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5.6×50mm Magnum
5.6×50mm, second from right
Type Rifle
Place of origin Flag of Germany.png West Germany
Production history
Designer Günter Frères
Designed 1970
Parent cartridge 5.6×50mmR (Rimmed, 1968)
Case type Rimless, bottleneck
Bullet diameter 5.70 mm (0.224 in)
Neck diameter 6.48 mm (0.255 in)
Shoulder diameter 9.00 mm (0.354 in)
Base diameter 9.56 mm (0.376 in)
Rim diameter 9.60 mm (0.378 in)
Rim thickness 1.14 mm (0.045 in)
Case length 50.00 mm (1.969 in)
Overall length 61.30 mm (2.413 in)
Rifling twist 350 mm (1 in 13.77 in)
Primer type Small rifle
Maximum pressure 380.00 MPa (55,114 psi)
Ballistic performance
Bullet weight/type Velocity Energy
3.2 g (49 gr) SP 1,100 m/s (3,600 ft/s) 1,840 J (1,360 ft·lbf)
3.6 g (56 gr) SP 1,000 m/s (3,300 ft/s) 1,800 J (1,300 ft·lbf)
3.9 g (60 gr) SP 980 m/s (3,200 ft/s) 1,840 J (1,360 ft·lbf)
4.1 g (63 gr) RWS TMS 920 m/s (3,000 ft/s) 1,735 J (1,280 ft·lbf)
Source(s): Cartridges of the World[1]

The 5.6×50mm Magnum (designated as the 5,6 × 50 Mag. by the C.I.P.[2]) is a center fire is a rimless bottlenecked rifle cartridge was developed in 1970 by Günter Frères of the Deutsche Waffen und Munitionsfabriken (DWM).

Parent case 5.6×50mmR MagnumEdit

In 1968 Günter Frères of the Deutsche Waffen und Munitionsfabriken (DWM) had developed the parent case the rimmed 5.6×50mmR Magnum (designated as the 5,6 x 50 R Mag. by the C.I.P.[3]). According to the official C.I.P. (Commission Internationale Permanente pour l'Epreuve des Armes à Feu Portatives) rulings the rimmed 5.6×50mmR Magnum can handle up to 340.00 MPa (49,313 psi) Pmax piezo pressure. That is 40.00 MPa (5,802 psi) less Pmax piezo pressure then the rimless 5.6×50mm Magnum.


The 5.6×50mm Magnum and 5.6×50mmR Magnum cartridges were developed in Germany as legal hunting cartridges for small game, fox, chamois and roe deer at ranges up to and over 200 m (219 yd).[4] In North America it is considered a varmint hunting cartridge.[1]

Related cartridgesEdit

This cartridge occupies a useful performance niche approximately halfway between the .222 Remington and the 5.6×57mm, similar to the slightly less powerful .222 Remington Magnum and the .223 Remington.

See alsoEdit


  1. 1.0 1.1 Barnes, Frank C. (1997) [1965]. McPherson, M.L.. ed. Cartridges of the World (8th Edition ed.). DBI Books. pp. 347, 374. ISBN 0-87349-178-5. 
  2. C.I.P. TDCC datasheet 5,6 × 50 Mag.
  3. C.I.P. TDCC datasheet 5,6 × 50 R Mag.
  4. RWS centerfire rifle cartridges in calibre 5,6 x 50 Magnum
  • 5.6×50 Magnum by Chuck Hawks
  • 5.6×50 Magnum Cartridge dimensions at Steve's Pages
  • Vihtavuori Metric Reloading Guide for Centerfire Cartridges, 2002, page 14

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