Best Caliber For Whale?

One of the problems with media reporting of the use of firearms is that there are often not quite enough facts presented to support the presented conclusion. On Sunday it was reported that a California Gray Whale was injured and swimming out to sea near Neah Bay, Washington. “A preliminary report said the whale was shot with a .50-caliber machine gun.” How does one know that? Where their multiple bullet strikes indicitive of automatic fire? Or was the bullet hole just big and gruesome, leading some to believe that the gun used was a .50? And are the reporters aware of the fact that the .50 (also known as the .50 BMG) is often used in a host of non-automatic weapons, including bolt action single fire?

Whatever the case, the .50 did not kill the whale. Next time, perhaps a cruise missile?


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