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Does "nitro" or "express" have an actual meaning, or are they marketing hype from a bygone era?

I see the terms "nitro" and "express" in a lot of older books and articles, especially in stories about hunting in Africa. Are these terms actually meaningful? How does an "express rifle" differ from any other rifle?

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from DSMbirddog wrote 1 year 24 weeks ago

"Nitro" refers to the use of nitrocellulose gun powders used in the past.

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from JM wrote 1 year 24 weeks ago

-An express rifle traditionally refers to a big caliber single shot or side by side rifle.
-Nitro is the just a name(.450 Nitro Express, .700 Nitro Express, etc.). No real meaning behind the word, so I suppose you could say it is for marketing purpose.

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from JM wrote 1 year 24 weeks ago

-An express rifle traditionally refers to a big caliber single shot or side by side rifle.
-Nitro is the just a name(.450 Nitro Express, .700 Nitro Express, etc.). No real meaning behind the word, so I suppose you could say it is for marketing purpose.

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from DSMbirddog wrote 1 year 24 weeks ago

"Nitro" refers to the use of nitrocellulose gun powders used in the past.

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