.600 N.E.

Reloading data for .600 N.E. cartridges and specifications for cases and loads in this caliber.
Product number: CID_888
Load data for caliber ".600 N.E."
The .600 Nitro Express (N.E.) is a large-caliber, dangerous game hunting cartridge designed for use on the largest and most dangerous game in Africa and India. It was introduced in the early 20th century by W.J. Jeffery & Co., a British gunmaker.

The .600 N.E. uses a .620-inch diameter bullet and has a case length of 3.25 inches. It is loaded to produce muzzle velocities of around 1,850 feet per second and can deliver muzzle energies in excess of 9,000 foot-pounds. The cartridge is known for its significant recoil and is typically used in double rifles or single-shot rifles.

The .600 N.E. has been used to hunt a variety of large game, including elephants, cape buffalo, and rhinoceroses. However, due to its high cost, recoil, and the limited availability of firearms chambered for the cartridge, it is not as widely used as some other cartridges such as the .458 Lott or .375 H&H Magnum.

Today, the .600 N.E. is primarily used by hunters who specialize in hunting the largest and most dangerous game, as well as by collectors and enthusiasts of big-bore hunting rifles.

You find .600 N.E. 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: .600 N.E.
Cartridge Type: Rimmed
Bullet Diameter: 0.620 '' | 15.75 mm
Primer Size: Large Rifle Magnum (LRM)
Max. Case Length (l3):2.99'' | 75.95 mm
Max .Cartridge Length / OAL:3.7'' | 93.98 mm
Maximum Standardized Pressure:35534.8 psi | 2450 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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