The In­dia

Shooting Gazette - - Great Guns -

Due to the con­tin­u­ing un­rest in In­dia and the Su­dan in the early 20th cen­tury, the british Gov­ern­ment was forced to ban mil­i­tary calibres of .303 and .450. The lo­cals in these ar­eas had a col­lec­tion of ex-mil­i­tary ri­fles and in an at­tempt to pre­vent their use they were not al­lowed to be im­ported. The .450 was the main­stay of the Hol­land & Hol­land heavy bat­tery and the com­pany was forced to find an al­ter­na­tive.

It came up with a sub­tly dif­fer­ent car­tridge, the .500/.465 ni­tro ex­press in­tro­duced in 1906. The car­tridge was very sim­i­lar to the now-out­lawed .500/.450 ni­tro ex­press. The case length was 3¼in and the bul­let weight 480g. It was im­pos­si­ble to fire the new round in the old ri­fles.

The firm gave the .500/.465 the brand name “The In­dia”. In .500/.465 achieved great suc­cess not only in In­dia but in Africa and in­deed all parts of the world. Af­ter World War I it had achieved dom­i­nance over the .450 and re­mains a very pop­u­lar cal­i­bre to this day.

The In­dia .500/.465 ri­fle and round in­tro­duced in 1906.

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