Express-rifle meaning

A large-caliber rifle that fires ammunition at high velocity, used especially in hunting big game.
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A hunting rifle using a large charge and a light bullet of large caliber, discharged with a high initial velocity; used to kill large game at short range.
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Any of various rifles that propel the bullet at high velocity to maximize point blank range.
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Origin of express-rifle

  • First applied to hunting rifles and ammunition beginning in the middle 19th century, to indicate a rifle or ammunition capable of higher than typical velocities.
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