition sold to civilian purchasers in member states are safe for the users.
To achieve this, all such firearms are first proof tested at C.I.P. accredited Proof Houses. The same applies for cartridges; at regular intervals, cartridges are tested against the C.I.P. pressure specifications at the ammunition manufacturing plants and at C.I.P. accredited Proof Houses.

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