.50 Beowulf ARX Coming From PolyCase and Alexander Arms

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The PolyCase Ammunition ARX first came out in 2014, and saying they’re unique is a bit of an understatement. The ARX bullet is made from a combination of copper and a special polymer, injection-molded, and designed both to create substantial wound cavities in soft tissue and also to break apart on impact with solid targets in order to reduce risk of over-penetration. Despite its having been designed to shatter upon contact with solid objects, the ARX is able to penetrate heavy clothing, still functioning as an effective defense round. In ballistic gel tests the ARX bullet penetrates an average of 12″ to 14″.

Now, PolyCase Ammunition is teaming up with Alexander Arms to produce the ARX bullet in a .50 Beowulf cartridge. Paul Lemke, PolyCase’s founder and CEO, says the company is “thrilled to be working with Alexander Arms to offer the ARX projectile in the .50 Beowulf caliber.” Lemke describes .50 Beowulf as the “ultimate” big-bore rifle round, adding that combining “the massive energy of the .50 Beowulf with the patent-pending stopping power of the ARX” gives gun owners “a defensive and hunting rifle cartridge that is second to none.”

Alexander Arms founder Bill Alexander agrees, saying he believes the new round featuring the ARX bullet will become one of the most effective of its size and type on the market. The company is responsible for the original creation of the .50 Beowulf round back in 2003, and a full line of products made specifically for the round is available on their website at ht tp://www.alexanderarms.com/products/50-beowulf.

The new .50 Beowulf ARX is available on Alexander Arms’ site at http://www.shopalexanderarms.com/50_Beowulf-Ammunition.html, MSRP on their website is listed at $33.58 for 20 rounds. Visit PolyCase Ammunition’s site as well at http://www.polycaseammo.com/.

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  • RA RA on Aug 25, 2015

    Kind of on the fence with this polycase stuff. It is getting a lot of attention. To the firearms community it seems to be the best thing since sliced bread. I could be wrong maybe it is great stuff. Gel alone does not tell the whole story. There is hard stuff in the meat bags that these bullets are intended for. (BONE) If it shatters that easily due to hitting a rib or shoulder what good is a nice wound channel without the penetration to the vitals.

    I feel it would be fine for self dense application (maybe) but for the type of things the Beowolf would be suited for I am not so sure. If hunting and you hit the shoulder it would fragment and you have to track a wounded animal. I would like to see a mock up of an animal with bone in the gel.

  • Maodeedee Maodeedee on Aug 25, 2015

    Light-for caliber bullets are not where it's at. Light bullets which allow high velocities trade mass for speed and it's always a losing proposition. A 22-250 with a 55 grain bullet going very fast compared to a 45-70 with a heavy bullet going very slow is a good example. the 22-250 produces more foot-pounds of energy on paper but no one in their right mind would chose the 22-250 over the 45-70 to hunt dangerous game like grizzly bears. Light for caliber bullets rack up the impressive numbers on the Chrony and do spectacular things in blocks of Jello but those are not real-world applications.

    That said, the ARX fluted design of their fmj's is a good one. But they should make it using a lead core and a copper jacket so that the .50 Beowulf preforms more like a 45-70 and less like a 22-250. Same thing with all their other offerings, 9mm should have a 124 grain bullet, 45 ACP at least a 200, and with 40 S&W 165 grains is probably the minimum optimum weight.

    • Iksnilol Iksnilol on Aug 28, 2015

      @maodeedee Um, standard 45/70 loads have about 1500 joules of energy more than the .22-250 loads.

      So it is kinda a bad comparison.