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.470 Nitro Express


The .470 Nitro Express is a rifle cartridge developed by Joseph Lang in England for dangerous game hunting in Africa and India. This cartridge is used almost exclusively in double barrel rifles. It is in wide use in the Southern and Central-East African region, favoured by hunting guides, primarily while out for hunting buffalo and elephant.


Ammunition Type Damage Bullet Velocity (m/s) Barrier Penetration Armor Piercing
500gr Soft Point 186 660 3.8 3
585gr FMJ 113 503 8 3
550gr Lead Solid 122.7 450 6.5 10
660gr API 122.7 400 30.5 330
700gr Hollowpoint 199 391 0.5 1

Note: Barrier penetration represents the rounds ability to go through walls and barriers. Armor piercing represents the rounds ability to penetrate body armor plates.