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